Monday night’s “Dancing With the Stars” came with yet another unchoreographed mishap. Karina Smirnoff tripped over partner Ralph Macchio and fell during their paso doble to “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance)” by C + C Music Factory. The two came back from their tumble quickly, and got it together much to the judges’ happiness. Just a few weeks ago, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy fell on the dance floor, a water-cooler moment for the show.
“I’m proud of you, and you should be proud of yourself,” head judge Len Goodman told them. Bruno Tonioli agreed. “Once you got back on it, there was no stopping you,” he told the pair. In spite of their mistake, the pair earned 24 points.
Here’s how the others fared on “guilty pleasures” theme night:
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel: The playmate and reality star danced the samba to Ricky Martin’s “Livin’ la Vida Loca” and moved enough to keep themselves out of last place. “That was a guilty pleasure, my dear. You were in your element,” Carrie Ann Inaba told Wilkinson. Score: 25/30.
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: Master P’s son is outpacing his dad, a former contestant on the show who bombed consistently with the scores every week. The actor and his partner danced the waltz to the “Titanic” theme, “My Heart Will Go On,” and they did well enough to earn the season’s first 10 from Inaba, who told them, “Every once in awhile in a season, magic happens. That was magic.” They tied for first place with a score of 28/30.
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: Even though Ballas was hobbling a bit from an injury, the pair continued their hot streak while “Walkin’ on Sunshine.” They tied with Romeo and Hightower for the top spot on the leader board. Score: 28/30.
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: The judges are still in love with the football star. On Monday, the pair danced a Viennese waltz to Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road.” Score: 27/30.
Alley and Chmerkovskiy: Their comic dance to Britney Spears’ “… Baby One More Time” earned compliments from the hard-to-please Goodman. “This season has been a season of misadventures,” Goodman told them. “You haven’t fulfilled the potential I saw in you week one — until now.” Score: 26/30.
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: The wrestler landed in the bottom of this week’s dancers, and the judges said that they thought he was letting the pressure get to him. After the two danced the tango to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Inaba told him that he lost his personality and the dance wasn’t believable. Score: 22/30.
Who do you think deserves to go home on this week’s “Dancing With the Stars”?