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Dancing With the Stars Review: Fall and Rise

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Hines Ward and Petra Nemcova delivered the night's top performances on Dancing With the Stars, registering totals of 25 each with their respective partners.

One of the last routines of the evening got the most attention, though, and not for reasons the couple likely expected - or hoped for - coming into Monday.

A fall to start the rumba looked to leave one of the more popular pairs in serious danger of continuing the routine, let alone sticking around another week.

Tom and Brooke

So who went down hard, yet managed to recover in time to earn a respectable 21?

Which pro gutted it out through obvious pain, and took all the blame for the spill?

Follow the jump to find out, and watch a clip of the (briefly) scary moment ...

It appeared that Maksim Chmerkovskiy's leg gave out and he tumbled while holding Kirstie Alley, who also went down. Despite the pain, Maks carried on.

Monday was also personal story night on DWTS, with Kirstie and Maks dancing to "Over the Rainbow." Turns out this gave her quite the story to tell ...

"My thigh just gave out. I'm so sorry. I'm so sorry," said Maks, who insisted that this "has nothing to do with her." The judges gave them a lot of credit.

"Sometimes tragedy leads to an amazingly beautiful moment," Carrie Ann Inaba said, noting that after the pair's fall, "something magical happened."

Certainly good enough for a solid total. Now go grab some ice, Max.

Here were the scores on Dancing With the Stars' Week Three ...

  • Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 9-8-8 (25).
  • Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: 8-9-8 (25).
  • Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel: 8-7-8 (23).
  • Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 8-7-8 (23).
  • Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 7-7-7 (21).
  • Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 7-7-7 (21).
  • Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 7-7-7 (21).
  • Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: 7-6-7 (20).
  • Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya: 7-6-7 (20).
  • Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 5-5-5 (15).

Who do you think is packing his or her bags this week?

Review

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Rating: 3.8 / 5.0 (4 Votes)

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send wendie packing tonight. much as I love Tony6, she needs to go.And please, next year give him a decent partner. Every year you give him the "least"of the litter.

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Kirstie is the reason I am watching DWTS this season-she and Max are fantastic, magical, and just plain incredible together-such chemistry. I really hadn't planned on watching this season-none of the celebrities interested me-except for Kirstie. Then to find out she was paired with Max-this I had to watch-Max is so demanding, but a huge talent. And then to see how beautufully they danced together-truly unbelieveable. I was devastated when they took the fall, I had been so looking forward to their dance-like floating on air. Such pros. Keep dancing nad I'll do my part, keep voting to keep you two on.

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I was watching, and I was afraid Maks would not be able to go on. To see him gut it out made me cry. Kirstie was the epitome of "the show must go on". I was so very proud of them both. And the judges surprised me, because they can be so very harsh with people. They were kind, and they took the most generous possible view of the fall and the recovery. (Not that they were wrong; I agreed with them. Kirstie and Maks made magic out of tragedy.) It was a high point for this show, and I do not believe that they should be eliminated because of it. Kirstie is pretty good, and it is nice to have Maks looking happy, for the first time in my memory. He appears to actually like and respect Kirstie. If she gets eliminated I won't be watching further episodes. The "stars" are a motley crew, but she is the only one who interests me. The wide range of careers of that motley crew does provide interest -- there should be someone for everyone. Nasty fall. I hope Maks is able to continue. He clearly could not wait one more second to get off camera and deal with the injury, when he ran away from the interview. Concerning.