Sure, they weren't all perfectly executed, but the judges applauded her effort and confidence in tackling them.
"That dance sort of embodies what I think you have become, which is the new poster child for life as it should be lived at 60 years old," Carrie Ann Inaba told a clearly worn out, but euphoric, Alley.
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The heart-stopping neck injury suffered by fan favorite Kym Johnson during rehearsal last week, judge Bruno Tonioli's censored remark to Karina Smirnoff and host Tom Bergeron's lightning fast ad-libs are providing enough drama, gasps and laughs to keep the veteran series more popular than ever.
Alas, one couple will be going home tonight and, despite Ralph Macchio earning the lowest score, there's no guarantee it will be him. The actor's vocal fan base has already voted him through one likely elimination.
TV Squad talked to the semi-finalist pairs on the post-show press line last night to get their thoughts on Monday's performance show and taking part in arguably the most competitive season of 'DWTS' so far.
It looked like Ralph Macchio and his partner Karina Smirnoff might be going home after an injury he received had contributed to them earning low scores from the judges on Monday. But 'The Karate Kid's fans rallied to support him and he survived to dance another day.
Romeo and Hightower walked the post-show press line to talk about their journey, and the four finalists -- Macchio, Kirstie Alley, Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane -- shared their hopes of taking home the coveted mirror ball trophy. Also, fan favorite Alley confided to TV Squad the real reason she wants to emerge as this season's victor.
Alas, he and partner Karina Smirnoff scored the lowest of the night with a total of 46 points, trailing leaders Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas by 9 points.
Macchio, Kane and the other three remaining season 12 celebrities -- Kirstie Alley, Romeo and Hines Ward -- walked the post-show press line in order to share their thoughts on their performances and just how badly they all want to make next week's coveted semifinals.
During Bruno Tonioli's praise, Alley apparently dropped an s-bomb on live television, but the ABC censors caught it. In fact, they got so excited it looked like they tapped the button repeatedly several times.
Alley and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy both clapped their hands over her mouth, but both Tonioli and Tom Bergeron told her it was okay. "That's why we have people on a button," Bergeron explained. "Let them earn their money on the button back there."
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After Wilkinson and partner Louis Van Amstel, who she credits for her successful journey, did a final twirl on the dance floor the couple walked the post-show press line.
TV Squad was on the scene to get reactions from the ejected duo and the surviving five pairs, who weighed in on a variety of topics including how and why they've survived and what they need to do to make it to the finals.
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All the dancers started out with 30 points after performing in group dances. Romeo and his partner Chelsie Hightower then scored 30 points (out of 40) with their Samba while Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned the same for their Jive.
It's likely all going to come down to fan bases. The pairs spoke to TV Squad on the post-show press line to discuss what they think of their loyal followers.
The scene stealer of the night was guest instructor Shirley Ballas, Mark's mother, who takes no prisoners when it comes to being a dance teacher. She shared her thoughts with TV Squad on whether or not she'd join the show as a pro partner.
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Monday's performance show contained many surprises, including the first two 10s of the season for Romeo and his pro partner Chelsie Hightower. The competition's other Chelsea -- Chelsea Kane -- earned a 10 with her pro partner Mark Ballas.
There were a pair of mishaps, too, but neither belong to Kirstie Alley. Karina Smirnoff took a brief fall while doing the paso doble with her partner, Ralph Macchio, and Ballas twisted his ankle during dress rehearsal, but he soldiered through with his and Kane's quick step.
AOL TV was on the post-show press line to talk to the remaining contestants, during which time Maksim Chmerkovskiy cleared up those rumors that he's secretly married.
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The ousting proves that this season of the show is the most unpredictable. Nemcova recently topped the leader board, but after slipping to a three-way tie for last place this week she became vulnerable. After failing to gain enough votes to remain in the game, she and Chaplin learned their time on the show had come to an end.
Traditionally, models haven't fared well on 'DWTS.' Albert Reed was voted off early in season 5. Joanna Krupa, who arguably should have won season 9, was cut during the semifinals. Nemcova proved she's just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, however, in her post-show interview in which she and Chaplin reflected on their time on the show and the duo's plans for the future.
If there's a sliver lining to their exit it's that they're not likely to find any embarrassing rehearsal footage of themselves in future video packages in the way Chelsie Hightower, Hines Ward and Maksim Chmerkovskiy did on Tuesday's results show.
Lacey Schwimmer and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were chosen to perform a cowboy swinging routine to the up-tempo song, and they proved that even the professional dancers have been known to take a tumble from time to time.
It was Chmerkovskiy who infamously dropped Kirstie Alley just a few short weeks ago, so maybe he's just having a tough time hanging onto his partners this season. Hopefully, he's gotten it out of his system, and he and Alley can have another clean performance next week.
While it was a fun and patriotic dance to The Guess Who's 'American Woman,' we weren't as sold on Alley's odd jumpsuit wardrobe choice. Maksim Chmerkovskiy kept it simple by baring his chest and painting the American flag on it, which was enough to nearly completely distract Bruno Tonioli from the proceedings at hand.
The panel was mixed on the dance, though. While Len Goodman wasn't blown away, Carrie Ann Inaba declared it Alley's "best dance ever."
Hoover asked if Chmerkovskiy liked older women. The question seemed to perplex him. "I think they like me," he said. Bush went one step further, asking if Alley had thrown her hip out during some extracurricular activity with Chmerkovskiy, which again left him a little perplexed.
Hoover also said Chmerkovskiy was doing something she found very sexy: wearing his pants so that a hint of underwear was visibly peeking out. She actually asked to touch them, giving Chmerkovskiy what he called a "frontal wedgie" while pulling them up, Hoover said, to display the name. It's better to pull the pants down than the underwear up, Chmerkovskiy explained. Hoover promised to save that for next time.
Fortunately, she got the shoe back on and was able to complete the dancing, earning a respectable score of 22 in the process.
While they recovered nicely and this week's snafu wasn't nearly as bad as last week's tumble, Alley is ready to leave the comedy to her sitcoms and return to giving impressive performances as she did in week 1 of the reality competition series.
The camera crew had a choice to either follow Chmerkovskiy, who was doing a bit of a solo across the floor while Kirstie held a seated position, or zoom in on her frantically fumbling to get the shoe situated so she could continue. Guess which one they chose?
The pair did recover, and according to judge Carrie Ann Inaba Alley even performed with "so much more joy" after the incident. Maybe she was ecstatic to have avoided a blatant fall like she experienced last week.
Ellen DeGeneres pointed out that, unlike Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley, the pair didn't stumble during their performance earlier in the week. And yet, both couples earned the same score. This seemed to give Smirnoff an idea. "We decided next week we're really going to work hard on doing a great job and maybe I'll just push him down the stairs or something," she joked, gesturing to Macchio.
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