Like Chelsea Kane, who preceded her on the floor, Kirstie was given the samba as her judges’ choice dance. It was very different in style from Chelsea’s — a fact the judges acknowledged — but nearly as good, by their scorecards. Len Goodman said there was “a lovely naturalness about it.” She scored three 9s from the judges for a total of 27.
The surprise came in her freestyle. Her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy said in a pre-taped piece that he was incorporating a few lifts because it was expected, but he may have been rope-a-doping a little, because their routine, which started off with a slower tempo, was as gymnastic as either of the other two finalists’.
The judges were surprised (maybe even a little shocked) and hugely appreciative of the effort, but they didn’t award Kirstie and Maks any perfect scores. They earned another 27 to finish the night with a total of 54, five points behind co-leaders Chelsea and Hines Ward.
Here’s Maks and Kirstie’s samba:
And their freestsyle routine:
How do you think Kirstie did?