A ballroom blitz of bad luck?
Last week, they tumbled to the floor. This time they had a footwear malfunction.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy fought through another week of Dancing with the Stars Monday night when Alley's left shoe fell off during their waltz.
As they did after last week's fall, they recovered well and got a respectable score – a 22 out of 30 – and a combination of sympathy and respect from the judges.
"You didn't miss a beat," said Carrie Ann Inaba.
"You did amazingly well," said Bruno Tonioli.
But Len Goodman was less impressed, telling them, "Everything needs to improve."
The night, however, belonged to Disney starlet Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, whose Viennese waltz earned the top score of 26.
That put them just ahead of the 25 apiece for Hines Ward/Kym Johnson and Ralph Macchio/Karina Smirnoff, despite sour reactions to Kane's nontraditional choreography.
"You are a fantastic dancer so why is it that every time I see you there's something that I don't like," grumbled Goodman, while Inaba said, "The choreography can be distracting but tonight I agree with Bruno."
Tonioli had declared, "Technically speaking it was the best dance of the night."
Not so for Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel, who bombed with an 18.
"You messed it up and you know that," said Tonioli, prompting a rebuke from Goodman, who said, "Don't forget, Bruno, these people are beginners. Don't be cruel."