After a rib displacement scare that caused many to wonder if she would be forced to withdraw from competition, Lindsey Stirling performed two dances on Monday’s episode of “Dancing With The Stars.” While she appeared to be in pain at different points in the performances, Stirling made it through the dances and received positive feedback on at least one of the two.
Dancing the paso doble to Stirling’s original song, “Roundtable Rival,” Stirling and Ballas delivered a performance that received 27 out of 30 points from the judges. Following the number, awaiting the judges' feedback Stirling said she thinks the paso doble “is a beast,” to which Carrie Ann Inaba responded “Lindsey, The paso doble is not the beast. You are the beast because that was a really difficult routine.”
“I could see the pain that you were in the whole time, while I saw it in your face and sometimes in your back, I did not see it in the movements,” Inaba continued. “You were able to execute those shapes with strength and bravery and conviction.”
Stirling and Ballas were also part of a group number that included the top four couples from last week’s show. But while the groups seemed destined for success, their performance of “Monster Mash” received negative comments from all three judges. The group received a 24 of 30 score.
A video shown before the dance, showed Stirling sitting and watching while her fellow group members rehearsed, obviously torn by her desire to learn the dance and a fear of further injuring her rib.
“I just don’t want it to get worse but at the same time, I’ve got to know the dance,” Stirling said.
In the end, Stirling appeared to know the dance as well as the other members of her group.
Following the performance, Stirling expressed her gratitude on Twitter for prayers that were said on her behalf. "Thank you for everyone who prayed for me. I felt those prayers pull me through this painful performance," Stirling wrote.