Only five stars remain on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars” and Lindsey Stirling is still in the running to take home the Mirror Ball Trophy.
With two weeks left in the show, Stirling rebounded from last week’s dances that left her near the bottom of the leaderboard. After a hip injury prior to last week’s show, Stirling returned to the show’s top two, trailing only Jordan Fisher, who received two perfect scores Monday.
Stirling and her partner, Mark Ballas, performed two dances on Monday night’s episode. The first was a Samba that received a 26 of 30 from the judges, who said they liked the dance but noted that Stirling didn’t seem as confident or “sure-footed” as she appeared before the injury.
“I felt like my spirit was broken, my willpower, my fight,” Stirling said of last week. “I’ve waited my entire life to learn to dance and the fact that we’ve made it this far...this is not going to be the end of me.”
The couple was joined by a third-party — Olympic figure skater and former “Dancing With The Stars” champion Kristi Yamaguchi. Stirling revealed that she has “been a fan for a long time.” Ballas explained that Stirling has long reminded him of Yamaguchi. The trio performed a jazz number and was awarded a 28 out of 30 score from the judges, including a perfect 10 from judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who called the dance “classic, clean and spot-on.”
Judge Len Goodman assured Stirling that her dances would safely carry her through to the next round. However, offstage attention turned to Stirling’s weight, according to Fox News.
“The musician admitted she’d lost 8 pounds in the first three weeks of the ‘Dancing With The Stars’ season,” Fox News reported, before directly quoting Stirling: "I dipped lower than I've been in a long time and I was like, 'That's not good,' because I was also gaining muscle and just losing so much fat. Every time I would go to a fitting for those first couple of weeks, (the wardrobe people) would be like, 'Lindsey, you've shrunk again' and they would tighten the dresses but now I'm maintaining. I'm good."