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Kirstie Alley drops a shoe one week after a fall; will she ever get a low score on Dancing with the Stars?

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April

alley-shoe.jpgIt is, I admit, an obsession.

But I am now perversely transfixed by the kid gloves handling star Kirstie Alley is getting on Dancing with the Stars.

So far, Alley has had two mishaps I've never seen before in a Dancing performance, falling over after partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy dropped her last week and fumbling with a loose shoe Monday during her waltz. (She's even joked about a "conspiracy" against her on the show).

But her scores have not dipped below 20, and on Monday she earned a 22. Compare that to current front-runner Chelsea Kane, who earned a score of 18 for her second dance, a jive filled with lots of showbizzy flair that the judges hated. But Kane never missed a step and delivered what seemed to be a seamless performance with partner Mark Ballas.

So how did she earn a score three points lower than a woman who fell over during her routine?

Yeah, the first mistake was her professional partner's error. Yes, she was essentially sitting when her shoe problem surfaced. Sure, the judges can say she fulfilled more of the criteria for the dance she was performing than Kane did.

But it seems obvious to me that ABC wants its biggest star in this contest for as long as possible. And since half Alley's score comes from the judges, she may be able to get away with anything short of actually tripping over her partner before they give her a bad number.

Or maybe I'm just obsessing. Check the video below and judge for yourself.

[Last modified: Tuesday, April 12, 2011 1:38pm]

    

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