A high dose of energy and Latin flavor raised Lindsey Stirling’s score on “Dancing With the Stars” Tuesday night.
Stirling, who survived the first round of eliminations on Monday night, performed a salsa dance to “Mani Picao (Salsaton Remix)” by Ricky Campanelli.
“You realize that up until a week ago my hips had never done anything like this before,” Stirling joked in her introduction segment during the show.
After being disappointed with a score of 21 out of 30 on Monday night for her quickstep, Stirling earned a 24 — enough to tie her for second place behind Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson’s 25.
The judges gave Stirling a raving review.
“The showgirl is a firecracker,” said judge Bruno Tanioli. … “But what is incredible is the way that you kept the speed of the rhythm all the way through. You never dropped the energy. It was constant. It left me breathless.”
“The showgirl is a firecracker. … But what is incredible is the way that you kept the speed of the rhythm all the way through. You never dropped the energy.” — Bruno Tanioli, DWTS judge
Mark Ballas, Stirling’s professional dancer partner, credited Stirling for her work ethic during the first couple weeks of the competition.
“Lindsey is a workhorse,” Ballas said on the show. “We get in there. We barely take breaks. With dances like this that have the heat and the chemistry and the sexiness, it’s different for her.”
Before coming on “Dancing With the Stars,” Stirling included Derek Hough, a professional dancer on the show, in her music video, “The Arena.” Hough performed a ballroom dance with Stirling in the video that is for a song in her album, “Brave Enough.”
In 2015, Stirling received her degree in recreation management from BYU. A classically trained violinist from Gilbert, Arizona, Stirling earned her way to fame through her YouTube channel. The BYU graduate has a unique style of music that blends pop and violin — and it is all accomplished while she dances.’
At the end of the show Tuesday night, singer-songwriter Debbie Gibson was the second star eliminated, following “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran.
“Dancing With the Stars” next airs on ABC at 7 p.m. MDT on Monday, Oct. 2.