Violinist Lindsey Stirling fought through a rib injury to perform two numbers on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night.
Dancing to her own song, “Roundtable Rival,” Stirling and partner Mark Ballas danced the paso doblé in a Dias de los Muertos themed dance.
Despite displacing a rib that sent her to urgent care on Sunday, Stirling pushed through the number.
“I suffered an extremely painful rib injury earlier this week but through a miracle, Mark Ballas and I made it through the paso doblé,” Stirling wrote on Facebook. “Thank you for everyone who prayed for me. I felt those prayers pull me through this painful performance.”
While sitting on the floor following her performance and calling the paso doblé a “beast,” the judges revealed her score of 27 out of 30. The score was enough to tie her in second place with two other contestants: partners Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy as well as Drew Scott and Emma Slater.
“Lindsey, the paso doblé is not the beast — you are the beast. … While I saw it in your face and sometimes in your back, I did not see it in the movements. You were able to execute those shapes with strength and bravery and conviction.” — Carrie Ann Inaba, DWTS judge
“Lindsey, the paso doblé is not the beast — you are the beast,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “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. You were able to execute those shapes with strength and bravery and conviction.”
In the week seven competition, each celebrity contestant was required to participate in a second group freestyle dance. Team Monster Mash took on Team Phantom of the Ballroom. Despite admitting she was in pain following her paso doblé, Stirling said she would find the energy for the group dance.
“I’m not going to let my team down,” Stirling told DWTS host Tom Bergeron.
Stirling and Ballas were on Team Monster Mash with Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold; Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke; and Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev. The group danced to “Monster Mash,” moving in and out of a corn maze on wheels. The judges were not impressed with the group performance, saying the concept didn’t mesh well and felt incomplete. Team Monster Mash earned a scored of 24 out of 30.
Team Phantom of the Ballroom bested Team Monster Mash with a perfect score of 30.
A surprise double elimination sent Vanessa Lachey and partner Maks Chmerkovskiy packing at the end of the night as well as Bella and Chigvintsev.
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.’
“Dancing With the Stars” returns on Monday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. MDT with another live show and elimination.