Lindsey Stirling skates through to semifinals of ‘DWTS’ with the help of an Olympian


Lindsey Stirling skated her way across the dance floor on Trio Night of “Dancing With the Stars” with the assistance of Olympic gold medal winner Kristi Yamaguchi.

“I’m so excited to be dancing with Kristi because I’ve been a fan for a long time,” Stirling said. “I watched her in the Olympics.”

“Dancing With the Stars” invited former show standouts to return for an encore performance and to help current Season 25 competitors. Yamaguchi, who won Season 6 of the reality TV show, was teamed with with her former professional dance partner Mark Ballas and his current celebrity partner, Stirling.

“Lindsey definitely has what it takes to win that mirrorball,” said the former figure skater. “I just hope I have what it takes to help them get back on top of that leaderboard.”

Together the group earned 28 out of 30 for its Jazz number to “Let’s​ ​Face​ ​The​ ​Music And​ ​Dance” by Seth​ ​MacFarlane.

“As that song just said, you may have trouble ahead, but on those two performances tonight, you’ve got no trouble,” judge Len Goodman told the dancers.

Judge Carrie Ann Anaba added, “It’s like I paid money to go see that dance.”

Besides the trio number, Stirling and Ballas also danced a Samba to “Morning​ ​Drumsl” by Gregor​ ​Salto. The judges were critical of Stirling saying Stirling “did not look as sure on (her) feet.”

However, Inaba applauded Stirling saying she “brought (her) inner Beyonce” for the first time. For their Samba performance, Stirling and Ballas earned a 26 out of 30, giving them a 54 out of 60 on the night. The overall night score was enough for second place amongst the remaining five couples. Actor Jordan Fischer and Lindsay Arnold were in first place with 60 out of 60.

At the end of the night, former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens and his professional dancing partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated from the show.

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.’

The semifinals for “Dancing With the Stars” is on Monday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. MDT with another live show and elimination.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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