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Injured Maksim Nearly Drops Kirstie Alley on DWTS

USMagazine, Monday, April 4, 2011, 7:10pm (PDT)

Kirstie Alley's routine on Monday's episode of Dancing With the Stars began with a thud.

As she and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced the rumba to "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," the dance pro accidentally dropped the 60-year-old actress when his "thigh gave out."

VIDEO: Ooh la la! Kirstie kisses Maksim on DWTS

The pair quickly recovered, finishing out Alley's tribute to her mother, who died after being hit by a drunk driver in the early '80s.

Despite their misstep, the two earned raves from the judges.

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"Dancing is a bit like life. It's about overcoming adversities," Len Goodman, 66, told them. "You overcame it. You got up. . . and you came back stronger."

Bruno Tonioli, 55, echoed Goodman's sentiments. "You can't keep good talent down, because once you got up it was better than ever," he reassured Alley and Chmerkovskiy, 31.

VIDEO: Maksim vows to be "very gentle" with Kirstie

Still, Chmerkovskiy -- who blamed his injury on "muscle strains" -- looked visibly upset knowing that his slip-up could potentially cost Alley her spot on next week's show.

"It happens," he told host Brooke Burke, 39. "It has nothing to do with her. I just want to apologize."

Alley didn't seem too fazed by her partner's accident. "We've done it a million times," she shrugged.

The duo fared slightly better than last week, earning a respectable 21 points for the night.

Tell Us: Will Kirstie and Maksim make it past Tuesday's elimination?

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