As the final minutes of season 12 of "Dancing With The Stars" approach, the contestants tried to top each other with a series of dances and Freestyles on Monday, complete with complicated lifts and show-stopping moves.
When the show was over, Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane were tied for first while Kirstie Alley was at the bottom of the score board. However, Alley and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, explain that they went all out for their Freestyle, despite their low score from the judges.
"I think the audience knew we should have gotten 10s and that's why they booed," Alley said about the audience reaction to the judging of their Freestyle, which earned them 27 points out of 30. "We should've. Because, you know what? It was choreographed amazingly and it was wonderful and it was sort of raw. It wasn't this highly polished little thing."
Alley adds, "It's supposed to be our story, or something about us. My life is not polished. My life is earthy and it's ragged and it's edgy and that's how I like my life, so I felt like it depicted it."
Chmerkovskiy also revealed that he was recovering from an illness while performing on the show, "I didn't eat for two days. I had food poisoning. I still have and that was the worry part."
The dance pro, who has appeared on the show since he made his debut in season two with celebrity partner actress Tia Carrere, says that his ideas about the show have evolved.
"I think that I had to change my mind about the show. Since day one, for me, it was all about dancing and competiveness and all this stuff," Chmerkovsky said. "I've been very outspoken about things but a couple of seasons ago I stopped because I realized that the show is not about dance per se."
"It's about the journey, the story," he adds. "Hence the Bristol Palin, Marie Osmond, hence all these people that made it that we are looking up to and proud of and those are the ones that brought dance to the next level, not us. You know we [the pros] could dance before, but take somebody like Kirstie and to have her go through the grueling gauntlet of 13 weeks and all these dances, you know that's inspiration. "
Chmerkovsky continued, saying, "So I think she can't walk away here with just being 'Everybody's a winner.' She needs the validation. I would give you my trophy if i had one yet but I don't frickin' have one yet. I got nothing to give."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television and special correspondent for its entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).