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Hines Ward and Petra Nemcova led the way last night on Dancing With the Stars with scores of 25 apiece, but Kirstie Alley’s routine got the most buzz.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s fall to start his rumba with Kirstie was the defining moment of week three, but the way they recovered was the bigger story.

It appeared that Maks’ leg just gave out and he tumbled while holding Alley, who also went down hard. But they rallied for a respectable 21. Watch:

Dancing With the Stars Week 3 - Kirstie and Maks

Monday was personal story night on DWTS, with Kirstie and Maks dancing to “Over the Rainbow,” and Alley telling the poignant story of her move to L.A.

Who knew she’d have another story to tell right after.

“My thigh just gave out. I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry,” said Maks, who had to take this really hard as a perfectionist. “It has nothing to do with her.”

“Sometimes tragedy leads to an amazingly beautiful moment,” Carrie Ann Inaba said, noting that after the fall “something magical happened.”

Bruno added, “You can’t keep good talent down. Once you got up it was better than ever.” Indeed. How did that score of 21 match up? Let’s see:

  • Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 9-8-8 (25).
  • Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: 8-9-8 (25).
  • Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel: 8-7-8 (23).
  • Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 8-7-8 (23).
  • Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 7-7-7 (21).
  • Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 7-7-7 (21).
  • Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 7-7-7 (21).
  • Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: 7-6-7 (20).
  • Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya: 7-6-7 (20).
  • Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 5-5-5 (15).

    Who do you be in jeopardy tonight, besides the obvious Wendy? Will Maks and Kirstie emerge from this night stronger and more popular than ever?

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