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    Posted: 03 May 2011 at 10:57

'I need a break': Kirstie Alley's Dancing With The Stars meltdown as she accuses dance partner Maksim of pushing her too hard 

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:58 AM on 3rd May 2011

The long weeks of rehearsing seem to be taking their toll on Dancing With The Stars contestant Kirstie Alley.

The 60-year-old actress was shown having a meltdown as she practised her jive dance on tonight's episode of the hit show.

She ended up in tears after being pushed to the limit by pro-partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.


Losing it: Kirstie Alley tosses a pot plant across the room in frustration after being pushed by her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy on tonight's episode of Dancing With The Stars


Puckering up: Kirstie and Maksim Chmerkovskiy share a kiss during their jive routine

'I need a break,' shouted Kirstie, who picked up a pot plant and tossed it across the rehearsal room. 'You scream and jump around and I'm frustrated.'

Later, a more reflective Kirstie said she understood why her dance partner, nicknamed Maks, was pushing her.

'Maks puts a lot of pressure and expectations on me,' she confided to the camera. 'I think that's why I like him, so I have to take it up a notch.

'I have hugely high standards for myself and so does Maks, so when I think we've pushed ourselves as hard as we can push, we push harder.'


Energetic: Kirstie impressed the judges with her 'acting' during her jive performance

The couple seemed to have patched things up by the time they performed their energetic jive on tonight's show, sharing a quick kiss as part of their lively performance.

However the number was given mixed reviews by the judges, which this week included guest judge,  world Latin champion Donnie Burns.

'It was fun, it was high-energy, it was playful. You're an actress so you come out and you act every dance beautifully,' Len Goodman, 67, said.

'But as a jive, it was most uneventful as far as I was concerned. I can find very little to commend it.'


Smouldering: Dressed in matching purple outfits, the couple shared a quick kiss during their dance

Carrie Ann Inaba said: 'I just love you so much because you bring nothing but complete entertainment, but it wasn't quite enough of the jive.

'When you went side by side you went completely out of sync. But you are looking amazing! There is such a transformation happening with you, Kirstie.'

Earlier on the show, the six remaining couples split into two separate teams and performed dances together.

Ralph Macchio, Chelsea Kane and rapper Romeo and their dance partners got a score of 30 out of 40 points from the panel of four judges after they performed a rumba to the Lady Gaga hit Born This Way.


Rocking rumba: Ralph Macchio, Chelsea Kane and rapper Romeo perform to Lady Gaga in black outfits


Wait for the verdict: The first team of stars received a total of 30 points from the judges


Pink parade: Kendra Wilkinson, Hines Ward and Kirstie Alley and their pro partners also got a 30 out of 40 for their cha cha set to Ke$ha's We R Who We

The second group of dancers, Kendra Wilkinson, Hines Ward and Kirstie Alley dressed up in bright pink for their cha cha cha set to Ke$ha's We R Who We R.

They also received a 30 out of 40 for their efforts on the floor, with judge Len Goodman telling her 'You were shaken, I was stirred.'

Later the stars were helped by none other than Mark Ballas's dancing mother Shirley Ballas, a retired ballroom champion who attempted to inject some aggression into Chelsea Kane's dancing.


Injection of passion: Shirley Ballas attempted to get some aggression into Chelsea Kane's routine with her professional dancer son Mark


Passion: Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas's pasa doble won mixed reviews from the judges

However, the judges seemed more bemused than impressed with their performance, with Bruno Tonioli telling the pair that the number 'was like a Quentin Tarantino paso doble.'

Legendary ballroom coach Luca Baricchi gave Kenda Wilkinson some advice during her rehearsal of the tango, although the final result didn't impress the judges as much as the previous week's bootie shaking samba.

'I thought you did an excellent job with a difficult dance,' said Len.


It takes two: Kendra and Louis tried to up the sexy stakes in their tango

Ralph Macchio and his partner Karina Smirnoff's quickstep went down well with the judges, with the couple getting 36 points.

'You two rocked,' Donnie told them.

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson continued his run of good scores with 36 points for their tango, with Bruno awarding him their first ten of the season.

'Big, strong, masterful, determined, slinky, smooth, stealthy action of a hunter on the prowl,' he told the NFL player.


Dancing green:  Ralph Macchio and his dancing partner Karina Smirnoff received an impressive 36 points for their quickstep


Big score: Hines Ward and Kym Johnson were thrilled to get their first ten from Bruno for their tango

However, Romeo didn't fare so well with the judges.

His samba with partner Chelsie Hightower had a lot of hip movement but not the right type of 'bounce' accordng to the judges.

'There was a lot of bounce going on, but I don’t think it was sending the samba message,' cautioned Carrie Ann Inaba, and the couple ended up scoring 29 points.


Samba man: Romeo and Chelsie Hightower's number didn't impress the judges

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1382941/Dancing-With-The-Stars-2011-Kirstie-Alleys-meltdown.html#ixzz1LHXSGBxS
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