Despite being hospitalized due to injuries earlier in the week, Karina Smirnoff brought her signature energy and expert dance moves to the ninth episode of Dancing With The Stars—the semi-finals! This time, she and her football pro partner Jacoby Jones went for flirty costumes for their two dances, the Argentine Tango and Lindy Hop. “For our first dance, the tango, I wanted the dress to resonate with the darkness of the dance, like a woman walking around the back alleys of Buenos Aires looking for trouble,” Smirnoff told InStyle.com. “The dress for the Lindy Hop (shown) was flirtatious, but it was all about the ’50s and polka dots. I designed it to flow while we flipped around the dance floor.” At the end of it all, their persistence worked: The two managed to achieve their first ever perfect score and tied for first place—one step closer to the Mirrorball Trophy! Find out if they make it to the next round on tonight’s live results show at 9/8c on ABC.
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