Tough night for the Ukrainian pro on Dancing with the Stars: After a clip package on Monday showed Karina Smirnoff dropping the f-bomb more than she’d like her mom to see and hear, the pro broke down on camera after performing an impromptu high kick that brought her to her knees. She and partner Apolo Ohno ended up earning a respectable 34.5 for doing a hip hop dance to “Poison,” but Smirnoff was full of mea culpas after the show – especially for using too many expletives.
“I’m super embarrassed,” Smirnoff said to reporters. “I apologize to the whole of America, and especially my mom because she’s definitely going to let me hear it when I get home. It feels like this is the only word I’ve mastered in my ESL class. I’m embarrassed this was the only word I used on Wednesday and Thursday because that’s when the footage was shot. I’m never using that again. Then, I decided to throw in a karate kick move in the middle of our routine, which was completely un-rehearsed and uninvited so when I got up and turned around, Apolo’s getting the microphone ripped away from him.
“It’s like, you know when you have so much expectation for this dance and you worked so hard and we had an amazing choreographer to help us out, and you want to impress Paula Abdul and Carrie Ann because this is what they did, this is what they’re the best at and it crumbles in front of your eyes,” she continues. “It’s just a minute and a half. It felt like it was slow motion. It’s being hard on yourself. I want to be the best that I can be for him. I don’t want to be the thing that pulls him down. I kicked my leg really high and my body went up in the air and then I was laying down on the ground.”
Fortunately for Smirnoff, she has a very patient partner. “It’s tough because obviously I know she’s emotional,” said Ohno.”She’s a perfectionist and that’s what makes her so good. That’s what makes her choreography so amazing is that every day during rehearsal she wants to be perfect and until it is, she’s not happy and so we performed it well all week, today all day and we get it here and we have weird wardrobe malfunctions, stuff doesn’t fit, the microphone pops out. I think the most important thing to take from it is that we started off okay, we finished very strong.”
Smirnoff also appreciated how the judges and Host Brooke Burke Charvet said the show was ultimately about how the all-stars were performing, not the sequined-covered pros. “I hope the camera was on him the whole time, too,” said Smirnoff. “Honestly when they gave us [the song] Poison, I was like, is this Bret Michaels? That’s what I thought because I’d never heard of Bell Biv DeVoe. It didn’t come to the Ukraine!”