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Vanessa Lachey loses her skirt mid-dance on DWTS

She may have lost half of her dress — but she didn’t lose her cool.

Vanessa Lachey put on an expert display on Monday night’s Dancing With The Stars, despite her skirt falling off 20 seconds into her quickstep.

She and pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy didn’t let it affect them, gliding through the rest of the dance — and even earning their strongest score yet.

Pro: Vanessa Lachey put on an expert display on Monday night’s Dancing With The Stars, despite her skirt falling off 20 seconds into her quickstep

Co-host Tom Bergeron could even be seen running out onto the ballroom floor, and scooping up the jettisoned skirt during the live performance.

‘I lose my skirt right in front of the judges. It looks like bribery,’ she joked to Bergeron afterwards. ‘Hey, if it’s for extra points, I’ll take it.’

And earn extra points it did, securing nines across the board and the couple’s best performance so far.

‘It took me back to season one when Kelly Monaco had a wardrobe malfunction and it actually sent her over the top,’ judge Carrie Ann Inaba praised.

Step over: She and pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy didn't let it affect them, gliding through the rest of the dance — and even earning their strongest score yet

Step over: She and pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy didn’t let it affect them, gliding through the rest of the dance — and even earning their strongest score yet

Bribe: 'I lose my skirt right in front of the judges. It looks like bribery,' she joked to Bergeron afterwards. 'Hey, if it’s for extra points, I’ll take it.'

Bribe: ‘I lose my skirt right in front of the judges. It looks like bribery,’ she joked to Bergeron afterwards. ‘Hey, if it’s for extra points, I’ll take it.’

‘What I saw was you — something happened and you just let yourself go and it was such a fantastic performance! You are the epitome of class and grace.’

Lachey concluded: ‘Freedom, no skirt!’

before the dance, Maks and Vanessa described their preparation during rehearsals.

‘I got the quickstep on steroids. It’s [one minute and 40 seconds] of straight energy,’ Vanessa explained

Best: And earn extra points it did, securing nines across the board and the couple's best performance so far

Best: And earn extra points it did, securing nines across the board and the couple’s best performance so far

Repeat: 'It took me back to season one when Kelly Monaco had a wardrobe malfunction and it actually sent her over the top,' judge Carrie Ann Inaba praised

Repeat: ‘It took me back to season one when Kelly Monaco had a wardrobe malfunction and it actually sent her over the top,’ judge Carrie Ann Inaba praised

‘This week has been the most work that we’ve done, but it’s also been the most fun that we’ve had.’

‘We’ve been dancing together for over a month now and we know what each other’s thinking,’ she continued. ‘Maks and I are more focused than ever right now and nothing is going to get in our way.’

Sadly for Vanessa and Maksim’s other halves — Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd — it their last dance, as they got the boot. 

Fun: 'This week has been the most work that we’ve done, but it’s also been the most fun that we’ve had,' Vanessa claimed

Fun: ‘This week has been the most work that we’ve done, but it’s also been the most fun that we’ve had,’ Vanessa claimed

Out: Sadly for Vanessa and Maksim's other halves — Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd — it their last dance, as they got the boot 

Out: Sadly for Vanessa and Maksim’s other halves — Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd — it their last dance, as they got the boot 

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