‘DWTS’: Nicole & Derek Dish on Their Slip

Nicole and Derek on the 'DWTS' Season Finale (Photo: ABC)

Nicole and Derek on the 'DWTS' Season Finale (Photo: ABC)

Admit it — it was painful to watch as ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ front-runner Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough suffered a hiccup in the around-the-neck flip during their freestyle dance Monday night.

The entire pressroom gasped as it happened, and the look on Nicole’s face on-camera made our heart go out to her, but it didn’t sway the judges too much, as the pair still scored a 27, which was the highest out of the freestyle dances.

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But backstage after the show, the pair wasn’t shaken at all by the mishap. “We feel amazing – our best night, our best week yet,” said Nicole. “I don’t want it to end. I’m really enjoying it.”

But what about that hiccup? Derek quickly explained, “It was my fault. It really was.”

Here’s how it went down, according to Derek:

“One little wrong hand movement, the whole routine is screwed, you know what I mean? It’s like a domino effect. So at the end of the routine, we’re like, ‘Yeah we did it! Woo hoo!’ So my brain just started celebrating beforehand and before I did that, I kind of grabbed the wrong way. I just got a little discombobulated. And for that hot second, I was like, ‘Just go!’ And she jumped up. I don’t know how she did it. She muscled her way up there. Wonder woman over here…”

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“I was like all right, I’m going for it,” continued Nicole, saying she must have looked like a hot mess up there, upside down with her legs apart.

“My life flashed before my eyes,” continued Derek. “Oh my God.”

The dance pro said he thought the judges would have given her a 10 if it weren’t for the mistake. “But you know what, it’s okay,” he said.

Nicole joked that it just showed she’s not as perfect as people think and maybe that will help her in the voting.

What do you think? Did it sway your opinion of the Pussycat Doll? Tell us about it in the comments below.

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