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Karina Smirnoff
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Information
Full Name Karina Smirnoff
Gender Female
Date of Birth January 2, 1978
Network
Job Pro Partner (3–9, 11–19, 21–22)
Production
First Season Season 3
Last Season Season 22
Duration 2006–16

Karina Smirnoff (Ukrainian: Карiна Смiрнова; Russian: Кapинa Cмиpнoвa; born Karina Smirnova; January 2, 1978) is a Ukrainian professional ballroom dancer. She is best known to the general public as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars, winning the thirteenth season with army veteran and soap opera star J. R. Martinez. She's also won 2 runner-up titles, a semi-final title, and several quarter final titles.

She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. Smirnoff has won the title at the UK Open, is a three-time champion at the US Open, two-time champion at the Asian Open, five-time champion at the Dutch Open, and five-time US National Professional Champion. She has taken second at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival and she is the first woman to also ever make the "British Professional Final" with three different partners.

Section headingEdit

Dancing with the StarsEdit

Smirnoff was a performer on the third season of the ABC series Dancing with the Stars with celebrity partner Mario López. They finished in second place, losing to the team ofEmmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke. Smirnoff returned to the show on March 19, 2007 for Season 4, this time partnered with Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer and Hannah Montanastar.[14] The pair was the seventh to be eliminated from the competition on May 8, 2007. Her partner for Season 5 of the show was current five-division world champion boxer,Floyd Mayweather, Jr. On October 16, 2007, Karina and Floyd were the fourth couple eliminated from competition and came in 9th place. She returned for Season 6, partnered with singer Mario and finished in 5th place. In Season 7, she was partnered with chef Rocco DiSpirito and they were the fourth pair to be eliminated with a finish of 9th place for the second time.

For the eighth season, Smirnoff's partner was Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Wozniak. They were eliminated in the fourth round on March 31, 2009, along with Holly Madison and her partner Dmitry Chaplin. For the ninth season, she was partnered with singer Aaron Carter. They were eliminated on November 10, 2009, placing fifth. In the eleventh season, she was partnered with The Situation from MTV's reality TV show Jersey Shore. They were eliminated in the fourth week. In the twelfth season of Dancing with the Stars, she was partnered with movie star Ralph Macchio. They were eliminated in the semi-finals.

Smirnoff appeared on the thirteenth season of Dancing with the Stars, where she was partnered with All My Children actor J. R. Martinez. Smirnoff and Martinez ended up winning the competition against Rob Kardashian and his partner Cheryl Burke & Ricki Lake and her partner Derek Hough. This was the first time Smirnoff had advanced to the finals since her inaugural season in season 3 with Mario López. For the fourteenth season of Dancing With The Stars, Karina was partnered with singer Gavin DeGraw. They were eliminated in week 5. For the fifteenth season, she was partnered with season four winner, Apolo Anton Ohno and ended up placing 5th. For the sixteenth season, she is partnered with NFLstar Jacoby Jones. Smirnoff became injured when she was performing a flip with partner Jones during rehearsals for their week 9 Lindy hop. The couple was able to reach finals but came in third place losing to Zendaya and Kellie Pickler who took second and first place respectively. For season 17 she was partnered with former High School Musical actorCorbin Bleu and landed in second place behind Amber Riley and Derek Hough. For season 18, she was partnered with former NHL player Sean Avery. They were the second couple eliminated in a double elimination on Week 2. This marks Smirnoff's earliest exit of the competition as of today.

Performances[edit]Edit

Season Partner Place
3 Mario Lopez 2nd
4 Billy Ray Cyrus 5th
5 Floyd Mayweather, Jr. 9th
6 Mario 5th
7 Rocco DiSpirito 9th
8 Steve Wozniak 10th
9 Aaron Carter 5th
11 Mike Sorrentino 9th
12 Ralph Macchio 4th
13 J. R. Martinez 1st
14 Gavin DeGraw 9th
15 Apolo Anton Ohno 5th
16 Jacoby Jones 3rd
17 Corbin Bleu 2nd
18 Sean Avery 11th
19 Randy Coture 11th

With Mario Lopez (Season 3) 27.6[edit]Edit

Week Dance(s)/Song Carrie Ann's

Score

Len's

Score

Bruno's

Score

Result
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Walkin' on the Sun" 9 8 9 Safe
2 Quickstep/"Do Your Thing" 7 6 8 Safe
3 Tango/"What You Waiting For?" 8 6 8 Safe
4 Paso Doble/"Cancion Del Mariachi" 10 9 10 Safe
5 Rumba/"The Way You Look Tonight" 9 9 9 Safe
6 Mambo/"Ran Kan Kan"

Disco/"Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough"

9

No

9

Scores

10

Given

No Elimination
7 Foxtrot/"I Wanna Be Loved by You"

Jive/"Shake a Tail Feather"

10

9

9

9

10

9

Safe
8

Quarter Finals

Waltz/"Dark Waltz"

Samba/"Superstition"

9

10

9

9

10

10

Bottom Two
9

Semi-Finals

Tango/"Whatever Lola Wants"

Cha-Cha-Cha/"Bad"

10

10

10

9

10

10

Safe
10

Finals

Samba/"Sir Duke"

Paso Doble/"Cancion Del Mariachi" Freestyle/"It Take Two"

10

10 10

9

10 10

10

10 10

Runner-Up

With Billy Ray Cyrus (Season 4) 19.0[edit]Edit

Week Dance(s)/Song(s) Carrie Ann Inaba Len Goodman Bruno Tonioli Result
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"I Want My Mullet Back" 5 4 4 No elimination
2 Quickstep/"Ring of Fire" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Tango/"Rock the Casbah" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Paso Doble/"Black Betty" 7 7 7 Safe
5 Rumba/"What's Love Got to Do with It?" 6 6 5 Safe
6 Jive/"I Love to Boogie"

Swing/"Rock This Town"

7

No

7

Scores

7

Given

Safe
7 Waltz/"Play Me"

Samba/"Living in America"

5

7

6

7

6

7

Bottom Two
8

Quarter Finals

Foxtrot/"Stand by Your Man"

Mambo/"My Way"

7

6

6

7

5

7

Eliminated

With Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (Season 5) 20.8[edit]Edit

Week Dance/Song Carrie Ann Inaba Len Goodman Bruno Tonioli Result
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"The Way You Move" 6 6 6 Safe
2 Quickstep/"Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Jive/"Mess Around" 7 7 7 Bottom Two
4 Paso Doble/"Captain from Castille" 7 8 8 Eliminated

With Mario (Season 6) 25.4[edit]Edit

Week Dance(s)/Song(s) Carrie Ann Len Bruno Result
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Request Line" 8 8 8 No elimination
2 Quickstep/"Valerie" 9 8 9 Safe
3 Tango/"El Tango de Roxanne" 7 6 8 Last to be called safe
4 Paso Doble/"Higher Ground" 8 7 9 Safe
5 Samba/"A-Tisket, A-Tasket" 9 9 9 Safe
6 Rumba/"Let's Get It On"

Country Western/"Cotton-Eyed Joe"

9

No

9

Scores

10

Given

Bottom Two
7 Foxtrot/"I'm Your Man"

Mambo/"Mambo a la Sandoval"

8

9

8

9

8

9

Safe
8

Quarter Finals

Viennese Waltz/"If I Ain't Got You"

Jive/"Little Bitty Pretty One"

9

9

9

8

9

9

Eliminated

With Rocco DiSpirito (Season 7) 17.8[edit]Edit

Week Dance(s)/Song(s) Carrie Ann Inaba's

Score

Len Goodman's

Score

Bruno Tonioli's

Score

Result
1 Foxtrot/"Stray Cat Strut"

Mambo/"La Comay"

5

7

4

7

5

7

Safe
2 Rumba/"You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" 5 6 5 Safe
3 Viennese Waltz/"What's New Pussycat?" 7 7 6 Safe*
4 Samba/"I Go to Rio" 6 6 6 Eliminated
  • Would have been eliminated but wasn't due to Misty May-Treanor's injury and forcing her to withdraw from the competition.

With Steve Wozniak (Season 8) 13.0[edit]Edit

Week Dance/Song Carrie Ann Inaba Len Goodman Bruno Tonioli Result
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" 5 4 4 No elimination
2 Quickstep/"Oh, Boy!" 6 5 6 Dance off
3 Samba/"Jump in the Line (Shake, Senora)" 4 3 3 Safe
4 Argentine Tango/"Cite Tango" 4 4 4 Eliminated

With Aaron Carter (Season 9) 24.0[edit]Edit

Week Dance(s)/Song(s) Carrie Ann Len/Baz Bruno Result
1 Cha-Cha-Cha/"Beggin'"

Viennese Waltz/"I Am Your Man"

7

Awarded

8

10

7

Points

Safe
2 Quickstep/"The Muppet Show Theme Song" 9 9* 9 Safe
3 Rumba/"Spotlight" 8 6 7 Safe
4 Lambada/"Dr. Beat" 6 6 6 Bottom Two
5 Argentine Tango/"Epoca" 8 8 8 Bottom Two
6 Waltz/"Three Times a Lady"

Mambo Marathon/"Ran Kan Kan"

8

Awarded

9

8

8

Points

Safe
7 Jive/"We're Not Gonna Take It"

Paso Doble/"I Hate Myself for Loving You"

9

8

10

8

10

8

Bottom Two
8

Quarter Finals

Foxtrot/"Lucky"

90's Samba/"Two Princes"

7

9

8

9

8

9

Eliminated

Season 11 – Celebrity partner: Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino; Season average: 16.2; placed 9th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Break Your Heart" 5 5 5 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Americano" 6 6 6 Last to be called safe
3 Foxtrot / "Boom Boom Pow" 7 6 7 Safe
4* Argentine Tango / "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" 4

6

4

5

4

5

Eliminated
  • As part of acoustic music/double-scoring week, the judges had to give scores for both technical and performance.

Season 12 – Celebrity partner: Ralph Macchio; Season average: 23.4; placed 4th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Ain't That a Kick in the Head?" 8 8 8 Safe
2 Jive / "Nobody But Me" 7 7 7 Safe
3 Rumba / "Stay Gold" 7 7 7 Safe
4 Waltz / "Romeo and Juliet" 8 8 9 Safe
5 Samba / "Sweet Home Alabama" 8 7 7 Safe
6 Paso Doble / "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)" 8 8 8 Last to be called safe
7 Quickstep / "Pencil Full of Lead" *9 / 10 8 9 Safe
Team Cha-cha-cha / "Born This Way" *8 / 8 7 7
8 Viennese Waltz / "Maybe I, Maybe You" 8 8 9 Last to be called safe
Instant Cha-cha-cha / "Stuck in the Middle with You" 7 7 7
9 Argentine Tango / "Violentango" 8 9 8 Eliminated
Salsa / "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)" 8 7 8
  • Additional scores for Week 7 were awarded by guest judge Donnie Burns.

Season 13 – Celebrity partner: J.R. Martinez; Season average: 26.4; placed 1st

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Viennese Waltz / "Breakaway" 8 7 7 Safe
2 Jive / "Jump, Jive An' Wail!" 7 7 8 Safe
3 Rumba / "If You're Reading This" 9 8 9 Safe
4 Foxtrot / "Theme from The Pink Panther" 8 9 9 Safe
5 Samba / "Conga" 9 9 10 Safe
6 Quickstep / "Hot Honey Rag"

Group Broadway Dance / "Big Spender" & "Money Money"

10

No

9

Scores

10

Given

Safe
7 Tango / "Theme from Ghostbusters" 9 8 8 Safe
Team Tango / "Disturbia" 8 7 8
8 Waltz / "What the World Needs Now" 10 10 10 Safe
Instant Jive / "Tutti Frutti" 10 10 10
9 Paso Doble / "Theme from The Legend of Zorro" 8 7 8 Last to be called safe
Argentine Tango / "Bust Your Windows" 9 9 9
Cha-cha-cha Relay / "I Like How It Feels" Awarded 6 Points
10 Cha-cha-cha / "Let's Get Loud" 8 7 9 WINNERS
Freestyle / "Whine Up" 10 10 10
Jive / "Jump, Jive An' Wail!" Awarded 28 Points
Instant Samba / "Shake Your Bon-Bon" 10 10 10

Season 14 – Celebrity partner: Gavin DeGraw; Season average: 21.4; placed 9th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "I Run to You" 7 6 7 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Real Wild Child" 7 7 7 Bottom Two
3 Rumba / "New York State of Mind" 8 8 8 Bottom Two
4 Tango / "Paint It, Black" 8 8 7 Safe
5 Samba / "Sweetheart from Venezuela"

Dance Duel Cha-cha-cha / "The Edge of Glory"

6

Lost

6

This

7

Event

Eliminated

Season 15 – Celebrity partner: Apolo Anton Ohno; Season average: 25.5; placed 5th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Party Rock Anthem" 7.5 7 7.5 Safe
2 Quickstep / "Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days" 8.5 8.0 8.0 Safe
3 Foxtrot / "Fever" 9.0 8.0 8.5 Safe
4 Hip-Hop / "Poison" 8.5 9.0 8.5* / 8.5 Safe
5 Samba / "Give It to Me Baby"

Team Freestyle / "Call Me Maybe"

8.5

9.5

9.5

10.0

9.0

10.0

No Elimination
6 Viennese Waltz / "Skin (Sarabeth)"

Group Country Western / "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" & "I Play Chicken with a Train"

10.0

No

10.0

Scores

10.0

Given

Last to be called Safe
7 Cha-cha-cha & Paso Doble / "Scream"

Swing Marathon / "Do Your Thing"

9.0

Awarded

9.0

6

9.0

Points

No Elimination
8 Tango / "Holding Out for a Hero"

Jive (Trio Challenge)* / "Greased Lightnin'"

10.0

9.5

9.5

9.5

10.0

10.0

Last to be called Safe
9 Jazz / "What You Waiting For?"

Rumba / "Man in the Mirror"

8.5

10.0

9.0

10.0

9.5

10.0

Eliminated
  • The additional score for Week 4 was awarded by guest judge Paula Abdul.
  • The dancer Ohno and Smirnoff chose for the Trio Challenge was Sasha Farber.

Season 16 – Celebrity partner: Jacoby Jones; Season average: 25.6; placed 3rd

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-cha-cha / "Good Feeling" 7 6 7 No Elimination
2 Jazz / "Five Guys Named Moe" 8 7 8 Safe
3 Prom Group Dance / "The Rockafeller Skank"

Rumba / "Stay"

Awarded

8

2

8

Points

8

Safe
4 Foxtrot / "Watching You" 8 8 8 Safe
5 Jive* / "Long Tall Sally" 9 8 9 Safe
6 Quickstep / "For Once in My Life"

Team Paso Doble / "Higher Ground"

8

7

7

8

8

7

Safe
7 Salsa / "Danza Kuduro"

Jive Dance Off / "Good Golly Miss Molly"

9

Lost

9

This

9

Event

Safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World"

Paso Doble (Trio Challenge)* / "La Virgen de la Macarena"

9

8

9

9

9

8

Last to be Called Safe
9 Argentine Tango / "Concierto Para Quinteto"

Lindy Hop / "Ding Dong Daddy of the D-Car Line"

10

10

10

9

10

10

Safe
10 Jive / "Shake It"

Cha-cha-cha Relay / "Treasure" Freestyle / "Can't Hold Us" Instant Salsa / "Aguanile"

9

awarded 9 10

9

2 9 10

9

points 9 10

Third Place

With Corbin Bleu (Season 17) 27.4[edit]Edit

Season 17 – Celebrity partner: Corbin Bleu; Season average: 27.4; placed 2nd

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Contemporary / "If I Lose Myself" 8 8 8 No Elimination
2 Jive / "Kiss You" 9 8 9 Safe
3 Quickstep / "Diga Diga Doo" 9 8 9 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "Zorongo" 9 9* 9 Safe
5 Foxtrot / "My Wish" 9 9 10 Safe
6 Viennese Waltz / "Theme from Game of Thrones"

Switch-Up Challenge / Various

8

Awarded

7

4

8

Points

No Elimination
7 Cha-cha-cha / "Pumpin Blood"

Team Freestyle / "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)"

10

10

9

10

10

10

Safe
8 Argentine Tango / "Welcome to Burlesque"

Cha-cha-cha Dance-Off / "Woman's World"

9

Awarded

9*

3

9

Points

Safe
9 Waltz / "Apologize"

Jazz (Trio Challenge)* / "Yeah!"

9

10

9

10

10

10

Safe
10 Tango / "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)"

Rumba / "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)" (acoustic version)

9

10

8/9*

10/10*

9

10

Safe
11 Quickstep / "Diga Diga Doo"

Samba Relay / "No Scrubs" Freestyle / "Smooth Criminal" Cha-cha-cha & Foxtrot / "All Night"

9

Awarded 10 9

9

5 10 9

9

Points 10 9

Runner Up

Season 18 – Celebrity partner: Sean Avery; Season average: 18.5; placed 11th

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Contemporary / "Somewhere Only We Know" 7 6 7 No Elimination
2 Salsa / "Dance Bailalo" 7 7 7 Eliminated

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