As viewers saw during Vanessa Lachey’s latest dance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Dancing with the Stars on October 23, Lachey suffered a bit of a wardrobe malfunction after the bottom of her dress ripped off and fell to the floor as she danced. But was it all fake?
New reports are now claiming that Vanessa may actually have planned to have the wardrobe mishap during the broadcast in an attempt to get fans of the ABC series talking, and more importantly, voting.
According to sources, the mom of three “is loving the attention she’s getting right now” from being on the show and is allegedly willing to do pretty much anything to stick around for as long as she can, which means creating as much noise as possible.
“Her skirt ripping off was totally staged!” a DWTS insider alleged to Radar Online this week. “She is so thirsty to win now that she is willing to do anything to stay on air.”
“She isn’t stupid,” the source then continued of Lachey. “Before Vanessa was a celebrity in her own right, she was an entertainment news reporter, so she definitely knows how to make headlines.”
While there’s no proof beyond the site’s source that Vanessa strategically planned her wardrobe malfunction, there’s no doubting that the awkward moment certainly got Dancing with the Stars fans talking.
As she and partner Maksim performed their quickstep to “Let’s Be Bad” during the October 23 episode, the bottom half of Lachey’s dress suddenly dropped to the floor as she strutted her stuff in the ballroom.
Fortunately, Vanessa was still covered by the feathers on her dress which draped down over her hips, though barely missing a beat as the material dropped from her gown.
Lachey and Chmerkovskiy both appeared to be pretty unfazed by what could have been a seriously awkward mishap, and Us Weekly reported that Vanessa even joked after her performance that she was trying to bribe the judges by showing off a little more skin.
“I [lost] my skirt right in front of the judges. It looks like bribery,” she joked after host Tom Bergeron picked up the remainder of her dress from the dancefloor. “Hey, if it’s for extra points, I’ll take it.”
But despite the mishap, Lachey and Chmerkovskiy got nines from all four judges, including guest Shania Twain. It was their real-life partners, Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd, who were then eliminated from the competition.
Vanessa hasn’t publicly spoken out regarding the allegations she may have planned her wardrobe issues, though this isn’t the first time the TV personality has been accused of being involved in a whole lot of drama on the show this season.
The latest reports come after several outlets alleged that there was a nasty feud brewing between Vanessa and Maks after the professional dancer failed to turn up to the show to dance with his partner during week three. Insiders alleged at the time that they were seriously butting heads behind the scenes of DWTS.
But despite all the rampant feud reports, both have denied having any bad blood when asked about the supposed drama.
Dancing with the Stars Season 25 airs on ABC on Monday nights.
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