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Karina Smirnoff
Karina Smirnoff 22
Dancer Profile
Birth Date January 2, 1978 (1978-01-02) (age 39)
Hometown Kharkiv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union

Partner(s) 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)
All-Stars: Apolo Anton Ohno (5th)
16: Jacoby Jones (3rd)
17: Corbin Bleu (2nd)
18: Sean Avery (11th)
19: Randy Couture (11th)
21: Victor Espinoza (12th)
22: Doug Flutie (9th)

Karina Smirnoff is a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars.

BiographyEdit

Retrieved from abc.com
Originally from Ukraine, Karina made her way to the US with her family at the age of 12. At the age of nine, Karina was introduced to ballroom dancing and fell in love with it. After graduating from Fordham University with a double degree, she put her academic studies on hold to pursue her ballroom dancing career in the United Kingdom.

American audiences first fell in love with Karina during season three of Dancing with the Stars, when she swung into a second place finish with partner Mario Lopez. The next season she finished fifth with Billy Ray Cyrus. The two would team up again when Karina guest starred on “Hannah Montana.” Karina also teamed up with her former DWTS partner Ralph Macchio in her first leading role in a short film, Across Grace Alley. Karina also starred in two Broadway shows, Burn the Floor and Forever Tango. In Season 13, she went all the way, winning the Mirrorball trophy with J.R. Martinez as her partner.














Dancing with the Stars 3Edit

Karina was partnered with Mario Lopez. Placed 2nd.

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
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

Dancing with the Stars 4 Edit

Karina was partnered with Billy Ray Cyrus. Placed 5th.

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
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

Dancing with the Stars 5 Edit

Karina was partnered with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.. Placed 9th.

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
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

Dancing with the Stars 6 Edit

Karina was partnered with Mario. Placed 5th.

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
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

Dancing with the Stars 7 Edit

Karina was partnered with Rocco DiSpirito. Placed 9th.

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
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.

Dancing with the Stars 8 Edit

Karina was partnered with Steve Wozniak. Placed 10th.

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
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

Dancing with the Stars 9 Edit

Karina was partnered with Aaron Carter. Placed 5th.

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
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
  • Score was awarded by stand in judge Baz Luhrmann.

Dancing with the Stars 11 Edit

Karina was partnered with Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino. Placed 9th.

ScoresEdit

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.

Dancing with the Stars 12 Edit

Karina was partnered with Ralph Macchio. Placed 4th.

ScoresEdit

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.

Dancing with the Stars 13 Edit

Karina was partnered with J.R. Martinez. Placed 1st.

ScoresEdit

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 Won
Freestyle / "Whine Up" 10 10 10
Jive / "Jump, Jive An' Wail!" Awarded 28 Points
Instant Samba / "Shake Your Bon-Bon" 10 10 10

Dancing with the Stars 14 Edit

Karina was partnered with Gavin DeGraw. Placed 9th.

ScoresEdit

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

Dancing with the Stars 15 Edit

Karina was partnered with Apolo Anton Ohno. Placed 5th.

ScoresEdit

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.

Dancing with the Stars 16 Edit

Karina was partnered with Jacoby Jones. Placed 3rd.

ScoresEdit

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

Dancing with the Stars 17 Edit

Karina was partnered with Corbin Bleu. Placed 2nd.

ScoresEdit

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
Not eliminated
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

Dancing with the Stars 18 Edit

Karina was partnered with Sean Avery. Placed 11th.

ScoresEdit

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

Dancing with the Stars 19 Edit

Karina was partnered with Randy Couture. Placed 11th.

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Hough Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "The Way You Look Tonight" 8 7 8 8 Safe
2 Cha-Cha-Cha / "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" 7 7 7 7 Safe
3 Paso Doble / "Eye of the Tiger" 7 7 6 6 Eliminated

Dancing with the Stars 21Edit

Karina was partnered with Victor Espinoza. Placed 12th.

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Hough Tonioli
1 Salsa / "G.D.F.R" 5 5 5 No Elimination
2 Jive / "La Bamba"
Rumba / "Girl on Fire"
6
7
5
6
6
7
Eliminated

Dancing with the Stars 22Edit

Karina was partnered with Doug Flutie. Placed 9th.

ScoresEdit

Week # Dance/Song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Sweet Caroline" 5 5 5 No Elimination
2 Paso Doble / "Buster Voodoo" 7 6 7 Bottom Three
3 Waltz / "Rainbow Connection" 7 6 7 Last to be called safe
4 Jazz / "A Spoonful of Sugar" 6 6/61 6 Safe
52 Tango / "Black and Gold" 7 7/73 7 No Elimination
8 Bollywood / "Jai Ho" 7 7 7 Eliminated

1 Score given by guest judge Zendaya Coleman.
2 For this week only, as part of "America's Switch Up", Flutie performed with Peta Murgatroyd instead of Smirnoff. Smirnoff performed with Antonio Brown.
3 Score given by guest judge Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Trivia Edit

  • Karina dated her season 3 partner Mario Lopez.
  • Karina was engaged to her fellow professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
  • She was engaged to Major League Baseball pitcher Brad Penny.
  • She became engaged to Jason Adelmann in January 2015. On March 11, 2015, both individuals announced that they had split and their engagement was off.
  • She has a dog named Randy.
  • She was the oldest female pro to ever win the mirror ball trophy at age 33 (a record she shares with Kym Johnson).

GalleryEdit

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