"Wardrobe malfunction." The phrase that was initially used to describe the 2004 Super Bowl incident involving Justin Timberlake, Janet Jackson, and a second of exposed nipple, has been resurrected repeatedly since that fateful February day to describe public exposures from popular entertainers. The latest widespread wardrobe malfunction controversy involves entertainer Nancy Grace, who may or -- according to Grace -- may not have flashed some flesh on the September 26 episode of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
Grace appeared visibly embarrassed and ABC swiftly cut cameras away to the audience at the time, although Grace has since denied the incident offered anything to see. One day after the apparent nip slip, Grace took to Twitter - the ideal site for serious discussion about serious issues - and posted a picture of her holding what she called "Evidence re my alleged 'wardrobe malfunction' which I vehemently deny: Breast Petals."
Whatever the case - overexposure or overreaction - the incident will likely haunt the HLN host for a while. But the attention is going to fade eventually, as Grace is hardly the first "Dancing With the Stars" contestant to experience something embarrassing on the dance floor; consider the following.
Lil Kim - The pint-sized femcee made news in 2009 when she suffered from a sliding top that almost resulted in a moment exactly the same as Grace's. Luckily, the rapper had host Tom Bergeron in front of the camera to avoid anything explicit. According to Lil Kim, "the girls were tryin' to come out." Understandable - they were probably excited at the possibility of meeting Lil Kim's partner, Derek Hough.
Kirstie Alley - The "Cheers" star received some jeers during her time on the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" because gravity seemed to get the best of her. Alley and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, took a tumble when his leg gave out while holding her up. Later in the season, she lost her shoe during a dance and injured her hip during rehearsal. Compared to Alley experienced, she might consider Grace's wardrobe malfunction to be the easy way out.
Julianne Hough - There's really no way to put this one delicately. While hanging out after her performance, pitching to viewers for votes for her and partner Helio Castroneves, Hough let out an audible snort (some viewers claim it was a fart) that caused her to clasp her hand over her mouth and all of the other dancers in the room to laugh uproariously. No way to talk your way out of that one.
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