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Lindsey Stirling Makes Strong Dancing with the Stars Debut

Former Mormon Tabernacle Choir guest artist and YouTube powerhouse Lindsey Stirling just made her debut as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. This isn’t the first time Stirling has been a part of a television talent show—in 2010, she made her television debut on America’s Got Talent, where she was a quarter finalist.

In the Dancing with the Stars season 25 premiere, Stirling and her partner Mark Ballas started off strong and ended up tying with another couple for the high score of the night. A USA Today article said of the pairing, “As quirky as they are, they are very clearly the frontrunners after a show stopping Cha Cha Cha.” The dance was so good that even judge Len Goodman called it the “Dance of the night.”

In a video clip that ran before her performance, Stirling admitted, “I’ve always wanted to do Dancing with the Stars because I love dancing, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity, so I’m going to do it.” She then complimented her dance partner Ballas saying, “He’s so creative. I feel like that’s me to a T as I like to think outside the box.” In an interesting coincidence, Ballas was also the dance partner to another Choir guest artist, Katherine Jenkins.

Stirling previously appeared on Dancing with the Stars as a musician, and compared the difference in appearances by saying, “I’ve actually performed on the show several times as a violinist and it’s really crazy to now be on the flip side of that—it’s much scarier,” she confessed.

In 2013, Stirling was a guest artist for the 2013 Pioneer Day concerts that took place in the 21,000 seat Conference Center in Salt Lake City, UT. The Choir even backed her on one of her signature songs “Elements.” She also performed “Poor Little Lambs,” and a medley of “Scotland the Brave/Simple Gifts.”