Viral violinist Lindsey Stirling came this close to winning the Mirror Ball Trophy on “Dancing with the Stars.” She and her pro partner Mark Ballas made the finals in season 25 but placed second to Jordan Fisher and his pro partner Lindsay Arnold. No worries. Stirling has a shot at winning another trophy in May. She’s nominated for a Daytime Emmy.
Stirling contends for Best Musical Performance in a Daytime Program for performing “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” (watch it above). She was promoting her Christmas album “Warmer in the Winter,” in which she brought her singular blend of classical and electronic dance music to holiday classics. And her performance on “Kelly and Ryan” brought together her instrumental skills and her dance skills — have you ever tried playing the violin while spinning on one foot?
But can Stirling win? The last two prizes have gone to the casts of Broadway shows (“The Color Purple” in 2017, “Dear Evan Hansen” in 2018). Now Stirling is up against the Tony– and Grammy-winning cast of “The Band’s Visit,” so they might have an edge. But this award has only been given out three times before, and the very first year was an upset, when Rachel Platten’s “Good Morning America” performance of “Fight Song” shockingly beat performances by Adele, Annie Lennox, ELO and Bruno Mars. Given the uniqueness of Stirling’s performance, don’t count her out for just that kind of upset. Who needs a Mirror Ball, anyway?
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