'DWTS': Vanessa Lachey recovers flawlessly after quickstep wardrobe malfunction

Who said a wardrobe malfunction has to be a bad thing?

Vanessa Lachey suffered a skirt slip while performing the quickstep with her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, during Dancing With the Stars' Night at the Movies on Monday, but you truly wouldn't have known it was intentional. 

Paying homage to classic musicals, the 36-year-old actress started off singing with her "Lachey Sisters" -- a take on the Andrew sisters -- before gliding into her choreography with Maks. Her pro partner accidentally stepped on her skirt as they passed by the judges, causing her longer silk skirt to fall to the ground.

Vanessa handled it so gracefully, however, that the moment seemed planned. Not missing a beat, she hit all of her steps as she lip synced along to Smash's "Let's Be Bad."

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DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2502A' - With the first elimination having taken place on Monday, the 12 remaining celebrities ready themselves for one of the hottest nights in the ballroom - Latin Night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Each couple will perform a samba, rumba, cha cha, Paso Dobl� Argentine Tango or salsa, vying for America's vote. At the end of the night, the second elimination of the season will take place. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) TOM BERGERON, VANESSA LACHEY, MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2502A' - With the first elimination having taken place on Monday, the 12 remaining celebrities ready themselves for one of the hottest nights in the ballroom - Latin Night, on 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Each couple will perform a samba, rumba, cha cha, Paso Dobl� Argentine Tango or salsa, vying for America's vote. At the end of the night, the second elimination of the season will take place. (Eric McCandless/ABC via Getty Images) VANESSA LACHEY, MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2502' - The 13 celebrities dance to some of the most classic ballroom styles that everyone knows and loves, as Ballroom Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Each couple will perform timeless favorites, including a quickstep, waltz, tango, foxtrot or Viennese waltz, vying for America's vote. At the end of the night, the first elimination of the season will take place. ABC/Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) VANESSA LACHEY, MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
DANCING WITH THE STARS - 'Episode 2502' - The 13 celebrities dance to some of the most classic ballroom styles that everyone knows and loves, as Ballroom Night comes to 'Dancing with the Stars,' live, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Each couple will perform timeless favorites, including a quickstep, waltz, tango, foxtrot or Viennese waltz, vying for America's vote. At the end of the night, the first elimination of the season will take place. ABC/Eric McCandless / ABC Via Getty Images) VANESSA LACHEY, MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: TV personality Vanessa Lachey (L) and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy attend 'Dancing with the Stars' season 25 at CBS Televison City on September 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: TV personality Vanessa Lachey (R) and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy attend 'Dancing with the Stars' season 25 at CBS Televison City on September 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy pose at ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 5 cast announcement event at Planet Hollywood Times Square on September 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
GOOD MORNING AMERICA - The cast of Season 25 of 'Dancing with the Stars,' are announced live on 'Good Morning America,' Wednesday, September 6, 2017 on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lou Rocco/ABC via Getty Images) MAKS CHMERKOVSKIY, VANESSA LACHEY
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: (L-R) Vanessa Lachey, Nick Lachey, Peta Murgatroyd and Maks Chmerkovskiy pose at ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 5 cast announcement event at Planet Hollywood Times Square on September 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
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Before even hearing the judges' scores, the mom of three turned to Tom Begeron and said, "Oops!" When the host asked why, she replied, “I swear that was not planned to lose my skirt right in front of the judges. It looks like drapery.” Then she gave Maks a hug and joked with judge Bruno Tonioli, "Hey, if it’s for extra points, I’ll take it.”

The judges clearly didn't see the missing costume piece as an error. 

"It took me back to season one, when Kelly Monaco had a wardrobe malfunction, and it actually sent her over the top," Carrie Ann Inaba admitted. "What I saw was something happened, and you just let yourself go, and it was such a fantastic performance. You are the epitome of class and grace, and then it was freedom.”

Guest judge Shania Twain seconded the sentiment, noting, "For me, just on the entertainment value, it was sass, humor and class. And I wasn’t sure, when you lost the skirt, if it was meant to happen at that moment or not because you kept your composure. It didn’t matter and you went with it, and I loved it.”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 08: Actress Vanessa Lachey and singer Nick Lachey attend Disney's Cars x Sportie LA Event at Sportie LA on June 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)
BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS - 'Variety vs TV Sex Symbols' - The revival of 'Battle of the Network Stars,' based on the '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, will continue on THURSDAY, JULY 6 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) CASSIDY HUBBARTH, VANESSA LACHEY, NICK LACHEY
BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS - In an ode to ABCs 'Wide World of Sports,' 100 TV stars from 14 different network and cable companies will take their athleticism to a new level as they compete - to feel 'the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat' - in the revival of 'Battle of the Network Stars,' based on the 70s and 80s television pop-culture classic, premiering on THURSDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC. (Byron Cohen/ABC via Getty Images) VANESSA LACHEY, NICK LACHEY
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 24: Vanessa Lachey and Nick Lachey (R) attends a basketball game between Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: TV personalities Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey attend The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 15: TV personalities Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey arrive at The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey arrives at the Variety And Women In Film Annual Pre-Emmy Celebration at Gracias Madre on September 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 18: Recording artist Nick Lachey (L) and tv personality Vanessa Lachey attend the 2015 Entertainment Weekly Pre-Emmy Party at Fig & Olive Melrose Place on September 18, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
ANAHEIM, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Vanessa Lachey, Camden Lachey and singer/tv personality Nick Lachey visit Disneyland on September 08, 2015 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Vanessa Lachey (L) and Nick Lachey attend the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NBCUNIVERSAL EVENTS -- NBCUniversal Press Tour, August 2015 -- Spago Party -- Pictured: (l-r) Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey, NBC's 'Truth Be Told' -- (Photo by: Evans Vestal Ward/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: Vanessa Lachey and Nick Lachey attend the Entertainment Weekly SAG Awards pre-party at Chateau Marmont on January 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey attend the 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 New York premiere at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on March 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo Lachey of VH1 Big Morning Buzz arrive at Sprint Sound Sessions at Webster Hall on April 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for Sprint)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo are seen at LAX on May 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19: Willy and Vanessa Lachey attends the 'Everyday Effect' consumer event with Nick and Vanessa Lachey at P & G Innovation Center on June 19, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 30: Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minillo arrive for the opening of Marquee at The Star on March 30, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS - DECEMBER 08: Vanessa Lachey sighting on December 08, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Todd Green/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 22: Model Molly Sims and TV personality Vanessa Lachey attend the opening of Restoration Hardware West Hollywood The Gallery on Melrose Avenue on October 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for Restoration Hardware)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Vanessa Minnillo Lachey and Nick Lachey attend Sprint Sound Sessions at Webster Hall on April 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Sprint)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 17: (L-R) Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey attend the Entertainment Weekly SAG Awards pre-party at Chateau Marmont on January 17, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/WireImage)
SHERMAN OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actress Vanessa Minnillo (L) and singer Nick Lachey attend the 1st Annual Grizzlies Give Back Toy Drive on December 13, 2013 in Sherman Oaks, California. (Photo by Vincent Sandoval/FilmMagic)
UNCASVILLE, CT - OCTOBER 22: Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo attend the Mohegan Sun 15th anniversary on October 22, 2011 in Uncasville, Connecticut. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
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As for Bruno, though he did note there was one minor foot hold he noticed, otherwise, he told Vanessa that she was "absolutely gleaming with that kind of theatrical, pizzazz, glamour of a ‘40s musical," adding, "You killed it. That was so delicious."

Len Goodman got boos, however, when he reminded Vanessa that he had given her 8s but was
"debating now whether that deserved less, the same, or more.”  

Luckily, Len came around, agreeing with his other judges that the dance was worth a high score, with all four giving the duo 9s, adding up to a 36 out of 40.

“This dancing thing is working out for me!” Vanessa joked just before she got the scores.

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Her husband, Nick Lachey, clearly agreed -- he was beaming after his wife completed her dance. But sadly, his number earlier in the evening didn't go quite as well.

The second dance of the movie tribute, he and partner Peta Murgatroyd performed a steampunk-meets-Mad Max samba to "Wild Wild West," but the awkward, stilted number looked labored and only earned them a 26 out of 40, and they were ultimately eliminated from this week's show.

Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

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