June 24, 2005 -- KELLY Monaco nearly had a "wardrobe malfunction" on Wednesday's live episode of "Dancing with the Stars."

Monaco was doing the Samba with dance partner Alec Mazo when the strap of her low-cut dress came undone forcing her to complete the gyrating Brazilian dance while holding her hands to her chest.

But unlike Janet Jackson's infamous "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl, Monaco didn't reveal anything and the incident was purely accidental.

Monaco's mishap, in fact, might have helped her concentration and focus.

After the dance was completed, Monaco was laughing and appeared genuinely pleased as she and Mazo walked over to "Dancing" co-host Tom Bergeron and prepared to hear judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli critique their performance.

"That was fantastic!" Inaba said. "And nice cover of the wardrobe malfunction," she said to Monaco, gesturing with her hands to her chest.

Each of the judges praised the couple for their improvement over the previous week's dancing effort.

"These two are the first two I've seen who are really up in their performance," Goodman said of Monaco and Mazo.

Ibana actually jumped out of her chair and clapped her hands with a big smile on her face.

Tonioli, known as "Mr. Softy" for his praise, was also enthusiastic.

"You are one right hot little chili [pepper]!" Tonioli said to Monaco.

At the end of the night, it was Rachel Hunter who got the boot leaving Monaco, Joey McIntyre and former "Seinfeld" co-star John O'Hurley as the remaining "stars" battling for the "Dancing" crown.

McIntyre is paired with professional dancer Ashly DelGrosso, while O'Hurley's dancing partner is Charlotte Jorgensen.

Wednesday's episode of the hit ABC reality show averaged 15.5 million viewers, once again winning the night in total viewers for the fourth consecutive week.

The next episode of "Dancing" airs Wednesday (9 p.m./Ch. 7).
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