Kaitlyn Frey
November 15, 2016 03:35 PM
Erin Andrews

With only a few episodes left in the Dancing With the Stars ballroom before a new champion is crowned (my money’s on Laurie & Val), host Erin Andrews knew she had to make an impact — so she pulled out all the stops.

Her look for the evening – a form-fitting teal Jovani gown (paired with Kurt Geiger heels and Neil Lane jewels) that featured a plunging neckline and thigh-high slit up the front – got plenty of positive reactions from her best friends watching from home. “My friend who lives on the East Coast was dying over it,” she told PeopleStyle. “And my friends on the West Coast were complaining they couldn’t see it because the show wasn’t on in California yet!”

Erin Andrews

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But, the star reveals, the dress required some careful surveillance before and during the show to prevent a wardrobe mishap.  I was a little nervous about how high my slit went. We tried closing it up before the show, and then we had to do a little maintenance on it during. Whoops!” Andrews said.

Her train also needed to get cut shorter to avoid a malfunction on-stage. “Even though we shortened the train, I was walking all over myself. It’s a miracle I didn’t fall on set!” Andrews said. “But this was fun to play around in, something very different than what I’ve been used to.”

Erin Andrews

To show off the dress’s low neck and plunging back, Andrews’ hair stylist Ryan Randall wanted to give her a textured low ponytail. “I knew we had to rock a pony,” he said.

After rough drying her hair and spritzing in some Hask Dry Shampoo, Randall curled random pieces with a Harry Josh 1.25-in. marcel iron, making sure to leave the ends out. “I secured her hair back and low with a hook elastic,” he said. “The top I left loose, with bang pieces that move for that undone feel.”

Erin Andrews

And as a contrast to the rich green hue of Andrews’ gown, the star’s makeup artist Lisa Ashley used coral, rust and amber shades on her eyes from the LORAC PRO Metal Palette. “I was very specific about where I placed colors and not to overlap or blend,” she said. “[I didn’t] want to interfere with the vibrant colors.”

Overall, Andrews couldn’t have been happier with the final result. “Lisa crushed it with the eyes. Ryan’s low pony was perfection. The look felt so special,” she said.

What did you think of Erin’s look from last night? Tell us below.

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