Kate Gosselin Tears Off Her Skirt During DWTS Return

Entertainment May. 25, 2010 AT 10:51PM

Saucy!

For her encore performance on Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars finale, a smiling Kate Gosselin revamped her notorious "Paparazzi" routine. When the music segued into disco classic "I Will Survive," partner Tony Dovolani ripped off her skirt to reveal a sparkly micro skirt beneath. The number ended with the 35-year-old mom ascending high into the air on a platform; a close-up camera caught her giggling awkwardly.

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Despite much-documented friction with Dovolani during her run on the show, Gosselin said before her dance, "for the record, Tony, I heart you," tracing a heart shape with her fingers.

In rehearsal footage, the reunited pair clashed over how to rework their routine. "I wanted to make it more difficult becaue that's really who I am," she explained -- but then balked when Dovolani suggested to saunter up to the judges. "I'm afraid to do that part!"

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Sighs a frustrated Dovolani: "it's one thing saying ing you want something, it's a whole other thing to do it."

As they practiced, the 35-year-old reality star surmised: "I would guess that 90 percent of my audience doesn't like me. I'm so controversial."

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Of her dancing skills? "I could stand there in the middle of the floor and people would [still] judge me. It doesn't matter if I did a Nicole [Scherzinger] or Evan [Lysacek] performance," she adds. "I would still get picked apart to pieces -- so I might as well have fun with it."

The Kate Plus 8 and Twist of Kate star adds: "I would really like America to see the real me. Just doing my best, laughing at myself."

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