Dancing with the Stars judges and fans were shocked Tuesday night when Maria Menounos and pro partner Derek Hough were sent packing in the elimination. The pair earned the highest scores this week, but failed to rake in more viewer votes than the other three couples.
“I learned so many things,” Menounos said after her elimination “I learned how strong I was. I learned to persevere. We didn’t know our dances yesterday until we got on the floor.”
The 33-year-old also praised Hough for his “amazing talents and choreography.”
“I loved loved loved dancing with this woman,” added Hough. “She’s not just a champion of dancing, she’s a champion of life.”
The three couples moving on to next week’s finals are: Katherine Jenkins and partner Mark Ballas, William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke, and Donald Driver and partner Peta Murgatroyd.
Another week, another Dancing with the Stars injury. This time it’s Cuban actor William Levy who is in danger of being forced to leave the competition. Levy says he hurt his ankle “pretty bad” while rehearsing his routine for Monday’s show. He is set to have an MRI to determine the severity of his injury.
“Just Wanted to let u know that I injured my right ankle pretty bad during rehearsal.. MRI tomorrow. I’ll let u all know .. Love u all,” Levy, 31, tweeted.
Last week actress Melissa Gilbert sustained head injuries during her performance and had to be carried out of the studio on a stretcher. Doctors determined Gilbert suffered a mild concussion and whiplash. She skipped Tuesday’s results show to rest, but was back to rehearsals on Wednesday.
Maria Menounos was the first contestant to be injured this season. About one week before the March season premiere the Extra host broke two ribs while rehearsing her cha cha. Her injuries didn’t stop her from competing and she became an early frontrunner.