May 15th, 2012
11:16 AM ET

Injury mars 'DWTS' semifinal

Last night's "Dancing with the Stars" semifinal went out with an injury scare that could end one competitor's run.

At the end of her second dance, singer Katherine Jenkins appeared to suffer back spasms after she tried to conclude her routine with a backbend.

Katherine was visibly upset after the performance, but told fans via Twitter late Monday night that she was diagnosed with a "reflectorical spasm" in her lower back.

Katherine, who was praised by CNN's Piers Morgan for her "steely determination and grit" in a pre-recorded segment that aired before her second routine, received a 27 for her efforts. Overall, she earned 56 points for her two dances that evening, placing her fourth ahead of tonight's elimination.

Earlier, William Levy delighted the crowd with a tango that caused judge Bruno Tonioli to call him the "dictator" of the dance. He then performed a samba that got judge Len Goodman to admit that he "never looked at a man's bum" so long in his life. (I have to wonder if someone slipped something funny in Len's drink last night, as he got away with several head-scratching comments.)

The samba earned William a perfect 30, following his 28 on the tango. His 58 points left him in second place overall.

Donald Driver was ready to do "whatever it takes" to advance to next week's final, and his first-round waltz showed a graceful, classy side that the NFL star hasn't featured often this season.

Carrie Ann Inaba noted a few footwork issues, but Bruno said that Donald did something that's very difficult to do so late in the season, and that's impress with a waltz. Donald earned a 28, with Bruno offering a 10.

Donald's second dance took him to samba-land, and his upbeat, quick and sensual routine dazzled the crowd. Bruno thought Donald took a big risk with the samba, but said he pulled it off.

Donald received a 29, with only Len declining to give a 10, earning him 57 points for the night and third place overall.

The big winner was Maria Menounos, who started off with an Argentine tango that was sultry, artistic and dazzling. Frankly, the routine could have been performed in a movie. Len called the dance "fabulous," and the judges gave the TV personality a perfect 30.

Maria's second dance was a jive that lacked the kicks and flicks that you normally see with the dance, along with pro-partner Derek Hough pulling off a split that was the icing on the cake. Unfortunately, Len noted a minor stumble that stopped Maria's dreams of a "double-double" coming true.

Nevertheless, her 29 for the jive and 59 overall left her on top heading into Tuesday's show.

In addition to the elimination, host Tom Bergeron is promising a "big announcement" tonight regarding next season. Could it be the long-rumored "All-Star" edition?

What did you think of last night's "Dancing with the Stars" episode? Who will be eliminated tonight?

Check out what the contestants and pros had to say about last night by clicking on the above video!


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  1. Susan Gleason

    I was aghast to see this is a CNN site and the above comment is allowed to stand. Don't you people have monitors?

    May 15, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Richard Fore

    What a fat pu55y. If she wasn't out sucking cocI< at 3:00 on the streets maybe she wouldn't of Hirt her back.

    May 15, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • LC

      No dude, those girls are flexible. Their backs don't hurt. They should be on dancing with the stars.lmao

      May 15, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |

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