Many thought Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins would be eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars” Tuesday night after an odd back injury during her samba the night before. But, in the biggest shocker of Season 14, the high-scoring Maria Menounos went home instead.
After the surprising results show, Katherine updated reporters on the back problem that marred the end of her Arabian-flavored bellydance. “What actually happened was a [back] spasm because as I was bending back, that’s when what whatever happened made me go off balance so I had a shooting pain down my back, and they say it’s going to be fine, but now I have to be really careful because it’s a vicious circle thing you can trigger really easily,” she told xfinityTV.
In fact, Katherine found that out the hard way after over-celebrating when she and partner Mark Ballas were declared safe. “I was so convinced that we were going [home] that when I heard we were in the final, I jumped around like a lunatic out of complete adrenalin and the minute I stopped, I was like, ‘Oh, I just made that worse!’ Now I have patches back on it.”
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Maria had shown great sportsmanship by allowing her doctors, who were backstage Monday night at “DWTS,” to help out her competitor. The “EXTRA” co-host’s team diagnosed Katherine’s back problem at the show. “I can’t say enough nice things about Maria. She is an absolute angel and definitely has been my best buddy through all of this,” Katherine said.
Katherine also revealed she has an unexpected fan — “DWTS” alum Kirstie Alley, who has been “really supportive.”
“She was Tweeting and she said, ‘let’s not judge nine weeks on the last two seconds of a routine.’ And to hear that from her actually meant a lot because I felt we were doing our best up until that point. I never imagined it would end like that.”
The singer explained that she had performed during one of Kirstie and Maks’ routines two seasons ago. “I think when I sang, she lost her shoe,” Katherine smiled. “She had a mishap [too] so we understand each other.”
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