Katherine Jenkins’ stumble caused a collective gasp around the country among viewers of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” But her biggest mistake was to have stopped dancing. A tough break at the wrong time.
Jenkins, 31, was in the middle of an energetic routine to Akon’s “Bonanza,” maybe too energetic. She seemed to be slowing down slightly when the went into a floor move that proved her undoing.
Her pro partner, Mark Ballas, incidentally, was a true gentleman. “I’ve got you,” he said, repeatedly, giving her support.
But in true trouper fashion she should have danced as if nobody was watching. Although it was a clearly visible stumble, her emotional reaction made it worse. Still, it’s understandable given the intensity of the dance, and the judges seemed to take that into account.
Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli scored them 27 out of 30, with straight nines. It was good enough to keep them in the competition, but clearly put them in next to last place for the night.
So they can recover.
Afterward, the opera singer let her fans know via twitter that a doctor said it was a “reflectorical” spasm in her lower back.
The competition is at its peak. Derek Hough and Maria Menounos scored straight tens across the board for their Argentine tango.
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd executed a waltz and a samba, with near perfection. He’s been quietly getting the job done week after week.
Latin TV star William Levy, another strong performer, week-after-week, earned a score of 59 his tango and samba.
Check out Katherine’s dance and stumble below: