Alfonso Ribeiro Cries After Dancing With The Stars Performance With Painful Back Injury — Watch Emotional Video
Alfonso Ribeiro performed on “Dancing With The Stars” on Monday with a painful back injury that left him in tears by the end of the routine. It all culminated, however, in a near-perfect score! Check out the emotional videos below.
As Gossip Cop previously reported, Ribeiro injured his groin while doing the “Carlton” dance from “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” earlier in the season. As he tried to overcompensate for that, he ended up hurting his back, and quite badly, too. As of Friday, it was unclear whether he would be able to continue with the competition or have to withdraw per doctors’ orders. The segment before Ribeiro’s new performance showed him rehearsing the Argentine tango when, “out of nowhere, my back went into full lock-up,” said the star, admitting, “It took my breath away.”
Ribeiro’s condition had partner Witney Carson in tears, but they ultimately took the stage during Monday’s live semifinals, performing a spicy routine to “Love Runs Out” by One Republic. The actor looked to be in quite a bit of pain, and as head judge Len Goodman encouraged him to “work through it,” Ribeiro’s own eyes welled with tears.
“No one likes dancing through pain. But pain is temporary. Glory lasts forever. Work through it. Get into that final. Well done,” Goodman told the contestant. Julianne Hough called him a “fighter,” and as the tears began to flow, host Tom Bergeron interrupted to find out if Ribeiro was crying due to the heartfelt comments or because he was hurting that badly.
Ribeiro admitted it was because he was in pain, and tearfully noted, “We made it through one, we got one more to go,” referring to the night’s second round. Judge Bruno Tonioli told him, “There’s nothing to cry about…. I totally understand when sometimes you feel you don’t hold up to your own expectations… It couldn’t be seen.” And Carrie Ann Inaba said, “What I loved actually about this tonight was because of your injury, your posture was phenomenal… I know that this was really painful and emotional, but channel this… Go hard.”
All the judges gave Ribeiro a 9, for a total of 36 out of 40. For the second routine, Ribeiro and Carson performed a contemporary dance to an “unplugged” version of same track as Christine Grimmie of “The Voice” performed. The former sitcom star again seemed to be in pain, but happily exclaimed “done!” afterward. The judges loved the performance, and commended Ribeiro for working through the pain as requested. “This how you pave the path to the finals,” declared Inaba, who could not stop praising the routine. For his efforts, he got a near-perfect score of 39!
The combined points gave him a 75 out of 80 for the semifinal night, and he was declared safe from elimination just moments after. Now he’ll have to stay well enough to compete in next week’s two-night season finale. The scores and viewers’ votes from tonight will determine Monday’s elimination, with the Final 3 continuing the quest for the Mirror Ball on Tuesday. Check out the videos below. What do you think of Ribeiro staying in the competition despite his injury? Note: Videos no longer available.