Season 14 “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Maria Menounos is “dancing” with a secret.
The “Extra” co-host reportedly broke two ribs during a “hard-core” rehearsal with pro partner Derek Hough, claims Page Six. The pair cha cha cha’d their way to a 21 for their first dance, the opening number of the show.
“She has been in excruciating pain for the past few weeks during rehearsals, but she is staying strong and working through it. She refuses to give up,” a source tells The New York Post.
The source also adds that Maria is hiding a rib brace under her sexy outfits. (Although, the pic above shows there’s no where to hide, at least in her on-stage get-up.)
As for Monday night, “DWTS” kicks it up a notch for Week 2, with all 12 couples returning to the ballroom to perform either the Jive or the Quickstep (both much harder than the premieres’ fox trot and cha cha). Then Tuesday night is the big night, featuring the first elimination of the season in the Results Show, airing at 9-10:01 p.m. EST. Country stars Sugarland and talented singer songwriter Matt Nathanson also perform during the hour, which is preceded by a one-hour recap episode.
“DWTS” airs Monday, 8-10 p.m. EST on ABC.
Cha Cha Ouch! Watch the Dance That Got Maria Injured:
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