The "Vanderpump Rules" star gave judge Carrie Ann Inaba more specifics on the injury that's been plaguing her this season.
Ariana Madix is down, but she's far from out.
The Vanderpump Rules star has consistently landed on top of the Dancing With the Stars leaderboard this season, but judge Carrie Ann Inaba asked Madix about what exactly is holding the reality TV star back.
On last week's Taylor Swift episode, Madix alluded to a back injury, noting that she was suffering from pain in her rehearsal package. On Tuesday night's season 32 semifinals, Madix gave more details on the injury, noting that she is having issues in her back where her ribs connect to her spine. Further information, including whether it's a muscle tear or merely a strain, has not been shared.
Inaba noted that Madix's range of motion, particularly in lifting her arms above her head, was more restrained than she would like to see. But the judge dismissed the criticism once Madix explained the ailment that she is dealing with. "You have everything you need for the finale," Inaba told Madix.
Madix and partner Pasha Pashkov scored 28 out of 30 for their semifinal first round dance — a jive to "Runaway Baby" by Bruno Mars. Their scores placed them squarely in the middle of the standings. In their second round, they delivered a foxtrot to "Trampoline" by Shaed & Zayn.
Madix also addressed the injury in the rehearsal package for her second dance, noting that the strange body posture of the dance's frame was hard on her "already aching back." But she was resilient in spite of it, saying, "Pain hasn’t stopped me before and won’t stop me now."
Madix was true to her word, with Inaba praising her for "leaving it all on the floor" in spite of her visibly being in pain. The duo earned their first perfect score of the season with a 30 out of 30, bringing their total for the night to 59 points.
This isn't the first injury Madix has struggled with this season. During Motown night in week 3 of the competition, Madix wore bedazzled tennis shoes instead of more traditional heels while dancing a quickstep due to an injury on her right foot.
But that injury seemed to resolve itself by the next week, whereas the back injury has remained a more persistent complaint.
Dancing With the Stars airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC and Disney+ and streams the following day on Hulu.
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