*”Dancing With The Stars” contestant Hines Ward fought back tears after he was awarded the season’s first set of perfect scores on last night’s show.
Earlier in the week, Ward was in danger of pulling out of the competition after his professional partner Kym Johnson fell on her head and suffered temporary paralysis in her arms. The incident was captured on camera and shown during Monday’s show.
Doctors eventually cleared Johnson to continue in the competition, but she wore a neck brace during practice. The injury, however, didn’t deter the couple, who received perfect scores for their routines.
Ward was overcome with emotion after the performances, saying, “Praise God she’s walking, she’s a warrior. I love her.”
Johnson added, “It could have been really bad. I feel so blessed and lucky to be OK.”
Head judge Len Goodman praised the couple for the intensity of their tango routine, saying, “It was like something from the Kama Sutra, that is a tango!”, while Bruno Tonioli remarked, “It was like good sex … you never want it to end.”