'I'm a tough Greek, I'll power through': Maria Menounos brushes aside broken rib injury to perform near flawless routine on DWTS
09:00 GMT, 27 March 2012
Maria Menounos has said that being a 'tough Greek' helped her battle through her Dancing With The Stars routine last night with a broken rib.
The Extra presenter, 33, insisted that she would 'power through' the pain, and her determination paid off when she and partner Derek Hough achieved a score of 25 out of 30 for their Bonnie and Clyde-inspired performance.
Maria is said to be in 'excruciating' pain, and was forced to wear a rib brace under her dress.
Easy there pal, I'm injured: Maria Menounos competed on Dancing With The Stars last night despite suffering a broken rib
Miss Menounos suffered the injury during rehearsals, according to reports.
'Injury or not, I'm going to be a tough Greek and I'm going to kick some [butt]!' she told host Brooke Burke.
'I feel great. I did my best. We powered through!'
Ouch: The Extra presenter didn't let her injury get in the way of her energetic routine
'I'm going to be a tough Greek': Maria insisted on 'powering through' and achieved a score of 25 out of 30 with partner Derek Hough
Maria and Derek's quickstep was dubbed 'nearly spotless' by the judges.
The was a significant improvement from
last week's routine, which failed to impress judges Carrie Ann Inaba,
Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli.
The duo placed just behind Katherine
Jenkins and Mark Balls, and Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower – who
tied for first with scores of 26.
Protective wear: She wore a rib brace beneath her pink dress for last night's routine