Mario Lopez’s dance partner injured herself while rehearsing

Karina Smirnoff, Mario Lopez’s partner on Dancing with the Stars 3, “hurt her back and neck in rehearsal,” Mario told TMZ.com yesterday. While she returned to rehearsing, Mario said, “I hope she pulls it together. I’m nervous.”

Earlier yesterday, when TMZ first reported the incident, it said “reps for the show are denying that any incident has occurred.” They described the injury as “a muscle pull in Smirnoff’s back.”

During the actual live performance show, the biggest issue with their dance turned out to be the judges’ anger over his rule-breaking. Carrie-Ann told him, “I would appreciate it if you would respect the rules.”

Nervous Mario Says, Show Must Go On and Breaking News: Injury on the Set of “Dancing” [TMZ.com]

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