She may have had a pain in the neck — literally — but that didn't stop Melissa Rycroft from competing on last night's Dancing With the Stars.... and earning a near perfect score!
Just one day after rehearsing a group routine that sent her to the hospital, Melissa, who has been diagnosed with a herniated disc, returned to the stage on Oct. 22 and scored a 29.5/30 from the judges for her freestyle performance.
She and partner Tony Dovolani danced to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”.
“I’m OK,” she said following the dance. “When the adrenaline wears off is when you kind of start to feel like you need an ice pack.”
And what may have given her that extra boost to get up and perform?
“If I didn’t get [medical] clearance, they weren’t going to let me come back into the competition,” she reveals. “I was told it was not an option just to sit out one night.”
“It’s been an emotional couple of days to say the least,” she adds.NEWS: Dancing With the Stars' Melissa Rycroft released from hospital after suffering neck injury
As for Tony, he says it’s just a competition and at the end of the day, Melissa’s health is his main priority.
“Melissa has become a close family friend,” he says, adding, “So her safety was my No. 1 concern.”
We want to know: Do you think Melissa's return to the stage was brave?
Tune in to ABC tonight at 8 p.m. to see if Melissa and Tony will live to dance another week.
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