Katherine Jenkins ?DWTS? Injury Does Not Hurt Dancer?s Shot At Finals; Maria Menounos Eliminated

  @cavanshays on May 16 2012 9:10 AM

Katherine Jenkins might have stumbled and hurt her back on Dancing With the Stars Monday night, but come Tuesday night that injury proved null when Jenkins was voted through to the ABC reality competition finals.

British opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas had not slipped up on a single dance routine throughout the entire DWTS season until the end of their salsa Monday night. The stumble left Jenkins with a back injury but, with a total of 56 out of 60 points, the beautiful dancer was voted through to the finals where she and Ballas will compete for the Mirrorball trophy.

Can't tell you how thrilled I am to be in the final... Thank you to all who voted and made this dream come true! #DWTS, a shocked Jenkins tweeted after the results show on Tuesday. Jenkins has been a favorite since the show premiered.

The 31-year-old also gave her fans a bit more information about her back injury.

Lets not get carried away with how serious my 'back problem' is... Was a spasm,I didn't go to hospital & it's not going to affect nxt week! Jenkins posted on Twitter. 

She also told E! News: I'm OK. I'm trying not to think about it anymore because we have a lot of work to do next week, so we will get through it! I'm dealing with it. Patches and things, but it's going to be fine.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas will compete against Donald Driver and dance partner Peta Murgatroyd Levy as well as William Levy and his dancer partner Cheryl Levy in the DWTS finals.

Someone who will not be competing in the finals is Maria Menounos. 

A shocking elimination was delivered to Maria Menounous and her dancing partner Derek Hough on Tuesday. Despite the fact that their tango earned them a perfect score, the 33-year-old TV host did not rake in enough votes to go through to the finals.

The crowd booed when the announcement was made, as she was one of the favorites slated to win, but Menounos was nothing but gracious.

I learned so many things, Menounos said of her time on DWTS. I learned how strong I was. I learned to persevere. We didn't know our dances yesterday until we got on the floor. She also thanked partner Derek Hough for his helping her. I wouldn't have made it this far without his amazing talents and choreography.

Hough was thrilled to have been partnered with Menounos

I love, love, love dancing with this person, he said. Not just dancing with her, but just her as a person. Later he said, I always say this: There's two places to come, first or fourth, because second and third really suck. Coming this close and not getting it? That bites. Everybody comes back in the finals anyway, so semifinals is a really place to come besides winning.

Menounos added, I feel like I accomplished everything I set out to accomplish, she tells us. I danced every single dance there was.

Katherine Jenkins tweeted Menounos her love after the elimination.

How blessed I've been to share these weeks with @mariamenounos - will be so missed in training but the Girl-Mance will continue! Love ya!

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