Maria said that being a “tough Greek” helped her battle through her routine last night with a broken rib.
The Extra presenter (33) insisted that she would train through the pain. 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, despite being forced to wear a rib brace under her dress.
Maria 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.
She pretty much did that as her quickstep with Derek was dubbed “nearly spotless” by the judges.
Her performance showed 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.