Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Maksim Chmerkovskiy took a tumble
during his rumba with Kirstie Alley
on Monday's Dancing with the Stars
, but he says he'll be back in the ballroom to dance next week – as long as they're not eliminated.
"I'm good. It's sore. It's fine. It's not a pain that's going to stop me," the pro dancer told ABC News
in an interview Tuesday.
Falling during a routine is something that "never happened before," Chmerkovskiy says. "If it did I certainly could camouflage it. I guess [my leg] got a Charlie horse. It just gave out."
After the performance, he Tweeted an apology: "To all the fans...I'm sorry! It will never happen again and I will never 'fall'! To @kirstiealley You were..FLAWLESS! In more ways than one!"
The incident caused a collective gasp in the ballroom and quickly became the most buzzed-about moment of the night – which makes Chmerkovskiy quite uncomfortable.
"My philosophy is I want to be in the background. I'm the backbone but I want to be in the shadows," he said. "This being the most talked-about moment kind of takes away from Hines [Ward] and from Petra [Nemcova] doing their phenomenal routines and even from Kirstie, obviously, so that's why I feel a little awkward with this whole attention on me."
Ward, a Pittsburg Steeler's wide receiver, performed a lively samba with his partner Kym Johnson while the supermodel Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin danced a waltz that had the judges singing her praises. Both couples earned the top score of the night, 25 out of 30 points. Chmerkovskiy and Alley scored a solid 21 after recovering from their fall.
Chmerkovskiy still has a sense of humor about the incident, saying, "The person that got scared the most is Teddy Volynets
. He's one of the pro dancers in the DWTS
troupe this season. He's like, 'Oh crap, I'm the stand-in,' " he said. "You're not taking my spot that easy."