Dancing With the Stars

Katherine Jenkins's Injury a Disappointment, Says DWTS Partner Mark Ballas

05/15/2012 at 02:45 PM EDT

Mark Ballas

Mark Ballas



After an emotional night in the ballroom, Katherine Jenkins, who injured her back during a salsa routine, is getting support from her Dancing with the Stars partner Mark Ballas as well as her competitors.

"She just put her back out," Ballas told PEOPLE after the show. "She can walk so I know there's no bone damage."

In fact, Jenkins, who still managed to score 27 points for the routine, Tweeted later about the injury: "I'm with the Doctor, he says it was a reflectorical spasm in my lower back," she wrote.



On Tuesday she updated her followers with good news: "Thanks for your tweets of support & concern," she wrote. "The good news is that I'm feeling better, just a little sore #OnwardsAndUpwards."

But the disappointment of an imperfect routine may have been just as painful.

"That dance in rehearsal was flawless," Ballas said. "We haven't had a bumpy run of that one. Out of all the ones we've done this season that's the one I've been saying, 'You'll get a perfect score for that.' "

Fellow top four contestant Donald Driver expressed his sympathy for his competitors. "You hate when things like that happen," he said of the mishap. "You see it in [Katherine's] face. You see it in the emotion that she had that she wanted to make sure she nailed that routine. ... It's sad that that happened to them."

But Derek Hough and Maria Menounos vowed to take care of Jenkins – even if she is a threat in terms of the competition.

"We're going to be taking good care of her," Menounos said. "Don't worry."

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