No way fans are voting Hines Ward off 'DWTS'

Tue, May 17
10:46
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When you start Monday's episode of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" showing how Hines Ward's partner Kym Johnson fell during rehearsal last week and cried, "I can't feel my arms," you knew it was going to be an emotional night.

While rehearsing the tango last week, Johnson landed on her head, and Ward -- 6 feet tall and 205 pounds -- fell on top of her. Johnson was rushed to the hospital. After tests, she was released by doctors to compete again, though she practiced with a neck brace.

On Monday night, the live crowd in Los Angeles went crazy when the duo danced the tango (perfect score of 30 points), salsa (perfect score of 30 points) and the group cha-cha-cha. The perfect scores were the first of the season.

"Praise to God she's still walking," said Ward, a Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver. "She's a warrior. I love her. "

Johnson, who has won the dancing title in the United States and her home country of Australia, said, "It could have been really bad. I feel so blessed and lucky to be OK."

The same might not be Ralph Macchio. Last week, after he recovered from a knee injury and struggled dancing, fans kept him on the show. They sent Romeo home instead. This week, he likely won't be as lucky. He and Karina Smirnoff finished with 48 points out of 60, far below the other contestants. Disney star Chelsea Kane got a bonus for winning the cha-cha to take the week, with Ward second and actress Kirstie Alley came in third.

After Tuesday's elimination show, it's a two-night finals for the three remaining couples.