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Nervous Mario

Says, Show Must Go On

9/26/2006 8:03 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mario LopezTMZ just spoke with Mario Lopez, who confirmed his dancing partner injured herself today, just hours before "Dancing With the Stars" airs live on ABC.

Lopez says Karina Smirnoff "hurt her back and neck in rehearsal" and doctors were summoned to the set. Lopez says Smirnoff is in pain, adding, "I hope she pulls it together. I'm nervous."

Mario, who is a favorite to win the competition, is scheduled to dance the tango tonight. The dance, known for it's jerky movements, could be particularly difficult for Smirnoff.

And a source on the set says at around 7:00 PM Eastern time, Karina was back rehearsing. Stay tuned.

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stoopit    

TMZ where is the story about Steven Tyler and his Hep C?

2927 days ago
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Woodman22    

Mario shouldn't be too upset......I'm sure "Screech" is still available to be his dance partner. I'm sure he's not busy!!! Or call K-fag...I'm sure he's not busy either!

2927 days ago
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Vonnie    

What difference does it make who his partner is? If he's going to screw up the dances he's supposed to be performing, he's not going to win anyway! Grow up,
Mario!!

2927 days ago
4.

Whatever    

Stop making fun of him! Grow up people and get a life! LOSERS!

2927 days ago
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laughing at bigets    

GROW UP "WOODMAN22". GET OVER IT !!
It's not the 50's-60's, anymore.
If Mario is to be GAY, then he would be sleeping in my bed.
How about that, Woodman22?

2927 days ago
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Lisa    

Mario is a great dancer! He is very exciting to watch. I disagree with the judges for discounting his score for "breaking the rules" and putting in some unique touches. The woman who did a cartwheel last week was praised for that-not cut down. Since when are cartwheels a part of ballroom dancing?

2927 days ago
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Linda Bressi    

I say hurray for Mario Lopez and Joey Lawrence. they are the best. And the judges should remember they are not professional dancers. so give it a break. you guys better not judge in such a segregated voting. not nice. there all putting drama into there acts. Are you judges sure you know what your doing. Let them enjoy them selves.. rules. duh. rules go for all not just some.......

2927 days ago
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We, are not amused.    

Oh cruel fate! Just when that comeback was looking so sure, and now for this to happen! I hope Mario can FOCUS on not scraping his teeth on my weinner when next he preforms on the "BJ Show."

2927 days ago
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Linda Bressi    

hey judges slack off. all are doing the same. mario and joey are the best two you have. oh did nayone tellyou guys they are not professional dancers. let them enjoy them selves....

2927 days ago
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shirley    

tch tch--such inconsistant and unfair judging, Mario and Katrina deserved better. Jerry Springer is a joke. An absolute bore! I give MARIO and Katrina credit for hard work and great intertainent forr all.

2927 days ago
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Diva    

He definately knows how to move! Go Mario!

2927 days ago
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Steve    

Wow! That was great for Mario and Katrina!!! They did a great job except breaking the rules. What rules did they break? I believe that those judges are too harsh on them. What are they expecting them to do what? Also hooray for Joey, he did a good job tonight.

2927 days ago
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Anne Winkler    

Mario can't help that he's beautiful! What a face! and dimples do him well.. Everyone is so jealous of him.. come on now; be fair,judges..He's adorable, what man or woman wouldn't want him?

2927 days ago
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LINDA    

I have watched the show each week and they are all doing good .They are not professionel dancers, the people they dance with are . So what if he did alittle something diffenent then others. Look at the lady last week who did a cartwheel thats not ball room danceing and they didnt say anything wrong , so let them have fun and let the best man or lady win .It is just a show. the name calling is so in mature sit back and relax and enjoy the show .

2927 days ago
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FLIPPIN    

What about that Cartwheel and the Line Dance Routine and Jerry grabbing himself......Mario and Lawrence are just having fun like the others did.....Why are they the ones in trouble??

2927 days ago
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