• BREAKING NEWS ABC shows live and on-demand -- Download the WATCH ABC app!

'Dancing With The Stars': J.R. Martinez perseveres through ankle pain

November 14, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
It was an intense night for the semifinalists on "Dancing With The Stars" on Monday.

(Get a dance-by-dance recap of all the action in week nine of 'Dancing With The Stars.')

The four remaining couples performed three times - two individual dances and the Cha Cha relay.

J.R. Martinez twisted his ankle in rehearsal. Even though he was in pain, he persevered. But he admitted he was disappointed with his Argentine Tango.

"We had one more lift to go at the end, and I wasn't able to pull it off. So we just kind of ended up hugging each other," said Martinez. "When in doubt, just hug each other."

One couple will be eliminated Tuesday night, and three couples will compete in next week's finals of "Dancing With The Stars."

View photos from week nine of "Dancing With The Stars."