Maksim Chmerkovskiy Went Down But He’s Not Out

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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updated 04/05/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 04/05/2011 AT 3:00 PM ET

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.”


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