The tears of joy flowed for the resilient dancer on Monday’s edition of Dancing with the Stars, who came storming back just three days after she was rushed to the hospital with a neck injury after Ward fell on her during rehearsals.
Johnson showed she’s just as gritty as the Super bowl MVP, as the pair racked up perfect scores in their first two dances of the night, a salsa and Argentine tango, which had Johnson, Ward and judge Carrie Ann Inaba crying.
Said judge Bruno Tonioli: “Every emotion was out there for the taking: It was like good sex, you never want it to end.”
The rugged receiver said following their dances, “Praise to God that she’s still walking … she is a warrior.”
“It could have been really bad,” Johnson said. “I feel so blessed and lucky to be OK. I didn’t really want to dance tonight.”
The night was almost perfect for the pair, except for one fumble: They lost a last dance-off called Winner Takes All Cha Cha set to Lady Gaga’s Just Dance.
Mark Ballas and Disney star Chelsea Kane received the 15-point bonus on the night to receive the top score of 73 out of 75 overall points, edging them over Hines and Kim’s 60 out of 75.
Elsewhere, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were in third with 54 points out of 60, while Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff rounded out the pack with 48 points out of 75.
We’ll see which couple is eliminated on Tuesday’s results show, which starts on ABC at 9/8c ; the winner will be crowned next week.