Alfonso Ribeiro Performs Despite Pain on 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Alfonso Ribeiro performed Monday night on Dancing With the Stars, despite being in a great deal of pain. Since injuring his back more than a week ago, Alfonso didn't know if he would be able to continue in the competition. He proved naysayers wrong, however, and gave it his all during Monday's semifinal rounds, even though it was abundantly clear the Fresh Prince of Bel Air star was in excruciating pain following the competition.

Alfonso and pro partner Witney Carson wowed fans with their dream-themed dance in which they wore costumes akin to pajamas. What truly impressed everyone--including the judges--were the lifts Alfonso Ribeiro executed beautifully--carrying Witney gracefully across the dance floor. As CBS reports, "Dancing through the pain gave his performance a complexity and depth he hasn't shown so far this season."

So who went home on Monday night? Alfonso Ribeiro fans--including his former Fresh Prince of Bel Air cast mates--are hoping it wasn't him. If you didn't tune in to watch Dancing With the Stars on Monday, this serves as your spoiler alert.

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough, along with Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy both received perfect 10 scores from the judges. Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd along with Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas were the only couples left standing after Bethany and Derek, Janel and Val, and yes, Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson were all declared safe.

Tommy Chong and pro partner Peta bid adieu to Dancing With the Stars on Monday evening.

Next week starts finals week on Dancing With the Stars. Do you think his back injury puts Alfonso Ribeiro at a significant disadvantage going into the finals?

Who do you expect (or hope) might win Dancing With the Stars and take home that coveted mirror ball trophy? Will it be Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas, Bethany Mota and Derek Hough, Janel Parris and Val Chmerksovskiy, or Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson?

Stay tuned next week to find out.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.