Late last week, the 32-year-old actress and singer -- who played Alex Dupre on seasons seven through nine of The CW drama -- revealed that she had suffered torn muscles in between her ribs during dance rehearsals with her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko. Though her doctor advised her to stop dancing, she carried on like a trooper, even as the pain continued to worsen.
Though the routine wasn’t perfect, Kramer absolutely aced the difficult tango with several back-bends, high leg kicks and complex, intricate turns. Once the dance ended, Kramer was in some visible pain, bending her upper body just slightly as she and Savchenko breathed sighs of relief.
The judges felt Kramer improved from last week’s premiere performance, praising her for being “a trooper” and rewarding her for a passionate routine, giving them a combined score of 29 out of a possible 40.