If Cristian de la Fuente needs some advice on how to dance through the pain in his remaining weeks on Dancing with the Stars, he can turn to Cameron Mathison.
The All My Children hunk tweaked his hip flexor muscle when rehearsing for his Paso Doble last season, putting his DWTS future in jeopardy.
“I really thought I was going to have to say, ‘OK, I’m out,’” Cameron tells OK!. “And there’s a certain amount of adrenaline [and you want to stay]. I don’t know how serious it is, clearly, but if he can tough through the pain, I think it can help him.”
Cristian tore a bicep tendon during his and Cheryl Burke’s samba on Monday night. He announced on the Tuesday night result show he will delay surgery to repair the injury to stay in the competition. That decision could elicit some sympathy votes for him, Cameron believes.
“I think it just brings a little more awareness to him because there are five people left and everyone’s got their favorites,” he says. “It could single him out a little bit more.”
Still, learning intricate choreography – including two next week – is “very physically demanding” and now obviously the Chilean soap star will be limited in movement.
"But since it’s his shoulder, and not one of his legs, he could just keep it simple, and I’m sure Cheryl will figure out a way to work around his injury. Cheryl is one of the best," Cameron says. "He’s a tough guy, and if he can do it, I think he should do it."