After A Bad Week, J.R. Martinez Promises To “Come Back Strong” on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

For weeks, J.R. Martinez and his dancing partner Karina Smirnoff have been sailing through the competition on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars—but last night, the Army Veteran had an off night. "We're all going to have a bad week," the Salvadorian Martinez told backstage at Monday night's show. "If America pulls us through, I'm going to bust my ass this coming week and I'm going to come back strong."

Introducing 'Dancing With the Stars' Contestant J.R. Martinez

Following weeks of continuous praise from the judges, DWTS judge Len Goodman called Martinez’s performance last night “substandard,” and J.R. says now more than ever, it’s important for him and Smirnoff to step up and show the judges what they’re made of. "It's week seven," he says. "I think every season when you get to this timeframe, you see everyone's injuries and you start to see other things, but [these are the weeks] where champions are made, so let's see who steps up and see who is able to enter the mental and physical pain and make it through."

Martinez says having a bad week on DWTS can actually be a good thing. “it motivates me," he explains. 

J.R. Martinez and Mark Ballas Get Paired Up on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Watch his performance below and tell us if you agree that he fell off: