J.R. Martinez on Dancing With the Stars Run: I'm Being Blessed

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J.R. Martinez is dominating Dancing With the Stars this season, and it's not because of his fancy footwork (although he's certainly not a slouch in that area).

His life, featured on People's cover, is one of triumph and redemption.

For millions of Dancing with the Stars fans, there's never been an easier contender to root for, given his dance moves, personality and compelling life story.

JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff Pic

"I'm being blessed in so many ways, and it's because of the energy I'm putting out in the world," says the All My Children actor, who backs that claim up.

J.R. Martinez survived a 2003 explosion while a soldier serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq. The trauma was unimaginable, but worth it in the end, he says.

If not for the Humvee he was driving hitting a land mine, "My life would not be what it is today: full of joy, happiness and positivity," Martinez reflects.

Since the explosion, which burned 40 percent of his body and required a grueling 34-month treatment, Martinez made a point to live every day like his last.

Whether that earns him a Mirror Ball trophy or not is irrelevant. He's already embraced and all that life has to offer and become a true role model at age 28.

He's also embraced Karina Smirnoff. A lot. That alone is amazing.

Karina Smirnoff and JR Martinez

When he's not acting or dancing, Martinez travels the world as a motivational speaker, spreading his uplifting message of positivity and triumph over adversity.

"When you show people who you really are and you're genuine, you don't have to force positivity," says Martinez, who's confident with the man he's become.

"I'm not your typical person walking down the street. I'm cool with being different."

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I just want to say to JR I think your a great man,you have such a good out look of life. The lord helped you thru your pain and your injury for a good reason just to see your expresion and your out look of life you were saved for a reason and you make some us feel ashamed of how vain we can be.So Can I say thank you for showing us how to accept the lords will.And for all the good you do GOD BLESS YOU.

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It's time the Kardashian crew leave the DWTS stage. Liars and cheaters should not be allowed to share in the fun and celebration of those that are competing honestly. It might also be time for those that have such sour grapes about not being as good as the others leave too. Bad attitudes and dishonesty goes completely against what this truly entertaining show represents. Go home Kardashians and Max, you and your partner need to grow up and act like adults. The other dancers deserve better.

Maryanne gaeta

HOW COULD YOU NOT LOVE J.R.MARTINEZ; THIS IS THE TRUE DANCER WHO WILL WIN DWTS....SUCH A SWEETHEART OF A MAN, AND I MEAN THAT IN EVERY SENSE OF THE WORD...COURAGEOUS,KIND,HANDSOME,CARING,ENDEARING, WOW...WHAT A GUY... AS FOR ROB K. I AGREE WITH REBECCA; HE SHOULD DEFINITELY BE DISQUALIFIED....THE ONLY REASON WHY HE'S GETTING VOTES IS BECAUSE OF HIS DISFUNCTIONAL FAMILY.....NUF SAID...............

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J.R. You truly are a hero. Because you stood up for our country, because you have given renewed hope to burn patients and because you PROVE that beauty IS not skin deep but heart deep! Love ya man

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JR YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL PERSON INSIDE AND OUT.I JUST LOVE WATCHING YOU DANCE AND TO ME AND MY MANY FRIENDS YOU ARE THE WINNER OF DANCING WITH THE STARS. WE LOVE YOU.

Debra smith

J.R. Martinez is one heck of a great man!

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Maks needs to go. If in fact Kim Kardashian gave out Rob"s 800# to vote. Instead of Justin Bieber personal#. I believe Rob should be disqualified.

Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente