Mark Ballas Suffers Shoulder Injury; Possibly Sidelined For 'Dancing With The Stars' Finals
Dancing with the Stars professional Mark Ballas seriously injured his shoulder while rehearsing with Candace Cameron Bure for Monday’s final performances.
Mark Ballas Injures Shoulder
Ballas and Bure were practicing their freestyle routine at the CBS studio where DWTS is taped on Sunday, when Ballas’ shoulder popped out during a difficult maneuver in which the pro lifts the actress onto his shoulders.
"Mark was seriously injured during camera blocking," a spokesperson for Dancing with the Stars told People. "His shoulder popped out during a lift and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and released. It's unclear whether or not he'll be able to perform on Monday's show."
Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke were also present in the studio when Ballas went down with his injury. The fellow professional dancers advised Ballas to sit out Monday night so as not to further injure himself. However, Ballas has reportedly been adamant that he’ll do whatever it takes to dance with Bure in the finals.
Another professional dancer has since begun learning the routines that Ballas choreographed with Bure, so that he can fill in for him should he not be able to adequately recover.
Along with Ballas and Bure in the Dancing with the Stars finals are Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Big Time Rush star and singer James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, and Paralympian Amy Purdy and Hough.
The two-night Dancing with the Stars finale begins Monday night on ABC at 8/7c. The winner of season 18 will be announced on Tuesday.
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