Melissa Rycroft Injured During Camera Blocking For Dancing With The Stars

According to a new People.com report tonight, Melissa Rycroft fell during camera blocking today while preparing for Dancing With The Stars. She has suffered a head and neck injury. There is no word on whether she will be able to compete on Monday. Below is more….

Former Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital Sunday afternoon after suffering a head and neck injury during rehearsals for Monday’s Dancing with the Stars episode.

“Melissa was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where she is currently being examined,” Rycroft’s rep tells PEOPLE. “She was accompanied to the hospital by her husband, Tye Strickland, and her dance partner, Tony Dovolani. Everyone is taking all necessary precautions at this time.”

Rycroft fell while doing camera blocking for Monday’s group number at CBS studios.

Please everyone, be sending Melissa your positive thoughts and prayers that she is ok. Stay tuned. If we find out more, we’ll be sure to let you know.

UPDATE: E News is reporting that Melissa was released from the hospital last night. They are also reporting that the accident happened during a rehearsal for a Tango. You can read more here. Thanks to Jen and Lori for sending us this news this morning.

ADDING: Here is a ET rehearsal interview with Tony and Melissa that most likely took place last Friday. Note how she talks on fatigue and their new tango.

Another Update on Melissa’s injury: Access Hollywood reports that the injury took place during the group number. They also report that she is waiting for further evaluation this morning. Below is more…

“Melissa was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where she was examined,” a rep for Melissa told Access Hollywood on Monday.

Melissa – who is paired with pro dancer Tony Dovolani for the current “DWTS: All-Stars” season – was injured after she fell during rehearsal for a group number.

According to People, the star suffered an injury to her head and neck.

It was unclear if the incident would force Melissa to miss Monday night’s show.

However, her rep did indicate she had left the hospital and was awaiting further evaluation.

“She was released last night and is meant to meet with doctors again this morning,” the rep added.

UPDATE: People.com has posted footage of Melissa’s dance injury. You can watch it here. Below is a take from the link. Note how they won’t know if she will perform until showtime. Thanks to @DWTSgossip for the heads up on this news…

In footage taken during the rehearsal, Rycroft’s partner, Tony Dovolani, jumps over Rycroft and then pulls her by her arms between his legs along the ballroom floor. When she pops up, she immediately puts a hand to her neck, grimaces and cries out in pain. Later, she’s also seen on the floor wiping tears away and holding her neck.

“Melissa Rycroft suffered an on-set injury during Sunday’s camera blocking rehearsal and was immediately taken to the hospital,” a rep tells PEOPLE. “We can confirm Melissa was diagnosed with a disc herniation at the C4-C5 level of her cervical spine. At this time, Melissa’s ability to perform in tonight’s show will be a show time decision.”

UPDATE: New tweet from Louis that Melissa is “totally fine”. We will soon see for ourselves. It’s almost showtime…


“@: @ what will happen with the team dance if Melissa can’t perform tonight?” @ is totally fine! :-)
@LouisVanAmstel
Louis van Amstel

And now this which is also telling:


Are you guys ready for tonight?! I know we are! Sneak peak #DWTS #CallMeMaybe http://t.co/ClcCY4QV
@ShawnJohnson
Shawn Johnson