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Update on Derek Hough’s Knee Injury

I posted about Derek’s most recent tweets on Pure Derek Hough.  Sounds like he injured it doing the Salsa, but that he’s at work filming commercials today.  Nothing so far about him sitting out tomorrow – he sounds okay.

May 3, 2009 I Written By

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Derek Hough Injured His Knee Really Really Bad

UPDATE: Derek tweeted more details on his injury. I guess it’s pretty swollen and happened during salsa practice.

A tweet was just sent out by Derek Hough saying that he injured his knee. The exact message says “Hurt my knee really really bad today… Can barely walk hopefully it will heal in time for Monday”

Looks like the injuries are still continuing on Dancing with the Stars. I guess maybe we just need to realize that it’s a part of dancing and has little to do with Dancing with the Stars itself. Plus, Derek has admitted that he’s a clutz before. You may remember when Derek Hough fell during practice with Brooke Burke. That time they took him by ambulance to the hospital.

I’m guessing that Derek will be ready to dance on Monday. The real question is how much practice time will be missed because of his knee.

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Better known as Charlie.

Steve-O Stapled By Lacey and Another Injury

I figured it was only a matter of time before Steve-O did something special on the show to utilize his “unique” talents. Well, looks like Lacey and Steve-O are already trying to work their fans for votes by stapling “vote for steve-O & lacey” on Steve-O’s body (picture). That guy is so much more of a man than me. The only thing that would make it better was if this was a video where we could really watch Lacey do it. I wonder if Lacey’s going to choreograph a real kick to the midsection as part of Dancing with the Stars. I’m amazed that Steve-O was willing to do this proper looking picture:

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Copyright 2009 Craig Sjodin / ABC

Also, this one is a little old, but I hadn’t written about it so I figured I’d throw it in here that Gilles Marini reportedly had a minor injury as well (who hasn’t been injured this season?). Here’s the description from People:

Marini, 33, sought medical treatment and his rep says doctors determined the actor has tendonitis in his groin and shoulder.

Despite the setback, “We’re pretty confident he’ll be fine for premiere night,” his rep Jana Davidoff tells “He’s in great shape. He’ll be fine.”

March 9, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Nancy O’Dell and Jewel Out of DWTS – Holly Madison In

I’d been reading rumors about Nancy O’Dell and Jewel being out of Dancing with the Stars. I even posted about Jewel’s injury previously, but it’s now official that both Nancy and Jewel are out of Dancing with the Stars.

Let’s take a look at a number of quotes I found around the web from Jewel and Nancy O’Dell about not being able to compete on Dancing with the Stars.

First a quote from Jewel about her injury and Jewel’s ongoing participation on DWTS.

“I originally thought it was tendinitis or ligament strains,” Jewel said before a concert appearance Thursday night in Highland, Calif. — which she would do sitting down. “It was painful enough for a doctor to put me on cortisone. When I went in for an MRI, it turned out to be something else. I had no idea something like this was possible.”

Jewel’s stress fractures are just below her knees, which had been swelling from a practice regimen of up to eight hours a day. They’ll heal in six to nine weeks, says Jewel, who is using crutches to get around.

“Hopefully I’ll get to sing on the show and come back and (compete) again,” Jewel says.

Now, a quote describing Nancy O’Dell’s injury:

“Beyond disappointment doesn’t even being to describe how I feel about not being able to continue on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ It has been one of my favorite shows since season one!” O’Dell revealed. “But I have torn the meniscus in my knee in two places, which requires surgery. According to the doctor, one is a ‘significant’ tear and it will require my getting knee surgery within the next couple of weeks.”

Looks like Nancy O’Dell might return to another season of Dancing with the Stars and still enjoyed the short time she did have with Tony:

“DWTS’ was a great experience. I’ll miss working with my partner, Tony Dovolani, and all the other wonderful people on the amazing production that is ‘Dancing With the Stars,’” O’Dell added. “Tony has been an amazing teacher and dance partner and I feel horrible I can’t continue for him… Although short, it was a great experience. I challenged myself to take risk at doing something I had never done before!”

And don’t rule out a possible return to the show somewhere down the line.

“After I have surgery and eight weeks of rehab, my doctor tells me my knee will be back to how it was,” O’Dell said. “So that means if I have the opportunity to go back, I could!”

Dancing with the Stars executive producer Conrad Green said the following about injuries on Dancing with the Stars:

“We’ll re-look next season to limit the training in the early weeks, because I don’t want people to get injured,” he says. The 15-week-long show “is a marathon, not a sprint.”

There have been a number of injuries to stars and the professionals on Dancing with the stars. Among DWTS celebrities injured in previous seasons: Olympic volleyball player Misty May-Treanor (torn Achilles tendon); comic Jeffrey Ross (eye injury); actress Susan Lucci (fractured foot); and actor Cristián de la Fuente (torn arm tendon). Also, Julianne Hough had an operation, Derek Hough was taken to the hospital and Karina Smirnoff had some ankle or back issues if I’m remembering correctly. Seems like there was one other I’m leaving out.

Reports are saying that Holly Madison from Girls Next Door will be one of the replacements, but producers of the show are keeping quiet until the DWTS premiere on Monday. The report says that Bridget Marquardt (Holly’s costar on Girls Next Door) let it slip on live TV. This is what Bridget Marquardt had to say about it:

“I’m so excited for her,” Marquardt — who next stars in a Travel Channel show called Bridget’s Sexiest Beaches — told FOX’s Strategy Room Wednesday.

“She’s wanted to do it for so long,” Marquardt added. “It just never worked with her schedule and Hef was always like ‘I don’t want you to do that,’ and now it’s her time, so I’m really happy for her.”

Jewel and Nancy O’Dell are suppose to be at the premiere. Should be an exciting premiere, but I’ll admit that I’m personally sad that these 2 are off the show. They were 2 of the stars I was most excited to see on the show. They’ll definitely be missed. It will also be interesting to see how the judges score the 2 replacements who will have had less time to practice their dances for the show.

The Dancing with the Stars Premiere’s on Monday!

March 6, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Karina Smirnoff Injured

I just read a report by ET online talking about an injury to Karina Smirnoff:

Amid reports that “Dancing With The Stars” pro dancer Karina Smirnoff has suffered an injury requiring surgery, ET has the details behind Karina’s condition.

A representative for ABC tells ET:
“[Karina] has had minor surgery, but is doing well and expected to recover in time to begin training for the next season of ‘DWTS.'”

Karina will be back in full swing on the new season of “DWTS,” airing March 9 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

I wonder what the injury and surgery could be for Karina. Sounds like the wrong way to start a marriage with Maks. Maybe she just accidentally tripped and fell. Although, I seem to vaguely remember past rumors about plastic surgery. Maybe this is just more work done to her face or something.

Either way, I’m really glad that Karina will be back in time for Dancing with the Stars 2009.

February 3, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Misty May’s Return to Dancing with the Stars

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I recently saw a rumor that Misty May-Treanor would be returning to be a member of the Dancing with the Stars Season 8 cast. Dancing with the Stars fans will certainly remember that Misty May-Treanor had to leave season 7 of Dancing with the Stars due to injury.

How fun would it be for Misty to be able to go back on the show and see how well she’d do. It did feel kind of wrong for her to have to quit because of injury. I personally would like to see Misty’s partner on the show Kerri Walsh. Unfortunately, I found this quote from Kerri talking about Misty’s experience on Dancing with the Stars and whether we’ll get to enjoy Kerri Walsh on Dancing with the Stars also.

“She had so much fun. She only made it two episodes in before she got hurt, and Misty was doing very well prior to this. She was one of the ringers, and she was doing a great job. Her main motivation is to get healthy and go back out there and dance.”

Has Walsh ever thought about being on the show?

“Absolutely not,” Walsh laughed. “Misty’s the brave one. She’s such a ham. She grew up dancing, and she puts herself out there. I’m a little more reserved than that.”

That’s too bad. I’d love to see Kerri Walsh on the show. Why not have a couples Dancing with the Stars and bring on celebrity couples to compete against each other?

Also, rumors that Cindy McCain was going to be on Dancing with the Stars have been reported as not true. Wouldn’t that have been interesting. Ok, not really. I’ve seen enough of McCain to last a lifetime.

January 26, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Cloris Leachman In Hospital with Pneumonia

Reuters is reporting that Cloris Leachman has been hospitalized with pneumonia.

Oscar winning actress Cloris Leachman, who saw a resurgence in her popularity recently on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars,” has been hospitalized for pneumonia, celebrity TV show Entertainment Tonight reported on Monday.

Leachman, 82, became the oldest contestant ever when she appeared on this season’s “Dancing with the Stars” in the United States, in which celebrities are paired with professional dancers and compete in ballroom dancing.

She won a large fan base for her good sense of humor on the program, but was eliminated sixth in the competition.

Some have asked if Dancing with the Stars has a curse with all of these people getting injured (see Misty May, Kim K, and many other injuries too numerous to list.

Of course, I don’t believe in curses in general. However, even if I did believe in curses, I think it’s easy to see while there are all these injuries. It’s called people who are not usually active and bending like gumby actually doing those things. Welcome to dancing!!

November 17, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Video About Misty May’s Injury and Helio Castroneves Tax Evasion Legal Problems

The following video by E! News Weekend is a good report on both Misty May’s Injury and Helio Castroneves’s tax evasion legal problems.

We know now that Misty May tore her Achilles. OUCH!!

I don’t know what to think about Helio, but we’ll just let it play out in the courts before we decide any sort of verdict.

October 6, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Derek Hough Gets Hurt During Practice with Brooke Burke

Brooke wrote on her blog about Derek Hough getting hurt while practicing for their Dancing with the Stars performance. Here’s an excerpt of what happened:

It has been an intense weekend, especially yesterday when Derek and I almost found ourselves out of the competition. Saturday, on the CBS stage, we were practicing as usual when Derek accidentally tripped over a box, while walking backwards. As he tried to break his fall, by jumping up, his foot caught a stage light which sent him further into the air. He landed on his back on the wooden dance floor and smashed the back of his head. He was disoriented, blacked out for a few seconds, and was flattened out in pain. He couldn’t move, I sat beside him as he layed there and we waited for help to arrive. Our producers called 911 and the paramedics arrived to carefully examine him. He suffered a neck injury last season which had him down for a week, so the reoccurance was definately scary. They rushed him off, stretcher and all, in the ambulance for further testing in the ER.

Derek hurt himself last season too. Amazing that a dancer with such wonderful precision on the dance floor could be so clumsy. Although, I don’t think I’m one to talk either.

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Better known as Charlie.

Misty May Out of Dancing with the Stars

UPDATE: Misty May-Treanor’s reps have released a statement to ET about the Olympic gold-winner’s injury that could affect her stint on “Dancing with the Stars.” Misty’s reps tell us she “sustained an injury on Friday and received immediate medical attention. Despite previous reports, she did not break her ankle. She is resting comfortably at home. Doctors will reevaluate her condition on Monday and determine the outcome of her participation on the show. Source

A number of sources are reporting that Misty May broke her ankle while practicing for Dancing with the Stars. This is really an unfortunate loss. I don’t think Misty May had become nearly what she could have become on the show. She never fully came out of her shell.

Rumors are saying that Keri Walsh (Misty’s volleyball partner) will take her place in the competition with Maks. Something about that idea just doesn’t feel right. I think it would be cool if Keri came for just one dance or something, but to have her replace her entirely isn’t fair to Keri or to the other dancers who have already been sent home.

October 4, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.