The contestants and pros on Dancing with the Stars delivered one amazing dance after another during Monday night’s (March 27) show. However, one of the show’s pros was noticeably absent.
Following a successful Viennese Waltz the previous week, Glee star Heather Morris and her partner Maskim Chmerkovskiy were looking forward to their jive. However, the duo ran into a bit of a roadblock when Chmerkovskiy hurt his calf during rehearsal.
The cameras were filming when the injury occurred, and Chmerkovskiy could be heard screaming out in pain. “It’s my calf muscle!” he said. He went on to describe the pain, saying, “It just felt like something hit it.”
Although we’re sure that Chmerkovskiy wanted to push to the pain, he just couldn’t. As a result of his injury, he was unable to compete with Morris on Monday night’s episode. Alan Bersten stepped in to help her out, and the duo ending up earning the second-highest score of the night with a 30.
It’s a good thing that Bersten and Morris seem to work well together, because they’re going to be partners for a little while longer. As Chmerkovskiy revealed in an Instagram post on Wednesday (March 29), he has no “concrete return date.” He wanted to assure fans that he “is taking this thing very seriously,” and is going to try his hardest to get back in tip-top shape for the show.
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Thank you all for so much love and support! And for having @heatherrelizabethh back with all your votes ?? I'm also very excited about her and @alanbersten Tango next week ? Please rest assured that I'm taking this thing very seriously and, although I don't have a concrete return date, I'll give it my all! In the mean time here's me, making bad social media choices ?
It looks like the first step to Chmerkovskiy’s recovery is for him to undergo surgery. Later on Wednesday, he shared another photo of himself in a hospital gown, writing that he was “gettin’ un-broken.” He seemed to be in good spirits, as he flashed a peace sign and smiled at the camera.
We’re glad that Chmerkovskiy is taking his injury seriously and that he isn’t trying to just deal with the pain! We can’t wait to see him back on the dance floor, but until then we can enjoy watching his first dance with Morris. You can catch the video of that dance below.
Wishing Chmerkovskiy a quick and complete recovery!