Derek Hough won’t be dancing any more this season on Dancing With the Stars because of a foot injury he suffered last week while rehearsing for Tuesday night’s big anniversary special, according to TV Guide.
The five-time Dancing With the Stars champion explained on Monday’s Good Morning America that he will not be able to dance on the show again this season. That’s because he kicked his foot against a light and broke his toe. When he was going downstairs to get ice, he fell and sprained his ankle.
Fans believe that had it been another body part, Derek would press though. With his foot injury, it is impossible for him to attempt to dance. Even though he is off his crutches, he can’t dance for the rest of the season. However, he will continue to be on the Dancing With the Stars set to help with rehearsals.
Entertainment Weekly reported that Hough and his partner, 2008 Olympic gold-medal gymnast Nastia Liukin, are among the seven remaining couples in the show’s 20th season. Sasha Farber is dancing with Nastia, but Derek is choreographing the dance. Hopefully, Nastia will maintain the high ranking she and Derek were getting before the accident.
TV Guide posted a very detailed letter from Derek. He wrote about Dancing With the Stars, his partner, and his injury.
“Withdrawing was never an option. Dancing With the Stars is not about me or any pro. It’s about the celebrities. It’s their journey. I’m part of the journey, but it’s not my journey. I want Nastia to have the best possible chance of winning. You know, she makes it look easy, but we put the work in. You see some of it, but I think a lot of people overlook the amount of work we put in and how much goes into putting together a routine and teaching and learning it. She’s a very hard worker and very determined, and I definitely feel like she can go all the way. There are other factors in play, but I feel like she can win.”
Derek says the injury he sustained is frustrating, especially after all he went through to be on the show this season. He made arrangements to be away from the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall with the Rockettes to travel with Nastia to Los Angeles every week for the live show on Monday night.
Even though Derek won’t need surgery on his foot, let’s wish him a speedy recovery. Don’t miss Sasha and Nastia dance on Dancing With the Stars on Monday on ABC at 9 p.m.
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