DWTS Comes up with Injury Back Up Plan

Misty MayWell it's not a big secret that Dancing with the Stars has seen a lot of injuries this season.  A total of five to be exact. 

In week one, Karina Sminoff sprained her ankle and Jeffrey Ross suffered a scratched cornea.  All in week 3, Susan Lucci twisted her ankle, Derek Hough got a nasty head bump during rehearsals and Misty May-Treanor ruptured her Achilles tendon badly enough to be forced to limp away from the competition.

"Maybe there's a floorboard out of place because too many injuries have happened in the same place," says Rocco DiSpirito, looking at the middle of the dance floor.

Naturally, this means DWTS has created a back up plan. 

If a star is injured during any one of the final three rehearsals that takes place on the stage (not the rehearsal rooms) and the injury is bad enough to keep them off their feet for a night but not take them out of the comp, they will have the option to air the rehearsal footage and be judged based on that performance. 

"That's why we're always running cameras during those blocking rehearsals," says host Tom Bergeron. "They might be wearing jeans and have curlers in their hair. But they know that if something happens, the producers will say, 'If you're cool with this, and you can't dance, we'll run the rehearsal footage.' And the judges will look at that and base their scores on that."             

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