Dancing With the Stars: Derek Hough Sidelined by Foot Injury

DWTS Derek Hough Injured

One of Dancing With the Stars‘ strongest frontrunners has been thrown a major curveball.

Derek Hough — who, with partner Nastia Liukin, has consistently scored well in Season 20 thus far — has suffered foot and ankle injuries that could make him sit out the rest of the season.

“While rehearsing for the 10th Anniversary Dancing with the Stars television special Monday night in Los Angeles, Derek Hough suffered injuries to his right foot and left ankle,” a rep for Hough told E! Online Wednesday. “He has been diagnosed with a broken toe on his right foot and sprains to his left ankle on both the inside and outside aspects and a bone bruise on the same ankle.”

The statement continues: “While it remains unclear at this time if Derek will be able to perform on the Monday, April 27 episode of Dancing with the Stars, his partner Nastia Liukin will train in Los Angeles this week with pro-dancer Sasha Farber to prepare for the live show.”

Hough was also forced to sit out Dancing‘s 10th anniversary special, which was taped Tuesday for broadcast on April 28.

He and Liukin have had to contend with a tough rehearsal schedule all season, as Hough has simultaneously performed in the New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

Per the Spring Spectacular web site, Hough’s role “will be played by Taylor Frey until further notice.” A DWTS rep has yet to comment on Hough’s status.

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  1. Yolanda says:

    Yeah yeah yeah… When it comes to Derek he always says something but never goes with it. He’s such an attention whore. Let’s move on,

    • ALEX says:

      Yet you felt the need to comment…

    • Brendan says:

      I agree. This seems like a “hurdle” for him to overcome in a very competitive season where the top four are all extremely close and there is no clear front runner. This will make for a good story next Monday and when he makes his way to the dance floor Julianne and her judges will applaud him for being such a dedicated professional.

    • Alaina says:

      Like “Oh… I’ll be TOO BUSY to participate this season!!!” *Shows up on GMA with a GYMNAST partner* “Oh look! somehow this worked out!”

    • Judy says:

      He gets my attention without trying. He is both cool and good as a dancer. Oh yeah I am old enough almost to be his momma. You are just jealous..

  2. wrstlgirl says:

    While I do hope he’s okay we’ve heard this time and time again. So and so is injured and may not be able to dance and then low and behold come showtime there they are with a great dance. We’ll see if he really sits on the sideline come Monday.

  3. AtlLady says:

    Sorry that Derek is injured but he wasn’t going to do this season and then suddenly he was back. Karma can be brutal. However, it gives us Sasha paired with Nastia (maybe). Anything to get Sasha out of the crab costume can’t be all bad.

  4. suze says:

    I Derek . I am really sorry . I really like you. I always enjoy watching to dance. I am going to miss you in the show. I hope you feel better soon

  5. Kosha, Slezak's Sister says:

    Derek is one of my favorite pros and he’s incredibly talented! Don’t forget the show itself lives on “drama”. A lot of this criticism of Derek is probably more appropriately directed at the producers, etc. creating the drama. I’m really surprised at how mean-spirited the comments can be in the light of bad news, i.e. an injury. Derek’s choreography is always creative, artistic and works with his partners strengths. He’s happy and upbeat and rarely angry. He’s a true professional. I hope he gets better soon!

  6. BeeBop says:

    This is what happens when any kind of athlete over extends themselves – Derek should have sat out this season of dancing with the stars. He had too much on his plate. I certainly hope he didn’t cause any permanent damage….

  7. Btwlley says:

    Reading the negative comments below, I am always amazed at how often people love to criticize someone who is extraordinarily talented. He is a cut above most of the other dancers, both in ability and as a choreographer. So why does that make people hostile?

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  9. Karen says:

    Derek is my FAVE! DWTS wouldn’t be the same without him.

  10. Barry Browne says:

    Derek should have won! !