'DWTS': Will Hurt Melissa Rycroft Dance Tonight?
By ROBERT PACE
October 22, 2012
Following a scary head and neck injury suffered in rehearsals on Sunday afternoon, it's still uncertain whether Melissa Rycroft will be able to dance the tango on tonight's Dancing with the Stars with her partner Tony Dovolani.
In an updated statement to ET on Monday, a rep for Rycroft said she was hospitalized after falling during a team dance rehearsal. "We can confirm Melissa was diagnosed with a disc herniation at the C4-C5 level of her cervical spine. At this time, Melissa's ability to perform in tonight's show will be a show time decision," the statement said.
During a rehearsal last week, Rycroft revealed to ET that she was feeling fatigued. "I think everybody's tired at this point," she said heading into Week 5. "Last week especially for Tony and I, it was a rough week on our bodies. That jitterbug--the jumps [and] the landings for me especially--the joints took an awful lot of hits. They're trying to recover, but at the same time, I'm not letting them recover 'cause we're going right back in."
Despite the aches and pains of gyrating every which way on the dance floor and in the rehearsal studio for the four weeks that Dancing's All-Star season has been in session as well as a few weeks of practice before the show's premiere, Rycroft said that her injuries prior to Sunday's neck and hand injury were nothing that would prevent her from dancing on the show.
"We're wrapping; we're icing. It's nothing that's going to keep us out by any means, but we're starting to feel a little wear-and-tear on our bodies," she said, to which Dovolani added that he felt like someone had beaten him up with a two-by-four.
With the high volume of jumps in her previous week's dance, the former Bachelor contestant revealed that her knees were ailing her the most. Not only was her body aching but her head too (despite joking that she "couldn't feel [her] brain anymore"), as she was struggling with the tango as her Week 5 dance.
"I thought tango would be great for us. We've done Argentine [tango] and it was, I think, one of the best dances we've ever done," she said. "Tango's very different than Argentine tango, I'm learning, and I'm a little mad at it right now. I'm questioning my guilty pleasure song choice."
Dancing with the Stars airs tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.