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Heather Morris Nails 'DWTS' Routine Without Maksim Chmerkovskiy After Injury Scare

by Zach Seemayer 7:04 PM PDT, March 27, 2017
Playing Heather Morris Nails 'DWTS' Routine Without Maksim Chmerkovskiy After Injury Scare

Maksim Chmerkovskiy was sidelined on Monday's Dancing With the Stars after suffering a calf injury, but his celeb partner, Glee's Heather Morris, made her mark with substitute partner Alan Bersten.

Morris and Bersten hit the dance floor to perform a jive set to "Grown" by Little Mix, and they pair burned up the dance floor with a high-energy performance that let the actress show off her talents.

Morris -- who previously performed as a backup dancer for Beyonce and served as a dance choreographer on Glee -- even got to showcase her skill set with a pseudo hip-hop dance breakdown that wowed the crowd.

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While the audience was floored by her dazzling display, not all of the judges were totally won over. Len Goodman complained that the dance didn't have enough traditional jive, saying he wanted to see Morris perform outside of her comfort zone.

Meanwhile, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba had a lot more praise for her dance, and it reflected in their scores. Tonioli, Hough and Inaba awarded the pair with three eights, while Goodman gave a six, for a total of 30 out of 40.

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Chemerkovskiy joined Morris and Bernsten backstage with Erin Andrews after the dance and gave an update on his recovery, which sounds like it might take longer than expected.

"I'm flying out to get whatever needs to happen to happen tomorrowmorning, and then after that, fingers crossed for a speedy recovery," Chmerkovskiy shared. "It's actually not like one of those ice it, roll out and come back to work the next day [injuries] as I hoped."

"But it's not the first time. I've been hurt before and I'll definitely be back," he added.

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The 37-year-old pro dancer and new dad hurt his calf during rehearsals mid-week, and will have to sit out as Morris' partner for several weeks. A pre-taped package that preceded Morris' performance showed fans exactly what happened to the veteran DWTS pro when he suffered the injury. While practicing their jive, Chmerkovskiy brought his leg down, heard a snap, and was immediately in pain.

Morris, who shined with a skillful performance in her debut last week, is considered one of the season's frontrunners, but fans will have to wait and see how Chmerkovskiy's injury will impact her future on the show.

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The setback is especially painful for the longtime pro, who has his hopes set on taking home his second mirror ball trophy, after winning once before with Olympian Meryl Davis in Season 18.

"I got a mantle at home, it has two of [my brother] Val [Chmerkovskiy's] mirror balls, it has two of [my fiancee] Peta [Murgatroyd's] mirror balls, it even has a little mirror ball for the baby, and my lonesome mirror ball by itself," Chmerkovskiy told ET earlier this month. "It's feeling insecure and needs company, for sure." Check out the video below to hear more.

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