EXCLUSIVE: Rumer Willis Fights Through Rib Injury During 'DWTS' Rehearsals
By Emily Krauser
Battling for the top spot in the Dancing With the Stars finals won't be Rumer Willis' only tough fight this week.
The DWTS finalist suffered a rib injury last week while training with partner Val Chmerkovskiy for their Judge’s Choice contemporary routine.
Their gorgeous "Swan Lake"-themed dance -- which the DWTS judges described as "beautiful," "a bit mad" and "brilliant dancing" and earned the couple a perfect score of 30 -- involved a ton of difficult lifts.
Unfortunately, all of the practice leading up to that intensive week nine routine badly strained Rumer's muscles, and her rib bones got extremely bruised.
Now, the partners are in overdrive rehearsing for two dances on Monday and a fusion dance on Tuesday, but it's very difficult for Rumer to practice. In an ET exclusive video, Val wants Rumer to see a doctor when the injury forces her to take a break during practice, but the 26-year-old actress insists, "I'm fine."