There’s always drama surrounding the finale of “Dancing With the Stars” and Season 18 is no exception. According to People magazine on May 18, though, the drama started early when pro Mark Ballas, partnered with finalist Candace Cameron Bure, popped his shoulder out of joint during camera blocking. The injury may be enough to keep Mark out of the finals.
Mark Ballas and Candace Cameron Bure do a lot of lifts in their routines. He’s a pro and she likes being lifted and seems comfortable with it. They were rehearsing a complicated lift that involved Mark lifting Candace to his shoulders when his shoulder “popped out.”
According to a show spokesperson, “Mark was seriously injured during camera blocking. His shoulder popped out during a lift and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and released. It’s unclear whether or not he’ll be able to perform on Monday’s show.”
Pro dancers Derek Hough, Ballas’s best friend, and Cheryl Burke were in the studio when it happened and were able to offer help to the injured dancer. The injury occurred at the CBS studio where the show is taped.
The other dance pros are encouraging Mark to sit out the finals tonight and tomorrow. Mark, being the dance trooper that he is, wants to dance. He doesn’t want to disappoint Candace who has come a long way to get to the finals.
At this time, Mark plans on dancing. As a contingency plan, another pro is learning the dance. If Mark’s injury proves too much to let him perform up to his usual caliber, the other pro will step in and dance with Candace.
There are four couples competing tonight on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
One couple will be eliminated at the end of tonight’s show based on last week’s combination of judges’ scores and viewers’ votes. The final three go on to compete for the mirror ball trophy on Tuesday night’s show.
All the action starts tonight, May 19, at 8 p.m. eastern time on ABC. The grand finale is tomorrow night, May 20, beginning at 9 p.m.
By Carla Ives