What happened to Maksim Chmerkovskiy? The ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro was hurt during rehearsals on Friday, March 24 — and you can watch video of what happened below.
Heather Morris, 31, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 37, were rehearsing the Jive to Little Mix‘s “Grown” for this week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars when he pulled his calf muscle. Good Morning America showed the video of his injury on Monday, revealing that Maks will not be competing on the March 27 episode, and there will be someone stepping in to dance with Heather. It’s not yet known how serious his injury is, but ABC has reporting that troupe dancer Alan Bersten, who previously filled in for Mark Ballas when he was injured, will be stepping in this week.
UPDATE: Maks’ team has confirmed to HollywoodLife.com that he suffered from a right calf injury and will be out for a few weeks. He’s doing everything he can to rehab/heal and he wants to encourage the fans to support and vote for Heather.
Maks and Heather danced the Viennese Waltz on the premiere last week scoring a 28, tying for third place. Maks and Heather were getting a ton of backlash before the show began since she has a professional dancing background, but in an exclusive interview he revealed to HollywoodLife.com that they were having a tough time in the studio.
“We definitely have a lot of room to improve, without a doubt,” he told us EXCLUSIVELY before the season 24 premiere. “I’m not being cute about this. It’s hard for her. We keep banging knees! I thought I broke my knee. I swear to God, I thought I broke her knee, and then when she looked at me, she was like ‘Are you ok?’ I’m like ‘How are you standing?’ I’m crying, my soul was hurting. We have our share of issues.”
He added that he knows there are people who believe they have an advantage, but they’re still working extremely hard. “I do care what people say, but I can’t really control what they say. Heather’s excited for the opportunity, and I’m going to be fueling that excitement. I’m not going to be looking at her like ‘you have an advantage. It’s not fair.'”
We’re hoping that Maks gets better soon!