Dancing with the Stars has been going strong for years on ABC as celebrities and professional dancers team up to compete on the dance floor. Unfortunately, one current contestant might not make it back to the dance floor for the rest of Season 25 due to an injury. Violinist and internet star Lindsey Stirling has suffered a rib injury that could take her out of the competition.
Lindsey Stirling was reportedly seriously injured in a dance rehearsal on October 29 while attempting to pull off an especially fast-paced move. TMZ reports that she was rushed to a hospital due to a blunt rib injury and possible separation, and I don't think any of us needs to be a medical professional to say that sounds like something that really, really hurts. The pain is apparently so intense that Stirling may have no choice but to sit out tonight's competition.
Veteran Dancing with the Stars dancer Mark Ballas has been Lindsey Stirling's partner in Season 25, and he reportedly went with her to the hospital and broke the news of what would probably happen if she has to bow out of competition. Missing a competition will almost certainly result in her being knocked out of the running for the top prize. Given that she has been one of the most consistent celebrity dancers in Season 25, many have considered her a front-runner to win. Forfeiting would probably be devastating for her at this stage in the game. Whatever choice she makes, we have to hope that she makes a full recovery from her injury.
Sadly, Lindsey Stirling is not the first celebrity competitor who has suffered health complications from her work for Dancing with the Stars. Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee was injured while rehearsing a routine with her partner in Season 22 that resulted in painful back spasms and her pelvis literally shifting, which sounds frankly horrifying. Season 22 also saw Jodie Sweetin of Fuller House take a foot injury. In Season 21, young contestant Bindi Irwin went through arguably the grossest injury in the history of the series when her toenails began falling off. Even professional dancing Sharna Burgess was hurt at one point.
Other contestants suffered different kinds of health injuries on Dancing with the Stars. Kim Zolciak in 2015 suffered a series of mini-strokes after a performance, which sounds super scary. For her part, Tamar Braxton had to withdraw from competition in Season 21 when she learned that she had blood clots in both sides of her lungs, which required immediate medical attention and meant that dancing for a TV show could no longer be a priority.
Hopefully there are no more injuries on the set of Dancing with the Stars for the foreseeable future. We'll have to wait and see if Lindsey Stirling does return to competition. You can catch new episodes of Dancing with the Stars on Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.