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Will injuries sideline the entertainment on ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars?'




It's not as if we expected big dance floor fireworks from Tom DeLay.

But last night's stumble by the indicted ex-House majority leader on Monday's edition of Dancing With the Stars -- he nearly dropped partner Cheryl Burke at the end of a too-stiff tango -- seemed to come courtesy of an injury he sustained while training for the show.

DeLay tweeted to fans before the live show began that he had sustained a stress fracture in his foot while training. He seemed to deal with it well last week -- his solo dance to Wild Thing was lame for many reasons besides any foot problems. But he was limping and grimacing at the end of Monday's dance, a performance that ensured another low score.

And DeLay isn't the only one suffering; pro dancer Lacey Schwimmer will be benched for three weeks following a severe strain to her hip flexors -- whatever those are. And the front-runner among the female dancers, pop singer/rapper Mya, also hurt herself, getting a cut from glass deep enough to require stitches.

It's become a part of the DWTS competition -- not only surviving grueling practices and nerve-racking performances, but avoiding serious injury. I still think the course of the fall 2008 competition was changed when Olympian Misty May- Treanor, then the front-runner among the female dancers, tore her Achilles tendon and had to leave the competition.

Can't help wondering when the injuries will pile up large enough to make dancers, trainers and producers change how they structure the competition.

My picks for ejection tonight: beautiful mannequin Kathy Ireland and DeLay.

Watch his stumble here.


[Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 3:02pm]


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