Derek Hough Injured After Being Kicked & Cut In The Face By “DWTS” Contestant Nicole Scherzinger

Pussycat Dolls frontwoman Nicole Scherzinger needs to work on her high kicks — unless she wants to send Dancing With The Stars pro Derek Hough to the emergency room.

The “Buttons” star left her DWTS partner wincing with pain after accidentally kicking him in the face during Scherzinger is busily training for her debut on the reality dance contest, but she nearly threw her debut into jeopardy after slicing open Hough’s face with a swift kick to the head, which narrowly missed his right eye.

Hough is nursing a laceration to the face, but the couple is expected to compete as scheduled later this month. Nicole will face off against fellow celebs, including Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson, NFL star Chad Ochocinco, and reality mom Kate Gosselin, when Dancing With The Stars swings into Season 10 March 22.