Melissa Rycroft, one of the leading contestants on the current season of Dancing With The Stars, was forced to sit Monday night out after suffering a painful injury to her ribs.
Host Tom Bergeron announced the news early on the night’s broadcast: “Earlier today, Melissa was taken to the doctor with an injury that was plaguing her all week.”
While the former star of The Bachelor is expected to continue in the competition, the disgruntled judges were forced to base their scores on Melissa and partner Tony Dovolani on a practice run-through they’d done earlier in the day.
“Judging the rehearsal is kind of like judging a race car driver on a warm-up lap,” Judge Len Goodman remarked. Melissa and Tony scored a 21.
At the end of it all, Lil Kim and professional partner, reigning DWTS champ Derek Hough, proved they are serious contenders for this year’s top prize after earning the night’s highest score, a 28/30, for their dramatic paso doble.