Rehearsal footage could be used, judged if Dancing with the Stars competitor is injured

Dancing with the Stars has had an increasing number of injuries; there now seem to be more injuries than actual stars. But the show has a plan that would let contestants remain in the competition and not perform live if they injure themselves during rehearsals.

If a contestant gets injured during one of their three final rehearsals, and that injury won’t cause them to leave the competition, TV Guide reports that “the stars have the option of airing their rehearsal footage.” That’s if “the star isn’t hurt badly enough to leave the show – but doesn’t feel well enough to dance that night.”

The judges would evaluate the performance in that taped dance, just as the audience would vote based upon it.

Host Tom Bergeron told the magazine, “That’s why we’re always running cameras during those blocking rehearsals. They might be wearing jeans and have curlers in their hair. But they know that if something happens, the producers will say, ‘If you’re cool with this, and you can’t dance, we’ll run the rehearsal footage.’ And the judges will look at that and base their scores on that.”

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