Lindsay Arnold is one of the pro dancers on season 25 of Dancing With the Stars and yesterday she suffered a knee injury during rehearsals. The show is entering its semi-finals, which means that Arnold may be too injured to dance with front-runner Jordan Fisher tonight. Hopefully, she gets cleared to perform, but ABC usually stays mum until showtime in order to build suspense and curiosity. A source from DWTS told People yesterday that, “Lindsay injured her knee during camera blocking rehearsal Sunday morning while working on a number with the troupe. Lindsay is hopeful she’ll be cleared to dance tomorrow but it will likely be touch and go until showtime Monday.” And, as for what Arnold had to say about her injury, she explained, “I was practicing the pro number and I literally just stepped up onto a stair and it felt like my whole leg gave out and stopped working and I thought it was just a one-time thing and then it happened a couple more times, just doing simple things. It’s frustrating because it’s the semi finals and I want to dance it with Jordan, and I just hope this doesn’t stop me from doing that.”
Entertainment Tonight reports that Arnold and Jordan Fisher are set to perform two dances. The first is an Argentine Tango to the song “Brother” by NEEDTOBREATHE featuring Gavin DeGraw. The other performance is a recreation of a routine from a previous season. Their dance is a performance by Mark Ballas and Paige VanZant’s Jive to Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.” Check out the original performance of the routine by Ballas and VanZant in the below video.
This season, pro Mark Ballas is paired with violinist Lindsey Stirling on the show. With Arnold’s injury, pro dancer Sharna Burgess is reported to be learning the couple’s routines for tonight just in case Arnold cannot perform. Burgess was paired with athlete Derek Fisher this season, but the two were eliminated earlier on in the competition. Just Jared Jr. recently reported that Burgess praised her female DWTS co-stars, including Arnold, in a heartfelt blog, writing that, “I appreciate the presence of all the hard-working, passionate women I am surrounded by everyday,” Sharna adds. “As different as we appear to be on the outside, at our core we are very much the same. We are infinite. We are women. Strong, gentle, intelligent, understanding and compassionate. My co-stars on DWTS are just a few of the outstanding examples of women in my life that I appreciate, admire and learn from every day. The universe has put these people in my path to travel some part of my journey with. I don’t take that for granted anymore.”
Apparently Jordan Fisher is fighting through injuries as well. People reports that he is still dealing with injuries he suffered from gymnastics growing up. Fisher, himself, explained that, “I don’t have great hips for somebody who’s 23. I think adrenaline is a big factor. It definitely can mask a lot of things that I deal with, but the moment I get into my car and head home, that’s when my body goes ‘Oh God.'” He continued, saying, “I’m definitely sore all the time … It’s a matter of keeping it strengthened as much as I possibly can and continuing to just push through it. The doctors have always said ‘The moment you stop using it, use it.’ So my goal every day is to use my body.” Fortunately, exercises like dancing are actually therapeutic for Fisher’s pains and soreness.