Dancing can be dangerous.
Countless cracked ribs, sprains and broken feet attest to this on Dancing with the Stars. But usually that stuff happens in the quiet confines of the rehearsal studios, not live on the Dancing with the Stars performance show. Melissa Gilbert's surprising injury during her Dancing with the Stars week 4 paso doble, however, was broadcast live to the world.
As was announced during the show itself, Melissa left for treatment before the performance show ended. Reports indicate that Melissa Gilbert began feeling dizzy shortly after her performance, due to a possible concussion and whiplash suffered during her dance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
But don't worry -- Melissa is expected to be back on Dancing with the Stars
season 14 tonight.
The actress herself took to Twitter
to assure fans that she would soon be fine. Within a few hours of her departure for the hospital, Melissa tweeted the following:
"I'm alright. Mild concussion and whiplash. Very soon I will be safely home resting and being taken care of."
She followed that tweet with another soon afterwards, thanking both her partner Maks and DWTS
co-star Gavin DeGraw for their help:
"@MaksimC you are my champion. I adore you. @GavinDeGraw bless your heart for carrying me down those stairs!"
Melissa Gilbert did not have the only problems of the night, of course. Maria Menounos came into the Dancing with the Stars
week 4 performances with rib and foot injuries -- and left the stage riding piggyback on Derek Hough's shoulders. In non-injury problems, Cheryl Burke managed to lose a shoe midway through her jive performance with William Levy.
Also the scores weren't very good this week. So it was a bad night for the Dancing with the Stars
cast all around.
Want to relive Melissa Gilbert's pain and trauma? In the video of her Dancing with the Stars
week 4 paso doble performance, the probable head injury occurs around the 46-second mark.
This video explains why it wasn't obvious that Melissa was injured during the performance -- the call-in information box pretty much covered her head at the moment of apparent impact.
Were you surprised to hear that Melissa Gilbert was injured during her performance? Do you think she'll be back tonight? Leave your comments below!(Image and video courtesy of ABC)