With only four couples competing in the Season 31 finale of Dancing with the Stars, it was planned to fill the remaining time with a lot of stellar entertainment from the returning season contestants, as well as judge Derek Hough and his fiancée Hayley Erbert dancing to “Chasing Cars” by Tommee Profitt & Fleurie.
On Sunday, however, Hayley damaged her shoulder so severely during the camera blocking that she could not dance through the pain.
Derek Hough and Hayley Erbert will not be competing on “Dancing with the Stars” The couple was scheduled to perform on Monday’s Season 31 finale but have withdrawn due to Erbert’s shoulder injury sustained during Sunday’s camera blocking.
“We were performing a lift we’ve danced a hundred times, but something strange occurred, forcing Hayley to fall awkwardly and hard onto her shoulder,” the couple wrote on Instagram. “We attempted to run through the dance again but quickly noticed that Hayley’s shoulder was injured. As a genuine dancer, Hayley was prepared to persevere and perform. But occasionally, and certainly, in this instance, we decided it was best to dance the next day.”
Erbert is scheduled for an MRI and will therefore observe the conclusion from the audience. The couple, engaged in June, was expected to perform a cover of “Chasing Cars” by Tommee Profitt and Fleurie. Earlier in the season, they performed together during Michael Bublé Week.
“We were so eager to demonstrate. We put so much effort into it,” Hough remarked in the accompanying video. “We will hopefully exhibit this piece again. But we love you guys, and good luck to everyone for the finale!”
Carrie Ann Inaba, a fellow judge, commented under the post that she was “so heartbroken” that they would not be performing but emphasized that health comes first. “However, @hayley.erbert, you are wise to care for your shoulder. Shoulder injuries are no laughing matter,” she wrote. You have a wedding dance coming up, so please take care of yourself and recover quickly.