Mark Ballas says he's down but not out and insists he will be dancing in the season 18 finale of "Dancing With The Stars." Ballas was injured while rehearsing with celebrity partner Candace Cameron Bure. According to CBS News on Monday, the 27-year old professional dancer has been warned to sit out but Mark Ballas says he is going to try and compete.
The injury to Mark Ballas' shoulder has been confirmed by ABC. Ballas was injured while he and partner Candace Cameron Bure were rehearsing a difficult dance move called camera blocking. In this move, Ballas is supposed to life Bure onto his shoulders but instead of completing the move, Mark fell to the floor in pain.
A source told People, "His shoulder popped out during a lift and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and released. It's unclear whether or not he'll be able to perform on Monday's show." According to reports, fellow dancers Cheryl Burke and Derek Hough both suggested Ballas sit out the rest of the competition.
Ballas was rushed to the hospital to determine how severely he was injured. He has since been treated and released but was told to sit out the remainder of the dance competition. At this time, Ballas insists he will dance. If he is unable to compete, another pro dancer will learn the dance and be Bure's partner for the finale.
There are only four dancing couples left at this point in the competition. The other three remaining couples include Big Time Rush star James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, Olympian Meryl Davis and Maxim Chmerkovskiy and Paralympian snowboarder Amy Purdy dancing with Derek Hough. Any one of these couples could win the mirror-ball trophy.
Once considered competition for the mirror-ball trophy, odds makers are saying that Candace Cameron Bure is no longer in competition to win. Odds of a Bure/Ballas win have been given 10:1 odds with only James Maslow coming in lower.