While preparing for “Villains Night” on Dancing With the Stars, professional dancer and DWTS mainstay Cheryl Burke had a scary fall in rehearsal, hitting her head on the ballroom floor. Burke is partnered with Backstreet Boys star AJ McLean.
Burke let her fans know about the mishap, sharing an update on Instagram on the day of the “Villains Night” episode. In a caption, she wrote, “Yesterday, I took a hard fall while rehearsing for #VillainsNight. 🤦🏽♀️ Even though AJ kills me at the end of this Tango, this wasn’t part of the routine. It’s one of those things that can happen in a split second. Thankfully, I have the best partner I could ask for that was there to pick me up off the ground.” McLean took to Instagram to let his followers know about the accident, too. Of Burke’s fall in rehearsals, he reflected, “I know this week’s theme is supposed to be scary, but this took it to a very real level. Thank you all for the well wishes and the love you are sending Cheryl’s way. She is the epitome of a badass and I am so proud to be her partner.
A clip shared ahead of the October 26 episode shows that Burke’s fall will be addressed on the show. In an on-camera interview, McLean reveals, “Cheryl and I were practicing during stage rehearsal and it did not go well. It happened so fast, I just heard her head hit the floor.”
New episodes of Dancing With the Stars season 29 air on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.