Dancing With The Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba says that all of the injuries this year may be due to the pro-dancer’s increasing competitiveness with each other. Nancy O’Dell tore her meniscus and Steve-O pulled a hamstring during this season’s competition.
Carrie Ann tells EW:
“The professional dancers are getting more and more competitive amongst themselves, and they are pushing their celebrities very hard. The professionals’ reputations are at stake, and they want to win the title just as bad if not worse than the celebs because that is what they do for a living. I also think that the celebrities are pushing themselves harder.
“The first season, no one really knew what to expect or what it would take or how hard we would judge them. They know that if they do well on the show their careers can take off. It can really help on a business level. Look at Mario Lopez — and he didn’t even win. It is a great stage for America to get to know them for who they are now, and it can be rejuvenating. Plus, they get bragging rights if they win. And a lot of them use it to get in shape. Anyway, I think they start to put in more energy, practice longer, and take bigger risks in the routines, so someone is bound to get hurt. Or a few people as the case has been. But I think they see it as worth it. Big rewards.”
Big rewards for the pros, at least! But did it REALLY boost Adam Carolla’s career?