Minutes after pro dancer Mark Ballas and Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan performed a high-energy cha-cha on the season five Dancing with the Stars season five finale Tuesday night, Ballas was taken by ambulance to nearby Cedars-Sinai Hospital to have his right shoulder examined.
“He dislocated his shoulder last night during rehearsals and he should not have been out there on the floor tonight,” judge Bruno Tonioli told PEOPLE. “But he is so committed to this show and he is such a professional he said ‘I am going to dance.’ He came out her and gave it his all and now he’s made it worse. I am devastated. That boy is one of the best dancers we’ve ever had. He’s a star. I am so worried. I just pray to God he’s okay.” Bryan fidgeted in her seat during the telecast, upset that she couldn’t leave to be with Ballas. During a commercial break during the second hour of the finale’s live telecast Tonioli ran over to Bryan to console her.
“I’m dying right now,” Bryan told PEOPLE. “I know I had to be here, but I’m so worried about him. I’m so mad they wouldn’t let me leave. But I have so much thanks for this show so I guess I had to stay,” Bryan said. “The ambulance came and took him away in the middle of the show, and I just want to get to a phone and call him.”
Ballas went to the hospital with his parents, Corky and Shirley Ballas, by ambulance, Bryan said.
“It’s reality television and a lot of things get manufactured,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. “But our show has had so many roller-coaster moments this season. We all are hoping Mark is okay. He’s such a sweetheart.” –Monica Rizzo