Cristian de la Fuente seeing specialist to assess 'Dancing' arm injury
By Christopher Rocchio, 04/29/2008
With tonight's live results show looming, is reportedly Cristian de la Fuente seeing a specialist to determine if his arm injury will be detrimental to his continued status as a Dancing with the Stars celebrity participant.
The telenovela actor is visiting a specialist prior to tonight's live Dancing with the Stars sixth-season results show to learn the true extent of his injury, if surgery is necessary and how it will affect whether or not he's able to continue to compete, an ABC representative confirmed to E! News Tuesday morning.
During de la Fuente and his professional partner Cheryl Burke's samba routine last night, his left forearm was visibly in pain towards the end.
"I pulled a muscle," de la Fuente told host Tom Bergeron as the studio audience was silent. "I tried to keep going."
Following a commercial break, Bergeron revealed an EMT "diagnosed a severe muscle cramp in the arm." Once the couple received their score from the judges -- a 21 out of 30 possible points -- de la Fuente was loaded onto a gurney and transported via ambulance to the hospital.
"I really truly believe it's more than just a muscle cramp because he's a tough man and he would keep going," Burke told E! News after the performance show. "Whether it got dislocated and got popped back in, he had no control over his arm... It was just flimsy."
Burke said she heard a "crack" in de la Fuente's arm and initially thought he had stepped on her dress until the very end of the routine.
"I'm supposed to fly in between his legs, he's supposed to catch me, and instead I just fell flat on my face. I'm like, 'There's something wrong,'" she told E! News.