October 21, 2009 01:04 PM by Britteny Elrick
Last Monday onÂ Dancing With The Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy so graciously filled in for Derek Hough, who stepped out of the competition due to serious illness.Â It has been confirmed that Derek was infected with a serious flu virus, however, it was not the Swine flu.Â Although he wasn’t able to dance, Derek was still watching from the audience as Joanna and Maksim performed.Â Keep reading to hear what he told Usmagazine.com about his recovery…
Derek Hough spoke to Us after Monday night’s performance.Â He admitted that he was drugged up during the interview andÂ also hopedÂ that Maks and Joanna’s routine would score enough points for him to make a comeback next week. “It was weird”Â he said of watching his partner dance withÂ Maks.Â ”But they did a great job — Joanna works her butt off!”
“I don’t even know how to describe it,” Derek said of his illness. “It felt like horse flu! It was unbelievable. I was out.”Â He went on to say that he has never had to step out of the competition before.Â ”Nothing has ever stopped me from dancing but this – I couldn’t even move. I was in the hospital, I had IVs in my arm…they had to test me for a whole bunch of stuff. I’ve never experienced anything like it in my life!”
“I just had to kind of wing it!” Chmerkovskiy chimed in. “I came in and started throwing her around! Joanna did such a great job. Anything will be a piece of cake for her after this.”
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