DWTS: Ailing Derek Hough Out, Maksim Back In

Entertainment Oct. 16, 2009 AT 6:28PM
DWTS: Ailing Derek Hough Out, Maksim Back In Credit: ABC

Maks is back. For now.

Sources close to Dancing with the Stars confirm to Usmagazine.com that Derek Hough, 24, has temporarily left the reality competition due to illness. Pinch-hitting for him: the recently eliminated Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who will help Hough's celeb partner Joanna Krupa in rehearsals. (Krupa's on-air partner this Monday has yet to be determined.)

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On Thursday, Hough wrote on Twitter of mounting, flu-like symptoms: "I think I'm getting the [flu]," he wrote, noting "serious sweats . . . My whole body is aching like crazy I can barely stand up . . . And I'm coughing like crazy."

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Later, he wrote of a three-hour visit to the doctor's. "Had a temperature of 104 . . . Had an IV in my arm for 2 hrs . . . Maks is steppin up for me helpin jo . . "

The returning Chmerkovskiy, 31, has some awkward encounters to look forward to: his ex-fiancee Karina Smirnoff (they broke off their engagement last month) as well as Aaron Carter.  Carter, 21, told Usmagazine.com that "the energy has definitely gotten a lot better" since Chmerkovskiy's ouster.

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"We have the opportunity now to focus on the dancing without the drama," he said.

"I need to get the pieces back together," Chmerkovskiy told Usmagazine.com of his newly single life.

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