It’s not the first season where Len has singled out Derek, but this time it seems to be especially frustrating for the pro dancer, since he’s trying to challenge himself — as well as Shawn — with new and exciting routines.
"I've reached the point now where I'm like, it's kind of personal now,” Derek told On the Red Carpet. “Like, two weeks in a row you give us an 8? Come on. Last I checked, I thought this was an All-Stars season. I think he wants me to revert back to old Season 6 stuff. I don't know."
The three-time DWTS champion repeated something like that to Zap2it, saying, "I'll do this for you, Len: I'll keep it simple. [...] I'll go back to Season 6 choreography if that's what you want."
On top of that, he has his own injury — in addition to Shawn's knee injury, which was showcased on Monday. Derek told OTRC he has a bulging disc in his vertebrae that became inflamed today. "I've had it for a couple years," he told Zap2it, "but once it flares up — like it did today — it sort of immobilizes me."
But they worked through it. And Shawn’s knee is doing OK now. She was more upset about a little mistake she made during her Cha-Cha-Cha. No one seemed to notice it, but it was eating away at her. They are perfectionists!
Catch a new episode of Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars on Tuesday, October 30 onABC.