The thing about reality TV shows is that they just can’t seem to avoid injuries. Most of them happen on record while some are inflicted during rehearsals. Either way, celebrities live with the saying “the show must go on” and still perform despite the pain they are feeling.
Check out a few celebrities who suffered injuries in the reality shows they were part of.
Just this year actor Antony Cotton fractured his ribs in one of their rehearsals for Dancing on Ice. In his interview, the actor explained: “We lost our balance and both fell backwards on to the ice. Luckily, Brandee (his skating partner) was uninjured but I was taken to hospital where I discovered I had fractured a couple of ribs, front and back.”
The doctors suggested that Cotton be put to bed rest for two days. Fortunately, he was able to get back on his skates and perform several weeks for the show until he was eliminated. He did take a few painkillers to get him through.
Another Dancing on Ice participant injured herself during the show back in 2012. Jennifer Ellison hit the back of her head while doing the scorpion kick. The live show clearly captured how the beautiful dancer struck her head with the blade of the skate as she did the elegant move. Bravely, she carried on with the performance like a pro. However, she immediately left the rink as soon as the music stopped.
Just before the show, the blonde beauty was reminded to be extra careful in doing the routine. Judge Robin Cousins explained what might have gone wrong. He said: “As a dancer, the last thing she would think about is what’s on the end of her boot. People do forget that the skates make your feet the heaviest part of your body and just doing a little bit of a flick, makes everything go a lot harder. Very flexible, fantastic performer but there is very little skating being done by Jen at this point.”
The only good thing was she received her highest score of 19 in that performance.
The show The Jump proved to be one of the most dangerous programs ever on TV. Over the four series, a big number of celebrities were forced to surrender after hurting themselves in serious cases. One of them was Melinda Messenger.
The former glamour model and TV presenter was forced to pull out of the show in 2016 after suffering concussion in a bobsleigh accident. Messenger knows it was common in the show and shared her thoughts saying: “That’s absolutely awful, but that is the risk that each individual takes when they put themselves through that.”
“I know that with Beth, she’d done several jumps and she was jumping beautifully and doing a really good job, and something for her went wrong, and that is always a potential outcome.
“And it’s part of that risk, isn’t it, that adds to that appeal of why people want to challenge themselves in that way.”
Messenger was in a relationship with The Jump skiing coach Warren Smith at that time.
Another dangerous show ever played on TV was the gymnastics show, Tumble. From the title itself, you’d expect countless tumbles from participants, some of which had led to serious cases of injuries. Even the show producers were worried that celebrities were battling extreme fatigue and numerous injuries to be in the show.
TOWIE star Lucy Mecklenburgh suffered a lot of nasty falls. During the training for the semi-finals, as she was trying to impress the people, she worked a little too hard and ended up with a painful black eye. She was trying to master the front somersault that time.