EXCLUSIVE: Normani Kordei’s 'DWTS' Injury Is Way Worse Than We Thought

EXCLUSIVE: Normani Kordei’s 'DWTS' Injury Is Way Worse Than We Thought

Monday night felt like a movie for Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy. The Dancing with the Stars couple had the highest score of the night, receiving their first perfect 40 and winning immunity.

However, the pair’s package revealed Normani’s been dealing with a back injury that could limit her dancing. After the show, Normani and Val told JustJaredJr. that the injury is much more serious than we all thought.

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“I have a severe strain in both my upper back and also in my hip. It just so happened that it was in two places at the same time. And [the doctor] said it was pretty severe. He looked at it and said, ‘You’re not much of a complainer,’ which I’m not,” Normani told us. “He said it could potentially crack my hip.”

Normani is taking care of the injury by icing it, going to physical therapy every single day and taking “a ton” of medication prescribed by the doctor.

“[The doctor] literally told me if I keep going at the rate that I’m going I could crack my hip. Which I don’t want. I have three weeks left of the competition and it’s like so close, yet so far,” Normani confessed. “I just have to play it smart.”

So, how does Val plan to help Normani move forward in the competition without making her injury worse?

“We need to communicate. She’s reluctant to kind of say anything extra and complain about anything, but this week I made it known that you need to speak up and if something hurts we need to take a break, because we’ve still got three more weeks where we need to produce some great stuff,” Val told JJJ. “It’s not gonna get easier, but we need to be smarter and take care of ourselves.”

The dance pro also said, “We’re just picking up momentum and I don’t want to hold back on things that she can do, but you have to be smart and realize that you can do a back flip and a kick into a dip, or you could fill that time with something’s that a little less physical and more emotional and have the same type of impact.”

Fingers crossed Normani stays healthy until the end!

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