As for Chmerkovskiy, his absence was acknowledged by Erin Andrews at the start of the show, following Tom Bergeron’s somber tribute to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting and the show’s opening number.
“Maks is dealing with a personal issue, so Alan is stepping in and dancing with Vanessa tonight,” Andrews said. However, no further information was shared.
In a pre-taped package before their performance, Lachey spent the week rehearsing with Bersten instead of Chmerkovskiy, and the pair didn’t address his absence after their dance.
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