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The flu sidelines another 'DWTS' competitor

November 2, 2009 |  2:05 pm

117299_D_4297_pre First it was Derek Hough and Mark Ballas. But the pesky flu has jitterbugged its way around the "Dancing With the Stars" set, and now pro dancer Lacey Schwimmer is reportedly the latest to be sidelined by the illness and out of this week's competition.

According to, Schwimmer became ill  Thursday night while traveling with celebrity partner Mark Dacascos in New York. Fellow pro Anna Trebunskaya (who teamed up with Ultimate Fighter Chuck  Liddell earlier in this season's competition) was tapped to step in for a rehearsal. But now that Lacey still has not fully recovered from her illness, Trebunskaya has agreed to perform with the "Iron Chef: America" chairman for not one, but two, routines during tonight's competition.

Will Mark Dacascos' new partnership help or hinder his chances for the Mirrorball trophy? Tune in tonight at 8 on ABC for the competition, and check back with us Tuesday morning for the replay.

— Allyssa Lee


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Photo: Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer. Credit:  Craig Sjodin / ABC