In a season where injuries took a toll before the first episode even aired, rapper Lil' Kim has joined list of this season’s hurt Dancing With The Stars hopefuls. Though she put on a brave face April 7, she injured her rib in rehearsals last week. "It was fun but a little nerve wracking," Lil' Kim tells In Touch about doing the encore dance. "I have a small injury, well it's not small, but I popped my rip out earlier this week and ripped one of the muscles under my rib. I didn't know." At first the Grammy winner thought she was just sore from dancing but a visit to the show’s masseuse proved otherwise. "She said, 'honey you have a rib out, and you tore one of your muscles," reveals Kim. "She had to push it back in and it hurt so bad." I was dancing through the pain."
The star was advised to ice and rest the injury, but next week’s scheduled jive dance probably won’t allow for it. "There is no time to relax," she says. "We have to learn the jive and it's really energetic - what do I do?" Lucky for Kim, her partner Derek Hough is understanding and willing to make allowances for her injuries. "He'll use a plan B when it comes to the choreography," she says. "And whether I am comfortable or not I have to do it. I'm excited for the dance, but the injury has me a little nervous."