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Dancing's Derek Hospitalized

One less star will be dancing tonight. 

E! News has learned that pro hoofer Derek Hough, paired with Shannon Elizabeth on this season's Dancing with the Stars, was taken away from the set by ambulance following a neck injury Tuesday.

An ABC rep confirms that Hough was rehearsing a routine with his sister Julianne and fellow Dancing pro Mark Ballas when he suffered the injury.

The network says he was taken away on a stretcher as a precaution and sent to a nearby hospital for tests and observation. He was released after doctors determined he had only sustained a strained neck.

The 22-year-old Hough, in his second season on Dancing with the Stars, will not dance as part of the professionals' showcase on Tuesday night's elimination show. However, he is expected back for next Monday's dance-off round.

Hough made his Dancing debut twirling Jennie Garth to a fourth-place finish during last season's trouble-plagued contest.

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