Zendaya, Val Chmerkovskiy, Dancing with the Stars

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Talk about performing under pressure.

Val Chermkovskiy and Zendaya Coleman proved just how badly they wanted to win Dancing With the Stars on Monday night's finale when the pair performed just hours after Val suffered a serious eye injury during their dress rehearsal. 

In fact, Val's injury was so serious that he immediately went to the hospital after he and Zendaya finished their interviews. And during our chat with the pair, Val revealed that producers were considering replacing him with another professional dancer just one hour before the start of the finale!

"It was an hour before the show, so everybody panicked," Val explained of his injury. "There were talks about replacing me, and that was not going to happen. I was just praying it was going to stop bleeding, which, thank God, it did because it's a very deep cut."

Zendaya recalled the scary moment during the rehearsal when her elbow hit Val's eye, saying, "I already knew it was bad, and then he was going through dress rehearsal with blood all over his face. I just had to keep going because I know he wants me to keep going. He kept smiling, so that's the cue to keep on going."

Oddly enough, Val told us he believes the injury actually helped his performance. "My back is killing me. Like seriously killing me. My shoulder is killing me. [My eye] honestly took my mind off all that pain. I'm lucky it happened…It made me enjoy the moment a little more." 

See more from the DWTS finalists on tonight's E! News at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

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