The two survived their second week in the show without being able to go to the studio.
Monday’s episode of “Dancing With the Stars” revealed how the show will proceed in light of Cheryl Burke testing positive for the coronavirus in the midst of competition.
The dancing pro, 37, who has been thoroughly vaccinated, announced the news on her Instagram Sunday evening in an emotional video ahead of Monday night’s performance. Because of procedures to ensure that the coronavirus doesn’t spread to more cast and crew members, Burke said he would have to quarantine for at least ten days, thus missing a portion of Season 30.
Host Tyra Banks began Monday’s episode by quickly adapting to the situation and revealing how the show plans with one of her dancing duo unable to come to the studio.
“He and Cody Rigsby were in close contact,” Banks explained (via) yahoo entertainment) “Although he is also fully vaccinated, very carefully, he is not in the ballroom tonight. However, this does not mean that he is out of competition.”
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Banks said that, rather than performing in front of a live audience and judges, Burke and Rigsby would be judged based on a pre-recorded practice session in which they performed their entire dance for the week. While it was an ideal way to measure his progress over two weeks, his score of 24 out of 40 wasn’t bad, all things considered. In the end, Burke and Rigby were safe for another week as “Karate Kid” actor Martin Cove was the first season 30 contestant to get the boot with fellow Brit Stewart.
After their performance, Burke and Rigsby were brought in to sit for the judging portion of their dance remotely via video chat.
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This gave Burke a chance to update viewers on his position and once again advocated for people to get vaccinated.
Burke explained, “I feel fine. I’m grateful that I’ve been vaccinated, so I know it could have been worse.” “And I’m proud of Cody. He worked so hard this week. I hope to be back in the ballroom soon.”
Burke first announced she had tested positive on her Instagram Sunday, noting that, although she had been fully vaccinated with Moderna, she began feeling symptoms and tested very carefully.
“The PCR test came back and it came back positive and I just feel so bad… I feel so bad for Cody, I feel like I’m letting him down,” Burke says, fighting back tears. “I just feel like sh–, to be quite honest. And it’s overwhelming because it’s Sunday and the show is tomorrow.”
She added later in the video: “Yeah, I figured I should tell you guys because I’ve been as open and genuine and vulnerable as I am here. I hope I didn’t spread it. For those of you who don’t think so.” That COVID is a real thing, it’s f—real, man.”