Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke will survive to dance another week.
The couple had no choice but to quarantine during the September 27 episode of Dancing With The Stars after Cheryl Burke revealed she tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, Cody Rigsby was also asked to sit out. However, both were in the ballroom in spirit — and through webcam.
But how exactly did the judges give them a score if they couldn’t compete?
Judges reviewed a recording of Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke’s routine this week
Luckily for the contestants, camera crews are in virtually every rehearsal to gather footage for the prerecorded packages that play during episodes. They recorded Cody and Cheryl doing their routine full out ahead of the September 27 episode. There weren’t any glamorous costumes, but it was enough for the judges to give the pair a fair score. Cody and Cheryl received a 24 out of 40 for their routine this week.
If you didn’t get a chance to see that yet, you can watch it here:
One can only imagine how spectacular the routine would have been if they got to perform it live on stage for the audience.
What will happen to the two now that they made it through to another week?
So what’s next for the pair? They recently discussed the difficult situation on Cheryl’s podcast, Pretty Messed Up.
Above all else, Cody Rigsby hopes Cheryl Burke makes a full recovery. But he honestly felt a little disappointed he wasn’t able to compete. DWTS brought in two new pros this season for exactly this reason. Many thought he would dance with Sofia Ghavami after Cheryl tested positive. But that didn’t happen.
“All these people who make decisions that are way above our pay grade were like, not so fast. That’s not going to happen, we can’t have you in the ballroom,” Cody admitted on the podcast. “I’ve tested negative. Every test that I’ve had for the past three weeks has been negative. I wouldn’t have a mask if I were performing, so I think that’s also a big factor.”
“Do I wish that instead I got to perform with a sub instead of our rehearsal footage? Yes, of course,” the fitness influencer went on to say. “We had worked on it, you had worked on it with me. I took all those notes that you had given me, came to the hotel room, mentally went through it. I was running through it on Sunday because I didn’t know what was going to happen, and there were all these little details and textures that I wanted to really perform. And how fierce was our costume? It was like, this fierce black floral print and I was so excited for it.”
Sadly, viewers never even got to see the costumes. But there’s always a chance they will be used in the future.
Martin Kove and Britt Stewart left the competition on September 27 after receiving poor scores for two weeks in a row. Do you think Cheryl and Cody will get another chance this coming week? Let us know what you think in the comments. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite stars!