If you caught Dancing With The Stars this week, you probably noticed that one couple didn’t compete. Noticeably absent from the ballroom on September 27 were Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke. So what happened to the couple and will they come back?
Cheryl Burke announced just before the new episode that she tested positive for COVID-19. Needless to say, she wasn’t going to compete on the September 27 episode. She posted an Instagram video breaking the news to fans.
During the new episode, hostess Tyra Banks announced Cody Rigsby wouldn’t compete either out of an abundance of caution. What does this mean for their future on the show?
Don’t count Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke out of the competition just yet
This doesn’t mean that Cody and Cheryl are done yet though.
“First and foremost, I want to send all of my love, and thoughts and healing energy to Miss Cheryl Burke,” Cody said on his own Instagram page. “We have spoken a few times. She seems to be in good spirits and feeling well. But I have been through COVID and I know how crazy this virus can be and it can change at any moment, so just keep her in your thoughts.”
“The competition of Dancing With the Stars must go on. I will be competing,” the fitness influencer continued. “How… is to be determined, so stay tuned.”
Last year, COVID-19 measures were much stricter. There wasn’t even a live audience during Season 29. But no contestants seemed to catch COVID-19 during the season, so no one had to sit out. This is definitely a Dancing With The Stars first.
Will Dancing With The Stars introduce one of the backup dancers?
If you’ve been keeping up with us, you might have read that Dancing With The Stars has a few new pros this year.
You might have spotted Sofia Ghavami and Ezra Sosa in the background of a few dances. But they aren’t just backup dancers. A few weeks ago, DWTS announced Sofia and Ezra will step in if one of the other pros can’t compete. If Cheryl Burke is out for the next few weeks but Cody Rigsby tests negative for COVID-19, he may dance with Sofia instead.
According to ET, Sofia is an incredibly talented Miami dancer. Her favorite style of dance is Latin Ballroom and she’s been on tour with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd. She may not have Cheryl’s experience yet, but she’s well on her way.
Do you hope to see Cody Rigsby back in the ballroom soon? Don’t forget to tune in and keep up with the latest DWTS episodes. We’ll be here to cover it all and keep you filled in!