Should Lisa Vanderpump continue on “Dancing with the Stars“?
That was the question being asked backstage after Monday night’s show, in which “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star, 52, shook off the effects of a fainting spell to bravely perform her cha cha cha. But she had to be carried to the stage to do so, a “DWTS” pro revealed after the show.
Lisa passed out earlier in the week during a rehearsal with partner Gleb Savchenko, a moment that was dramatically aired on the show Monday. The restaurateur recovered, but her ability to perform this week was in doubt until the last minute, as she had to rest backstage before her dance.
And after the show, Lisa didn’t do her customary post-show interviews with reporters. Andy Dick’s partner Sharna Burgess explained, “She’s not well.”
According to Sharna, Lisa decided to perform just ten minutes before her dance was scheduled at the end of the show. “There was a back-up plan. Lisa was not in the ballroom the whole show. She was in her trailer laying down. Someone went in and got her dress and literally carried her to the stage five minutes before she danced.
“She wanted to dance. They told her she didn’t have to and she refused to not do it. She’s an incredible woman! Props to her. I’m inspired by her and what she did tonight,” Sharna said.
Lisa’s fellow “DWTS” contestant, boxer Victor Ortiz, echoed that thought to xfinityTV, saying, “She’s a strong woman and a fighter!”
Two weeks ago on “DWTS,” however, another strong woman and athlete, Dorothy Hamill, 56, had to withdraw from the competition due to a back injury. And after Monday’s show, reporters were wondering if Lisa should follow her out of the ballroom.
Longtime “DWTS” pro Derek Hough, who has won the show three times with various celebrity partners, said no. “I think she should continue to dance,” he declared. “It’s more about pulling back on the choreography a little bit and making it simpler, just do whatever it takes to stay in. Your health is number one, of course, but if there’s a way that she could do it [she should]. You don’t want to feel like you missed out.”
Two-time mirror ball champ Cheryl Burke was more cautious given the immense physical demands of the dancing show, telling reporters, “I don’t know how she’s feeling right now. I went up to her and she said, ‘Don’t come close.’ She’s feeling sick. It’s this show; it’s really intense. People have no idea what they’re getting into! It’s really hard — they have no idea, none! I’m wondering what the producers say to these celebrities when they meet them in person. Obviously, health comes first.”
Comedian D.L. Hughley, who dances with Cheryl this season, reflected, “It’s tough. I don’t know all the ins and outs of the show — losing Dorothy the way we lost her — then [with] what’s happened to Lisa, this has been an emotional roller coaster. It’s like a battlefield. I feel horrible for her. It’s indicative of the kind of human being she is [that] she doesn’t want to disappoint anybody.”
The “DWTS” results show airs Tuesday at 9/8c on ABC.