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DWTS Heartbreak: James Van Der Beek Eliminated Following Reveal Of His Wife’s Miscarriage

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It was the most emotional semi-finals in the history of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.  Five couples were in the running and by the end of the two-hour broadcast on Monday night, one would be eliminated.

But no one expected it to go the way it did in a shocking and heartbreaking turn of events.  Considered by many the top frontrunner to take the Mirror Ball Trophy, former Dawson’s Creek star, James Van Der Beek, announced in tears during the broadcast that his wife, Kimberly who was pregnancy with their sixth child, miscarried over the weekend.

But things got even more painful from there.  In an attempt to make the finals next week each duo had to perform a “redemption dance” chosen by the judges as the worst dance from their season, followed by a new routine.

Van Der Beek and his pro partner, Emma Slater performed a Cha-Cha which did not go over well with the judges, causing them by the end of the night to be the lowest scoring couple on the leaderboard.  But it was before his second dance that Van Der Beek shared the news of his his wife’s miscarriage.  He then danced an emotional tango in her honor.

At the end of the episode after three couples were saved it, was between Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber being eliminated … or James and Emma  The judges had to make the horrific decision of who would stay and compete and who would be sent home.

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Across the board the judges chose Ally and Sasha.  What followed was pure shock in the audience.  Then, Ally Brooke broke town in tears pleasing for the judges and the producers to give her spot to Van Der Beek in the finals

“Can I give it to James, please?” Brooke expressed through her tears.  Van Der Beek would not allow her to do that and the show went off the air with co-host Erin Andrews, judge Carrie Ann Inaba and the viewers in America, in sadness.

Van Der Beek took to his Twitter account to thank those who supported him and his family during their difficult time following the loss of their unborn child: “Wrecked. Devastated. In shock. That’s how we’re feeling right now after the soul we thought were going to welcome into our family has taken a short cut to whatever lies beyond this life. There are no words… thank you everyone for the love & support. It’s exactly what we need.”

So, what did you think of the turn of events that saw James Van Der Beek exit Dancing with the Stars on the heels of the news of his wife’s miscarriage? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Cody Rigsby Tests Positive for COVID-19 Following Dance Partner Cheryl Burke’s Diagnosis

UPDATED: Cody Rigsby, the Peloton fitness instructor, who is competing for the Mirror Ball trophy in the all-new season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

The news comes just days after his pro dance partner, Cheryl Burke announced she tested positive for Covid-19 and had to quarantine, thus she and Cody did not dance in the ballroom on Monday night.  However, they were judged by one of their rehearsals, which was pre-taped.

However news on Friday morning revealed that Cody and Cheryl will dance this coming Monday night in a unique format – dancing in separate rooms next week. Good Morning America retweeted the news, from ABc7 Los Angeles correspondent Zohreen Shah. ( You can see the tweet below)

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Previously, now comes word via an Instagram post and message from Rigsby himself  that he, too, is now  sidelined from the competition.

Cody expressed: “I have tested positive for Covid again, the second time this year. I right now have really mild symptoms: congestion, little bit of a headache, cough, but in comparison to when I had Covid earlier this year, it is night and day, so that must be the vaccine and the antibodies working. So we’re super grateful for that. As far as my fate on Dancing With the Stars, we are still trying to figure that out right now, so please be patient with that answer.

In his written post, Rigsby added: ” Hi friends, I wanted to check in with you to share some news. While I am fully vaccinated and took many precautions, following CDC guidelines, I recently tested positive for Covid-19. To properly rest and recover as well as avoid exposing others, I will be taking a break in the coming days. I appreciate all your support, and I’ll be back as soon as I am ready.”

So, what do you think of Cody now being diagnosed with Covid after Cheryl? What do you think about the latest update that they will dance on Monday in a unique format? Share your thoughts below.  We are wishing Cody and Cheryl speedy recoveries!

 

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Cheryl Burke Tests Positive for COVID-19 Ahead of Tonight’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke announced via an emotional Instagram video on her account on Sunday that she was not feeling well, and tested positive for Covid-19.  Burke had been vaccinated and is another breakthrough Covid case.  Burke had been fully vaccinated via Moderna.

Burke’s diagnosis means that she must quarantine for the next ten days and will miss tonight’s second episode of the new season of the ballroom-dance competition series.  She has been partnered with Pelonton’s Cody Rigsby.

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How will Burke’s departure affect Rigsby in terms of the competition? ABC says it will address it on Monday’s night’s show.  However Good Morning America” reported that Rigsby has been tested for COVID-19, and if he comes back negative he will perform with an alternate pro dancer.

It is now also most certain that Burke will miss next week’s show as well.

In her post, Cheryl shared to her fans she was on her way to get a Covid test, then she shared after getting tested: “I am positive which means I have Covid.”

She went on to say, “It’s so overwhelming because it’s Sunday and the show’s tomorrow. I figured I should let you guys know since I’ve been as open and as a real and as vulnerable as I could be here.  I just hope I didn’t spread it. For those of you who don’t think COVID is a real thing, it’s f–king real, dude.”

The pro dancer also related how upset she was to let her celebrity partner, Cody Rigsby, down by having to exit the show for now.

So, what do you think about Burke’s exit from the series and her emotional message? You can watch it below. Then, share your thoughts via the comment section.

 

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Brian Austin Green, Martin Kove (Ex-EON), The Miz, Amanda Kloots, Matt James & More Revealed as Celebrity Contestants In New Season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, the celebrity contestants were unveiled in full for the upcoming 30th season of Dancing with the Stars.

The ballroom dance competition hosted by Tyra Banks will kick-off on Monday, September 20th at 8pm EST/PST on ABC.

The celebrities include: Brian Austin Green (Ex-90210 and Knots Landing), Martin Kove (Cobra Kai and ex-Romeo, Edge of Night), the WWE’s Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and former ‘Bachelor’ lead, Matt James.

In addition, other celebrities dancing for the Mirror Ball Trophy include: Country singer Jimmie Allen, Spice Girl Melanie C, Christine Chiu (Bling Empire), Melora Hardin (The Office) Social media star Olivia Jade, Gold medal Olympian Suni Lee, Kenya Moore (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Peloton star instructor Cody Rigsby. NBA star Iman Shumpert, and Popstar JoJo Siwa.

The celebrities and their pro partner will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough.

Watch the video announcement of the cast below and then let us know, who you on paper looks like the top choice to take home the Mirror Ball and what you think of the 30th season cast via the comment section.

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