Burke, who is fully vaccinated, was obviously not going to be at Monday’s live show, and Banks explained what that meant for Burke’s partner, Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby.
“She and Cody Rigsby were in close contact,” Banks said. “Although he's also fully vaccinated, out of an abundance of caution, he's not in the ballroom tonight. However, this does not mean they're out of the competition.”
Banks would explain later in the night that while Burke and Rigsby were not going to be performing live, they would still be judged based on a pre-recorded practice session from last week. All things considered, the performance looked fairly polished and their score was a decent 24 out of 40.
During the judging portion, Burke and Rigsby were brought in via video feed, where Banks got an update on how Burke was feeling.
“I'm feeling okay. I'm just grateful that I got vaccinated so I know it could have been way worse,” Burke said. “And I'm proud of Cody. He worked so hard this week. I just hope to be back soon in the ballroom.”
Viewers were clearly missing Burke, with plenty of well wishes being sent her way on social media.
Praying for a swift and complete recovery with zero complications 🙏
— Debi Hurd (@IBDebiH) September 28, 2021
You are one our favorites so sad and sorry you caught breakthrough Covid. Hopefully as your fully vaccinated you’ll be back dancing soon enough
— Rosemary Me (@RosemaryMe8) September 28, 2021
Aww Cheryl, I’m so sorry! Take care of yourself. 💗
— Jill (@J_J_1975) September 28, 2021
Hope you feel better. Just take care of yourself right now which is most important. pic.twitter.com/BZPic5DtQd
— Heather Donathan (@HDonathan1) September 28, 2021
Fans also made it clear with their voting that they want Burke and Rigsby back, as the pair safely made it through to next week.
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