‘DWTS’ Cast React to Vanderpump's Blackout
By CONCETTA DELUCO
April 09, 2013
With Monday evening just behind us, that means one thing: Dancing With The Stars cast reactions. Per usual, there were a few key performance moments, but the talk of the evening was Bravo star Lisa Vanderpump's faint during last week's rehearsals.
In week four's Monday night episode, the Real Housewives star is complaining of feeling exhausted and appears visibly overwhelmed -- feelings that catch up with her and eventually cause her to black out and faint during Thursday's rehearsal with her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko.
In her blog on People, 52-year-old Vanderpump reveals that she was suffering from an undiagnosed viral infection complete with a fever and swollen glands. "I was in shock when I woke up. I fainted only once before in my life…" she writes. "Between trying to fight that and all of the stress on my body from running around, I ended up with low blood pressure and a rapid heart rate, which is why I fainted."
Despite being in shock after the incident, being rushed to the hospital and prescribed plenty of rest, the 52-year-old insisted that they continue their rehearsal with "can do/can't be defeated" attitude that has earned Vanderpump a lot of respect from this season 16's cast.
Making a quick exit after Monday night's episode, Vanderpump and Gleb did not stick around to hear all the kind words her dance-mates had to say.
After scoring a 21/30 for his Foxtrot to Etta James' I Want to Make Love to You, comedian DL Hughley beat out Vanderpump's 18/30 for her and Gleb's Cha Cha, but Hughley had nothing but praise and admiration for Vanderpump's performance.
"Like the warrior she is, she came out and did her thing," he said. "Everybody would like to win but nobody is blowing on anyone's candle to make theirs burn brighter. I think we all are a team and a family and want everyone to do well and feel bad when everyone is not doing their best."
"She's an amazing woman, an inspiration to me," said Dancing pro Sharma Burgess, who pulled a 21/30 with partner Andy Dick. "To go through that in front of America, props to her. We love you Lisa."
And despite this season's group of newbie (yet athletic) dancers -- including an Olympic gold-medalist gymnast, a Super Bowl winning wide receiver and a professional boxer -- the consensus among them all is the same, DWTS is hard work.
"She's just been working so much," said DWTS pro Kym Johnson. "This show can make you exhausted and you really just have to look after yourself."
The Ravens' Jacoby Jones summed it up poetically in saying, "Long days, short nights. That's what it feels like."
So, where did everyone land? Vanderpump tied for the lowest score with boxer Victor Ortiz, who scored an 18/30 for his Paso Doble with partner Lindsay Arnold.
Who do you think will be eliminated this week? Lets us know, and be sure to check back with ET after Dancing with the Stars airs tonight at 9/8C on ABC.