Christie Brinkley’s rehearsal injury will keep her from competing on this season of Dancing With the Stars.
In August, the 65-year-old supermodel and actress was announced as one of the cast members for season 28. Rehearsals for the dancing competition are underway, with the show’s premiere airing tonight. Sadly, Christie won’t appear on this season after taking a fall during rehearsals and breaking her right arm.
Thankfully, Christie has found the perfect person to fill her dancing shoes. Christie’s daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook, 21, will take her place in the cast.
Christie released a statement to Good Morning America about the situation. “Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on Dancing with the Stars this season,” Christie joked. “Sailor joined the cast when I got mine … ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh!”
Sailor is reportedly excited to take on the challenge, making her mom proud while conquering her fear of stage fright.
Christie Brinkley was excited to participate in season 28 of Dancing With the Stars, but now it seems her dancing dreams will have to wait. The 65-year-old will not be able to compete this season after breaking her arm during rehearsals.
Good Morning America tweeted out exclusive footage of the fall that broke Christie’s arm. It seems like she tripped over her partner’s foot during a turn, causing her to fall. She tried to break the fall with her hands, injuring her wrist and forearm.
Luckily, Christie has found the perfect replacement, considering the short notice. One of Christie’s daughters, 21-year-old model Sailor Brinkley-Cook, has stepped up to learn the routine in just hours and take her mom’s place on the cast.
Christie announced the replacement on her Instagram page. She wrote, “Sailor Breezes In to Save the Day! I just broke my arm into a 1000 pieces requiring surgery with a metal plate and screws to hold my arm together..Im so sorry!”
“Only something like that [could] stop me from continuing to dance with my wonderful coach…I was having a blast,” Christie continued. “It was quite literally a crushing disappointment, i never ever want to let anyone down, so I looked for a silver lining and i think this one is solid gold!”
Sailor has been working hard to get the routine down in the short period of time she has. It hasn’t been easy for the 21-year-old model, who has to overcome stage fright. Christie explained the situation later in the same caption.
“But my student/ @imgmodels Sailor would have to overcome serious stage fright! Sailor always meets her challenges head on and realized she did not want to be defined by her fears,” Christie noted. “So with just hours to learn my routine she is turning my defeat or should i say two left [feet] into her own victory of courage!”
Sailor told Good Morning America that she feels up to the challenge. “I felt this high of just attacking something I was so afraid of and it felt like something I need to do,” she said. “I think it will change me.”
“I’m doing this mostly for my mom! I just want to make her happy and make her proud,” Sailor continued. “She loved doing this, she loves dancing and she loves performing and getting hurt was her worst nightmare.”
Christie isn’t the first star to get sidelined by an injury before the competition began. In season eight, both Nancy O’Dell and Jewel had to turn in their dancing shoes early. Jewel fractured both her tibias, while Nancy tore knee cartilage.
Some stars have been forced to leave the show due to injury but have made it back before the season ended. This list includes Misty May-Treanor, Tom DeLay, Dorothy Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Kim Zolciak-Biermann, and Tamar Braxton.
Sailor isn’t the first celebrity family member to step in as a substitute, either. Master P competed in season two of the show after son Romeo was forced to leave the competition due to an injury. Romeo later competed in season 12.
There will be 12 celebrities competing for the coveted mirror ball trophy this season. Sailor will be joined by country singer Lauren Alaina, Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke, The Bachelorette‘s Hannah Brown, Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown, The Office‘s Kate Flannery, former NFL star Ray Lewis, Kenan & Kel‘s Kel Mitchell, former NBA star Lamar Odom, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Dawson’s Creek‘s James Van Der Beek, and former Supremes singer Mary Wilson.
Season 28 kicks off on September 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. This will be the first time that the celebrities’ dancing partners will be revealed on the show’s season premiere, so it’ll be interesting to see which couple has the potential to take the trophy home.