'Dancing with the Stars': Kim Zolciak Forced to Withdraw, No Elimination This Week


'Dancing with the Stars': Kim Zolciak Forced to Withdraw, No Elimination This Week


The former 'Real Housewives' star is forced to withdraw from the competition following a mini stroke last week as she follows her doctors' suggestion not to fly.
The fate of Kim Zolciak on "Dancing with the Stars" was revealed on Monday, September 28. The former Bravo reality TV star was unable to dance in the latest episode after suffering from a mini stroke last week and has to withdraw from the competition.

Kim, who was at home in Atlanta, appeared via Skype during the live broadcast after partner Tony Dovolani performed their "I Dream of Jeanie" with Jenna Johnson. "I feel really great. I dont know if you know, but I rehearsed on Saturday," she said of her condition. "I learned that whole dance that Jenna just did, but then my doctor told me yesterday that it's too soon to fly."

She also said in a pre-recorded segment, "It's the scariest thing I've ever been through in my whole life." Tony added, "I'm extremely worried. I don't want to risk her life over a dance."

The rules state that if a contestant is unable to dance due to health problems or injury, he/she must withdraw from the competition. Despite pleas from Kim and Tony, the rules can't be bent.

"I just wish her well," Tony said after host Tom Bergeron announced the bad news. "I mean the family comes first, health comes first. I'm just so glad she listened to the doctors. They said she might be able to fly on Sunday next week, so if the rules could be bent, just this one time?"

Kim's withdrawal aside, the other remaining pairs performed routines inspired by TV shows on Monday night and no one was eliminated. Season 19's champion Alfonso Ribeiro joined as a guest judge.

Nick Carter's back on the top of leaderboard, tied with Alexa Vega with 36 points each. Julianne Hough called Nick and Sharna Burgess' "Downton Abbey"-themed Viennese waltz the "best dance of the night." Meanwhile, the judges praised Alexa and Mark Ballas' connection on the dance floor during their "Breaking Bad"-themed jazz.

Tamar Braxton and Valentin Chmerkovskiy's tango earned 33 points as Alfonso pointed out their lack of chemistry. Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold also danced a tango and earned 33. The judges praised the Legion of Honour recipient's skills except for "a slight misplacement" in the middle.

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough danced a quickstep despite the fact that her foot was hurting. The judges loved her energy and gave 32 points for her dance. Carlos Pena Jr. and Witney Carson earned 31 for their jazz. The judges said it was fun but a bit slow. Carrie Ann Inaba, however, thought Carlos didn't improve and was shrinking from last week.

Hayes Grier and Emma Slater danced a fun jive which earned 30 points. Bruno Tonioli praised his star quality, but Julianne noticed he was a little bit off. Andy Grammer and Allison Holker's quickstep was scored 29 by the judges as Alfonso and Julianne criticized Andy's weak shoulders.

Gary Busey and Paula Deen could be in jeopardy next week following their dances tonight. The actor danced a tango with Anna Trebunskaya. The judges said it was entertaining, but technically it wasn't a good dance. Paula, meanwhile, danced a "Gilligan's Island"-themed samba with Louis Van Amstel. The judges thought the concept took over the dance and choreography.


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