Dancing with the Stars notched it’s first injury before the show even premiered. Christie Brinkley, who was an original cast member this season, fell and broke her arm during rehearsals, leaving her unable to participate.
In a last minute move, and what Christie calls a “silver lining,” Christie’s daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook filled in for her mom after receiving the dreaded phone call.
“I just got a really terrible call from my mom. She has been hurt and she broke her arm. She asked me if I wanted to take over for her,” Sailor said in the video package before the show.
Sailor is a model, just like her mom, and says that she hasn’t danced before. But with 3 days to prepare for her Foxtrot with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, the 21-year-old stepped right into those dancing shoes, dancing to “Uptown Girl,” a song by Christie’s ex-husband Billy Joel.
After telling her mom, “this one’s for you,” Christie was by her daughter’s side as she received her comments from the judges.
“I’m so proud. I’m so proud of you Sailor,” Christie said through tears.
“I am blown away by you Sailor. Three days versus three weeks. You have a poise and incredible carefree spirit that moves through your dance,” ” judge Carrie Anne Inaba said of Sailor’s dancing. “But when she went into that first hold and that elbow was up and those shoulders were down, I was like, ‘you got a goldmine here.'”
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“With only three days to practice, Sailor, you floated my boat. You really did,” judge Len Goodman shared. “It had lovely movement. It was a bit stumpy, you needed a bit more body contact. These are all things that with a little bit more practice, you’ll overcome. For three days, coming in at the last moment, you did a wonderful, wonderful job.”
Sailor scored three 6’s from the judges putting her toward the top with a total of 18 points. You can vote for your favorite dancer next week during the show. Dancing with the Stars airs Monday night on ABC.