It was announced yesterday afternoon that Kim Zolciak would not appear on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ since doctors advised her against flying so soon after her release from the hospital. Instead she appeared on the show via Skype. Kim was actually well enough to dance and even rehearsed with partner Tony Dovolani on Saturday: the flying was the issue.
Tom Bergeron announced her fate on the show while Kim appeared via Skype.
Kim reportedly wasn’t given a heads-up about the producers’ decision before her live appearance via Skype. In season 15 they used video of Melissa Rycroft’s rehearsal to score her when she couldn’t appear during a live show, and Kim is said to be upset the producers didn’t do the same for her. She even posted rehearsal footage on Instagram at at 10 pm ET last night, after the decision was announced:
A social media push reportedly has been started to try to bring Kim and Tony back to the show next week. I have to wonder, though: should Kim be pushing herself this hard after a series of mini-strokes and a procedure on her heart? It has to be physically demanding to compete on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ between the weekly flying cross-country and the daily or near-daily rehearsals that are required to be ready each week. Her health is more important than anything else! It does seem like producers could have told her their decision ahead of time, however. It’s too bad, but hopefully Kim uses this as a time to focus on getting 100% healthy again!
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