Skating With the Stars chock-a-block with casualties (spoiler alert)
Brandon reportedly was having breathing problems on the set. The program aired footage of the 21-year-old on a stretcher looking like he was going to throw up. His agent told E! Online yesterday afternoon that his condition was either a virus or food poisoning and he was resting at home, unable to skate on Monday's show.
He wasn't the only casualty. Brooke Castile, who skates with Olympic skier Jonny Moseley, gashed her finger to the bone after Jonny accidentally skated over her hand after a stumble during rehearsal. But unlike Brandon and his partner Keauna McLaughlin, Brooke and Jonny were able to skate, and ended up at the top of the scoreboard on Monday with 51 points out of 60.
Soap star Rebecca Budig also made a trip to hospital after twisting her wrist during a fall in rehearsal and ignored a doctor's advice to rest, skating with partner Fred Palascak on Monday and racking up a second-place 50 points.
Brandon and Keauna led the pack in scores after last Monday's show but had to settle for 39 points out of 60 after they were judged on a tape of their last complete rehearsal.
Judge Dick Button said he couldn't really judge properly without seeing "the performance level, the wow level."
Johnny Weir went even further, saying Brandon should have skated despite being ill.
"First of all, I hope Brandon's okay and back with us next week because he is ... one of my favourites. Having said that, he wasn't here today and something that you learn from your first steps on the ice or your first time on a stage is that if you are required to perform you perform," Johnny said.
"The doctors said he couldn't, but I've been told not to as well. We've all been there so no matter what, I really wanted to see him perform in front of the audience, I wanted to see him have the nerves and be on the television like everyone else had to deal with, so my scores are going to reflect the fact that he couldn't be here and he wasn't here," he said.
"And I just want to add, Johnny, that puke does not look good on the ice," said host Vernon Kay.
"Been there, Vernon, been there," retorted Johnny.
Weir's remarks seem a bit harsh to me, considering Brandon is not a professional athlete. In fact, he'd never even ice skated before the show, but what do I know?
The celebrity sent home on Monday for having the lowest score and vote total was Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil along with partner Jennifer Wester.
No surprise there. The couple of times I saw him skate I thought he was terrible, Laurie Ann Gibson's babbling about his "musicality" notwithstanding.
Vince had the lowest judges' scores Monday along with "real housewife" Bethenny Frankel and her partner Ethan Burgess, 36 out of 60.
(The photo of Brandon and Keauna in an earlier show is by Adam Taylor for ABC.)