Rigsby recently opened up about the experience participating in the competition despite being in quarantine and how happy he was to be back.
Returning To The Stage
Speaking to ET about his return on stage, the professional dancer revealed that having COVID-19 in the past two weeks is not how he wanted his time on the show to go. He continued saying,
“This is supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to be costumes and silly dancing and all this sort of stuff, so it’s just not how I wanted it to be.”
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Rigsby expressed his joy about returning to the ballroom where he gets to be with his classmates, the costumes, and the lights. In his words, “I’ve missed the energy! I’ve missed the energy from the crowd. So it’s been great to be back.”
Once they were cleared healthy enough to perform, the dynamic duo returned to the stage to steal the spotlight with their foxtrot dance to “Stand Out” from “A Goofy Movie” in honor of Disney Heroes Night.
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Rigsby went all out by wearing the picture-perfect recreation of the movie’s yellow costume down to the wild hairstyle. In contrast, Burke looked stunning in a dazzling black dress.
Unfortunately, their efforts didn’t impress the judges, and they scored 27 out of 40 points. Disappointed by the results, Rigsby told ET that he believed his team deserved more.
However, the dancer stated that he would not let the judges’ criticism throw him off track but use it to improve his next performance with Burke.
The Virtual Dance Off
When Rigsby and Burke tested positive for coronavirus, the pair were undoubtedly disappointed. However, this was not enough to kill their thirst for success.
As reported by The Blast on October 6, to remain on “DWTS,” the pair found a unique way to perform from the safety of their respective living rooms.
The dancers gave a sizzling jazz performance to Britney Spears’ “Gimme More” song. However, their dance earned them the lowest scores of the night.
Although their performance was not well received by the judges, it was enough to secure their spot on the show for the Disney Heroes Night performance on October 11.
Elated for the opportunity to keep performing, Burke revealed that she was happy that her team’s hard work paid off.
The 37-year-old stated that this performance was more tasking than others because they had to practice via zoom calls and dance separately while being in sync.
Their Covid-19 Setback
It was also previously reported by The Blast that Rigsby contracted the virus just days after his teammate tested positive. However, this also marked the second time the dancer would have the virus.
On September 30, the former “Peloton” bike instructor shared the sad news on Instagram. He also expressed his surprise as he was fully vaccinated but still got infected.
However, unlike his partner, whose condition was worse at the time, Rigsby revealed that his symptoms were mild due to the antibiotics he was using.
Fans of the dancers were naturally worried about the pair’s condition and their ability to continue the show.
Nevertheless, the duo was allowed to compete virtually and continue to show their skill and passion on “Dancing With The Stars.”