Dancing with the Stars fans are shocked by the news that Christie Brinkley will not be competing this season on ABC celebrity ballroom competition. Hours before the Season 28 premiere, the 65-year-old supermodel has bowed out of the TV dancing show due to an arm injury she suffered in rehearsals over the weekend, and will now be replaced by her daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, as shared by The Inquisitr.
In a statement to Good Morning America, Brinkley joked about the casting switcheroo in a statement to fans.
“Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on Dancing with the Stars this season. Sailor joined the cast when I got mine.”
Not only did Sailor step into the rehearsal studio with just a few hours to learn her mom’s opening night routines, but she slipped into Christie’s costume for the season premiere –and it fit perfectly with no alterations.
A slideshow post on the official Dancing with the Stars Instagram (you can see it below) showed Sailor posing in the same sparkly, fringed, violet-colored outfit that her mom wore just hours earlier. In the caption to the post, it was confirmed that Sailor will compete in her mother’s place for the rest of the season with the hopes that Christie will cheer her on from the studio audience when possible.
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While rehearsing for the premiere of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Christie Brinkley suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm. She is unable to continue her planned participation on the show. Keeping it all in the family, her daughter Sailor Brinkley Cook, a Sports Illustrated model, has chosen to quickly step in with hours to learn the entire routine and will compete in her mother’s place for the remainder of the season. We wish Christie a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in the audience, whenever possible, proudly supporting Sailor. #DWTS
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Sailor Breezes In to Save the Day! Hey My Friends! So here’s the news. I just broke my arm into a 1000 pieces requiring surgery with a metal plate and screws to hold my arm together..Im so sorry if I’ve disappointed anybody! Only something as bad as this could stop me from continuing to dance with my wonderful coach for @dancingabc ...I was having a blast!!!! Shattering my arm was quite literally a crushing disappointment, i never ever want to let anyone down...so I looked for a silver lining and i think I found one that is is solid gold! Sailor! But first I would have to convince Sailor to replace me..she was already on the plane to come sit in the audience when I reached her! (Alexa has commitments in NY including her upcoming Cabaret Show at the @cafecarlyle ) I also had to convince my student/ @imgmodels Sailor to overcome serious stage fright to replace me on the show! Sailor always meets her challenges head on and realized she did not want to be defined by her fears so with just hours to learn my routine she is turning my defeat or should i say two left feat into her own victory of courage! So Ladies and Gents I give you my beautiful Sunflower Sailor Lee. And i think you are all going to have a blast together on this season of @dancingabc ! Sorry for the typos it’s my right arm! And Sailor Thank you for taking a very disappointing turn of events into something very special! you know Showbiz is all about getting a break and I guess you can say Sailor and I both got one on this season of @dancingabc #family #familyfirst #challenge #doitforlove #fearless #brave #dare #justtry #silverlining #dauntless #dance #lemonaid #gowiththeflow #carpediem #seizetheday #formom #TeamSailaV #c’est la vie! #teambrinkley
Fans posted to the comments section of the post to express disappointment that Christie won’t be competing on the show and to praise Sailor for literally filling her dancing shoes.
Other marveled over how much the 21-year-old model looks like her mom. The mom-daughter duo is frequently photographed “twinning” in similar outfits, but no one expected to ever see them in the same Dancing With the Stars outfit.
Sailor previously told Hamptons magazine that she is not her mother’s mini-me by any stretch, despite the constant comparisons.
“I’m not the mini-Christie Brinkley. I’m myself,” she said.
Still, with her long blonde hair and a modeling career of her own, Sailor will likely always be compared to her successful mom. Sailor previously told People that she grew up looking at modeling photos of her mom and thinking she could never do that. But now she is doing exactly that—and she’s doing it well.
Only time will tell if Sailor can take her mom’s Dancing with the Stars dreams all the way to the mirrorball trophy, but she certainly looks the part.
Dancing With the Stars Season 28 premieres Monday, September 16 at 8 p.n. on ABC.