While the on-air fall count didn’t rise this week on Skating With the Stars, the injury count did. Three of the five remaining skating couples left their rehearsals last week either maimed by the dangerous competition or stricken with a stomach flu.
Jonny Moseley’s partner, Brooke Castile, came off the worst after he skated over her finger, leaving her with a deep cut. “I felt terrible about it,” Jonny tells In Touch. “The cut was so deep and it was one little mistake — and all my fault.” Rebecca Budig’s slip in rehearsals left her with a severely sprained wrist, but she assures In Touch, “It’s okay now, just a little painful.” Brandon Mychal Smith’s injury was not courtesy of the ice, though. The stomach flu he contracted saw him rushed to the emergency room and prevented him from skating on last night’s show. “I was so scared we’d be eliminated,” his partner, Keauna McLaughlin, tells In Touch. “We had worked so hard. I just hope he is okay and recovers fast. I’m just grateful they judged us on our rehearsal footage and didn’t eliminate us.”
But the biggest blow went to Mötley Crüe rocker Vince Neil, who, after falling hard in rehearsal, performed a flawless on-air routine only to be informed — once the scores and viewer votes were combined — that he and partner Jennifer Wester had been eliminated from the competition. “I learned it takes a lot of hard work to skate. I’m proud that when Jennifer would show me something, a few days later I’d be doing, it,” he revealed after the news.”
Vince might be leaving the competition with a few bruises, but is grateful for the newfound friends he made and the positive response he got from the judges. “He just let it flow and gave us what we wanted in a very romantic way this week,” tough judge Johnny Weir tells In Touch. “This is really hard and I’m really proud of him. Vince is so likeable and all the judges agreed he was fun to watch because you never knew what to expect.”
“It sucks he’s gone as we all love him. He’s such a really cool guy,” adds Jonny Moseley. “He is such a sweetheart. With his persona and what he is know for, he really is like a big teddy bear.”
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Skating With the Stars
Vince Neil & Jennifer Wester
Eliminated: December 6
Are you bummed about the elimination?
Vince: My feet are very happy, but my brain is bummed. I made so many great friends. I’m going to miss Jen a lot and just being here around everybody. Now it’s back to reality, I guess.
What’s next for you?
Vince: For Mötley Crüe, it’s our 30th anniversary next year. Crüe-Fest starts in March, so I’ll take the holidays off and start rehearsing with the band, then it’s basically back to my day job.
Will you skate over the holidays — ’tis the season and all?
Vince: I am back for the finale, so I’ll have to keep going a little bit.
How is your back after the fall in rehearsals?
Vince: That was a bad spill, but it’s all good.
Will what you learned on this show change the way you perform?
Vince: I don’t know if there is a whole lot that applies to that. She’s always telling me to keep my feet together, but you can’t do that in rock ’n’ roll. You have to have [a rock ’n’ roll] stance.
Jennifer: Maybe you can bring in some blades?
Vince: Maybe I could put in a little ramp to do my entrance. That would be fun, and the ice thing would be cool.
Did your Mötley Crüe bandmates tease you about you doing this show?
Vince: Of course they teased me a little bit, you are always going to get that. But we all support everything we do in other projects, so…
Do you feel you accomplished what you set out to do?
Vince: Yeah, I didn’t want to be the first one out, and I did things tonight that I couldn’t do two months ago, so for me that was an accomplishment.
Jennifer: You did three lifts
Vince: And the judges were nice to me. I was shocked. And it made me really happy. But I wanted to bring some Mötley Crüe into it and skate to Girls, Girls, Girls. At least they played it tonight.