April 9, 2013 at 12:27 PM ET
After Lisa Vanderpump fainted in practice, even her fellow dancers were surprised when the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star performed Monday night on "Dancing With the Stars."
Especially since the restaurateur literally had to be carried to the stage from her dressing room. "Lisa wasn't in the ballroom at all for the show," Sharna Burgess, Andy Dick's pro dance partner, told reporters after the show. "She was in her trailer [up until] five minutes before she danced."
Other celebs and pros weighed in on the likelihood of Vanderpump continuing on in the competition. Withdrawals due to injury -- while not commonplace -- certainly are not unheard of either. In fact, season 16's first exit was Dorothy Hamill, who opted out of her own accord, due to physical impairment.
"Lisa's an incredible woman," Burgess told us. "[But] she's not well. She wanted to dance. They told her she didn't have to and she refused to not do it. She's an incredible woman. I'm inspired by her."
"I went up to Lisa after the show and she said, 'Don't come close,'" reported Cheryl Burke, two-time mirror-ball champion and pro partner of D.L. Hughley. "She's really sick. It's this show. It's really intense. I wonder what producers here say to these celebrities when they meet them in person!"
Burke knows what it's like to have a partner withdraw for health reasons. In season nine, her partner, politician Tom Delay, exited the show after being injured.
"Tom had fractured both of his feet," recalls Burke. "It was impossible for him to dance."
Derek Hough thinks that Vanderpump just may be able to continue on in the competition -- provided she makes it through Tuesday's elimination show.
"It's more about pulling back on the choreography a little bit and making it simpler," he offered. "Just do what it takes to stay in."
The three-time "DWTS" champ hastened to add, however, "Your health is number one, of course."
Zendaya said Vanderpump's fainting was "scary to think about."
"I've never passed out or had any crazy hospital experiences," added the 16-year-old Disney star. "You have to take care of yourself."
If Vanderpump hadn't been able to perform, Andy Dick told us he had a backup plan:
"Gleb was going to dance with me," joked the comedian about her pro partner.
"Andy was going to put on Lisa's dress," quipped Burgess.
Dick deadpanned: "I can fit in it now!"
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