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    Posted: 14 Dec 2010 at 16:28

An ill Brandon Mychal Smith bows out of Skating With The Stars as Bethenny Frankel upsets judge

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 9:23 AM on 14th December 2010

After a week of speculation, the show was all over for Skating With The Stars contestant Brandon Mychal Smith.

The 21-year-old Disney actor withdrew from the contest tonight, after suffering from a stomach virus.

The show's doctor said he was just too ill to compete, meaning no couple was eliminated.


Skated out: A dejected Brandon realises he is too ill to continue with the contest in tonight's show


Brave attempt: Brandon tried his best to overcome his illness to compete in the show by returning to the ice for practice this week

But he appeared alongside his skating partner Keauna McLaughlin to say goodbye to fans.

'The journey has been fruitful and very fulfilling,' he told Vernon Kay.

'It's been a rollercoaster of a time. I'm feeling very disappointed.'

Despite being taken to hospital last week with a stomach virus,  Brandon attempted to practice on the ice this week but felt 'weak and dizzy.'

'While Brandon is less than thrilled by the news, he does not want to put his partner, himself, or the show at any risk,' his representative told E! News about his decision to quit.


Regret: Brandon described his 'journey' as fulfilling' when interviewed by Vernon Kay on tonight's show

Meanwhile, despite there being no elimination this week, tension was clearly in the air with Real Housewives star Bethenny Frankel upsetting judge Johnny Weir.

After she and partner Ethan Burgess performed an energetic routine for the show's 'Thrill Week', the judge made reference to the reality star's comment that she didn't care what the judges said about her performances.

'I don't really care to watch you perform any more,' he said, adding. 'Well, I mean, if she doesn't care, we don't care.'


Being frank: Judge Johnny Weir tells contestant Bethenny Frankel exactly what he thinks of her comments


Outspoken: Bethenny looked shocked at judge Johnny Weir's comments after her performance

However, Bethenny, who claimed she thought she could win the contest, did manage to get some positive feedback for her performance, with Laurie Ann Gibson describing her as 'fearless and amazing.'

And judge Dick Button even described her as the 'Bristol Palin' of the ice.

But her routine, to 'Superstition' gave her a 38 out of 60 points which left her at the bottom of the leader board at the end of the night.


Thrilling: Bethenny Frankel and her partner Ethan Burgess looked energetic on the ice in red and black outfits

Soap star Rebecca Budig and her partner  Fred Palascak did better, performing a number to 'What a Night' which involved some daring lifts.

'That was such a feat: three overhead lifts in one number is so difficult and you did it beautifully,' Johnny told them.

However, he said he wanted 'more passion' and 'guts' from her performance on next week's final.


Daring: Soap star Rebecca Budig is lifted into the air by her partner Fred Palascak

Olympian Jonny Moseley and partner Brooke Castille scored highest with 54 points to Rebecca's 53, impressing all the judges.

'You take this competition seriously,' Laurie Ann told him. 'You take the judges' really significant points and you put them into every week. You come back better, stronger.'

The final airs on US network ABC next Monday.


High scorer: Jonny Moseley impressed the judges with his performance on the ice, leaving him and partner Brooke Castille top of the leader board

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1338427/Skating-With-The-Stars-2010-Brandon-Mychal-Smith-bows-ill.html#ixzz186WIZ0Qq

Edited by Bren - 14 Dec 2010 at 16:31
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