“I’ve been dancing since I was eight years old and I know my body very well. After I could no longer control my left foot, I knew immediately that only a miracle could help. But there are no miracles in medicine either”says professional dancer Florian Gschaider after his injury-related exit in the semi-finals of the ORF show Dancing Stars.
The Tyrolean and his dance partner, the actress Lilian Klebow, were the tragic heroes after Gschaider tore a buttock muscle during the final bars of a paso doble during the dress rehearsal. The two were considered favorites for the final next Friday (8:15 p.m., ORF 1).
Kleberow declined the offer by means of “wildcard” to compete in the final with another dance partner. “It was a heart decision, I can’t just go and dance with someone else. Flo is irreplaceable, neither as a person nor as a dancer. It was clear to me in the first second that I was getting out. I noticed right away that something was grossly wrong with Florian. He is someone who would immediately get up and move on.”
Gschaider was happy about this gesture from his dance partner. “I told Lilian that I will accept any decision she makes. Of course I thought it was extremely nice that she didn’t want to continue without me. We grew together as a team, but a friendship also developed between us. And thank you Lilian for showing me that you can laugh at mistakes”said the dancer, who is known for being ambitious and wanted to leave at the end of season 15 for family reasons.
Juror Maria Santner-Angelini from Sipbachzell says about bad luck with injuries: “It doesn’t get any more bitter than that. They both trained so hard and I would have given ten points for both dances. I couldn’t believe it at first and was very depressed myself.”
OÖN columnist in the final
In addition to Corinna Kamper and Danilo Campisi as well as Missy May and Dimitar Stefanin, the former ski jumping coach and OÖN columnist Alexander Pointner danced his way into the final with his partner Manuela Stöckl. For his “Contemporary” The duo received the highest mark of 10 from juror Balazs Ekker, who was equipped with bitter Puszta charm. “When my wife heard that I danced something like that, she said: I’m sorry, I have to laugh. Now she says she doesn’t laugh anymore. That makes me very happy.”