Adam Brand and dance partner Jade Hatcher stand outside the Gracemere Girls Guide hut with Don Butler's children Brandy and Jacob.
Adam Brand and dance partner Jade Hatcher stand outside the Gracemere Girls Guide hut with Don Butler's children Brandy and Jacob. Don Butler

Girl Guides rescue Adam Brand

THERE'S no doubt Adam Brand will buy-up big next time Girl Guides knock on his door selling cookies.

If it weren't for the Gracemere Girl Guides, Brand might just have been booted from Dancing With The Stars on Sunday.

Adam jetted into Rockhampton on Friday for his sell-out concert with Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes at the Great Western Hotel.

With his dance partner Jade Hatcher in tow, Adam was planning on rehearsing for the hit TV dancing show for a few hours before he went on stage to sing.

His plans went out the window when the venue that had been arranged for him to practise in fell through.

After falling to the bottom of the leader board in episode one - Adam's Cha Cha awarded a lousy 15 points - the couple was desperate for more rehearsal time.

Don Butler, from Gracemere, answered the distress call from his old mate Adam.

Don said he'd known Adam for a few years and was planning to catch up with his mate when he was called in to help.

So with his wife, Don started calling around and got hold of Karen Corbin from the Gracemere Girl Guides who saved the day with their hall.

Don's two children Brandy and Jacob were stand-in DJs, taking turns to play and rewind the backing music for the star couple who practised their choreography for more than three hours.

Two cameramen also squeezed inside the little hall to film the rehearsal footage for the Sunday show.

“And it was all done with no-one in Grace-mere aware that the 12 times Golden Guitar winner was even there!” Don said.

Busy with up to four hours a day of practice for the show, Adam yesterday released a comment to The Bully through his media team.

“I was very appreciative to be able to use the hall on Friday afternoon,” he said.

“I was pretty stressed about the looming dance on Sunday and having those three hours rehearsal before the gig that night made all the difference!

“Thanks to Don and Cassie Butler for organising it.”

Don said the hastily-arranged rehearsal must have helped the couple with an outstanding tango on Sunday.

Even controversial judge Todd McKenney scored the couple a seven, taking their overall tally for the week to 21.

Don said thank you also to Karen from the Girl Guides for protecting the couple's privacy.

You can vote for Adam on Dancing With The Stars by calling 1902 55 77 11 or SMS “Adam” to 19 17 77.



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