The New Cast of 'Dancing With The Stars' Talks!
by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 31st 2010 5:20PM
The newest cast of 'Dancing With The Stars' got their feet wet last night after the line-up was unveiled by hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke.
Ten out of the show's dozen stars did their first round of publicity to tout their participation in the top-rated dance-competition series. (Singer Michael Bolton and reality TV star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino were unable to attend.) AOL's TV Squad was on the scene to get the celebs' reactions.
"My agent called me and asked me if I'd be interested in doing the show," said reailty TV star Audrina Partridge of 'The Hills.' "And I said, 'Yes!' I'm really excited to meet Jennifer Grey. I'm a big 'Dirty Dancing' fan."
Does she have any dance experience? "I studied a little ballet growing up," Partridge said. "But nothing like this. Ballroom dancing is so different."
Grey quipped she "had a lapse in judgement" when she decided to join the show. "Seriously, I love dancing. I thought, 'What if I did it in spite of my fear?'"
'DWTS' producers are known to select songs that resonate with a particular celebrity (e.g. the bootylicious Kim Kardashian dancing to 'Baby Got Back.') Is Grey open to twirling to a few tunes from 'Dirty Dancing?' "I would be open to them doing anything because I think this is a fantastic show," Grey responded. "It'll depend on what the specifics are."
Did Grey see the tribute last year to her late 'Dirty Dancing' co-star Patrick Swayze performed by Tony Dovolani, Cheryl Burke and the other pro dancers? "Yes, I thought it was beautiful," she said.
Rick Fox was spotted in the 'DWTS' audience last season so his participation doesn't come as a total shock. "I'm hoping that being on the show will create some new friendships and an understanding of ballroom dancing," Fox said. "I hope the skills I learn here carry me through the rest of my life when I dance at weddings. I want to win, too. This is a competition. The ultimate goal is to be here at the end."
Comedienne Margaret Cho was a "big fan of the show. "I thought [past celebrity contestants] Kelly Osbourne, Mya and Niecy Nash were all amazing," she said. Will Cho's humor shine through during her dances? "Absolutely," she declared. "I'm known for my sense of humor. I'm hoping to do as well as Niecy did."
Being on 'Dancing With the Stars' thrusts contestants celebrity even more into the public eye. Did Bristol Palin debate being on the show in order to avoid that? "No, I have tough skin," she said. "People can say whatever they want about me. My family knows who I am. I know who I am and my son knows who I am. That's all that matters."
Which contestant was Palin most excited to meet among the cast? "Florence Henderson," she said. "It was great meeting her." Is the former Carol Brady the den mother of the group already? "Yeah," Palin says. "No kidding!"
"I did this because I've never had any prior dance experience," explained Kyle Massey of 'That's So Raven.' "What better way than to learn than from the absolute best?" Does Massey think that being one of the shorter guys on the show will give him an edge? "Yes, I'm going to Google some really tall jokes," he said. "The bigger they are, the harder they fall!"
David Hasselhoff is hoping to reconnect with the audience that watched him on another hit reality competition series 'America's Got Talent.' "It's the same audience," he theorized. "People haven't seen me [as much] since I did that show."
Former pro football quarterback Kurt Warner said that he became available for participation on the show once he retired from professional football. "Being married and a Christian guy there are perceptions people have of the show and of me," he said. "I had to weigh a lot of things. I feel this is a way to share who I am and challenge myself in a new and unique way."
Pro dancers have said that athletes are the best contenders because they take direction well. Will that hold true for Warner, who, as a quarterback, was used to calling the plays? "You have to have the humility to be able to say, 'I'm not the expert here,'" he said.
Brandy Norwood has already been called one of the front-runners because of her performance background, but she disagrees. "Dancing has never been one of my strong points," she admitted. "Dancers have been behind me while I've sung making me look good. I did a little ballroom when I shot 'Cinderella', but that was 15 years ago. I've forgotten the whole process of that."
In fact, the singer thinks that Henderson will be the one to watch. "Don't let [her being] 76-years-old fool you," she says. "She's got a lot of tricks up her sleeve. Honestly, I'm going to vote for her!"
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