These 12 celebrities aren’t just playing for fun, they’re fresh meat. The judges and viewers will be ruthless in their criticism, so if the contestants are particularly nervous about any of the series’ roster of routines, they best get ready to face their fears.
We caught up with a few of them just as rehearsals started to see what they were least looking forward to, and here’s what they had to say. We also have some info (via TMZ) on whether any of them will be confronting those demons in the Sept. 20 premiere.
Audrina Patridge: “The waltz — it’s beautiful, but you can’t move your upper-body. It’s all about the feet.” And she’s safe for week 1. Audrina’s dancing the cha-cha-cha to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls.”
Margaret Cho: “The Viennese Waltz, because it’s so elegant and so different than anything I’ve ever done.” Ouch. Margaret’s got to hit the ground running, because she’ll be waltzing to the very unusual song choice of Queen’s “We are the Champions.” A tad premature, wouldn’t you say?
Rick Fox: “Definitely the freestyle — that’s something that I’m going to have to create and be just me, without my partner holding my hand.” Also: safe. Freestyle doesn’t happen till the finals, so you’ve got to admire Fox’s gumption. As for the premiere, he and Cheryl Burke are waltzing to “Crazy.” No word on which version.
Bristol Palin: “The cha-cha-cha… really anything Latin where I’d have to move my hips.” Fail! Bristol should have know she’d get something spicy the first night out. She’ll cha cha to Three Dog Night’s “Mama Told Me (Not to Come).”
Kyle Massey: “The Tango, definitely. Every time I’ve ever attempted it, I’ve fallen… by myself, at home.” He won’t tackle the tango, but we will face its Latin cousin, the cha-cha-cha, to the beat of 3Oh!3’s “”My First Kiss.”
As for the other competitors, here’s what we can tell you for their dances and song selections:
Jennifer Grey, “These Arms of Mine”
Brandy, “Cry Me Out”
Kurt Warner, “This Ain’t a Love Song”
Michael Bolton, “Life After You”
Florence Henderson, “Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me”
David Hasselhoff, “Sex Bomb”
The Situation, “Break Your Heart”
Come back later to see who was formidable in facing their fears — and who fell on their face.