'Dancing With the Stars': 'Psycho' Mike Catherwood, Regis Philbin replacement?

mike-catherwood-dwts.jpgA lot of people may have been shrugging when radio DJ "Psycho" Mike Catherwood's name was announced as part of the "Dancing With the Stars" Season 12 cast.

But those who think they aren't familiar with the KROQ personality might want to think again. Catherwood recently pitch hit for Regis Philbin on "Live," and we were pretty impressed with his co-hosting skills. So when we spoke with him at the casting special, we asked him if he'd consider taking the seat on a permanent basis.

"I feel like there's a better chance of my name coming up as a possible lunch date with Kelly Ripa than a fill-in for Regis," he says, brushing off the notion that he's a candidate.

"It's a pretty cool gig," he says. "It couldn't hurt my cred being on the biggest ABC show out there, so let's just throw that in the mix. Let's get something started."

Consider it started.

With that out of the way, we were mostly curious how his inclusion on the show came to be. "I originally didn't want to do it," he says. "It sounds super corny, but I didn't want to make my life a series of running away from things that scared me. I want to take this tidal wave of intimidation and go after it, so at least I can have the gratification of knowing that I did that."

Admittedly "not a graceful dude," Mike is more apprehensive about his reception than his actual performance. "Being judged," he says is what he's most nervous about. "And not just necessarily by Carrie Ann and the crew... the viewers. Anyone here who says they're OK with that is lying. It's tough to put yourself out there to be criticized, but that's the viewers job."

We think the viewers are going to like him.
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