Maria Menounos on 'Dancing With the Stars,' AfterBuzz TV
We asked her about her new project, "After Buzz TV," which is a partnership with the search engine Bing and cloud platform Akami. "'After Buzz' was born from my partner Kevin (Undergaro) and IÊ¼s mutual love for television," she says. "We were really fascinated by what happened when 'Lost' went off the air in the series ï¬nale when people were ï¬ooding message boards, and the Internet actually crashed because of all the volume. So we got set up for the show 'Breaking Bad,' and soon after that we started ... it's a place where people could be together and come and talk about shows that they loved and have a community."
We wanted to know what shows "AfterBuzz TV" covers. Menounos said, "People love 'American Horror Story.' We do 'Mob Wives,' we do 'American Idol,' obviously 'Dancing With the Stars' is going to be our headline show. ItÊ¼s kinda cool that IÊ¼m on it." We think so too, Maria! She continues, "And we have some exclusive and amazing content. WeÊ¼ll get on there, and then the different stars have been on it in the past will get in the studio. The shows very, and we kinda cover most of whatÊ¼s on television. We do at least 30 hours of programming a week, which is a lot!"
She says she can't even begin to speculate about her chances on "Dancing With the Stars," saying, "IÊ¼m pretty good under pressure and I wrestled in the WWE in front of 20,000 people,
so I think the different experiences of my life can help me know how IÊ¼ll be in different
circumstances, and so I didnÊ¼t breathe during that and I was terrified. So I assume the
same thing will be the case for 'Dancing With the Stars,' but you never know. I keep envisioning freezing up when I see everybody. You know dancing is a very intimate thing, weÊ¼re doing really sexy stuff, and to do it to Derek and a camera person in the room is one thing, but to do it in front of a huge audience, a live audience and millions of people at home, I might freeze, I donÊ¼t know. You never know. Insecurity and fatigue, thereÊ¼s a lot that happens, itÊ¼s like a physical, a mental, and itÊ¼s a big game. ThereÊ¼s a lot involved."
We asked her who her biggest competition is on the show. She says, "To me itÊ¼s anybodyÊ¼s game. You never know whoÊ¼s gonna be able to hang or not hang, whoÊ¼s gonna capture the audience, whoÊ¼s gonna be a great dancer. For the most part, IÊ¼m not a dancer, and Martina (Navratilova) wasnÊ¼t a dancer. There are a few of them on there, like William Levy and Rashad Fagen from the Disney channel, he has experience, so some of them have dance experience. William Levy, like Latin lover, heÊ¼s gonna kill it. And youÊ¼ve got Jaleel (White) who came out really swinging. I think everyone is gonna be really good. I just want to be good and proud of myself, being somebody whoÊ¼s never taken a dance class in my life, and somebody who has been terrified of this. I just want to impress myself. I really do. I just want to have fun. ItÊ¼s such a great excuse to have fun and to learn something IÊ¼ve never learned before, and impress myself."