What a great interview with Kelly Monaco and Michael Fairman Soaps! Michael asks her all about why she decided to do Dancing With The Stars again. She talks of how nervous she is and if she’s prepared technically. Michael also asks her on her potential partner. She doesn’t want to get her hopes up for who she wants. More below in detail….
So thrilled you are on the Dancing with the Stars All-Stars! Were you at all hesitant to be in the competition again?
KELLY: I was not hesitant at all. I think they thought about it for awhile. I had heard they were going to do an All-Stars, but I also heard they were not going to have back any past winners. So it was completely off the chopping block, and out of my mind. Not for a second would I think I would be called for it. And then, Deena Katz, our head casting director, called me a few months ago. She is like “You are the first person I am calling. Do I need to talk to your agent? “And I said, excitedly, “Talk to me! Talk to me! You don’t need to talk to my agent,” And she says, “How would you like to be a part …” And I jumped in and went, “Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!” She could not get the words out! I continued saying, “Of course! To have the chance to dance and have the experience, and meet new people and build new relationships, and just step outside my comfort zone, is what I wanted. I mean, this is not my thing. I like to cry on camera and I like to study lines, I really do. I like my routine. I have been doing soaps for 13 years now. I really like what I am doing. But every year, once a year, I pick one challenge that sort of gets me outside of this leveled thing that we all do. And this was it!
You were in Season one of Dancing with the Stars and you improved so much. You had a very rocky start and ended up winning the Mirror Ball Trophy!
KELLY: This is what I am afraid of Michael. I am afraid that I have been out of it for so long. I am going to go from really not knowing what I am doing and that is really not going to be acceptable in an All-Stars season. So I don’t know how to technically prepare myself to be on the same level with the other contestants, being out of it for several years. I had been doing events all over the place where I danced a bit, besides Peep Show, which I am not going to disregard, but all I had to do in that was strut in my underwear! I don’t consider that dancing, I really don’t. So I don’t know how I am going to get myself to a mediocre level to be able to start the competition. I don’t think it’s going to be acceptable to be at the beginning. I am going to have to do something before the shows starts, probably four weeks before … start training!
You have the bod of death! And, you have the abs of death! If I had your core, I would be a champ! (Laughs)
KELLY: That’s different than having skill and putting one foot in front of the other, and a swip of the hip, and pointing a finger, and getting your face going. I have a lot of hard work ahead of me.
Who do you hope is your dancing partner in the All-Stars competition?
KELLY: I don’t want to go there, because if I pick a top one, two, or three dancers as my picks, they won’t go that way. So I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment. Even though I am a pessimist/realist and I always set myself up for the worst case scenario, I am always pleasantly surprised in the end. I have to talk myself out of my pessimistic nature, and say, “This is what is real. This is the world we live in and it’s not pretty all the time.” I am going to prepare myself for the worst case scenario all the time. Look, I am a Gemini.
I’ll bet she gets the partner she wants, do you? I hope she gets Derek! You can read lots more of this cool interview for her thoughts on the show and General Hospital at Michael Fairman Soaps!