In a new interview with Access Hollywood, Kelly Monaco talks about the new storylines on General Hospital. She also comments with her thoughts on rehearsals with Val Chmerkovskiy for Dancing With The Stars. Note how Val is suffering from a stress fracture currently. Let’s hope he’s good to go by showtime. More below. Be watching for the video to be posted at Access Hollywood sometime this weekend or Monday.
As she pulls double duty (leaving very little time for sleep), Kelly’s feet, luckily, seem to be going strong. She admitted she has just a few blisters (during her first season her feet were left bloodied) to speak of. But, the same can’t be said for Val, who has a stress fracture in his left foot.
The pair’s first dance in a little over a week will be the cha cha, a dance Kelly never learned on her shorter, original “DWTS” run.
“There are at least half these dances that I’ve never done before,” she said.
Despite the steep learning curve for Kelly, Val said she is doing very, very well.
“She’s very good, she’s very talented and seven years ago she did a great job – clearly. She won. But this season she’s going to do an even better job and it’s going to be incredible,” he said.
Joey Fatone was a guest on Live With Kelly yesterday. He stopped by to do some cooking with her and guest host Nick Lachey. They also chatted a little about Joey dancing in the new All Star season of Dancing With The Stars. He’s jokes how he is going to beat Drew Lachey (Nick’s brother) and that he knows his weaknesses this time. It’s cute. Check it out!
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!
WARNING: If you came here to seriously bitch & moan about how so-and-so has an unfair advantage due to their previous dance experience and how you’re boycotting the show and yadda yadda yadda – look elsewhere We’ve been doing this for a few seasons now, and here’s the gist: many of the celebs on the show have at least SOME dance experience coming into the show – be it good or bad…and often, comically bad. Hence the quotations around the title – this is a very tongue-in-cheek post, kids.
Today we’re gonna take a look at this season’s male celebs, and see just exactly how much hoofin’ they’ve done in the past and discuss what it might mean for them on the show – and we’ll probably point & laugh and generally act like teenage boys in our commentary.
First up, let’s take a look at Jack Wagner, who is perhaps best known as Frisco Jones from the soap opera General Hospital from 1984-95. Jack’s also a musician, and this clip is montage of Frisco & his on-screen (and former off-screen!) love, Felicia, dancing to his song “Dancing in the Moonlight”:
Court: Ahhh, the magic of VHS recordings back in the 80s & 90s…such a crisp picture. Overall, a lot of soap opera-y swaying, with a little bit of goofball pseudo-swing dancing and fake tango thrown in…although some of what he was doing looked like it could have almost been west coast swing. Hmmm. Think he could get Anna to recreate that fake tango he did with Felicia, complete with a beret and French mustache?
Heidi: When are they going to start dancing? What?
Vogue: Wow, let Jack wine and dine me anytime. But, seriously, if Jack can turn on the charm and romance as we see in the video above, can you imagine what his Waltz’s (or anything he dances to for that matter) are going to be like? *faints and fans myself*
The verdict: Only soap operas can make non-dancing look so..electrifying.
Now let’s take a look at Gavin DeGraw, who admittedly doesn’t do a whole lot of dancing, but rather “rhythmic swaying” during an impromptu version of Creedance Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary” during a live show (skip to the 2:20 mark):
Heidi: Nice pack…um….yeah, he’s aright.
Vogue: Uh oh, watch out for a killer and wicked Samba if nothing else.
Court: I don’t know about you guys, but when I get the uncontollable urge to sing Tina Turner songs, I doff my guitar and start dancing like a drunken gypsy.
The verdict: Just say no to random Tina Turner covers, kids.
Up next we have Donald Driver, who, like many NFL players, seems to have his own brand of “touchdown dance”:
Vogue: Who needs Victor Cruz when we’ve got this guy instead? SERIOUSLY!! The Cruz for the Driver!!
Court: Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle…he’s sexy & he knows it. That dance looks vaguely peacock-ish – like he’s showing us his fancy feathers.
Heidi: And the feathers are, like, really small cuz we only get a wiggle with a swing of about an inch and a half. Or would it be really big feathers and you only have to do a tiny wiggle to get lots of feather shaking?? :::confused:::
Courtney: It’s the latter, dear. Peacocks’ feathers span out so far that it kinda makes them top-heavy - if they shake ‘em too hard, they fall over. I’ve witnessed it
The verdict: Is Donald brave enough to let us see his peacock?
Our next contestant is this season’s resident heartthrob, William Levy, who is probably best known for being J. Lo’s man candy in her “I’m Into You” video. But alas, some semi-rhythmic writhing on a beach doesn’t really count as “dancing”, so I found this clip, which appears to be from some telenovela – it’s completely in Spanish and it looks to have Russian or Greek subtitles (WTF?), but the basic gist appears to be that he and another beefcakey guy had their car break down on a dirt road, some other considerably less-beefcakey guy tried to fix it and failed, but thankfully a taxi full of middle-aged female tourists was driving by and stopped to offer assistance (and ogle the shirtless beefcakes)…and whilst fixing the car, the urge to dance hits William and he does a brief bit of salsa with one of the tourist ladies (1:39 mark):
Court: Telenovelas are funny I have no idea what the hell they’re saying, but the minute I heard one of the tourists yell “Guapo!” and gesture towards the 2 shirtless men - I knew it was on, senor. Gotta say – William doesn’t look totally inept. He’s probably done at least a little salsa & merengue in his day – kinda like JR. But he’s also a model, so he’s probably more used to standing still that moving around. I predict lots of posing and Cheryl dancing around him this season
Heidi: He’s the one in the hat? Yeah…no fanbase in the US but it might not matter. But he better be the second coming of Gilles. He had relatively little competition.
Vogue: I predict right now that William Levy will be one of the sexiest male dancers to have ever graced the Dancing With The Stars stage. What’s more, it will be a “natural” kind of sexy that he can’t help. He just has that “look” to melt hearts. If Cheryl can find a way to capitalize on that and make him into a dancer, watch out.
The verdict: William es un chico muy guapo! Mis pantalones estan en fuego!!!
We’ve saved the 2 strongest contenders for last. First, let’s take a look at Roshon Fagen, who busts some pretty impressive moves at the end of a Radio Disney interview on the set of Shake it Up (2:00 mark):
And then Roshon assures us that he gets “Down on the Dance Flo” in this music video:
Heidi: Dude’s voice hasn’t even changed yet. :-) Also not impressed with his dancing here – mainly because someone was saying he’s a trained dancer. Trained in what kind of dancing, I have to ask.
Vogue: He’s young. He has lots of energy to burn. What’s more, he’s refreshing. I think Roshon is going to be a huge contender in this competition.
Court: Maybe formal hip-hop training? Idk…I don’t really know if there is such a thing. Ooh, that’s a hefty promise, Roshon – promising you get down on the dance floor? I hope you’re ready to deliver Kid can certainly move, but can he translate that gyrating into a foxtrot? A waltz?
The verdict: Kid’s got potential…but can Chelsie harnass it?
Last but certainly not least, we have Jaleel White, who already seems to be the favorite to win this season for many of us. Since Jaleel is best known from his days as Steve Urkel from Family Matters, I simply have to include a clip of his famous “Urkel dance” – which, surprise surprise, I cannot find an embedabble copy of him doing the original one on YouTube, so here he is doing it as Al’s date to the dance on Step By Step during a crossover episode (if you want to see the original, go here.) :
And more recently, here he is cutting a rug in Cee Lo Green’s “Cry Baby” video:
Vogue: I’m impressed. He’s got it all and a ‘smoothness” to boot. What’s more, I felt an automatic attraction with he and Kym during the cast announcement. This is going to be good. I’m really looking forward to these two.
Heidi: Not bad, not bad. Lose the penis and dance with Derek and he’d be a ringer for sure!!
Courtney: I have to respect any man that played such a dork for so many years…and yet somehow seems uber-slick & smooth now I’m actually kinda curious how much Jaleel is going to draw from his Urkel repertoire while on the show…I know he was really touchy about the whole Urkel thing for several years after Family Matters ended, because he was having a hard time finding roles because people couldn’t imagine him as anything other than Urkel. Should be interesting to see if he pays homage to it, or avoids it completely.
The verdict: Do not underestimate the Urkel.
Stay tuned for our assessment of the female competitors later this week
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m just ready for the cast announcement so we can get all of this speculating over & done with! But to help us get a handle on who might be in and out, let’s take a look at what combination of “casting types” we might get this season.
Previous examples: Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno, Natalie Coughlin, Misty May-Treanor, Maurice Greene, Louie Vito, Evan Lysacek, Hope Solo
Advantages: The winningest of the 12 types, their obvious advantage is their athleticism – you won’t see these guys struggling with strength or endurance moves. In addition, the same tireless work ethic that helped them medal in the Olympics will likely carry them through the toils of the competition. They also seem to be adored by the masses, as many are seen as “hero” figures – which translates into a formidable voting fanbase.
Disadvantages: For those specializing in sports that are less “artistic” (i.e. swimming, running, volleyball), it might be a bit hard to really get into the character of the dance and truly perform to the crowd. Previously incurred injuries (or the fear of incurring an injury that might hinder their participation in subsequent competitions in their sport, a la Misty May-Treanor) may also slow them down & limit their mobility.
Possible candidates this season: The only semi-legitmate Olympian prospect I think we’ve heard is Bruce Jenner – and I would like to think that TPTB would have mercy and not subject us to back-to-back seasons of Kardashians in the audience
Previous examples: Chuck Liddell, Warren Sapp, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Helio Castroneves, Laila Ali, Floyd Mayweather, Ty Murray, Evander Holyfield, Jerry Rice, Clyde Drexler, Monica Seles, Jason Taylor, Lawrence Taylor, Chad Ochocinco, Kurt Warner, Rick Fox, Sugar Ray Leonard, Chris Jericho, Hines Ward, Ron Artest
Advantages: As with the Olympians, their athleticism & work ethic make them well-suited to the competition. An edge they might have over their Olympic counterparts: sports like football, auto racing, & mixed martial arts tend to have a larger, more mainstream following than some of the Olympic sports.
Disadvantages: Again, a lack of “artistic” experience & previous injury (especially with the football players, who have really taken a beating over the years). Some of the more muscular athletes in hard-hitting sports may also have difficulty with the refined, precise moves of some of the dances.
Possible candidates this season: Vince Young tweeted that he had been asked to the do the show, then suspiciously deleted the tweet. Guilty much? We’ve also heard Annika Sorenstam’s name in the mix.
Remember this is a “rumor” ONLY, but, ABC Soaps In Depth is reporting that a Dancing With The Stars connection has told them that “a face familiar to GENERAL HOSPITAL viewers may very well be vying for that mirrorball trophy!” Here is more from their investigations. Read the link for the full story.
Upon further investigation, another DANCING source indicates to In Depth that the contender is actually a star associated with GH — and not a member of the current cast. While Jonathan Jackson (ex-Lucky) would be a great celebrity to appear on the show, his ABC pilot, NASHVILLE, will be filming during the time that the new season kicks off in March. Similarly, John Stamos (ex-Blackie) has a huge mainstream following, but he’s also currently tied to an upcoming pilot. Emma Samms (Holly) and her DYNASTY/THE COLBYS fan base would make her a popular choice, and lots of viewers would tune in to see singer Rick Springfield (Noah) do the tango. Since he is returning to GH this spring, ABC would be gaining a great cross-promotion opportunity by casting Springfield. There’s also Springfield’s ’80′s soap star/singer rival Jack Wagner (Frisco) to bear in mind. While its rumored that Wagner may be next on GH’s returning list, the end of his run on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL has opened up a block of time in his schedule. Plus, B&B tapes on the same lot as DANCING, so he knows his way to the studio! The soon-to-depart Nathan Parsons (Ethan) is a trained dancer, and even performs with his dance troupe, BoomKat Dance Theatre, so he definitely has the skills to Cha-Cha across the floor and impress judge Bruno Tonioli. Our final guess is Vanessa Marcil Giovinazzo (Brenda), who has the beauty and grace to tackle the two-step, and the former LAS VEGAS and BEVERLY HILLS, 90210 star comes complete with a primetime pedigree behind her.
Again, keep in mind, this is only a rumor. Like Courtney commented in another post that “many of the names they’ve mentioned are currently tied up with other commitments.” I will let her explain more….
Court’s thoughts: Ok, first of all I think you have to take into account that GH has been on the air almost 49 years, which means there’s been 49 years of cast members coming & going, 49 years of special guest stars, and 49 years of random unknown-at-the-time stars playing minor roles. When you think about it, that’s a lot of actors & actresses that can say they’ve done GH at some point in their lives – and the way this report is worded, it makes it sound like it could be ANYONE who has done GH at some point, even if it were just for a short stint. A small sampling of celebs who have appeared on GH: Demi Moore, John Stamos, Elizabeth Taylor, Ricky Martin, Richard Dean Anderson, Sammy Davis Jr., 98 Degrees, Roseanne & Tom Arnold, BB King, and most recently, James Franco. And that’s just a small sample. So while it could be someone that has done GH – it may not be someone who is primarily known for GH. Secondly, the article is a bit misleading, since it puts pictures of current cast members at the top of the article – a lot of the stars they’re speculating about in this article are currently tied up with other projects…or other events in their lives which would likely preclude an appearance on DWTS. Maurice Benard is bipolar and suffers from acute social anxiety – not exactly the right mindset for DWTS. Vanessa Marcil-Giovanazzo just had a late-term miscarriage Rick Springfield is returning to GH, but is also still battling substance abuse issues. Jonathan Jackson, Kimberly McCullough, & John Stamos are all pursuing other tv shows and movies. Scott Reeves & Steve Burton are getting ready to tour with their band, Port Chuck. Anthony Geary? Ok, I would totally get behind that one, but he rarely appears on GH anymore, and from what I hear that’s his own choice. Do I think this report is an out-and-out lie? Well, no, but I think they might be aiming a bit high with some of the names they’re throwing out – I think it may be more likely that they’d get a celeb that has left the show or only makes intermittent appearances, like Ingo Rademacher or Tyler Christopher. Or Jacklyn Zeman. I’m totally down with someone from GH doing the show – I’ve been saying it’s high time they get another Port Charles resident on-board I’m just not holding out for anyone HUGE…then again, the folks at DWTS are unpredictable, and they might (pleasantly) surprise me. Time will tell.