Wonder who will be sexing it up on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ who is deemed the Ken & Barbie of dancing, and who’s tweets are hilarious? We pinned down Russian ballroom and Latin dance Anna Trebunskaya for the answers to those questions and more.
But first, Trebunskaya, surprises us with who she thinks the biggest competition for her and Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek is: “Nicole and Derek can be. Kate Gosselin can be too. I hear she’s a very hard worker and she’s very determined. And, if Tony Dovolani is happy with her that means she’s working very, very hard because Tony is hard to please.”
Here’s Trebunskaya sizing up the next season of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ which debuts on Monday, March 22 on ABC:
Pamela Anderson, 42, actress/Playboy Playmate: “She’s been in showbiz for so long so she really knows how to entertain. I can see the chemistry between her and her partner is pretty good…And, I think she should bring those pole-dancing moves out there. You can’t be too sexy for this show.”
Kate Gosselin, 34, ‘Jon and Kate Plus 8’ star: “The thing the woman has is determination. I think she is going to embrace the fact that now she can finally be sexy.”
Shannen Doherty, 38, ex’-Beverly Hills 90210′ star: “She has been such an icon. I grew up watching her shows. She is so popular and so many people know her. She is definitely going to have people behind her.
Nicole Scherzinger, 31, Pussycat Dolls frontwoman: “Oh my God. She is amazing and she is such a sweet person. She’s a fun, fun person. Evan and I and Derek and Nicole train around the same time at the studio, so we’ll catch their rehearsal sometimes. Her and Derek [Hough] just look like Ken and Barbie. She’s a Hawaiian Barbie. I think they are going to be sizzling together.”
Niecy Nash, 40, ‘Reno 911’ actress: “This woman is a dynamo. She pulled Evan aside and said, ‘Okay. Show me what you got.” She is very competitive. Every time she comes to rehearsal, she has the fishnets and the flower in her hair. She’s emerged in the whole ‘Dancing With the Stars’ feeling.”
Erin Andrews, 31, ESPN reporter: “I haven’t seen much of her. But, she is a pretty tough chick to do what she is doing for an every day job. And, you kind of need that with our show. Having Max as a partner is good because she knows how to deal with athletes. And, they are almost the same height, which is an advantage for them.”
Jake Pavelka, 32, ‘The Bachelor’: “I don’t know what kind of dancer Jake is, but he’s very cute and he has a lot of female followers. I’m sure they are going to support him. From what I heard from Chelsea [Hightower] is that he’s working really hard and trying to do his best. “
Aiden Turner, 32, ‘All My Children’ hunk: “Oh my Gosh, he is so handsome. Every time I see him, I’m like, ‘Oh, how can a girl even concentrate next to you? You are so beautiful.’ He is a cutie. He’s hot. He has everything that the show needs for success – he has the female voters – and now let’s see if he can dance. Because if he can dance on top of all that, he’s definitely going to be a force to deal with.”
Chad Ochocinco, 32, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver: “Athletes always do good on our show and football players do well. Chad has a very confident personality, which is going to translate well in dancing because you kind of have to be maybe over confident when you dance. I’m following him on Twitter, and he’s hilarious actually.”
Buzz Aldrin, 80, legendary astronaut: “He’s 80 years old, but he is in amazing shape. He pulled a hamstring a little bit, or he tweaked it. I know this because I was asked to go to Target and get him some heating pads. He’s fine now. He took a day off and then went straight to work. He recovered. He has an amazing spirit, and he is a legend. He’s an American hero.”
Go behind the scenes with Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood: