It’s Story Week on ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ Monday night and Margaret Cho plans to put her funny antics aside and let her serious side shine through.
“I love the samba,” Cho tells us. “It’s beautiful. It’s a celebratory thing. Our whole storyline is about – it’s my story really. It’s about a girl who’s felt overweight and ugly and for the first time she feels beautiful in her life. And she’s ready to come out as beautiful, ready to come out and face herself. It’s the end of a kind of self-hatred that we feel – that a lot of people feel. Our story is deep.”
And we saw how deeply Cho felt it last week when the tears flowed freely in rehearsals. “I’m proud to share that,” she says of the waterworks. “I think I’m representing a lot of women who feel at odds with their physical form, and they’re not in their body. I think a lot of people are going through the same thing and so I want to represent them.”
Her partner Louis Van Amstel promises that there’ll be “no comedy” in this week’s routine. “It’s fun, but it’s so serious. There’s other kinds of discrimination out there: stop the hate, ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ We’re celebrating everything.” Adds Cho, “There’s a closet, coming out … coming out as ourselves.”
One person who certainly does not feel at odds with his physical form is Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino, who is looking forward to showing off his mid-section during his Fox Trot. “We got a brand new costume, a brand new dance, a brand new song and we got a fresh week so we’re trying to do our best. It actually is a cool song,” he says. And does that brand new costume show off his abs? “Yes it does,” he says. “But we’re just trying to show more moves. There is more to The Situation than just abs. I am a more well-rounded intelligent young dude…”
Bristol Palin is also looking forward to showing something off: Her acting skills. Of performing the Fox Trot, the teen mom says, “I don’t know much about [the Fox Trot]. But I’m excited because it’s character week and just [excited] to hopefully act in it and show some emotion during the dance…” Yes, please, more emotion Bristol! Bring it!
Also giving the Fox Trot a whirl is Kurt Warner. “I feel good about it,” he says. “Up to this point, we’ve done a ballroom. We’d done kind of a Latin dance, a fun dance. So we got to do both and I think we pulled both off. But there’s definitely room for improvement in both so I’m looking forward to getting back to the ballroom and try to improve on our first performance.”
Forget about Audrina Patridge‘s Viennese Waltz though; the thing we’re looking forward to the most is when her manly partner Tony Dovolani shaves his legs. That’s right, he lost the bet (he said if he didn’t get three 8’s this week, he’d shave his legs–and he didn’t get three 8’s) and it will be televised for our viewing pleasure. Sources tell us that he got his legs waxed at Voda Spa in West Hollywood, California, on Friday. “I think it’s funny,” says Patridge. “It’s gonna make for good TV.” As for their storyline, Dovolani teases, “It’s a very emotional story. We’re going to pay tribute to some very important people in all of our lives.”
The only couple that didn’t seem thrilled with their dance was Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer. Massey calls the Viennese Waltz “boring,” and Schwimmer says, “It’s a little slow, I would say. But we’re gonna try to put our little twist on it and make it unique and a story to remember.”
Meanwhile, viewers will see the Samba from the frontrunners, Brandyand Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough. Giving the Fox Trot a try will be Rick Fox (wonder why?) and Cheryl Burke, while Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas will perform the Viennese Waltz.
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