Country singer Wynonna Judd, who has candidly discussed her weight for years, admitted to reporters at “Dancing with the Stars” this week that “I came into this not being in the fittest shape.”
Wynonna said after months of caring for her beloved husband Cactus Moser, who lost a leg in a devastating motorcycle accident, she wasn’t at her best physically when she signed on for “DWTS.”
But now she thinks the grueling reality show is the best thing that could have happened to her. “I feel better than I did,” Wynonna said after two weeks of “DWTS” competition. “I’m a work in progress.”
What makes it easier for the star is that her pro partner, Tony Dovolani, gives her his full support and insists she never step on the scale while competing on the show. In fact, Wynonna said, “I love the way Tony talks about his wife — he says ‘[she’s] curvy, don’t you dare weigh [yourself], don’t get into all that crap. Just show up and dance and let the rest follow’ — and I’m having the time of my life. I don’t want to waste one minute more getting caught up in my technical crap. I want to have fun. I just do.”
“DWTS” viewers have seen Wynonna break down in tears during rehearsals but for the past two weeks, she has been as solid as a rock on performance night. She’s earned scores of 18 for her quickstep and cha cha cha with Tony.
“I’m doing it!” Wynonna crowed. “I mean, I had a couple of moments where it was like, ‘I need to sit down because I’m breathing heavy’ but every week I’m getting better and stronger. It’s a process. It’s a journey, not a destination.”
Her fans understand how much Wynonna is challenging herself through dance. “Everybody knows how hard it is. One woman wrote and said ‘I tried to dance and I can’t, and I’m amazed you’re doing it.’”
“You should see my [fan] tweets,” she said. “It’s very heartwarming.”