Backstage at Dancing With the Stars: Name That Tune?
Dancing With The Stars
If you thought that dancing to iconic TV theme songs on Monday night's Dancing With the Stars would give the performers a leg up because they already knew the music, you'd be wrong.
In fact, most the Dancing pros — and at least one star — were either too young or living in a foreign country when American television hits such as Bewitched and Hill Street Blues were on the air. "I had no idea what that song was," says pro Cheryl Burke, who was born in 1984 and danced to Hill Street Blues, which aired from 1981-1987. But her partner Rick Fox was a different story. He watched the show religiously and says he idolized one of its stars, Michael Warren, a former UCLA basketball player. "I could name that tune in one note," says Fox. Adds Burke, "I liked it, but I was like, 'What is that?'"
Then there's Bristol Palin, who was born in 1990 and turned 20 on Monday. She and pro Mark Ballas were dancing to the theme song from The Monkees, which aired from 1966 and 1968. "I never saw the show," says Palin, who nevertheless said she enjoyed wearing a monkey costume for the beginning of her dance.
For Russian-born pro Anna Trebunskaya, Bewitched (1964-1972) was a completely new experience. "I had to YouTube it and watch some episodes just to see what was going on," she says. Did it help? "Yes, but I wish it was as easy as just twitching my nose to get [Kurt Warner] to learn to dance."
Happily, for one couple, there was total recall: Florence Henderson and pro Corky Ballas danced to Henderson's own theme from The Brady Bunch (1969-1974). "It brings up so many memories," she says, standing next to one of her television children, Barry Williams, who played Greg Brady and is now 56. "Most of all, the fact that we lost [co-star] Robert Reed much too early." Says Ballas, "That show kind of catapulted your career. And who would've thought, all these years later, and in front of 20 million people, that you would be dancing to it? You couldn't make up that kind of story, even if you wanted to."
Is there any other theme Henderson would've loved for her dance? "The theme from The Addams Family," she says. "Anything but The Partridge Family," adds Williams, laughing.
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