Louis van Amstel
Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars was the longest and largest in the ABC hit's history — not to mention the most difficult for Louis van Amstel. "It was by far the hardest work I've ever done in my life," he tells TVGuide.com. "The season didn't seem to end. But I would do it again because the reward I got out of it — the relationship with Kelly [Osbourne] — was so worth it." With the smaller cast lineup for Season 10, the Dancing pro will put in fewer hours with his new partner, Niecy Nash, who, he says, will show audiences a new side to her funny, feisty self.
Anna Trebunskaya, Dancing With The Stars
Dancing with the Stars pro Anna Trebunskaya hears the chatter about her partner, Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek, but she's not listening. "It kind of freaked me out at first because people were already talking about it, like, 'Well, he's going to win; he's definitely going to go far,'" she tells TVGuide.com. "But then I forgot about it because we can only try our best and the rest is out of our control. I'm just concentrating on our dances." Their rehearsals are going well, she says — except for the instances when she fears she will fly out the window. See why the 29-year-old thinks she'll take flight, why she likes working with athletes and who she's going to recruit to help out Lysacek.
Aiden Turner, Dancing With The Stars
Aiden Turner is kicking up his feet on Dancing with the Stars — and his back is feeling the pain. "Oh my back — in the middle on the right side, it just aches and kills," the former All My Children star tells TVGuide.com. "I think it's from these twists we're doing. Our dance is faster than anybody's. At one point, Edyta [Sliwinska, his partner] grabs me, I have to lean back and then she pulls me, and we do three or four moves and my back goes click-click-click." The pain is worth the gain, though, because "it's getting to the point where I'm a little more confident that I'm not going to suck," Turner says. See what else the 32-year-old British actor has to say about learning — and (sort of) choreographing — the cha-cha, what he won't do on the show and how frequently he'll hit the spray-tan booth.
Is Dancing with the Stars' Mirrorball trophy more prestigious than an Olympic gold medal? "It's hard to say. Olympic gold has been my goal for my whole life," newly crowned Olympic champion Evan Lysacek tells TVGuide.com. "But the Mirrorball is very prestigious. I first came into this saying, 'I just want to have fun. I really want to learn to dance because I think it can help my skating.' But as I started rehearsing and the competitive fire is going, I want to win." History is on the figure skater's side: Fellow Olympic gold medalists Shawn Johnson, Apolo Anton Ohno and Kristi Yamaguchi have all won Dancing. Lysacek thinks he has his work cut out for him. "I'm not graceful at all, so it's going to be hard, but I'm ready to put in the time," he says. See what else he has to say about his Dancing experience so far, why he thought his partner would resent him and more.
While we wait to see who will hit the parquet on Dancing with the Stars this season (cast to be announced Monday), we all wonder: Who will fill departing co-host Samantha Harris' Dancing shoes?
Tom Bergeron's backstage sidekick announced last month that she is leaving the ABC hit to pursue other ...