What was the first thing that went through Apolo Anton Ohno's mind when he learned he might be paired with Karina Smirnoff on Dancing with the Stars All-Stars?
"I went, 'Hmm. She's amazing, but isn't she really crazy?' I really did say that," Ohno tells TVGuide.com. "And the best part is, this was the exact answer: 'Yes, but she has a heart of gold and she's amazing. And we think you two will have really great chemistry.'"
Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower
Castroneves won Season 5 with Hough, and Hightower finished fourth on Season 8 with Ty Murray.
Ohno says: I talked to him the other day and he's been pushing it really hard. He's another athlete competitor. One thing that surprised me is he's a lot skinnier than I thought. I didn't know he was that skinny. His legs were really skinny.
Smirnoff says: I think Helio lost weight. But you sound jealous.
Ohno says: My legs are huge. I feel seams ripping. My jeans ripped one day.
Smirnoff says: They did rip. [And there was] no other piece of clothing underneath the jeans. That is disturbing.
Ohno says: That's not disturbing; it's efficient. It's eco-friendly. Fewer clothes to wash, less water to use.
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Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
Monaco won Season 1 with Alec Mazo, and Chmerkovskiy finished 10th last season with Sherri Shepherd.
Smirnoff says: She was the very first champion we've ever had and that commands respect. I think she almost has the most to prove because the show was so different then.
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Marini finished second on Season 8 with Burke, and Murgatroyd won last season with Donald Driver.
Ohno says: Gilles is taking this seriously, like really, really seriously. ... When I saw him, I couldn't believe it. I'm not scared — don't get me wrong — but I was just like, "Wow!" He's one of the best celebrities who's ever done the show.
And how about that final pair?
Ohno says: The guy with the squirrel tail on his chin? What's his name? He's a figure skater or something?
Smirnoff says: Yeah, Anton something. He might be OK. He might be accustomed to a lot of spandex because that's what he wears in his profession too — really, really tight. I think he should shave his head. The past three winners were bald guys and the only bald guy this season is Emmitt. I think, why jinx it? ... I also want him to be an orangutan with a red butt. Maybe just the butt part.
Ohno says: I don't even think this is related to the show. It's her personal fantasy. She's got a weird deal.
Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday at 8/7c on ABC.