Dancing With The Stars Contestants Dish On Ballroom Debut
First Published: March 19, 2013 2:50 PM EDT Credit: ABC
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The cast of “Dancing with the Stars” Season 16 made their debut on Monday and Access Hollywood caught up with the contestants following their first time strutting their stuff in the ballroom.
“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump – who scored an 18 out of 30 with the foxtrot – told Access she wasn’t super confident about her moves.
“I was nervous about the physicality… I haven’t done that since my honeymoon!” she joked with Access.
The Bravo star, who had husband Ken and her dog Giggy cheering her on, is keeping her sense of humor about the intense training and performing.
“There’s got to be a funny side to this because bloody hell it was stressful!” she said of her debut.
And will Giggy – who has become a star in his own right – ever appear in a dance with Lisa?
“I’m going to have to ask him and talk to his agent,” Lisa joked.
Disney star Zendaya – who earned a 24 with a contemporary dance – emerged as the season’s early contestant to beat – something she is staying very humble about.
“I’m just a chill person and i just work hard,” she told Access. “I’ve been working hard and focusing on that and let the dance speak for itself.”
Country star Kellie Pickler – who danced the cha-cha for score of 21 – was surprised by her body’s early transformation.
“I feel like I’m in dancing boot camp, working muscles I didn’t know I had,” she said. “They’re popping up everyone. I’m like, ‘Hey! Where did you come from?’”
Comedian Andy Dick was surprised to find the crowd and viewers rooting for him after he scored a 17 for his foxtrot.
“It’s weird. I guess I have low self-esteem because I don’t know [about the support],” he told Access. “I wasn’t expecting that.”
Fellow Comedian D.L Hughley, who got a low score of just 12 from the judges for his cha-cha, said he’s going to step up his game.
“I had a good time. The judges did what they did and I have to put in more preparation,” he told Access.
As for judge Len Goodman’s comment of “this was no good,” D.L. was not fazed.
“If I cried every time an old white dude said something mean to me…,” he said with a laugh.
“Dancing with the Stars” continues tonight at 9 PM on ABC.
-- Jesse Spero
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