'Dancing's' Erin Andrews Talks Brooke Burke-Charvet

Erin Andrews visits Macy's Herald Square on January 31, 2014 in New York City Erin Andrews visits Macy's Herald Square on January 31, 2014 in New York City

Erin Andrews is hoping to take inspiration from Brooke Burke-Charvet when she co-hosts Season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars.

“Like I said to Brooke, ‘If I can be half of what you are to these contestants , I’ll be happy,’ because every single one of these dancers that have been around her said she’s just the kindest person and I just hope to be like that,” Erin told Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson at the Season 18 cast announcement on Tuesday.

Erin was a competitor during the show’s tenth season and she takes over co-hosting duties when the new season kicks off on March 17 on ABC. And because her former partner is back this season – Maksim Chmerkovskiy (he’s paired with Olympian Meryl Davis) – she may be a little bit biased.

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Asked if she’s rooting for Maks, Erin said she was.

“Always, always, but I’m not gonna lie to you – massive crush over here on miss leather pants, NeNe Leakes. … Wouldn’t you? Die for her. Die for her…. I’ve seen her party buses. Let’s go!” Erin said.

“Dancing” Season 18 kicks off at 8/7c on March 17.

-- Jolie Lash

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