Get out the hankies for next week’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The remaining celebrities will perform dances inspired by personal stories about their most memorable year.
Story time is always one of the highlights of the season. And although the stars can’t reveal the specifics of their tell-alls, they dropped a few hints of what we can expect.
Current front-runner Katherine Jenkins told Xfinitytv, “I think it will be an emotional week for all of us. I always want to do my best but there’s a definite reason I want to do my best next week. It’s personal.”
Soap star Jack Wagner said the story he’ll tell “is going to be something pretty deep for me. This is something I really look forward to, a real human interest story.” Hmm. Could the former “Melrose Place” actor’s “story” have anything to do with his recent revelation about a long-lost daughter? We’ll see!
For hunk William Levy, “it has to do with my life. I grew up listening to ‘The Sound of Music.’ It’s a very happy song, it means a lot. People think they’re going through hard times, and they’re not. This song is about being happy the whole time. It’s called PMA—positive mental attitude.”
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Former “Little House on the Prairie” star Melissa Gilbert, who has already written her autobiography, confided that she has a lot of memorable years to choose from and it’s hard to decide. Still, her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy is keeping it real—he wants Melissa to share, but also to keep her in the competition. The dance pro said, “She’s had a fascinating life. She goes, ‘I’ve had death, divorces, births, more deaths, more births.’ I’m like, holy crap! It’s going to be personal and I’ll do my best to make it a story but we have to perform it. At the end of the day, those three [judges] don’t really give a shit about your story. They look at your pointed toes. And you [can have] a phenomenal time portraying your story but you’re [still] out of here and I don’t want that to happen.”
Things are less intense for Gladys Knight, who told Xfinitytv she will going back in time for her recollections next week. The singer who started in Gladys Knight and The Pips said, “I have so many memories. [I’m] going back to the beginning a little, how we got started and how it propelled me forward.”
And next week, the view from funny TV hostess Sherri Shepherd will be “a little different. You always see [my] laughter, the humor side.” But not this time. “That’ll be the challenge for [dance partner] Val [Chmerkovskiy] because I don’t go there very much and allow people to see [the other] side.” Sherri said she might well be teary-eyed after her dance.
Donald Driver is also hoping to warm the hearts of fans with partner Peta Murgatroyd. “I think the story that we’re both going to tell is something special to both of us, not just me, but also to Peta. We hope when all is said and done, that we can touch a lot of people.”
While many of the stars sounded like they’d be emotional wrecks after celebrity storytime, Maria Menounos’ dance partner, Derek Hough, said their tale, set to the rumba, will be different. “I think when people [tell] their stories it always goes to the sad, something happened, which is totally understandable, but we wanted to do something more celebratory, a good moment in a bad place,” he said. Maria added, “I thought about a sad thing first but I wouldn’t be able to make it through and I don’t want to be out there crying my eyes out. That’s not fun — so we’re doing something a little different.”
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