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ESPN Host Mike Greenberg Lost a Bet…And Takes on Dancing With the Stars

Written on May 8, 2012 at 1:18 pm , by

"Greeny" smiles with partner Anna Trebunskaya at the end of his dance. (Photo courtesy of ESPN, Inc.)

Sure, March Madness pools are nothing new. But the stakes on the line when ESPN’s Mike & Mike get involved crank up the excitement considerably!

This year, Mike Greenberg (AKA Greeny), lost the wager to his co-host Mike Golic and had to perform a cha-cha with Dancing With the Stars pro Anna Trebunskaya live on ESPN2…with one day of practice. We spoke with Greeny, who also recently had a guest hosting gig on Live With Kelly, right before he began training for this morning’s big show to see if we should place our bets on him.

Which is more intimidating: Hosting with Kelly Ripa or dancing on live TV?

It’s about a dead heat, although I wouldn’t say that hosting Live With Kelly was intimidating—it was exciting. Doing this dance is very scary. I have more confidence hosting than dancing!

Have you done much dancing in the past?

I chair dance regularly on the air during our show, but beyond that, my 11-year-old daughter makes me stop. This will be my two-minute reprieve! I basically get one full day of cramming with Anna, and we’ll give it our best shot.

Have any athletes or performers from Dancing With the Stars inspired you?

Look, all of the athletes have been great. I was thrown off the high school chess team for not being athletic enough! In terms of dancing skills, I think Cloris Leachman might be more fair competition than going up against one of the athletes who have been on the show.

To see if Greeny would bet on March Madness again, and to watch the performance itself, click below!

What do you think of your costume?

It’s snug. Let me put it this way: If the goal is to be humiliated, that will happen.

Last year you had to dress up like Justin Bieber after losing this wager, now you’re dancing. Which is worse, in your opinion, and will you ever bet on March Madness again?

I actually sang a Justin Bieber song ["One Less Lonely Girl"]. I can’t sing and I can’t dance, as much as I’ve always wanted to do both! These experiences have solidified that my dreams have eluded me. We’ll see if we can bet again—Golic had to get waxed one year, and now I’m dancing. I don’t know if we could ever possibly top this!

So how did Greeny do? Watch the performance below (the judges awarded him a 25) and leave your score and feedback for the host in the comments!