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Dancing Queen: Chelsie Hightower's Stay-Fit Secrets

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Dancing Dish: Chelsie Shares Backstage Tidbits About DWTS

Most inspirational celeb dancer on the show:
Rodeo star Ty Murray. "And I'm not just saying that because he was my partner. He's so kind. He was as much of a support system to me as I was to him. He was there for me when I was scared, and he was scared too, so we held each other up and built a real tight bond."

Who would be your dream dance partner on the show?
Justin Timberlake would be awesome, but that might be reaching too high. I'd love to team up with a World Cup soccer player. I watched the games this summer, and those guys are dope. They already have the drive, work ethic, and some footwork, so it would be fun to dance with one of them.

Most challenging partner
Former Bachelor Jake Pavelka. "If you don't have some sort of good relationship or chemistry, it's really hard to do well in the competition."

Favorite on-screen numbers
"I liked my salsa routine with Ty, which was set to 'Vehicle.' We had gotten bashed the week before, so we just went out there and had fun. With Jake, my favorite was our cha-cha number for 'Old Time Rock & Roll.' It was the first time I did an encore dance on the show, and it was the first time on DWTS that we saw a man in his tighty-whities."

Standout trick
"A spray tan is considered part of makeup and wardrobe on Dancing with the Stars, so every Sunday we can stop by the show to get one. With the hundreds of harsh lights on our set and the colorful, glittery costumes we wear, the tans make sure we don't fade into the background."

Best part of being on DWTS
"Opening people up to dance. So many fans say they started dancing because of me and the show. That's exciting!"

Worst part
"Everything falls on you. If the choreography's not good, if the contestant doesn't dance well, it's your fault. Even the costumes and the music are my choices. That's a lot of pressure. Not to mention that 22 million people are watching every week!"

 

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2010.

 

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