Erin Andrews Reviews 'TV Themes Week' on Dancing with the Stars with Movieline
Erin Andrews, Movieline's trusty new Dancing with the Stars commentator, has processed all of this week's dance madness, which included Bristol Palin's gorilla suit, a Bewitched throwback, and a triumph for Brandy and Erin's former partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And she's ready to talk! Let's chat with the ESPN hostess about her feelings on this week's episodes.
So, Erin: Kitschiest episode ever! I wanted Bergeron to come out in an I Dream of Jeannie costume.
I thought it was so much fun! I was dying watching it and thinking to myself, "If this was my season, I wonder what they would've given Max and I. Because you know they choose the themes based off of the relationships. Brandy and Maks got the Friends thing because it's like, testing their relationship. It makes sense that they did the fun, silly one with Bristol because they needed her to kind of get out of her shell. I was dying to know what ours would've been.
What do you think they'd have chosen for your cast?
You know we would've gotten Baywatch.
I was going to suggest Moonlighting for you.
Totally. Or maybe Grey's Anatomy? Something with surgeons?
Your old partner Maksim had a great week with Brandy, earning the highest score of the night. What was your reaction to that?
I know Maks had a tough week because his grandmother passed away. Obviously they didn't show that in the feature. [Based on] everything that I heard from him, the show really helped him out with dealing with that. So I was happy to see [Maks and Brandy] not fighting and getting along. I haven't met Brandy yet, but I know how much everybody puts into that. By the time Monday comes and you see the feature they've put together, it's like -- if you've been fighting all week, you've finally gotten through the week, and then you see the feature where you've been arguing -- you're like, "Gosh, really? This is the focus?" That's why I kind of felt bad for Derek and Jennifer. You work so hard, and then you see, "Oh, crap, we're going to be fighting. This isn't good." So I was happy Brandy and Maks had kind of gotten their act together.
Last week you said that Brandy needed to stop and listen a bit more with Maks. Do you think she did that?
It sounds like she kind of figured out that he's a perfectionist. I made this comparison at the time: He's like a lot of coaches that I look up to in the sports world. He demands a lot of his students. When you come into that show being the best that you are in your profession and you've got someone who's demanding of you and you don't know really what you're doing, it's very hard and you become very insecure. So you have to kind of figure out your groove in the relationship with him. I don't know if I ever figured it out. It looks like she kind of figured it out. And you know what? The competition is getting tougher. She's going to have to learn two dances. It tests you and tests your patience. She's still going to have to learn about how to handle him, but I'm glad it looked like they got off to a better start.
Do you think he needs to adapt to her just as much as she adapts to him?
Oh, I absolutely think every professional has to adapt to their students. Maks had to figure out how testy I got, and he knew that if my blood sugar was going down, it was time to get out of there and go get a coffee or a smoothie, because I wouldn't pay attention and I'd get crabby. He knew not to have practices too early in the morning because I was exhausted. He knew when I needed to be fed, he knew what things to joke with me about and when to push me, absolutely. Both sides have to figure out what the best way to work together is.
It's funny that Audrina forced herself to eat an onion and ruin her breath this week to help deal with the pressure of a romantic dance. Are the "romantic" parts of a routine nerve-wracking? Did you think about them a lot ahead of time?
Well, there's two things about that. I would always get in trouble on that show for chewing gum. I was always insecure about my breath. It's just something that bothers me in my life now, like when I interview athletes or coaches. Dancing with this gorgeous man for seven hours a day, I was like, "My breath cannot smell." So I constantly had to have gum in my mouth. The producers would yell at me and be like, "I need you to take the gum out because you can't be chomping on-screen." And I'd say, "No, I'm sorry, I don't want my breath to smell with him." So when Audrina did this onion thing, I was like, "I am so confused." That would not make me want to be romantic! Maks wouldn't come near me if I didn't have gum in my mouth, and I'd push him away and say, "My breath smells, don't come near me."
The romance part -- if you saw Bristol, you know how they want her to be passionate and stuff like that -- I find it to be really hard! It was really hard for me, especially with Pam [Anderson] on our cast. She could make anything sexual with anything. I was like a 15-year-old schoolgirl, I felt so stupid. I didn't think I looked sexy; I think I looked like a tomboy. So I can really identify with Audrina and, you know, Carrie Ann saying to her, "You've got to show more in your face." I think she said, "From the neck down you're great, but you've got to show more in your face." It's really, really hard. Especially when Tony had said that the dance was supposed to be like they're making love? How do you do that to The Hills theme? I was so confused!
Yeah, "Unwritten" is not a sexy song.
Not at all!
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