Dancing With The Stars: The Judges & Hosts By Ashlee Tate
05/08/2007 - On Dancing With the Stars, they are the trio who hold the dancers' fate in their hands...the judges. Action News Reporter Ashlee Tate got a chance to talk with the judges and the host and find out what really goes on when the cameras aren't rolling.
No matter who get eliminated each week, a few people never leave Dancing With the Stars; the judges and the host. They are a true cast of characters.
We've come to know them as the tough loving trio, judges Carrie Ann, Bruno and Len give us a bit of comic relief while saying the things we are all thinking.
But, they learned something at the end of season one what happens on the dance floor stays on the dance floor. Judge Carrie Ana says, "Before we go out, we all hold hands and say I love you, good luck, now go to it. That way, it frees us up to say our opinions and they are different"
When it comes to the most creative comments, Bruno takes the prize with comments like, "You went for the hip action a bit like a power tool", "You were like a crazy bear, lost in a swap" and "When he watches the dances, he see's a picture, so he just tells, describes the picture so when you know that it all makes allot of sense."
This is the third season together for Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris. Samantha works for E! Entertainment Television, with two jobs and a baby on the way, she has a bit of a balancing act when it comes to the dancing season. Samantha says, "Working 6 or 7 days a week, to take care of both of my daddy's: my ABC and E! daddy. I love it, I love my job and I'm willing to work hard."
But, she still has one wish before the end of this season to get her husband to take dance lessons. She says, "He keeps saying he's going to get Max or Ashley to teach him, but he has yet to actually come through."
Tom is also the host of America's Funniest Video's. He describes his dancing gig as a big play pen. He says, "I love live TV. You respond to the moment, unlike this which is take 9, I hate this answer can we do it again take 10. No, it's live, it's what I love."
So, what's it like working with Tom? Samantha says, "He is fun, playful...It's like an older brother-younger sister relationship, you know he's been in the game for a long time. So, I'm grateful to learn from him everyday." Tom says, "We are like brother and sister, but a way older brother and sister, I guess would be more accurate."
Tom and Samantha told me that this season has some of the best dancers; even they can't pick a favorite. Judge Carrie Ana has been busy, co-hosting the View and Extra, writing a show for Las Vegas, and directing shows in LA. But, she says a big surprise is coming this December, maybe a wedding and a baby, that's the rumor she wouldn't confirm.
Dancing With the Stars: The Results show airs Tuesday nights on ABC-30.