By Valerie Nome
Drew Lachey reveals he will be rooting forAmerican Idol finalist turned country croonerKellie Pickler when Dancing With The Starsbegins tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
“I think she’s going to be a lot of fun to watch,” the season two winner and DWTS All-Starscontestant, 36, tells me when he hosts The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City. “She’s got a lot of spunk, great personality, great sense of humor. She’s got a good partner [Derek Hough], so I think she’s going to be the one to watch.”
Hm, what advice would he give Kellie and fellow contestants like Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump, country singerWynonna Judd and Olympian Aly Raisman?
“Stretch,” he says. “That’s the biggest advice. Every dance, I think I pulled a different muscle. It’s harder than people give it credit for. You don’t want to be walking out there with a gimpy groin or a bad hammy.”
He continues, “Don’t take it too seriously. Have fun, and go out there and be yourself. Give it your best and have fun. It’s a fun show. Enjoy it!”
For the 98 Degrees singer, the Mirror Ball trophy he scored with partner Cheryl Burke continues to be a draw.
“I keep it as far away from my kids as possible, because chunks of mirror fall off,” he explains. “It’s a choking hazard for my kids. [laughs] No, it’s in my office, up on the shelf. I’ve found that every time someone comes over to the house, they want to see it, so I’ve got to keep it out. It’s a conversation piece.”