'Dancing with the Stars' Spins Back into Primetime
September 12, 2006

Lace up your dancing shoes, as we two-step into season three of "Dancing with the Stars."

Only "Extra" is walking the walk with "Dancing" judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who gave us an exclusive preview of this year's smooth moves.

"Everywhere I go people are talking about it," she said.

Carrie Ann revealed to us the other big changes afoot this season. "We've got more people this year, so the show will last longer," she dished. "Our set is larger, so now we can hold more people in the audience."

An audience that will surely pack the house to be treated to a whole new cast of twinkle toe wannabes, which includes early favorite Mario Lopez.

"I was a break dancer," Lopez said. "Ballroom dancing is something I never, ever attempted to do before."

But Carrie Ann doesn't foresee ballroom dancing enabling the talents of Mario, and neither do the critics: Mario Lopez has been given a 3-1 chance to take claim the "Dancing" title.

But it will take more than talent to walk all over Harry Hamlin, who's already hard at work. "I heard Harry Hamlin has lost, I think I want to say, 12 pounds, at the last count," Carrie revealed.

"Four hours of dancing a day, it's good for you," Harry endorsed.

A "Dancing" star taking things a little less seriously is CNBC's Tucker Carlson. "Kind of off my path?" Carlson joked with us. "I'm standing in a dance studio wearing high heeled shoes with a Russian woman preparing to dance on TV. Yes."

Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler doesn't mind the spotlight, if she could just keep all those steps straight.

"Your shoulders have to be a certain way, your head has to be a certain way. Then your feet have to do something," she shared.

We also dropped by to see how Joey Lawrence was doing as the competition unfolds, and he had a message for Carrie Ann and the other judges: "Don't be too hard on me!"

But Carrie Ann isn't promising anything! "I think we're going to have high expectations this year," she said. "Well, I already know I do."

"Dancing with the Stars" kicks up its heels Tuesday night on ABC.


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