Mario Lopez: ‘Dancing’ into the Hearts of America
October 31, 2006

“Dancing with the Stars” is down to the final four, and on Tuesday night, viewers will get a glimpse of frontrunner Mario Lopez off the dance floor.

But before all the action goes down, only “Extra” was behind the scenes for Mario’s special shoot that took place in our very own studios.

Our Dayna Devon managed to get one of Hollywood’s most eligible bachelors to fess up about his relationship with one of the sexiest dancers on television, Karina.

“As a matter of fact, we got along a little too well,” Mario admitted. “I like to mess around and like to have a lot of fun, and we weren’t getting anything done. And she was getting a little frustrated.”

But Karina was just the gal to tame Mario.

“She’s a strong woman, and I kind of need that to keep me in check, so it’s getting better,” he added.

Super Mario will face his toughest test yet when he squares off against NFL legend Emmitt Smith, actress Monique Coleman and fellow heartthrob Joey Lawrence.

But before we let Mario get warmed up for his all-important dance, we had to share two little secrets about the sexy star!

First, Mario was once an amateur wrestler during his days at Chula Vista High School, nestled near San Diego.

The second fun fact? Mario is also an accomplished drummer!

See if Mario dances into the top three when he returns to the heated battle, Tuesday night on ABC.


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