INTERVIEW: Erin Andrews reveals the secret weapon Tom Bergeron is hiding from DWTS fans
Erin Andrews is ready to get back out on the dance floor, not as a contestant, but as the cohost to Tom Bergeron for Season 19 of Dancing With the Stars. SheKnows had the opportunity to speak with the multitalented sports and entertainment reporter just as the names of several celebrities joining the DWTS fall season was breaking.
Right off the bat she asked, "What's leaking? What's going on? Of course, I am interested!"
She was thrilled when the name Antonio Sabato Jr. was mentioned to her. Andrews responded, "I've got to tell you I was a big, big General Hospital fan growing up. So I am not upset seeing that one."
The TV personality also thought his shirt should come off early in the season. Andrews joked, "Oh week one, go week one. Let's go!"
She was new to the long-running series last spring after replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet. This season, she's ready to make DWTS her official home.
Andrews explained, "[I want to] be more of myself. I think the first three or four shows last season, it kind of took me a minute to figure out who I was on the show. I started out acting like the people that came before me. You see what people had done in the past and you think, 'OK, this is what people want me to be like.' Tom pulled me aside several times and said, 'We want you. Be you.' I have another year under my belt and I feel good about it."
Her approach is from the fans' perspective and asking those burning questions that viewers are dying to ask.
"I love sports and I love reality TV," she shared. "I sit there at home and watch these shows and I have questions and comments. Like Peta [Murgatroyd's] abs. Um, are you serious with those incredible bodies?"
Speaking of incredible bodies, Andrews also let us in on a little secret about her Emmy Award-winning cohost.
She revealed, "He's jacked. I don't know anything he's ever done with his top off, but he should. His body: 'Excuse me, how many push-ups did you do this morning?' His body, good golly!"
The one thing that has taken a bit of adjustment is the passionate and vocal fans who watch ABC's competition show. Andrews is learning to take the feedback in stride and she's taken a hands-off approach.
"The ones that are living in their parents' basement are the ones who are telling you that they hate you. I've just stopped looking at it. Some of them are really comical. You don't read it, you don't look at it, you laugh at it. As long as Dancing With the Stars is happy, ratings are up and we got nominated for an Emmy. We're good here," she said.
Her season will be even busier this fall as she takes on the sideline reporter role on Fox's NFL broadcasting team. That's why taking care of herself has become a top priority.
She said, "I teamed up with Florida Orange Juice because I'm a Florida girl and I'm sitting here drinking it right now. It gives you all of the Vitamin C you need in a day with no sugar added. It's the one good thing I've done for myself since I've been up this morning."
Andrews knows she needs to be in top shape while out on the football field and out on the dance floor, but it's interesting to note the stereotypes of women in sports still exist.
"It's hilarious to me that we're still talking about girls who like lip gloss, can talk sports and be a tomboy. The men I work with wear just as nice clothes as I do. They take care of their skin. It's amazing to me that in 2014 we're still fighting this," said Andrews.
Watch out, boys! There's no doubt Andrews is shattering one glass ceiling at a time.