Cheryl Burke is back for Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars and she’s partnered up with the most controversial guy in the lineup: Ryan Lochte. The dance pro revealed how she really feels about her new partner during a new interview with Extra.
“First of all, [I was] shocked that he was actually doing the show, and I was like, ‘Oh, I hope this guy can dance a little bit and he has some rhythm,'” Burke told Mario Lopez during an interview for Extra.
“I think Dancing with the Stars is all about redemption… and I think everyone should give him that chance,” Burke said. “I think he’s really hit a low point in his life and he really wants to move on from it… cha-cha it off, ya know?”
We know Lochte can swim, but can he dance? Burke revealed that they’re, “Working on it… I got a lot of work to do.”
Despite the international incident Lochte caused during the Summer Games, Burke thinks America should give him the chance to redeem himself.
“I mean, he really, he has so much on his plate right now, and I think this is the best thing he can do, is just try not to think about everything and come and dance with me, you know?” Burke said. “I think people really should give him a second chance ’cause he is a great guy.”
As for Burke, she revealed she missed DWTS while taking three seasons off to do her show in Japan, saying, “Honestly, this is what I was born to do.”
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