It has been an emotional season for “Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “Extra” special correspondent Toni Dovolani recently caught up with Inaba, who opened up about the pain of losing her father, and the split from her fiancé.
Carrie was brought to tears on live television during a dance that Andy Dick dedicated to his daughter. She explained, “My father passed away the Thursday before the premiere show, and it was sudden and unexpected. Although he had been sick for a long time and it was really hard… my dad was a fighter, I could kind of feel his presence and it got me through the first couple shows.”
It was one dramatic night on “Dancing with the Stars” as Lisa Vanderpump took the stage after a fainting spell, and Carrie Ann Inaba broke down in tears over Andy Dick’s Viennese waltz.
Lisa’s dancing future could be in serious jeopardy after her “blackout” during rehearsals on Thursday. The “Real Housewife” was jet-setting and rehearsing all week with partner Gleb Savchenko, and the exhaustion caught up with her as they practiced the cha cha.
As the "Dancing with the Stars" field narrows following this week's elimination of Carson Kressley, who will win the mirrored ball?
"Extra" special correspondent Tony Dovolani was backstage after the results show and spoke with judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who said she thinks Rob Kardashian has a good chance. "I think it might be Rob. Rob might be the dark horse."
"Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba got a blissful surprise when she subbed for Kelly Ripa on "Live with Regis and Kelly" Thursday morning.
Moments before the proposal, Regis read a letter from a viewer wanting to marry his girlfriend of two years. Carrie Ann's boyfriend, accountant Jesse Sloan, then came out from backstage holding a diamond ring.
"Dancing with the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba is venturing into TV drama with a new ABC pilot called "Grace."
"I'm executive producing," Inaba explained to "Extra" after the "DWTS" Season 12 premiere. "We hired Eric Roberts to be our lead. We have Debbie Allen, and we have an amazing cast. It's sort of riding on the coattails of 'DWTS' and everybody loves dance. I thought it's time for a drama that includes dance, so we're working on it. It's a long way until it goes to series, but if it goes to series, you'll be seeing it soon. It's amazing, it's my love it's my passion. It's time to bring dance on another level!"
As for this "Dancing" season of hopefuls, Inaba is very excited. "Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio, they blew me away. I didn't expect Ralph Macchio to have such grace out there. "Psycho Mike" added a curiosity factor. I was kind of confused by his dance, but I'm impressed with the men this year. I think we have very charismatic men and they're not afraid to go for it, which I really love. I love it so far, I'm excited."
It was an explosive evening on "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday night, with dancer Maks Chmerkovskiy taking on Judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
After Maks and partner Brandy danced the waltz, Inaba praised her moves but slammed the choreography. "I'm shocked that you took four 8s to begin your choreography," the judge said to Maks after the performance, to which he replied, "Give us a seven then, you know!" Watch the performance!
Backstage with "Extra's" special "DWTS" correspondent Tony Dovolani, Maks spoke his mind. "On behalf of all pro dancers out there, we want to say that it's hard to listen to unconstructive criticism that has nothing to do with the celebrities, that has to do with our choices," he said, adding, "If you don't like my choices, FIRE ME."