As Dancing With The Stars gets down to the finals you might think there would be tension, backstabbing and just general unpleasantness backstage at the ballroom in Los Angeles. Not at all, says Louis van Amstel, who has been on set the last few weeks choreographing and working with some of the non-competing dancers.
Van Amstel says that he could tell last night "the atmosphere is really really good, and there have been other seasons when the atmosphere was not that good." With Olympian Shawn Johnson, rodeo champ Ty Murray, former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft and French actor Gilles Marini (pictured with partner Cheryl Burke) still left in the competition, Louis says they were all rooting for each other. "It was relaxed. No tension."
That said, tonight's elimination show is the last before next week's dance-off for the mirror ball. Louis predicts Ty Murray, a sweet and humble gentleman, will be the one to go. "Dancing-wise — it's the finals. Ty has to go," Louis says. But given last week's surprising elimination of Lil' Kim over Ty, neither Louis nor I would bet stacks of money on anyone but Gilles, who is not only a great dancer but also an actor who inhabits each role.
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