Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Keo Motsepe has revealed his worst celebrity dance partner. The first Black pro in the history of the series, Motsepe has worked with multiple celebrities since joining in 2014, including Lolo Jones, Jodie Sweetin, Charo, Barbara Corcoran, and Anne Heche. During season 23, he appeared as a troupe member.
Last month, ABC renewed the series for a milestone 30th season. Dancing with the Stars host Tyra Banks is returning to the show, along with judges Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. This milestone celebration will air sometime during the 2021-2022 season, though ABC has not announced a specific schedule yet. It is unclear if Motsepe will be returning as one of the pro dancers. News like that is usually announced closer to the premiere date, so hopefully viewers will find out that information soon.
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During an interview with Us Weekly, Motsepe revealed his worst celebrity dance partner is none other than iconic singer Chaka Khan, who competed during Dancing with the Stars season 21. He said, “I remember asking her, ‘Why do we have to rehearse like at 11pm? Like every night!’ And she goes, ‘That’s when I started working.’ That’s when she starts recording her music, and I was like, ‘Oh, so you sleep during the day? So, your morning is, like, South African time, pretty much?’ And she goes, ‘Yes, honey!’ … So I had to adjust my schedule, you know? … It was just a challenging season.“
Motsepe also revealed actress Charlotte McKinney hated practice more than any other celebrity he’s been paired with over the years. She came into the first practice session of Dancing with the Stars season 20 and assumed it would be an easy process. “I feel like so many celebrities come on the show, you know, they think, ‘Oh, great, just learn the dance and [perform] on Monday’s show,’” Motsepe said. “No, there’s so much that goes into the show. It’s a huge preparation, huge preparation.” He warned McKinney that if she hated the rehearsals, then she would likely find him annoying as he pushed her to improve.
Unfortunately, these two celebrity partners didn’t last very long in the competition. McKinney was the second contestant to be eliminated during Dancing with the Stars season 20, after tackling the Jive, the Cha-cha-cha, and the Rumba. Khan fared even worse, being the very first celebrity voted out during season 21 after taking on the Cha-cha-cha and the Foxtrot. The furthest Motsepe has competed on Dancing with the Stars was during season 27 when he and actress Evanna Lynch made it all the way to third place.
Dancing with the Stars is a grueling competition. As many professional dancers and celebrities have remarked over the years, there’s a lot of work and preparation that goes into each and every performance, especially since they have to learn a brand-new dance every week, and a lot of the celebrities don’t have any dance experience to begin with. If Motsepe returns for season 30, he’s clearly hoping he has a partner more like Lynch and less like Khan and McKinney.
Source: Us Weekly
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