The Shirtless Season: DWTS Celebs and Pros Discuss the Pimping of the Men’s Bodies
This was all in the tea leaves after the Dancing With the Stars Season 14 premiere.
The highest scores of all time paired with the sexiest male celebs and pros of all time meant that at some point, the people with the XY chromosomes were going to have to compete shirtless to win our love. It was prophesied and it has come to pass. And it is good.
TV Guide asked some of the Season 14 celebs and pros how they feel about the most shirtless season ever. Pros Cheryl Burke and Maksim Chmerkovskiy admitted it was their idea for the men of Week 7’s Team Paso Doble — Maks, Donald Driver and William Levy — to break out the big guns.
"I thought it was appropriate, the way the teams were put together," Maks said. "It was a total coincidence, but it was fitting. Because this season is all about pleasing the fans, anyway."
Pro Kym Johnson was on the opposing Team Tango, but she had no problem with “Team Shirtless” playing to their strengths. “Look at those three guys," Kym said. "They had to take off their shirts. I think they would've been foolish not to." So true!
Pro Chelsie Hightower was also on Team Tango and her partner, Roshon Fegan, has been struggling to develop a strong DWTS fan base. Maybe it’s partly because there are so many other sexy shirtless guys to watch?
"It may be a slight advantage," said Chelsie. "Sex sells. We all know that. And there are a lot of buff guys here."
Pro Tristan MacManus, who hates spray tans and seems to be the only guy with chest hair, did not go shirtless before his elimination. It probably would’ve been weird to see him flash some skin while dancing with classy living legend Gladys Knight. (Although ... maybe she would’ve enjoyed it?) When asked about shirtless dances, he was open-minded and diplomatic, as always.
"There's more than a dance competition going on here,” Tristan told TV Guide. “In the end, it's a show and it's what people want to see. In professional competitions, you wouldn't necessarily see a top off, but there's lots of open tops. And you have to be appropriate about it. I felt that in the partnership that I was in, it wasn't appropriate. If you want to see somebody take a top off, you don't necessarily have to watch this show."
True. And even though we have no complaints about the amount of skin being shown — especially the fact the men are finally showing as much skin as the women — DWTS is first and foremost a family-friendly TV show, not a live strip tease. Great performances > great bodies … although it’s always good when we can have both.
Watch the next new episode of DWTS on Monday, May 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Source: TV Guide
Gina Carbone is a contributing writer at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @ginacarbone.
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