May 30, 2017

Audrina Patridge rejuvenates ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith ‘Dancing With the Stars’ pro Tony Dovolani says that with his current celebrity partner, ‘The Hills’’ Audrina Patridge, “I’m so happy I can’t tell you. It’s very refreshing after 10 seasons to feel this way. With Audrina, I just feel rejuvenated, I enjoy choreographing for her. We laugh all day.”

So, is having the young and lovely Audrina a payback for the angst he had to go through when partnered with the oh-so-challenging Kate Gosselin last season?

“Oh, even with Kate, I don’t think it was that bad,” says Dovolani, who’s widely considered a nice guy – but did, at one point, temporarily walk off the Gosselin job when she kept questioning his teaching. He adds, “As long as I have somebody who is driving, who wants it really badly, whatever they lack in talent, I can always make them dance.”

But with Audrina, everything is going better. “You know she has no dance background – no performance background – since she’s from a reality show. She came to me as raw as they get. But the thing is, she goes into it headfirst. The way she approaches things – she never gets angry, never gets frustrated with herself, just keeps going ahead. Nothing comes easy to her, but the way she approaches her learning is really amazing. She’s like a sponge, no inhibitions. She doesn’t hold back. She trusts me completely as a teacher. And I feel like I have a real dance partner. It’s not just dancing with a celebrity.”

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Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith are among America’s leading columnists. They’ve covered the Hollywood beat for decades — Elvis and “Easy Rider” through the Jonas Bros. and “Avatar” and all the stars and their triumphs and scandals in-between. Their Creators Syndicate column, Beck/Smith Hollywood Exclusive, is a source of top celebrity interviews and entertainment news in newspapers across the country as well as online. To read more about Marylin and Stacy go to

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  • October 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    She actually DOES have dance background. By her own admission she’s studied jazz, tap, and ballet. But the real reason I think she’s “rejuvenating” Tony is because they’re rumored to be having an affair.

  • October 8, 2010 | Permalink |

    @Tsk Tsk…believe it or not, not everyone in the world is raunchy. It’s people like you who are the problem…speculation is not the same as fact.

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