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Audrina Patridge rejuvenates ‘Dancing with the Stars’ pro

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: ‘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 BeckSmithHollywood.com

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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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