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Evan Lysacek toasts his Olympic gold medal and new 'DWTS' gig

March 15, 2010 |  7:29 am

EvanWe are officially replacing the age-old Hollywood cliche "everyone wants to direct" with the soon-to-be-if-it-isn't-already Hollywood cliche, "everyone wants to be on 'Dancing with the Stars.'"

You think winning an Olympic gold medal should get the paparazzi running? You think being an astronaut is cool? You think proposing to someone on TV after half a dozen dates proves your sanity?

Well, you're right, you're right and not so much.

And yet all roads lead to the 10th season of "DWTS," which starts March 22 and stars Evan Lysacek, Buzz Aldrin and the latest "Bachelor," Jake Pavelka, among several lithe others.

Lysacek and Aldrin partied Saturday night at a rooftop fete celebrating the figure skater's gold medal win at last month's Winter Olympics. The party was thrown by budding screenwriters Laura Sandler and Amanda Harlib, who became friends with Lysacek shortly after he landed in Los Angeles seven years ago.

"They wanted to be writers and I wanted to be an Olympian, and we've accomplished our goals and it's kind of cool," Lysacek said.

Of course, now that Hollywood is paying attention, people know him as "the dancing guy."

People like his new BFF, Melissa Rivers, who was gliding through the party at West Hollywood's Petit Ermitage, drink aloft.

"She's my inspiration for skating and dancing, both," Lysacek said.

"But he didn't know it until we met a few weeks ago," Rivers said. "I was an unknown muse, and now I've made myself known. We were all on 'Good Day L.A.' together with Jennifer Coolidge, and we were laughing so hard they had to throw us out of the green room."

"She was like, 'Oh, you're the dancing guy,'" Lysacek said. "It's funny when people notice me from dancing already even though I just won the Olympics."

"Hey," Rivers said, "a job's a job."

-- Irene Lacher

Photo: Evan Lysacek poses on the podium Feb. 18, 2010, after winning the gold medal in the men's free program figure skating competition at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Credit: David J. Phillip / Associated Press

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