Chaz Bono: Cher applauds her son's 'Dancing With the Stars' gig
Chaz Bono, the first transgender "Dancing With the Stars" contestant, does have pro Lacey Schwimmer helping with choreography -- but it's nice to know that mama Cher is out there to give him some pointers too.
And how did Cher react to news that her son was climbing aboard ABC's dance show?
"She really thought it was great that I was doing it and wanted to know how I was feeling about it, if I was nervous and how it was going," Bono said Wednesday on Ryan Seacrest's radio show.
Cher also acted like a true mother hen, taking to Twitter to defend Chaz -- born Chastity Bono to the singer and the late Sonny Bono -- against critics.
"Lovelies! Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on DWTS! This is Still America right ? It took guts 2 do it," she wrote.
"I support him no matter what he chooses 2do! God! will there always be haters! It took COURAGE 2 do dwts!...Chaz has an Unlimited [supply]," she added.
That unlimited supply can be seen in action Sept. 19 when "DWTS" premieres. Chaz will take the stage against celebs including David Arquette, Elisabetta Canalis, Ricki Lake and Rob Kardashian. The new cast was announced Monday.
-- Matt Donnelly
Left photo: Cher at the Westwood premiere of "The Zookeeper" in July. Credit: Frazer Harrison / Getty Images
Right photo: Chaz Bono in L.A. in April. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times