The sensual side of 'Dancing With the Stars'
"Dancing With the Stars" judge Carrie Ann Inaba stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night after her show for a quick gossip session with Kimmel and guest Michael Chiklis. Inaba shimmied through in a small, shiny dress and stuck to her strong suits, first doing a little jig with Chiklis and then, like the judge she is, chiding Kimmel for not joining in on the action. When the trio finally managed to sit down, Kimmel got straight to the politics of the show -- both professional and personal.
"How much of the score is based on whether the person is a jerk or not?" Kimmel asked bluntly, examining the evidence after Inaba revealed her judge's notebook. She giggled and insisted that a contestant's personality "has nothing to do with anything," though the host seemed unconvinced. "You can be a jerk and dance well," she said. But what about when it comes to deciding between scoring, say, a seven or an eight, Kimmel pressed again. "Well, there might be a little of that," Inaba admitted.
But then Kimmel got to the juicy stuff in his typically forward manner: "Many of the celebrities and their dance partners seem to sleep together, true?" Inaba, in turn, didn't bother playing coy. "You have a good eye," she said.
Inaba called the dance world somewhat "incestuous" and remembered falling in love with her Brazilian instructor. Her memories were a mix of playful and nostalgic as she described the intimate nature of dance, its sexual essence and close contact. It all sounded very romantic, which might have made the juvenile Kimmel a tad uncomfortable. So instead he poked fun, as he tends to do. "There were a couple of times when I felt like an old lady or something," Kimmel said. "Like, oh, this is very erotic." He always has been a pro at ruining the mood.
-- Joe Coscarelli
See the rest of the interview after the jump.