Tonight is the night for soap fans to back their gal, General Hospital’s Kelly Monaco (Sam) as she begins her battle to win her second Mirror Ball Trophy in the hotly contested Dancing with the Stars: All- Stars edition that starts at 8PMEST/7CST on ABC!
And while Kelly is prepping tonight’s routine with her new partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, DWTS executive producer, Conrad Green came forward and in an exclusive with TV Guide, revealing why he partnered the celebs with certain dancers, and the rule changes for this edition of DWTS that could possibly influence the outcome. Or, does it?
Green, said of the Kelly and Val pairing, especially since Kelly was the shows first season champ: “It wasn’t even high-def when Kelly did it! (Laughs) Kelly and Val are getting on real well and I think they’re both very determined to make it far, especially Kelly. She’s gonna have to work that hard to keep up with the level of competition. That’s part of the challenge she’s embraced. But no matter what happens on this season, you always have your place in the Dancing pantheon.”
There are also some tweaks to the rule for the All-Star edition of the ballroom dance competition: Celebrities will be creative directors of a dance for a week, for which they’ll come up with the theme and wardrobe, pick the music and all but choreograph their routine. Gone is the Dance Duel, which was introduced last season to prevent a Sabrina Bryan-like shocking elimination (though Green allows that it may return in a normal season) and in is a temporary scoring system emphasizing technique. “We’re thinking about having Len Goodman, give a couple of extra points to the celebrity who did the best technical dance of the night,” Green says. “It’s an extra boost; it’s not a punishment for everyone else. We’ll tweak scoring here and there to make sure there’s a bit more discipline and content in there, given that these people have done the show before.”
Now after the jump, watch a video interview with Kelly from KABC in Los Angeles on tackling Dancing and GH at the same time, and then let us know if you think Kelly stands a good chance at placing near the top of the leaderboard as she begins the competition tonight!