Erin Andrews Returns to Spelling Bee, Says She Wants to be on 'Dancing With the Stars'

As her fame has boomed, Erin Andrews has declined certain requests because they would detract from her standing as a working journalist. Dancing With the Stars, though, would not be one of those requests. ↵

↵"I want to do it, because I think I'd be good at it," Andrews said yesterday, over a lunch of a hamburger and chicken noodle soup in downtown D.C. (I had iced tea. Too many freebie cookies from the Scripps National Spelling Bee.) ↵

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↵"I want to do it very badly," she continued. "That's the big push." ↵

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↵She joked with DWTS host Tom Bergeron about earning a spot last year during the Spelling Bee telecast, which Bergeron hosts. She said she would ask again this year; ABC is broadcasting the Bee finals tonight, with sideline reporting from Andrews. ↵

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↵"I love the show, and I've grown up around dancing," said Andrews, who, of course, was on the Dazzlers dance team when at Florida. "People say, 'Oh, you're a dancer, how could you do it?' But I've never taken ballroom, I've never partnered dance with anyone. I think I'd be in the top, unless I fall. I'm a big faller. If you fall, that's a hard fall, which I'm sure would make the Internet very happy." ↵

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↵Well, maybe one or two blogs would post something about Erin Andrews falling during an episode of Dancing With the Stars, I guess. Possibly. Depending on what else was happening that day. And so, Mr. Bergeron? Your move. ↵

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↵"Using my vast influence with the show, she's got about a 30 percent chance," said Bergeron, who added that Andrews's dancing history wouldn't be a problem as long as she's never done ballroom. "I know she'd be competitive. Look at her. Look at that ferocious, competitive face. She can actually be borderline violent." (He was joking.) ↵

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↵"And I think I need to represent," Andrews told me. "I love Kenny Mayne very much, he's a friend of mine, but I need to help ESPN's name on Dancing With the Stars. He did nothing for us on that show." ↵

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↵She's said this to others in recent days, but she was really, 100 percent serious. So there, that's out there. She couldn't do the fall season, of course, due to her work responsibilities, but she could make her schedule fit with the spring season. I can't imagine a scenario in which ABC and sports bloggers don't all benefit from this, so make it happen, producer people. ↵

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↵"I would love it love it love it," Andrews said. "I want to be like, 'Who do I call?' Let's do this." ↵

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↵Andrews will also be part of ESPN's coverage of the Bee, which starts at 10 a.m. today. More highlights from our conversation: ↵

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↵-- I asked if there were any other shows she'd consider appearing on. "I would love to make a guest appearance on Gossip Girl, are you kidding?" she said. "It's a guilty pleasure." ↵

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↵-- She doesn't get Twitter, is ardently opposed to both "lol" and "haha" in electronic communication, and doesn't use Facebook. As both a serial over-user of "haha" and a Twitter devotee, I'm not sure what to make of all this. Haha. ↵

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↵-- She said co-workers like Kirk Herbstreit are more famous than she is, and that ESPN superstars like Chris Berman "have it way worse than me. I was at the draft with [Berman]," she continued, "and people didn't notice any of us sitting there. It was like, 'Boomer, Boomer, picture, picture.' It was actually nice." ↵

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↵-- Her stylist, Paige Geran, has also dressed Britney Spears, Wayne Brady, the Spice Girls and American Idols on-tour, among many others. Her outfits arrive at the hotels, and Andrews trusts that they'll be appropriate to the sporting event in question. ↵

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↵-- Andrews is a huge Britney fan, and "not afraid to admit it," she said. She was in college when Britney and Justin really hit the scene; she had worked with their choreographers, and has danced to their music. (Still does; she listens to their music while getting ready for broadcasts.) I asked what she'd say if Britney asked her to join the tour. ↵

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↵"I would introduce her to my sister, because she's way better, way cuter," Andrews said. "But could I do one song in the concert? One guest appearance?" ↵

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↵-- Ah yes, her sister. That would be former Florida State Seminole Kendra, a dancer who has appeared in a Cheri Dennis video and who recently landed a prominent role in Step Up 3, which is due out in 2010. She flew to New York for the audition on one of Erin's frequent flier freebie flights, was called back to read for a part, and is now there for a four-month shoot. ↵

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↵Waiting to hear if she got the part, Erin said, "was worse than waiting for a guy to call." The night before her final audition, Kendra met Erin at Citi Field, and received advice on dealing with the pressure from Orel Hershiser, Steve Phillips and Dan Shulman. And after she made a few public appearances and saw her own pictures hit the Internet, Kendra told Erin about some anonymous comments; for example, that she had bigger legs than her sister. ↵

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↵"I was like, 'Oh, no no no, read all this crap they say about my nose, my voice, the way I dress...." Erin told Kendra. "It's so mean, though," the younger sister pointed out. "Ya think?" replied Erin. ↵

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↵Still, she said she's extremely excited and proud about her only sibling's career, and she pointed out that Kendra now has to deal with paparazzi as well. So Andrews was asked if her little sister could one day equal her fame. ↵

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↵"She can have it," Andrews said. ↵

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↵For more of Dan Steinberg, visit his blog with The Washington Post, D.C. Sports Bog. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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