Barbara Eden might know how to belly-dance her way into a genie bottle, but don't expect her to trade in that bottle for a ballroom anytime soon. The legendary "I Dream of Jeannie" star recently sat down with "The Yo Show" to talk about her time in a bottle. During the chat she told "omg! Insider's" Kristen Aldridge there's one TV show she definitely won't do.
When Kristen mentioned that Barbara worked with "Dancing With the Stars" Pro dancer Louis Van Amstel in the past (the actress was a host for the live theater show, "Ballroom With a Twist," in 2009), the next question was — naturally — would she ever consider competing on the ABC dancing show?
"I love the show," Barbara said. "It's absolutely — it's my most favorite show in the whole world. But I love to see people dance who can really dance. I love to see the pretty young girls. I don't want to see people like me on there. I really don't. They're all so beautiful and lovely and so competent."
Kristen told her, "You're describing yourself!" The actress laughed and said, "Not on that show, you wouldn't think so!"
Of course, we think she's underestimating her dancing skills (and her beauty, loveliness, and competence). Eden tripped the light fantastic in the 1961 science-fiction flick "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," and she was a dancing queen in the party scene of the 1972 TV movie "The Woman Hunter." In addition to that, her dance card was full in the classic "I Love Lucy" episode "The Country Club Dance." (She even danced with Desi, and when he asked her if she liked to dance, she gushed, "Oh yes, I adore it!")
Her fellow classic sitcom stars Florence Henderson and Cloris Leachman have taken the "DWTS" challenge (and did a respectable job), so we'll say it: Oh, what we wouldn't give to see Barbara don those harem pants just one more time to "master" a genie-style jive!
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 17 premieres on Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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