"Dancing With the Stars" is back with a newbie vengeance (forget those over overqualified all-stars!), and the Season 16 celebs are totally pumped for Week 2 of the competition.
One of this season's biggest surprises is Andy Dick, who landed low on the leaderboard last week (scoring 17 out of 30 points), but still took the competition very, very seriously and may have garnered some unsuspecting fans in the process.
During an on-camera breakdown shown on last week's premiere, the comedian burst into tears because he was having trouble learning his dance moves. He later told ET Online, "I just hit a wall. I cried forever. You're supposed to cry in Episode 4 or 5!" Calling his time on the show "better than rehab," the man who's considered this season's dark horse went on to dance an elegant foxtrot with pro partner Sharna Burgess.
For viewers who aren't aware of the controversial comic's history, his 2006 appearance at Comedy Central's "Celebrity Roast of William Shatner" went very badly. And in 2007, he was dragged off of Jimmy Kimmel's show by his feet after repeatedly pestering guest Ivanka Trump. (And that's the tame stuff!) But while his well-documented personal problems have been notorious tabloid fodder, a rehabbed Andy charmed the "DWTS" judges and many of the show's fans. Because let's face it, who doesn't love an underdog?
In an interview on Access Hollywood Live, Andy's "DWTS" Season 16 competitor Wynonna Judd talked about her newfound friendship with the funnyman.
"I actually connect with Andy," she said. "I think people of the United States of America identify with, not only the underdog, but someone who's wounded, and Andy's a very wounded spirit. And the first thing he did was come up to me and hug me, and he lays his head on my shoulder like I'm his sister/mommy, and people don't understand what a dear he is."
During an appearance on Anderson Cooper's talk show, "Jersey Shore" star Snooki said, "Andy Dick, I watched you last night, and I thought you were amazing. I voted for you. You're, like, the underdog, and I think you're going to win." (Andy gave her a #TeamDick tank top as a thank you.)
And "Full House" alum Jodie Sweetin -- who in the past has expressed her desire to compete on the glitzy dancing show -- tweeted a pic of Andy with the caption: "I know who we'll be voting for on #DWTS this season! Check out our wall in our house :) #TeamDick."
Meanwhile, some former "Dancing With the Stars" contestants also cheered him on. Maria Menounos, who competed on Season 14 of the show, tweeted: "@andydick I'm so impressed with you on #dwts --great job!" And Sherri Shepherd, also a Season 14 alum, wrote: "I love you so much Andy! You made me cry. You put in the work baby and you done good!"
Even "Dancing With the Stars" co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet -- who's probably not supposed to play favorites -- tweeted her support for the comedian. After the "DWTS" premiere she wrote, "@andydick … I'm rooting 4 U, on your side and only want people to really know how Frickin hard #DWTS truly is! great job Monday."
So how will Andy do in Week 2? In an interview with On the Red Carpet, his partner Sharna Burgess said, "Next week we have the Jazz and I think it's going to suit Andy very well … he's going to have creative freedom on the comedy side of this number, so I think we're going to see a whole other side to him. We're just going to work as hard as we've been doing. I'm happy with a 17, it gives us somewhere to go."
You can check out Andy Dick's "Dancing" debut here.
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 16 airs on Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC.
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