Good Morning America's Ginger Zee Reveals What It's Like to Compete on Dancing With the Stars 2016
ABC meteorologist Ginger Zee (Good Morning America, World News Tonight) is competing on season 22 of Dancing With the Stars with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. After the season premiere, they are currently in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard. Here, she gives Glamour an exclusive look into what it’s really like to compete on the hit dance competition.
“You have to move your feet.”
That is Val’s favorite line to me. And it’s my motto for the next 10 weeks as I attempt to balance my newborn baby (3-month-old boy Adrian), Good Morning America, World News, and Dancing with the Stars.
People keep asking, “How are you going to juggle it all?” And I keep answering: organization and an incredible support team. That’s really the most important part. Just like any parent who has multiple responsibilities—whether it’s appointments or sports for their kids—all families face challenges. Mine just happen to have a bit more sparkle. And spray tan. A lot of spray tan. I had one in New York before I left, [and then] they gave me another when I got to L.A., [and] then covered my body in tinted shimmer before the show started. I have to say it does make everyone look great on TV! Just don’t look at my clothes or sheets after a weekend of dancing.
As tan as I have been, this journey into Dancing With the Stars has been a challenging one for many reasons. But Monday night all that hard work and moving of my feet came together in one explosive jive that I’m incredibly proud of. The ballroom was a sparkly, well-choreographed chaos that made me feel oddly at home.
Since I returned from L.A., the reality set in. Take Tuesday of this week, for example: I woke up for GMA around 3:45 A.M. Do the show until 9 A.M. Run over to meet Val at The Chew. I ran home to feed the baby and get a few sweet smiles to keep me going. By noon, I’m at rehearsal, where we run our samba over and over until it’s engrained in my head. And now we only have four days to perfect this thing. As soon as our four-hour rehearsal is complete, I’m in an Uber and back up to do World News. I was so happy the baby was still awake by the time I got home. We put him to bed, and it starts all over again tomorrow. Did I take on too much with this dancing? Perhaps, but it’s going to be an experience I’ll never have again, and I’m going to push as hard as I can to make it all worth it.
Dancing With the Stars airs every Monday night on ABC. Episode two will feature the first elimination of the season. Come back to Glamour.com immediately afterwards for all of the backstage reactions.
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