Sherri Shepherd has been dreaming of being on Dancing With the Stars for years. On The View, she talked about every episode with Elisabeth Hasselbeck each season while Whoopi rolled her eyes. Now she is finally on the show and paired with Val Chmerkovskiy the younger, calmer brother of Maksim. So when she showed up to the second official day of practice Wednesday, she was sporting her dancing heels and a spangly silver dress. She was also camera-ready with full makeup and hair. The other ladies arrived much more casually in sweats and a ponytail. To be fair, Sherri probably sleeps in high heels. She’s only 5’1″ and lives in heels so dancing in them should not be a problem for her. She is at a small disadvantage because she will continue to host The View three days a week while performing on Dancing with the Stars. Maksim and Melissa Gilbert were at least one team that started practicing a day or so early. If you are expecting Sherri to go early though, make no mistake, Sherri is in it to win it. Sherri’s trip to LA for the show was not an easy one. Sherri and her son Jeffery were in JFK on the way to LA when the airport terminal they were in was shut down due to a security breach. Sherri of course tweeted the entire event hilariously. Sherri was back on The View today and will be on the show Wednesday through Friday while working on DWTS.
Although the official announcement of the cast for the next season of Dancing With The Stars is not set for release until Tuesday, TMZ is reporting that Sherri Shepherd, Melissa Gilbert, Maria Menounos and Jack Wagner are confirmed contestants. Meanwhile, there was some drama in the press about whether or not Maksim Chmerkovskiy would be back on the show after his egotistical comments and arguing with judges last season. Maksim recently told the Canadian version of Entertainment Tonight that he had not been confirmed to return. However, TMZ apparently tailed Maksim when he arrived at LAX yesterday and he went directly to a dance studio in LA where he met with Melissa Gilbert! As it stands now that is definitely the couple to beat! Lots of other names are being thrown around but are NOT yet confirmed including, Bruce Jenner, Kris Jenner (one assumes it is one or the other not both), Tim Tebow, Giuliana Rancic and Stevie Wonder! Do blind people ballroom dance? Apparently, the reason Sherri Shepherd and her son Jeffrey got caught up in the security mess at JFK Friday morning was because she was heading out to LA for DWTS! She landed just after 10am LA time to meet her dance partner and get to practicing! Good Luck Sherri!