Every season of “Dancing With the Stars,” fans debate whether dance veterans have an unfair advantage on the show.
Beyond the dance experience, anyone with any athletic background seems to be seen as having an advantage – whether they know how to be disciplined, whether they already have a sense of rhythm, or whether they have great stamina.
In Season 31, there are a few people who might take the challenge differently because of their past, and one of those people is “Bachelorette” star Gabby Windey. Long before she got the opportunity to give out roses, Windey was a professional cheerleader for the NFL, specifically the Denver Broncos, according to Life & Style magazine.
So does that mean Windey is a step ahead of the competition? OG Judge Carrie Ann Inaba shared her thoughts on the popular question.
Here’s what you need to know:
On Friday September 16, 2022, Inaba conducted a Q&A on her Instagram Stories. A fan asked if she thought Windey’s “cheering experience” was an “advantage.”
“So the Cheer experience, like any experience, can be an asset to the show. Every athletic experience, every dance experience, and cheer experience… but I think it’s all about the mindset here. Isn’t it?” Inaba answered.
“Dance experience can be an enrichment, but it can also be a hindrance. It’s really about how you approach the show. Let me give you an example if you think you are a great dancer and not willing to learn the new styles and nuances and really adapt each week to what it takes for you to keep going at the top…if you’re not willing to grow sometimes it doesn’t work, the show isn’t just about being a great dancer and a really committed contestant, it’s about growing,” she said.
“And I’m saying it matters because the audience is voting at home. Not only are the judges judging on a variety of criteria, but the audience at home is also voting and wanting to see growth,” she added.
Even before the season started, Val Chmerkovskiy teased that Windey would make it to the ballroom.
“My Hammy tensed up during this particular picture, so if the smile looks forced, it was. Gabs looks amazing, and if you liked her on the Bachelorette, wait ’til you meet her in the ballroom. Ballroom Gabby is next level,” he captioned his and Windey’s official Season 31 DWTS photo.
“I’m so excited to dance with you!! I’ll bring you some potassium for those cramps,” Windey commented on the post.
So far so good for Windey, who made it through the first week of the competition without much trouble. Of course she has really big shoes to fill; The last two “Bachelorette” stars to appear on DWTS both took home a mirrorball. Hannah Brown won season 28 alongside Alan Bersten and Kaitlyn Bristowe took first place in the next season with Artem Chigvintsev.
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