Carrie Ann Inaba: "I'm Proud of Paula Abdul”

The Dancing With the Stars judge dishes with BettyConfidential on her pal Paula Abdul, her dream contestant and more.
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Who can we really expect to see on DWTS?
I have no idea. I probably will know the week when they make the announcement for everybody else. That’s how I find out. I hear gossip but I’ve learned that gossip always seems to be wrong. I remember I heard that Cher was going to be on the show one year and LaToya Jackson, and then they don’t show up.

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What’s the best and worst part of this job?
The best part is that dancing has inspired so many people again I get to be a part of that. The worst part is when you see that your words have hurt somebody – that they’ve been personally hurt.

What kind of personal challenge are you giving yourself for DWTS this season?
I’ve done this since season one, I challenge myself to follow The Four Agreements, and if you read them, you will see why they translate so well to what I do on the dance floor.

Basically it’s to tell the truth, to have integrity with your work, to not take anything personally and I can’t remember the last one but it is probably the one I live by the most; I live by the truth.

I have to do that in my own life because I know how difficult it can be for the contestants and I don’t want them to ever take it personally if I give them criticism. I know that sometimes the contestants take what we say very personally. But it’s about the dancing and it says nothing about how we feel about them as a human being.

When I first found out I was going to be a judge, I talked to some mentors in my life and said, “What do I do?” because judging is like everything you’re told not to do in life. You’re not supposed to judge people.

So you have to be a woman that stands by the truth, whether it’s uncomfortable, or makes you feel vulnerable or puts you under fire.

Diedre Johnson is a freelance writer covering entertainment in Los Angeles.

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