Chaz Bono Trims Down for DWTS

Rehearsals have knocked off 5 pounds: dance partner
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2011 1:49 PM CDT
Jennifer Elia, directors, Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, and Chaz Bono pose for a portrait during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011 in Park City, Utah.   (AP Photo/Victoria Will)
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(Newser) – Chaz Bono is already wiggling his tush and shaking off the pounds in preparation for Dancing With the Stars. Only six days into rehearsals, his DWTS partner Lacey Schwimmer says Bono is "funny," "awesome," "so nice" and 5 pounds lighter than when he started. "It's so great," Schwimmer tells People. "He says he's not eating any differently, he's just dancing."

"When I first met him, he didn't want to do anything that made him look silly," she adds. "Now he's all for it. He's goofing off and he's pretending to be Maks [Chmerkovskiy] in rehearsals. It's really funny." But there's one thing Chaz won't do: "dance to any of his parents' songs," says Schwimmer of the 1970s mom and pop duo, Sonny and Cher. "But the show really wants it to happen, so we'll see."

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