ABC News: Chaz Bono Overcomes Shyness, Controversy to Dance

September 19th, 2011

ABC News

Chaz Bono Overcomes Shyness, Controversy to Dance

By SANDY COHEN AP Entertainment Writer
LOS ANGELES September 19, 2011 (AP)

Chaz Bono is dancing right past the controversy surrounding his casting on “Dancing With the Stars” — and he’s not even the dancing type.

“I like it, but I’m kind of an introvert,” he said from the nondescript dance studio where he has been rehearsing for the hit ABC show for up to five hours a day. “My natural tendency is to go in, not show off. I get embarrassed really easily, which is something you have to get over on this show.”

Bono will be over it by Monday night, when he and 11 other celebrities, including actors, TV personalities, and sports stars, will make their ballroom debut on the season premiere of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Of the 11, Bono may be the most controversial: As the show’s first transgender contestant, the 42-year-old author and activist has been the subject of hateful blog posts by some viewers and conservative media groups. Some have even called for a “Dancing” boycott.  Read More…