DANCE MOMS’ Abby Lee Miller has made a plea during an exclusive interview with The U.S. Sun to judge Dancing with the Stars next season.
Abby, 57, last appeared on DWTS in 2014 when she was a guest judge. Now, she’s hoping to return as a full-time judge.
GettyAbby Lee Miller hopes to replace Len Goodman on the next season of DWTS[/caption]
GettyAbby was a guest judge on the show in 2014 and sat alongside Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli[/caption]
“Yes, I’m available!” she enthusiastically shared with The U.S. Sun exclusively.
The last time she appeared on the ABC dance show, she “got a lot of heat” because her harsh criticism towards Olympic ice skater Meryl Davis.
Meryl and her partner Maks Chmerkovskiy ended up taking home the Mirror Ball trophy for season 18.
“She was really good. She was great. She ended up winning the season, but I told her that her feet were really bad and she needed to work on them,” Abby said, explaining why the crowd booed her.
“Well, lyrical routine, it’s all about the emotion, the extension, the lines, and the feet. If you’re dancing in your bare feet, honey, you better have great feet.
“I told her to work on her feet. Oh, the backlash I got from the other judges – Oh my God! And the other professional dancers. It was crazy.”
The Abby Lee Dance Company founder added that despite the heat she had gotten from everyone, her feedback helped Meryl eventually win the competition.
The last season of DWTS featured judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli.
In November, Len made the shocking announcement that he’s leaving the judges’ panel after 17 years to spend more time with his family in Britain.
The U.S. Sun last reported that Cheryl Burke, who previously announced she’s ending her run as a pro dancer, may have been turned as the replacement judge due to her “lack of filter.”
A DWTS insider told The U.S. Sun: “Cheryl is really liked and respected at the show.
“It is no secret that there is an impasse between her and the executives over her future.”
Last month, during an episode of Talk Is Jericho podcast, Cheryl addressed whether she’s still in the running while talking to host Chris Jericho.
“Yeah, I would love that. However, I can’t predict the future, but it is what it is,” she said.
Cheryl ended that it wouldn’t be right for her to linger in the “hopes that she gets a promotion.”
ABBY’S NEXT MOVE
While the next season of DWTS doesn’t start until the fall, producers are still weighing their options.
A source also claimed to The U.S. Sun that Len “could be replaced” by UK’s Strictly Come Dancing judge Motsi Mabus.
For now, Abby Lee Miller isn’t giving up hope nor the chance of returning to TV after quitting Dance Moms after eight seasons.
“Nowadays I teach on Zoom and I don’t know why it took a crisis, you know, this whole quarantine thing to start teaching on Zoom. I could have been doing this for years,” Abby stated during an in person interview where she resides in Santa Monica.
“I usually [teach] 50 to 75 students in each class, and they are from all over the UK, Ireland, Scotland, Spain, Italy. And then I have kids from Bulgaria, Romania, Mongolia – it’s nuts.”
She’s also traveling the world teaching and making appearances in other countries, all while being wheelchair-bound.
“If I wasn’t in a wheelchair, I would still do what I do. I love it. It’s what I was put on this earth to do – to teach dance and to choreograph and to have a vision,” she shared.
MAKING A COMEBACK
The reality star is secretly working on a new dance show titled Season 9.
The only details she’s permitted to share at this time are that it’s “about kids of all ages and drama with their moms,” similar to Dance Moms, but “different and better!”
She also teased her documentary, which does not have a premiere date set in stone.
“I’ve shot a documentary about the indictment, about prison, about how I was treated everywhere [for cancer] and about six doctors missing the cancer,” she spilled.
In April, Abby’s coming up on her five-year anniversary of losing her mobility.
She underwent an emergency surgery in April 2018 after her doctor found lymphoma in her spine that left her paralyzed from the neck down.
She had been diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma, a rare form of cancer, and has had numerous surgeries – including a recent one on her tib fib – since then.
The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, native is recovering and is working with a physical therapist to get back to the point where she can minimize her use of the wheelchair.
“You know, I want to get back to where I was. I’ve still got it,” she told The U.S. Sun.
John Chapple for The US SunAbby isn’t letting her disability stop her from doing what she loves[/caption]
John Chapple for The US SunShe gets regular visits from her physical therapist and nurses to help her on the road to recovery[/caption]
John Chapple for The US SunAbby will be teaching around the world in the next couple of months and just hopes that her wheelchair won’t get broken on the plane[/caption]