'Dancing with the Stars': Cher was there! (Not that Chaz Bono noticed)

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All eyes may have been focused on Cher — who lived up to the hype by finally attending a taping of Dancing with the Stars Monday — but Chaz Bono wasn’t among those ogling the diva who was positioned next to David Arquette’s daughter.

In fact, Bono kept his attention off his family, including stepmother Mary Bono, who was also in the house. “When we’re dancing I try to just focus on [Lacey] and what we’re doing,” said Bono, who performed a Rocky-themed paso doble with partner Lacey Schwimmer that earned a standing ovation from a teary-eyed Cher. “It was great to have everyone here. It pumped me up. I know my mom was really proud of me and that was awesome. I’m glad that whatever we’re doing is touching people.

“It was a great night,” he continued. “Last week was a hard week and everyone knew I was kind of feeling bad about it, so to come back this week and have my whole family there it was amazing.”

His performance wasn’t half bad, either. He and Schwimmer earned a 21, which tied him with Chynna Phillips and Nancy Grace for second to last place. (Carson Kressley finished at the bottom of the scoreboard with a 20). “Some dances are more challenging. Different dances fit different personalities and this one really made sense in my brain and in my body,” he said. It also helped that he was handed a movie theme close to his heart. “When I was a kid and I saw Rocky, it was my favorite movie. I wanted to be Rocky [Balboa]. Probably more than anything else, doing it to that song would’ve meant more to me than any movie theme.”

As for that seemingly hard run up those Dancing stairs, Bono said it wasn’t as hard as it looked. “It felt good. Going up stairs actually feels pretty good. Going down stairs is a little more challenging on my body right now. The adrenaline was pumping and I just did it. A couple of weeks ago I was in a lot of pain and now I’m just in a little bit.”

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  • lisa g.

    Yay Cher!

    • kelly

      My best friend has just announced her wedding with a great man who is a cele+brity!
      They met-via { millionaireluv&c.O.m }
      It is nice club for rich men or pretty girls mate.
      You do not need to be wealthy or famous, but you can meet your true love, it’s worthy a try.

      • @kelly

        Your best friend is a liar.

      • James

        Who cares!!!

      • david

        your best friend and you are a good match, you are both idiots

    • LOL

      America loves crap.

  • dc

    ABC have totally made up for the Palins!

    • Barry

      Sarah Palin has more class than that botoxed Cher.

      • The Original Nshi

        Nope!

      • Andy Repo

        “NOPE!”

        Best. Reply. Ever.

      • andrea

        Ditto NOPE

      • dc

        !!!!! Sara Appalin’ can’t even see class from her living room window

      • lisa g.

        Palin is a POS!

      • Patrick

        F Palin.

      • Chaz fan

        Cher is a queen, Palin is such a white trash!

      • Brian

        Sarah Failin’

      • Barry

        Yes, Cher IS a drag queen.

      • nunya

        Yup.

      • CA

        what a retard commnet,, and ur name is BARRY,, sounds like a mans name,, but strongly doubt u r a man,,, NO MAN would ever ever make such girlie comments.. go get a sex cahnge u retard

      • Thad

        Palin can’t even spell class or teach her children about condoms

      • Bored

        @Barry – Not in this lifetime!

      • Lynn

        Wrong!

      • palinhater

        Palin is the stupidest idiot ever.

  • PN

    I saw Cher in the audience! She looked very happy to see Chaz dance on Dancing with the Stars! They were smart to keep it to only a few camera shots on her. Keep the focus mostly on Chaz on the ballroom floor and not Cher.

    • carolae

      No problemo in focusing in on Chad….he takes up most of the lens! Now that Mamma Cher made her appearance, it is about time that Trans Chad leave the show. Am sure the votes were juggled around last week in order to keep him on until Cher showed up.

      • bert

        Yeap. couldn’t beleave he got 6s from the judges,it was so bad. They were waiting for momma, maybe she could sing next week. I’m not watch till become real again.

      • Sands

        You do realize his name is Chaz and not Chad don’t you?

        Sands

    • eliizabeth

      That picture of Cher breaks my heart. Her love for her son is so touching and obvious.

  • Barack Palin

    Cher should be in the audience supporting her child. I fail to see why this is news.

    • dale

      she’s a huge celeb #1, #2 her son being on DWTS is a huge story, #3 she made arrangements and came to see him so that will make people who like that show (not me, but just saying) watch it #4 you’re on ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, so it’s gonna be “news”. come on Man!!!!

      • Barry

        Chastity is her daughter. This “Chaz” person is a freak of nature.

      • Dale

        And it comments like yours that are damaging to society. I am proud of Chaz for all the effort he is putting in on something he know he will not win. It is not about who shows up in the audience or about orientation. It is about having the courage to get up and try to do something physically challeging and in front of millions of people knowing that there are still people out the that have the audacity to still use the term “freak of nature”.

      • nunya

        Dale, I disagree, Its comments like YOURS that are damaging to society. The idea that someone with a mental issue who is unable to accept reality and forces a cosmetic surgery onto us and expects to be accepted is damaging to society. Dont say, ‘shim aint hurting nuthin’ Acceptance of so much deviance for the social norm is, in fact, damaging society. Hiding it behind the idea of dance as art and therefor transcends our morals, laughable.

      • gracin

        And you get to decide what is “normal”? Get real.

  • Stacey Galvin

    Cher is partly Armenian. A lot of people don’t know that.

    • dee

      What does that to do with ANYTHING? If you go back far enough we ALL come from Africa.

    • Lynn

      and. . .

  • Dee Jones

    I think Chynna is a goner unfortunately. The bottom 3 this week, Chynna, Hope and Carson, eliminated, any one of them.

  • Non

    Wow, mutlilating your body is fun.

    • Dominic

      Then stop doing it to yourself. I suggest well considered surgery instead.

      • nunya

        Mutilation = Surgery (IE addadiktoomee or Chopadikoffame)

  • harvlevinstein

    Cher In Tears Spoiler Alert!!!

  • Kate W.

    Great show…many tearful moments. At this point, it’s Ricki or JR’s to lose. Good on you Chaz. You have overcome so much, including that run up the stairs at the end of your routine…I was nervous for you. Rob K., I’m enjoying your shy charm and growth…stop beating yourself up, you are worthy. Chynna, hope you make it through. I love your beautiful dance lines. We all have tough nights. The show is both inspiring and entertaining, Carson, this season.

    • Sheila

      Good ON you? What’s that? Like losing 50 lbs would look good on you? I think you meant to leave on your comment on the Daily Mail.

  • rrmerlin1251

    Please stop referring To Chaz as a he. She is, has been, and always will be a female. Chromosomes and DNA don.t change. A fraud is being allowed to make the audience to believe that all couples are of mixed gender. One couple is not.

    • amy

      And why is that bothering you so much? Maybe you need to stop watching the show? I enjoyed Chaz’s performance last night, I was in tears!

    • Acaseofgeo

      I’ll call him a “he”, but with reservation. It does intrigue me that a person with a vagina wants to be called a he. I’m not so concerned about DNA and Chromosomes, but the physical part, is what gets me. But he is in transition, so I’ll go with he. (Although in my experience, MOST transexuals don’t usually identify themselves as gay or lesbian before the transition, which Chaz has done. They are usually straight people who don’t feel right in their body).

      • Hayley

        In her/his book Chaz stated that when s/he was young s/he felt an attraction to women. Since there were no trans role models s/he assumed that s/he must be lesbian. Chaz also stated that when s/he was young, s/he also always felt like a boy.

    • Shawna

      Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he. Chaz is a he.

      Annoying yet? Good – so are ignorant comments like yours.

      • Henry

        A pig in a dress is still a pig. I refer to drag queens as ‘she’, too.

      • Shawna

        Because you Henry are a sad individual that believes a person’s sex defines them. Its people like you that sicken me that talk all this trash behind a computer screen – but the second you were faced with it in real life you would coward away. Grow up. Hate is a terrible thing to waste your life on.

      • amy

        Amen, Shawna!!!

      • nunya

        Wow, Shawna umm, yeah. A persons sex does serve to define them. using your logic a person can say that about any trait of a person. “Your a sad person who thinks a persons _____ define them”

        I for one would be, and have, told ‘you and yours’ exactly how I feel, to their faces and you know what. After a few minutes, they get all pissed with my darn ol logic and critical thinking. They end up calling names and stomping off with the other ‘cool’ kids.

        Oh and that hate your calling Henry out on, yours is showing. Or beliefs are just as valid as yours, time for some of that tolerance and acceptance im sure your oh so keen on.

      • elise07

        Chaz does not exist except in NAME only…..the body is Chasity and will always be that way…….born Chasity and will die Chasity, the way that GOD created her

      • CA

        Shawna u r sooooo right with ur comment to henry,, i wouldnt be surprise if he is in the closet.

      • Meg

        @Shawna… Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she, Chaz is a she.

        Annoyed yet? She has a vagina, need I say more!! Besides, she looked better as a women, which isn’t saying alot. Why would she dream of being an unattractive, fat slob of a man…not setting the bar real high there!!!

      • GETOVERYOURIGNORANCE

        I cannot believe the ignorance I see here! Who cares if he is a she or if she is a he now. Last I check it is None of your business what other people do with themselves unless of course it affects your life, Oh wait it doesn’t cuz your a nobody!!!! Get that through your head. NO ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO JUDGE OTHER’S. ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME, AND IF YOU THINK FOR ONE SECOND GOD DOESN’T LOVE CHAZ OF CHASITY, YOU ARE SO WRONG!!! GOD LOVES ALL AND FORGIVES ALL! NONE OF YOU KNOW HOW YOUR KIDS ARE GOING TO TURN OUT. MAYBE BE IGNORANT LIKE THE REST OF YOU, NOW THAT IS SAD. I RAISED MY KIDS TO BE REAL AND WHO THEY ARE NOT WHAT SOCIETY WANTS THEM TO BE!!! NO MY KIDS ARE NOT LESBIAN OR GAY, BUT IF THEY WERE I WOULD SUPPORT THEM NO MATTER WHAT. IT HAPPENS IN-UTERO, AND IF YOU PEOPLE HAD ANY KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THAT YOU WOULD KNOW. THEY HAVE VIDEOS ABOUT THAT AND HAVE FOR THE LAST 10 YRS SO WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN????? OH YES BEING IGNORANT AND MUST HAVE NO LIFE!!!! GET OVER IT, IT’S ABOUT DANCING YOU IDIOTS!!!! GOD WILL JUDGE YOUR CRUELTY AND JUDGMENT ABOUT HIS CREATION, ANOTHER HUMAN BEING, BEING CHAZ! BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF CUZ YOU SHOULD LOOK IN THE MIRROR. FIND ANY FLAWS? HA HA HA I BET THERE ARE SO MANY!

    • Chris

      Unless you happen to have a sample of Chaz’s blood, you have zero idea what HIS chromosomes and DNA look like. Don’t give uneducated opinions on a subject you have no knowledge of.

      • nunya

        Unless you have found a way to modify Chaz’s blood and DNA to reflect that of a mans, You have the same idea as anyone else. Your deflection of truth by attempting to point out someones perceived ignorance doesnt negate that it is still the truth. Darn those pesky facts.

    • gracin

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  • Sally

    The whole show was ridiculous, terrible music to dance to and What was Carrie Ann crying about when Chaz finished?

    • Henry

      I would have cried had I been subjected to watching that elephant attempt grace and applaud as if it was even grazing meh.

    • nunya

      She cried because it showed she sympathized with Chastity. Accepting whatever crazy pseudo opened minded crap hollywood poops up is the most awesome thing ever!

      • gracin

        thanks for your hateful opinion that nobady really cares about ….

  • ugogirl

    chaz can go anytime now since cher showed up. i think that is why they allowed chaz 2 stay even she is a bad dancer. they were just waiting 4 cher to be in the audience hoping it would bring ratings and get the show talked about. i dont see why though because chers last movie was a huge flop and shes had so much plastic surgery her face looks like a mask which is ironic because she played in a movie as mom of a kid with a mask face. lol.

    • Kat

      You just say HE because it is the respectful thing to do; Chaz feels that he is a he. Gender dysmorphic disorder is a very difficult thing for a person to go through without subjecting to themselves to the eyes of millions of viewers. What Chaz is doing is showing people that even though they may not understand him, he is still a person. His mom being there to show that people can and should love their children no matter what they are is just the icing on the cake. If you are so upset by Chaz being on the show -don’t watch it.

      • nunya

        Hey, I want to be called “Dolphin Magic Buttercup” I demand aquiescience from you and all. Also, I want to have surgery to become a dolphin. I expect you to provide me through your taxes will everything I need in public places, like large pools for bathrooms, and hoists to lift me out. Think its ridiculous? BIGOT!

      • kevcogator

        @Kat – Thanks for your comment. I think you said it very well. While I don’t exactly like the whole Chastity / Chaz thing, it is her/his life and decision. Cher supporting her child makes sense to me. I am not going to have a change of opinion or a change of heart because she/he is on DWTS, I am not going to read his book or blog or whatever, but I am not the production department at ABC, who needs to find a way to get ratings. Nobody is liked by everybody (Except Donny Osmond!)

      • gracin

        “Dolphin Magic Buttercup” is fine, but you will never find it on one of those key chains they sell at Wal Mart.

    • Henry

      **** crickets ****

  • Henry

    I think Chaz Bono courting publicity simply because he had the means in which to move forward with gender reassignment then turn his life into a subsequent circus act of “Look at me! Look at me! Buy my book! Buy my book!” Unfortunately his circus act quickly turned into a freak show.

    • amy

      How do some of you people sleep at night with so much HATE in you? Do you watch the show just to have something to B!TCH about? Judge not lest ye be judged!!!!

  • NotChaz

    I wonder how Cher felt being surrounded by so many celeb-wannabees. She’s one of the only real A-listers that have ever been near the DWTS set. ABC execs must have been peeing themselves after seeing her arrive

  • nancy

    I take offense to “freak of nature” Do you know what it feels like to be labeled a girl but feel like a girl? I don’t but he did and he did something about it; he feels he is now right. Who are you to judge? As for Cher she did the right thing; she is there to see her child but she is an icon and wants the spotlight on her child not on her. Her mother was the white hair lady next too I believe; she had an oxygen tube attached to her but again, there to see her grandchild. I like him; He has guts. I am also heavy with bad knees; At least he is trying. I think he actually has some good moves. Way to go Chaz!!

    • nancy

      I meant labeled a girl and feel like a boy

    • nunya

      Im offended at your lack of offense. The zero total of society net gain from allowing this behaviour negates any percieved benefits you may have. And since opinion is biased we can only go on the overall status of society as an indicator. In other words, the more we allow this kind of mental deviance to continue, the worse its gonna get. Case in point, look around.

      • gracin

        It is not your business, or anyone else’s business whether to “allow” anything. You are not in charge. Kinda chaps you doesn’t it?

      • John

        “The more we allow this mental deviance to continue …” – um, how , exactly, do we legislate against or ban mental “deviance” (your word, not mine)? Do we get to go into people’s brains and change them? Look, no one is ever going to win some so-called moral debate regarding Chaz or transgendered people in general. I get that it is hard for many to understand how Chastity Bono’s mind worked to the point where she felt she truly needed to live life as a man. But how is that any different than other things that we don’t understand about people related to how their brains and minds work? Consider alcoholism – imagine being so judgmental and saying, “Hey, deviant, just stop drinking. What’s wrong with you?” Or better yet, let’s shun people with Alzheimer’s for failing to remember things anymore. If nothing else, I wish people could be more respectful of differences and people’s individual challenges and struggles. How can any of us truly understand what Chaz has faced? I find him brave for trying to make a life for himself on his terms, and that’s pretty respectable. I don’t understand, but I respect.

    • CA

      AMEN TO U..

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