'DWTS': Is crowd pleaser William Levy an early favorite?

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It’s only week two of Dancing with the Stars, but if the ballroom screams for Cuban soap star William Levy are any indication, the “Brad Pitt of Mexico” might be on his way to win the mirror ball trophy.

Bold statement? Sure, but until you sit near the studio where Dancing is taped and hear the catcalls from the audience, you can’t possibly understand how manic American women (and some men) are for Levy.

“I have no words to explain how good it feels,” Levy told reporters afterwards. “When I was a little boy and I was in Cuba, my dream was to come to America, like 3 years old. And today to be at this position in my life to receive this kind of love in this country, it’s amazing. It’s crazy.”

Levy scored a 25 Monday for his Quick Step, which put him at number two on the leaderboard behind Katherine Jenkins and Roshon Fegan, who both earned 26s. “We improved from last week and that’s my goal, to slowly climb up the leaderboard and that’s what we did,” said Levy’s partner Cheryl Burke. “I think he has both styles. He can really do the ballroom and the Latin really well. He obviously needs some work, but it’s only week two. This show is about if you’re good at both styles.”

The judges certainly like what they see in Levy. “I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Carrie Ann Inaba said about the crowd reaction. “You’re the Harry Connick Jr. of the ballroom!” Bruno Tonioli called Levy “matinee idol” who reminded him of Jean Dujardin from The Artist.

Levy hasn’t seen the Oscar-winning movie, but he appreciates the kudos from Tonioli. “He’s a great guy. He’s really fun. It’s fun. We’re here to have fun. To have him saying the things, is a good thing, you know?”


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