Terrell Owens is going Dancing. The footballer is making a go for the mirrorball trophy on Dancing With the Stars season 25 with returning pro dancer Cheryl Burke. The pair made their debut on the Tuesday, Sept. 5 episode Good Morning America where George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer interviewed them.
“He’s got some rhythm,” Burke teased.
“Just the rhythm is not the issue, just really trying to incorporate everything she’s teaching,” Owens said about the challenges he’s preparing to face. “Really going to let her take the lead and I’ll follow.”
Is he prepared for Burke to crack the whip? She’s recently been coaching on Dance Moms and has taken home the top Dancing With the Stars prize two times.
“Yeah, I mean if I can handle Bill Parcells I can handle Cheryl,” he joked.
Why now? “I think the timing just came about at the right time,” Owens said, noting he had a number of things he was weighing. “I didn’t have much going on at the moment…when they said Cheryl would probably be my partner, I said ‘OK, cool. Checkmark.'”
Burke last appeared in Dancing With the Stars season 23 where she was partnered with Ryan Lochte. She has experience handling other pro football players having previously danced with Chad Ochocinco and Emmitt Smith.
“It’s 7 days a week. There’s no time off,” Burke said about their rigorous schedule. “We really just have to stay focused…I think it is kind of similar I think to training for football except you’ll be wearing lots of sparkles and ruffles.”
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The full cast of Dancing With the Stars season 25 will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 6 on Good Morning America.
The new season premieres on Monday, Sept. 18 on ABC.