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'Dancing' Debi sizes up the competition

Hollywood Wrap with George Pennacchio
September 21, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
Debi Mazar sizes up her competition on the hit ABC show "Dancing with the Stars."One of the easiest rehearsals the "Dancing with the Stars" celebrities get involves the first official photo shoots.

Running down this year's 16 competitors: Ashley Hamilton, Chuck Liddell, Melissa Joan Hart, Macy Gray, Tom Delay, Aaron Carter, Natalie Coughlin, Kathy Ireland, Michael Irvin, Mya, Kelly Osbourne, Donny Osmond, Mark Dacascos, Louie Vito, Debi Mazar and Joanna Krupa.

We caught up with Debi, and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, at an early dance rehearsal.

"My first impression was she's in amazing shape, that's 50 percent of what we do. She's able and capable, then we started dancing and it was a whole other story," said Maks.

"For him it's like teaching a kindergarten class," said Debi. "I'm starting from the very beginning."

Debi has been focused on learning her first routine. But she has had time to size up some of her competition.

"Macy's a fabulous performer. She's got soul and it might be a little bit different. But if he could turn out Laila Ali... he's had many partners that are taller and bigger women, I think Macy could be fantastic," said Debi. "I think Chuck Liddell is gonna rock. He's working hard to get his arms down. And Natalie can kick way up here."

Debi adds, "I'm not trying to be a gymnast here, I'm trying to dance. Let Natalie do the splits. I just wanna look good, look sexy and enjoy myself."

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