Many celebrity contestants of "Dancing With The Stars" often experience an addition perk from the show besides learning some solid dance moves and a little more press: weight loss.
Even though Chaz Bono has not officially hit the "Dancing With The Stars" stage yet, his partner Lacey Schwimmer says the LGBT advocate has already shed some pounds.
"He's lost five pounds in six days," Schwimmer told People. "It's so great. He says he's not eating any differently, he's just dancing."
"He's such a great guy," she added. "He is so nice, and he's such a kind person. He's awesome. I couldn't have asked for a better partner this time."
Schwimmer says that Bono is slowly loosening up and willing to be a little silly on the show. However, Bono, who is the only child of musicians Sonny Bono and Cher, does not want to dance to his parents' tunes.
"Chaz has already told me he doesn't want to dance to any of his parents' songs," the professional dancer told the magazine. "But the show really wants it to happen, so we'll see."
Schwimmer recently Tweeted about how well the two were working together and was "thrilled" to have Bono, who is the first transgender contestant to compete on the show, as a partner. Bono was born Chastity Bono but underwent a sex change in 2009.
Bono talked about working with Scwimmer during his interview on Ryan Seacrest's radio show, saying that the two "instantly hit it off" and Schwimmer "has a great attitude for teaching me."Cher recently asked fans to defend her son against "haters" who didn't agree with Bono participating on the popular competition series.
"Lovelies! Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on 'DWTS'! This is Still America right ? It took guts 2 do it," Cher wrote on Twitter Wednesday. "Can u guys check out sites & give him your support? BTW ... Mothers don't stop Getting angry with stupid bigots who [expletive] with their children," she said in another Tweet.
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"Dancing with the Stars" returns with a two-hour season premiere for Season 13 on Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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