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'DWTS' contestants use Twitter to reach out to fans

April 12, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Social networking has given couples on "Dancing With The Stars" another platform to reach out to their with fans. Some of the stars embrace it, some tolerate it, and some are addicted.

"I am so addicted to Twitter that if I wake up at 4 in the morning, I'm like, 'what are these people saying?'" said Kirstie Alley.

Even her fellow dancers have noticed her love for Twitter.

"You know, that's just another fan base area that you can reach out to people, the kids and everybody. It's all about the votes, so I can understand while she's checking her Twitter page," said Hines Ward.

"Kirstie is certainly all over the Twitter thing. We send out one or two a day, you know, touch base with our fans," said Ralph Macchio.

Romeo says he's not addicted to Twitter, but admits it's useful to stay in connect with his fans and potential voters, "especially when you are friends with Justin Bieber."

Sugar Ray Leonard is a Twitter holdout, preferring a more old fashioned method of communication.

"I'm an amateur to this whole thing. I'm used to the typewriter," he said laughing.

Another contestant will be eliminated from Season 12 of "Dancing With The Stars" on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. on ABC7.