'American Idol' and 'Dancing with the Stars' collide backstage
By Christopher Rocchio, 03/28/2007
ABC's Dancing with the Stars 4 and Fox's American Idol 6 can't seem to get away from each other on-screen, and the same can apparently be said for the reality competition shows' participants.
American Idol and Dancing with the Stars are both filmed at CBS Television City's television studios and prior to Monday night's live broadcast of Dancing with the Stars, professional dancer Tony Dovolani ran into Idol 6 finalist Blake Lewis while he was exiting one of the building's elevators, TV Guidereported on Tuesday.
According to TV Guide, Dovolani said, "Hey man, who you doing?" to Lewis before congratulating him on last week's vocal performance of "Time of the Season."
"American Idol isn't a singing competition; it's a marketing competition," Lewis replied to Dovolani, according to TV Guide. "If it were just about the singing, that would be one thing. But you have to be an all-around performer."
Dovolani agreed with the hip-hopping, beat-boxing, break-dancing Idol 6 finalist and invited him to attend Dancing with the Stars' performance episode. However according to TV Guide, Lewis had to decline the opportunity due to Idol restrictions.