Brooke Burke: If I don't win 'Dancing with the Stars' I want Lance Bass
By Christopher Rocchio, 11/24/2008
If Brooke Burke can't capture Dancing with the Stars' seventh-season title than she'd like to see Lance Bass win.
"I guess if it can't be me I'd want Lance to take it home," said Burke during a Monday morning appearance on Los Angeles' MY FM 104.3 radio show.
Burke and her professional partner Derek Hough, Bass and his partner Lacey Schwimmer, and former NFL star Warren Sapp and his partner Kym Johnson will all battle for Dancing with the Stars' seventh-season crown beginning with tonight's live performance episode.
"It's such a big night. I feel like tonight's a night to celebrate and just to go out there and have a great time -- I mean we made it this far," said Burke. "But I've got to bring that trophy home. I've got to represent, last girl standing."
Burke said she had initially thought Sapp was going to follow in the footsteps of his fellow former NFL star Emmitt Smith -- who took home the show's third-season title.
"In the beginning I thought it was going to be Warren -- I really thought he was going to make it to the finals," she explained." But I have to say Lance [now]. [He and Schwimmer have] been the underdogs. Lance and I are good friends. He's a great guy."
Hough is also trying to win his first mirror ball trophy as a Dancing with the Stars professional, and Burke said his drive for the prize has been evident the entire season.
"I totally credit him. I think I got paired up with the best teacher," said Burke of her partner. "He's been really hard on me, he's been really technical. He's an unbelievable dancer. He really is the one who got us to where we are... I give him all the credit."
Burke said she's "nervous" heading into the final performance episode and knows to expect the unexpected.
"I've never been too comfortable this season and anything can happen on a show like this," she said. "We've seen it happen in the past, and Derek and I just need to go out there and kill it tonight and have fun."
The 37-year-old described Dancing with the Stars as the "most difficult thing I've ever done" and added she won't miss it once the competition comes to a close after tomorrow night's live results show.
"We are all fried right now," she said. "As much as it's bittersweet, we're just going to breathe the deepest breath ever when this is all over."