Susan Lucci talks about her time on 'Dancing with the Stars'
By John Bracchitta, 11/06/2008
All My Children star Susan Lucci says she is anything but disappointed by her elimination from Dancing with the Stars'.
"I don't really feel like I lost," Lucci said during a Wednesday night Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance that followed her elimination from Dancing with the Stars' seventh season. "I mean it's Week 7, I have no dance background, and I had a great time."
Lucci added that her hectic schedule, which had her flying back and forth to practice with her professional partner Tony Dovolani and film her performances in Los Angeles and film All My Children in New York, had not made it easy to learn her dances.
"It turned out that the flying was actually the good part because you got to lie down," Lucci told Kimmel with a smile. "It was just on the other end doing All My Children ... we were doing November sweeps back in New York. So Tony Dovolani -- the fabulous dancer I got to dance with -- we only got to dance at night for very little time."
"So it wasn't enough time, that was the only drawback," she added.
Lucci also said that while she had initially grown weary of judge Carrie-Ann Inaba's criticisms, she had grown to appreciate her as the show progressed.
"Most often I probably wanted to smack [Carrie Ann Inaba] around," Lucci told Kimmel after he asked which judge she would most like to give a punch to. "But in the end she ended up being a good thing for me because she spurred me on."
"And listen, this week Carrie Ann said wonderful things, [Len Goodman] said wonderful things, and [Bruno Tonioli] told me I could ride the bull with the best of them!" the singer added "So that's good!"
Now that she's off the show, Lucci also told Kimmel she had picked up a few habits from the show that she wasn't quite ready to give up.
"I have to say, I always want to have sparkles on me now and shiny things and sparkly clothes," She told Kimmel. "And I think that 'Erica Kane' needs to learn how to dance."
What are the chances of Lucci's famous alter-ego potentially competing on an upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars? Lucci told Kimmel that the she knew at least three people who would like to see Kane's brash attitude on the dance floor.
"It turns out that's what the judges wanted [from me] all along," Lucci said with a laugh. "I wish they would've told me that."