Dancing With The Stars: 12 Biggest Revelations From The Pros

  
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Dancing With the Stars has grown into a reality TV phenomenon over more than 25 seasons and since its 2005 debut on ABC, the popular competition series has seen over 40 dancing pros try to lead their celebrity partners to a Mirrorball Trophy win! It is safe to say that no two pros have had the same experience, with some becoming long-time veterans, others exiting the show, and some going on big winning streaks. Although pros have tried to stay tight-lipped about what really goes on behind the scenes, others have shared some secrets, and some have been truly surprising. Here are 12 of the biggest revelations from the pros of Dancing With the Stars:

12. Competitive Tension

Ever since Dancing With the Stars premiered, some pros have set themselves apart as the ones to beat and rumors of rivalries between the pros have swirled. A lot of the pros have spoken out to let fans know that the backstage tension is not nearly as bad as reports make it out to be. “It’s intense for the show. But in reality, we are good friends. It’s not like, ‘I have to beat Mark Ballas!'” Peta Murgatroyd said. Sharna Burgess agreed, stating, “To be honest, I think the fans fight more than we do! The stories about bad blood and confrontation get blown out of proportion.”

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11. Making Pairs

Over the show’s many seasons, dedicated fans have definitely seen similarities between the celebrities that some of the pros are matched with, but it seems a lot actually goes into which celebrity gets paired with which pro. “The producers like to create storylines,” Sharna Burgess revealed. “[Audiences] like the couple that maybe might fight a little bit, the couple that’s going to flirt a little bit, the brother/sister love, and the couple that’s going to do amazing choreography.” “They always have a ‘grand idea,'” she explained. “You want different dynamics throughout the show and you want there to be controversy. You want there to be story and ups and downs.”

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