Actress, and Dancing with the Stars finalist, Kirstie Alley appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Friday, May 20, 2011. Alley is currently one of three finalists in the Dancing with the Stars competition, which airs its season finale next week, on May 23-24, 2011, on ABC.
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Leno opened the interview by complimenting her on her weight loss. Alley said wasn’t sure how many pounds she has lost, but she is wearing a size 6, stretchy dress. She used the question as an opportunity to hawk her product, Organic Liasons, a line of supplements that are supposed to help in the weight loss effort. Alley has been dancing strenuously for five-six hours a day, which burns a lot of fat and calories.
Kirstie Alley has been open about her struggles with weight in recent years. She lost weight as the Jenny Craig spokesperson, but gained it all back. Last year, Alley had a short lived series, Kirstie Alley’s Big Life, about her weight loss journey. The series coincided with the launch of her company, Organic Liasons. In a group interview, which this reporter attended, Alley talked about Hollywood’s obsession with weight. Kirstie Alley talks about Hollywood’s obsession with weight.
Jay Leno asked if there might be more reality TV in Alley’s future. She replied that she wanted to go back to hiding behind a character, as an actress.
Alley complained a bit about her dancing partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. She called Maks very smart, a brilliant dancer and a mixed bag of tricks. She also said that he provokes her. She proceeded to tell a story about Maks and how he provoked her as he pushed her to work harder, which is in the attached NBC video.
Leno surprised Alley by bringing Maks on stage to tell his side of the story. Maks confirmed that the story was true and that Alley had slapped him. Maks shared that Alley had brought 47 pairs of shoes to the dance competition. At one point Alley lost her Louboutin during her dance with Maks. Kirstie and Maks fall and recover on DWTS
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The three kidded around for the rest of the interview. Leno asked if there was sexual tension between the pair, which just brought more joking around.
Kirstie Alley is the surprise contestant who has shown impressive improvement over the course of the season. The actress may not have been the best dancer, but she won over fams by being the most entertaining. Host Tom Bergeron has often referred to the actress as the ‘fan favorite,’ with a fan base that has kept her in the competition, even during the rocky first weeks. She has progressed as a dancer and received her first 10 score from the judges on Monday night. Kirstie Alley joins lineup of Dancing with the Stars.
On Monday, May 23, Kirstie Alley will compete with Hinds Ward and Chelsea Kane for the Mirror Ball trophy.
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