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Dancing with the Stars judge Bruno Tonioli answers questions about Hometown Week

The veteran judge thought Gary Busey would be ‘total chaos’ on this week’s ‘DWTS’

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Each week, Judge Bruno Tonioli will talk exclusively to EW and answer four burning questions about the latest episode of Dancing with the Stars.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Wow, what a difference one week makes with this group of celebrities!

BRUNO TONIOLI: It was surprising! Some people got better. Some people got worse. This week is tough because they have two consecutive nights with two dances, so obviously it’s challenging. I thought some people did better than I expected. Like Gary Busey for example! I thought it was going to be complete chaos, but it actually looked like a Foxtrot! You can never tell what’s going to happen on the show. That’s what makes it good.

There were a lot of 4s and 5s given away on premiere night. Were you worried that there wouldn’t be a lot of decent dancers this season?

Some people were rough, but the variety and the potential is very, very exciting. There are about four or five, I’m telling you, who are so good to watch!

What’s it like being up there on that dais without Len Goodman sitting next to you?

When I do the show, I’m watching what I have to do, so it’s almost as if everything else disappears. I miss Len, but I do the show in London with him. I have two shows on Friday and Saturday, and I will give him all your love.

Do you feel like you have to make up for what he brought to the judges’ panel?

Am I the senior statesman now? I think what has changed is the balance. When there are three of us, there is actually more time, so we actually have more time to make points that we wouldn’t have had time to make when Len was here. And we are sharing Len’s [contributions] between us. You never know who is going to come out with it. It could be me. It changes the dynamic a bit. But obviously he’s a great friend and we all miss him. 

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