By Shirley Halperin
March 27, 2007 at 07:40 PM EDT
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Wondering what freshly rehabbed Robbie Williams was doing sitting in the audience for Dancing with the Stars last night? So were we, and because we just happened to be there, taking in all the frilly and fluorescent glory of no fewer than 11 competing couples, we went straight to the source to find out.

EW: What brings you out tonight, Robbie?
Robbie Williams: Well, I’ve met Joey [Fatone] quite a few times before. He’s a really lovely guy. And I love rubbish television. So he and I were out in the same place last week [Hollywood hotspot Les Deux], and I thought I’d combine my liking Joey with my liking crap television by visiting both of the same time.

EW: Any idea what the reaction has been in England to Heather Mills being on the show?
RW: I honestly don’t know. I’ve been living here for the last few years.

EW: But the show is popular in the UK, right?
RW: I know it was massive three years ago, and today, it was exciting as well. I wouldn’t mind checking out American Idol myself.

EW: Did you ever have a chance to work with Simon Cowell?
RW: No, but I’ve met him a few times and I like him. Simon was quoted as saying, “Britney Spears and Robbie Williams just need to get their s— together and go spend a few weeks with their mothers.” He’s usually right about things, he’s probably right about that.

EW: How are you doing post-rehab?
RW: It’s going really good. I got the train back on thetrack. I’ve been sober since February 13. Almost two months and look atme, I’m brand spanking new again!

EW: You’re not releasing your latest album, Let’s Swing Again, in the US. Why?
RW: I decided about four albums ago that I like living here.I get to be Batman by day. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m famousenough to enjoy my celebrity and do fun stuff without all the crap thatgoes with it. And it would be insane to invite what I have in the restof the world into this country, so I’m not gonna bother promoting orreleasing records here.

EW: So it was a life decision that didn’t really have to do with your career?
RW: Absolutely, and I don’t regret it.

It’s worth noting that, some three hours later, Robbie was back at Les Deux again for the Tudors premiere party. There, he was spotted in deep conversation with Lindsay Lohan, perhaps offering his own post-rehab tips?

And a few more things we learned at Dancing with the Stars last night:

  • Always the supportive boy-bandmate, Justin Timberlake postponedthe start of his concert last Monday night so that he could watch JoeyFatone perform on the kick-off show.
  • Country star Billy Ray Cyrus has lost 11 pounds since the competition started.
  • Eighteen-year-old newcomer Julianne Hough, who’s partnered up withchampion speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, is also an aspiring singer andmanaged by Irving Azoff (Christina Aguilera, Nick Lachey). She’scurrently working on her debut album.

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