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All eyes may have been focused on Cher — who lived up to the hype by finally attending a taping of Dancing with the Stars Monday — but Chaz Bono wasn’t among those ogling the diva who was positioned next to David Arquette’s daughter.

In fact, Bono kept his attention off his family, including stepmother Mary Bono, who was also in the house. “When we’re dancing I try to just focus on [Lacey] and what we’re doing,” said Bono, who performed a Rocky-themed paso doble with partner Lacey Schwimmer that earned a standing ovation from a teary-eyed Cher. “It was great to have everyone here. It pumped me up. I know my mom was really proud of me and that was awesome. I’m glad that whatever we’re doing is touching people.

“It was a great night,” he continued. “Last week was a hard week and everyone knew I was kind of feeling bad about it, so to come back this week and have my whole family there it was amazing.”

His performance wasn’t half bad, either. He and Schwimmer earned a 21, which tied him with Chynna Phillips and Nancy Grace for second to last place. (Carson Kressley finished at the bottom of the scoreboard with a 20). “Some dances are more challenging. Different dances fit different personalities and this one really made sense in my brain and in my body,” he said. It also helped that he was handed a movie theme close to his heart. “When I was a kid and I saw Rocky, it was my favorite movie. I wanted to be Rocky [Balboa]. Probably more than anything else, doing it to that song would’ve meant more to me than any movie theme.”

As for that seemingly hard run up those Dancing stairs, Bono said it wasn’t as hard as it looked. “It felt good. Going up stairs actually feels pretty good. Going down stairs is a little more challenging on my body right now. The adrenaline was pumping and I just did it. A couple of weeks ago I was in a lot of pain and now I’m just in a little bit.”

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