Erin Andrews danced splendidly to earn 56 out of 60 points on Monday night’s edition of Dancing With the Stars — but didn’t dance around RadarOnline.com‘s hard-hitting questions.
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The pretty ESPN reporter opened up to RadarOnline.com’s Tina Malave about how she picked up the pieces after being stalked last summer by Michael David Barrett, an Illinois man who’s currently serving a 30-month prison sentence after he admitted to following her through four states and secretly videotaping her through peepholes.
“After everything happened this past summer, I went right back to work, I didn’t allow myself any time to heal and I think I needed to really step away from work for a while, because it was just reminding me of everything that was going on, and I was just going through the motions,” Andrews told RadarOnline.com exclusively.
Andrews, whose Viennese waltz and paso doble got her 56/60 points on the night, said she was reluctant at first to appear on Dancing With the Stars this season.
“When the show first asked me [to appear as a celebrity dancer], I was just like, ‘No I can’t, I can’t,’” Andrews said. “And my family was like, ‘Go do it, go make yourself happy’ — and I did.”
Her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy told RadarOnline.com he didn’t bring up the stalking incident, though “little by little, a lot of things came out… it wasn’t my place to just butt in.”
Chmerkovskiy said Monday’s semi-finals, which saw all four dancers score at least 52 points on the night, lived up to the hype.
“You could cut the pressure in the room tonight,” Chmerkovskiy said. “It was amazing.”
Dancing With the Stars returns Tuesday at 8/7c.