Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer are easily the most talked-about pairing for the upcoming 13th season of Dancing with the Stars, as Chaz is the first transgender contestant to appear on the ABC hit since it began six years ago.
Schwimmer, speaking with Phoenix radio show “Johnjay and Rich” (104.7 KIIS FM) Thursday, said she considers Bono all man.
“The fact of the matter is, he’s a full man, in every shape or form,” she said of her partner. “Everybody should just get over it and accept him and accept him as a human being … he’s so brave and its really good to be a part of it with him!”
Schwimmer said some of the portmanteau nicknames people have suggested for the team are “Schwimbomo, Team Schwaz and Team Boner.”
“I think he’s gonna shock people with his performance,” Schwimmer said. “I’ve seen progress and potential, and for me, that’s exciting as a teacher.”
Schwimmer said she thinks Chaz is “gonna touch a lot of people’s hearts.”
Earlier this week, Bono told GMA he “wouldn’t have even felt comfortable dancing with a male dance partner.”
The other pairings are: David Arquette and Kym Johnson; Ron Artest and Peta Murgatroyd; Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy; Kristen Cavallari and Mark Ballas; Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus; Robert Kardashian and Cheryl Burke; Ricki Lake and Derek Hough; J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff; Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani; Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; and Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya.
Dancing with the Stars’ 13th season begins on ABC Monday, September 19.