‘Dancing With the Stars’ Pro Louis Van Amstel: How Mean is Too Mean?

Louis Van Amstel

“Dancing With the Stars” pro Louis Van Amstel weighs in on the current flap over whether the show’s judges — especially Bruno Tonioli — have been, well, too darn mean this season.

“They have been on a roll before.  I don’t really see it as a problem,” says the Dutch ballroom champ, who was paired with Margaret Cho this season.  “We’re stepping into a competition that’s about judges judging you — so you have to be ready for whatever they say.”

On the other hand, “Sometimes they’re rude and forget these celebrities are not dancers.  They’re people who come in and work so hard, and put their hearts on the line.  So, yeah, they could be more human about it.”

Van Amstel, who’s already been eliminated from this season’s competition, is focusing on is varied other activities, including “announcing my website for my dance program (dancingwithlouis.com), which is now selling world-wide.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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