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Chelsea Kane Happy for ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Support From Jonases, Kyle Massey

Chelsea Kane, Mark Ballas ABC photo

“Dancing With the Stars” competitor Chelsea Kane admits she’s feeling the physical and mental weariness that’s come with the high-pressure rehearsing and performing schedule of the show since March — including having to perfect three dances for tonight’s (5/16) installment with her pro partner, Mark Ballas.  “We’ve been pretty much having to learn a dance a day.  At this point, your brain doesn’t feel it can take in any more information.   And I know Mark has really had to dig to do the choreography; you feel creativly you can’t put out any more.”

But…

“All that being said, I’m definitely running on full adrenaline right now, and really feeling good going into this week,” says the blond Disney Channel sweetheart.

“I knew, coming into ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ that I had an extremely specific demographic and I knew so many viewers would have no idea who I was.  I was afraid no one would vote for me,” she admits.  “To be welcomed into the semi-finals makes me happy and proud.  I’m definitely out of my usual zone.”

Chelsea’s been getting abundant support from Disney Channel buddies.  As viewers know, her former “Jonas” cast mate Nick Jonas showed up last week.  She says she had no idea he was going to be in the audience.  “He just came all on his own and was sitting there, front and center, with my mom.  I know they have such busy schedules I never wanted them to feel obligated to come.  It really really warmed my heart to see him there.”  She also notes, “All the Jonases have been so wonderful through this whole project.  Mr. and Mrs. Jonas have been Twittering people to vote for me.”

Former “DWTS” contestant Kyle Massey was not only hand at a rehearsal to give Chelsea pointers, he’s been cheering her on from the audience — and “He’s sent me a slew of text messages:  ‘You got this.’  ‘You’re doing great.’  ‘You’re kicking butt.’  He’s my Number One cheerleader.  He definitely knows how it goes, and I think with Kyle, it’s always a great reminder to keep having fun and enjoying this, and make the most of the experience.”

The 22-year-old is self-effacing enough to have posted an old video of herself dancing “my usual way — the awkward wedding dance look” — on You Tube.  She says some of her long-time close friends surprised her by trying to talk her out of doing “DWTS” back at the beginning, “which kind of hurt.  They said, ‘Are you sure this is a good idea?  You dance like a robot.  You’re not sexy.  You’re goofy.  You bounce up and down like a toddler.’  Now they’ve come back and said, ‘We’re sorry.  We thought you were going to humiliate yourself.  We’re so proud of you.”  That’s right, Chelsea, make them eat their words.

Nick Jonas Les Miserables Announcement…and yes, he has a long career ahead of him

Nick Jonas

So Nick Jonas is heading to London’s West End, returning to “Les Miserables” as a star! Did you not see it coming, Jonas followers, that the 17-year-old creative engine of Jonasworld — Nick — would continue stepping out on his own? One year it’s Nick Jonas and the Administration, the next Nick starring in “Les Miserables.” In case you missed it, here’s the Twitter entry he posted last night, unveiling his deal:

“I am so excited to announce that I will be performing in Les Miserables once again! The amazing Cameron Macintosh reached out to me last year about portraying the role of Marius in London at the West End. When I was ten years old I was in Les Miserables as Gavroche. On my closing night in 2003 I told my parents that I would come back to be Marius one day. It is truly a dream come true. More details will be coming soon. Can’t wait to see the fans who make it out to the show! Love you all. Special thanks to Cameron for this amazing opportunity. “I Dreamed a Dream” and they seem to be coming true.”

Congratulations, Nick.

— Stacy Jenel Smith

When Celebrities – Like Bret Michaels – Show True Grit, the Whole World Benefits

By Stacy Jenel Smith

Bret Michaels Celebrity Apprentice NBC photo

Will Bret Michaels make the live finale of “Celebrity Apprentice” tonight – exactly one month and two days after the brain hemorrhage that could easily have killed him?  And within days of his “warning stroke” and the discovery of a hole in his heart?

If anyone can pull off such a feat, rock and reality star Michaels is a good bet.  He learned to battle through physical challenges from the time he was six and was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.

“When you’re five to eight years old and you find out you’re going to have to take insulin for the rest of your life, its pretty depressing. It’s heartbreaking,” he recalled in an interview a couple of years back.  “But I just looked at it and embraced it.  I said, ‘I’m still going to go out and enjoy my life. I’m still going to make music and ride motorcycles and get tattoos.’ I just gotta work a hell of a lot harder to take care of myself.”

Michaels says being able to go to a camp for diabetics as a child made all the difference in his world. “My mom was one of the counselors and later I was a counselor at a diabetic camp in Pennsylvania. I go back there every so many years to say ‘This is how I did it. This is what you gotta do.’”

He’s also actively raised funds for kids to go to such camps in various ways.  In 2005, an unorthodox campaign — with the mark of Michaels’ creativity now familiar to “Apprentice” fans — involved selling a controversial t-shirt that had a photo of him shirtless on the front and the words, “Bret Michaels Diabetic,” along with the number of injections he’d taken as of the day they shot the picture – some 253, 210.  And then the words, “Fear Nothing: Survive It.”

Michaels is displaying that same kind of courage and grit getting through his current crisis, and in so doing, he’s serving as an inspiration to millions.

When so often the media is focused on negative role models of the celebrity world, it’s worth noting that there are dozens of personalities, like Michaels, who set examples of courage and perseverance every year.  Speaking of those who’ve faced diabetes as just one example, we have the likes of Halle Berry, Mary Tyler Moore, Gary Owens and Nick Jonas, who has played his touching “A Little Bit Longer” song not only in concerts around the world, but at diabetes fund-raisers.

Michael C. Hall, Christina Applegate and Cynthia Nixon have joined the ranks of cancer survivors who advocate for early detection, along with Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Etheridge, Tom Green and a number of others.

Uterine cancer survivor Fran Drescher found that in her case, “There is a silver lining of cancer. Being a survivor has given a purpose to my life and an importance to my fame that works in astounding way I could never have imagined.”

Michael J. Fox continues the fight for a Parkinson’s Disease cure.

Basketball great turned movie theater mogul Magic Johnson has been living with HIV for 19 years now, and providing hope for long and productive lives to others dealing with the disease.

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, whose astonishing comeback from the automobile accident that cost him an arm inspires in itself, is constantly active in helping other amputees – particularly Iraq War veterans — through his Raven Drum Foundation.

The examples go on and on.

Even more than five years after his death, the late Christopher Reeve continues to inspire.

No one who was present for the 68th Annual Academy Awards – or watched at home – is likely to forget the heart-stopping sight of a lone figure in a wheelchair, revealed on an otherwise bare stage when the curtains opened.  Reeve, who’d been thrown from  a horse 10 months before and was left paralyzed from the neck down, had the audience of glamorous stars on their feet, some in tears as they applauded.   He then made a joke at his own expense and went on to deliver a compelling introduction about the power of socially-conscious films.  If you ever need a reminder of what courage and the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity look like, that 3 minute, 12 second clip will do it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ffSy3-PJ5QI

In his “Still Me” memoir, the cinema “Superman” recounted his rehabilitation, admitting that initially, he considered suicide because he thought his life was over.  However, he:

  • wrote two best-sellers,
  • directed two telefilms,
  • produced and starred in a remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window,”
  • received multiple Emmy nominations for his acting and directing work,
  • traveled across the United States giving speeches,
  • established the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation to speed spinal cord injury research and aid sufferers,
  • co-founded the Reeve-Irvine Research Center,
  • was instrumental in pioneering a new form of therapy that has accounted for a number of paralyzed patients becoming able to walk again,
  • made the cover of Time,
  • won a Grammy,
  • and shattered ratings records for CW series when he guest starred on “Smallville.”

Those were all among the accomplishments by the late, great Christopher Reeve after his accident.