Hump Day Goes Dancing with Louie
He’s no Jsak, but Louie Vito is the latest pro snowboarder to be cast on the mainstream stage of reality TV. Whether you think it’s the greatest or the gayest thing you’ve ever heard, Louie is one of 16 stars on this season of Dancing with the Stars. For this Hump Day quickie, we figured we might as well use our pull to get the inside scoop as Louie prepares for his big debut September 21st.
YoBeat: How did you end up on Dancing with the Stars?
LV: They contacted someone I knew asking if they knew anyone that was around my age, snowboarder type of kid, good personality and then he contacted me asking if I wanted to do an interview. So I decided to entertain the idea and did the interview last summer. They were super stoked on me but I didn’t really fit into the season, so I thought I would have to make the Olympics or something. But they hit me up this spring and asked if I was interested.
YoBeat: Which star is your biggest competition?
LV: I heard the Iron Chef guy is super good, but I am just trying to learn everything for myself first, so I haven’t really been thinking about it.
YoBeat: What’s your average day “training” for the show like? Is it easier, or harder than snowboarding?
LV: It is WAY different. I wake up, eat, go to practice for about 6 hours and then either go out at night or chill and try to figure out how I can learn everything faster.
YoBeat: Have your years of halfpipe riding trained your for the dance floor or are you starting from scratch?
LV: haha I am starting from scratch. Every time I move backwards I hunch over as if I am gonna grab or on a rail instead of having my back and shoulders back.
YoBeat: Is your dance partner taller than you? Is that awkward or did they work it out?
LV: They worked it out. She is about 5′ 3 I think but I am not sure how we will look when she puts on a little bit of a lift.
YoBeat: What’s your best dance move?
LV: The ones where I stand there and she does her thing or catching her in different positions because she makes me look like I am doing a lot.
YoBeat: Do you think it will help your chances at making the Olympics?
LV: No. Snowboarding doesn’t care about this stuff.
YoBeat: What are you gonna do with your minimum quarter million dollars? Can I have some?
LV: Quarter of a mill?? damn, umm after February comes and goes, we are going OUT!!