Soaptown U.S.A. Asks Five Questions Of Your GH
By: Tom Stacy
Soaptown USA: You got off to a pretty rocky start during your first
DANCING stint. Are you ready to revisit all this?
Monaco: I remember [Judge] Bruno [Tonioli] said something about
me looking like I had to be back in a “hospital,” and my GENERAL
HOSPITAL fans went crazy. They were like, “I can call my mom a bitch
but you can’t [laughs], and now we’ll show you why.” You know soap
fans. They are loyal and dedicated. They kept me in that competition.
Soaptown: You then managed to turn that negative experience into a
[nods]: I just remember that first episode being reamed out and
thinking, “I’m really going to have to f---ing work now, aren’t I?”
Soaptown: Were you surprised they wanted you back for the All Stars,
or was it expected since you were the very first winner?
Monaco: Whether or not they thought I was good enough or not, at least
I guilted them into having me [laughs]. The producers felt like, “Oh,
it’s our baby and she started everything out,” so there was some sort
of guilty pleasure behind that [laughs]!
Soaptown: Are you counting on the GH fans’ support?
Monaco: I survived that show because of the fans! The way the voting
worked then is different than it works now — the audience held the
percentage in lieu of a tie — and really what happened was it was tied
but I won every week because of the audience.
Soaptown: Well, you also came the farthest in such a short period of
time. Have you done any dancing since you walked away with the trophy?
Monaco: I have not. Drew [Lachey, season two winner] thinks he’ll
have a hard time because he’s six years away. I'm seven years gone
[and] older. So, yeah, it's going to be interesting. It's going to be
a lot of hard work, that's for sure.
Good luck, Kel! We're rootin' for ya!
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