Tony Dovolani explains the reason for his exit from Dancing With The Stars
Former Dancing with the Stars professional Tony Dovolani is a man on the move. In an interview for Hollywood Life's podcast, the dancer revealed the real reason why he departed the show.
“When I decided to quit nothing major happened, it was just a build up of things where I just said, ‘I didn’t sign up for this,'” Tony said.
“For babysitting, maybe, a little bit. Some of these celebrities, or reality celebrities, I should say, they sometimes … they have an idea of what they think they are and who they are, and they didn’t realize that I wasn’t there to deal with them. I was there to teach them how to dance. So, when it becomes about other than teaching them how to dance, I want no part of it.”
Tony went on to speak about how the work ethic is starkly different when it comes to celebrities or reality TV celebrities.
“For me, it’s like when it comes to reality stars, I mean the word itself explains it: reality star,” Tony added. “Which means that you’re an interesting individual, character maybe… like the villain or somebody that you like. For me, I respect talent. I respect hard work.”
In a previous interview with the publication, the dancer had talked about how he keeps dancing 8-9 hours a day at the age of 44. I do about eight to nine hours a day,” he told Hollywood Life. “[E]ven when I go home. My daughters dance, so I have to dance with them.”
When asked how he manages to perform for such long hours, the former pro revealed that he uses a Renue neck wrap that “relaxes your neck, it keeps your blood flowing, and you never get a headache.”
The reality TV star continued, "I’ll be honest with you because I’ve had a neck issue pretty much all my life as a dancer doing lifts, and now I play a lot of golf, so I always get kinks in my neck. The moment I’m done, the Renue neck wrap goes right on me.”
He went on to say that he’s still helping and guiding other dancers to become the very best they can be.
“I work with a lot of the now current world champions and finalists and so on,” he added. “For me, I’m constantly demonstrating as well. Even though I might be retired from competing, I still dance full out.”