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April 11, 2013

Locals see 'Dancing With the Stars' live

Get to visit with hometown TV host Tom Bergeron

Suzan Kritzas hoped she’d get to meet hometown celebrity Tom Bergeron while attending a live showing of the television show “Dancing With the Stars.’’

She had a good seat, close to the stage, and before she knew it Bergeron was standing just a few feet away, saying hello to a celebrity in the audience.

For Kritzas, is was time to seize the opportunity to meet Bergeron, the show’s popular co-host and a Haverhill native.

“Sherri Shepherd from ‘The View’ was sitting across from us and Julia Roberts’ brother was sitting next to her and before the show started Tom went up to Sherri to talk to her,” Kritzas said. “I was on the end of the row and got up, walked over to him and said, ‘Hi Tom, I’m from Haverhill.’

“I asked if he remembered by brother Johnny Karageorge and how he and Johnny used to fight about who was going to do the morning announcements at Haverhill High, and he smiled,” she said, recounting when he attended the hometown high school decades earlier. “Then I pointed to my row and said, ‘Haverhill is sitting right here and we came to see you.’ He walked up the two stairs and shook hands with everybody.”

Kritzas, a multi-media artist, mother and grandmother, said it was a trip she will never forget.

Last month, she traveled to California with her fiance, Dimitrios Zaralidis, to visit friends and family members. They managed to get tickets to “Dancing With the Stars’’ from Zaralidis’ nephew, who has ties to the show. Kritzas invited her friend, Haverhill native Denise Apostolou, and also got a ticket for her.

But instead of tickets for just one night, they got tickets to both the March 25 and 26 showings of the popular dance competition where celebrities pair up with professional dancers.

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