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April 11, 2013

Locals see 'Dancing With the Stars' live

Get to visit with hometown TV host Tom Bergeron

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Kritzas said what really stood out for her was how thin the professional dancers appeared.

”The girls must weigh 80 pounds, but on TV they look just right,” she said.

”It’s a lot like watching it on TV, only in between when there’s a station break the stage hands set up the next scenes,” she said. “Tom might be in the balcony talking to someone, and they flash it on a big screen so you can see him.”

Everywhere Kritzas looked, there were celebrities in the audience.

”On the second night, Jennifer Lopez came down these beautifully lit stairs and did a duet with Andrea Bocelli that made you want to cry,” she said. “It was really superb.”

After the filming ended, Kritzas got to meet some of the dancers, including Tony Dovolani, Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke.

”Derek is the top dancer and comes up with the most unique choreography,” Kritzas said. “I asked him where his inspiration comes from, and he said he really didn’t know then smiled and thanked me. The dancers were very unpretentious, very grounded and very humble, and that was kind of surprising to me.’’

As she and her group were leaving the studio, they ran into Bergeron, who was on his way out as well.

”I told him, ‘Haverhill is here two nights for you and we have to take a picture together,’’’ she said. “And we did.’’

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