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Considering how regal Lisa Vanderpump appears on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, it feels like she should make the transition to the Dancing with the Stars ballroom smoothly. During the competition's Monday night premiere on ABC, Lisa and partner Gleb Savchenko danced the foxtrot and received a score of 18 from the judges, not bad for their first performance. But the reality star and restaurant owner is looking forward showing everyone what she's got next week.

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"I think you don’t realize how physically challenging it is," says Lisa of the exhausting rehearsal process. "You think, 'Oh, wow, that looks like fun,' but when you rehearse five hours day after day after day and you have to go from zero to tonight in 10 days, that’s hard. That’s hard on you physically. I think it’s emotionally challenging as well."

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Despite the fact that DWTS is indeed a contest series, Lisa feels a strong connection to her comedic competitor Andy Dick who has spoken openly about his struggles with addiction.

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"I very much felt a connection to Andy and, it’s probably all of us, are very connected to him," she admits. "I really support him because it’s tough to get through something like this and he had tears many times. I think this kind of thing is so challenging. When you have a big challenge in your life anyway with any kind of addiction, he did kind of go there and he talked about it honestly, I bloody salute that guy. I think it’s great and I really did embrace him. I do have a very strong emotional connection with him."

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