On the premiere episode of E!’s bubbly new reality series, Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump, former *NSYNC member Lance Bass spilled some Dancing With the Stars secrets about his time on the ABC dancing competition show.
Independence Day alum Vivica A. Fox joined in on the fun during the soiree at Vanderpump’s flashy mansion. One thing all three of them realized they had in common was they appeared on Dancing With the Stars. While they all agreed it was one of “the hardest things” they have ever done in their careers, Fox revealed the controversial reason she believes she was eliminated from the show during Season 3.
"I made it to week four, and I was a sore loser," Fox dished. Vanderpump asked Fox who her partner was, and the actress responded, "Nick Kosovich. And one of the main reasons why we got kicked off."
Fox explained that "you got to play the game" while on DWTS, and that her partner, Kosovich, "made too many requests," during their time in the ballroom, which allegedly upset the judges and producers.
Bass chimed in, saying, "Same. We were in the same boat," before revealing the shocking claim that the judges apparently did not like his professional partner, Lacey Schwimmer, at all. The former boybander, who appeared on Season 7 of Dancing With the Stars, said that Schwimmer was "the bad girl of ballroom" and that "the judges just hated her."
Although Bass and Schwimmer made it to the finale during their season — the duo finished in third place behind Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson and winners Brooke Burke and Derek Hough — he just couldn’t shake the fact that the judges disliked his partner.
Then one night while having drinks at a judge’s (who remains unnamed) house, his suspicions were validated. Bass claims they all had “a little too much to drink,” and that one of the judges blatantly told the pop star, “We can’t stand your partner.”
During dinner, Bass also told a hilariously embarrassing story about the time he thought he was chatting with Julia Roberts, but it turned out it wasn’t her. He was at the late NBA legend Kobe Bryant’s celebrity bowling tournament when he was asked to be on Penny Marshall’s team and was ecstatic to find out that Roberts was also supposed to be paired with them.
“I’m talking about Runaway Bride and every amazing movie she’s ever done, I’m name-checking her in everything. And about an hour into bowling, I realize that I was talking to Cindy Crawford, not Julia Roberts,” Bass said.
He added, “She was so nice the whole time. She just thought I was the biggest Julia Roberts fan because it was all I could talk about.”
Overserved with Lisa Vanderpump airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on E!.