Shortly after ABC officially confirmed on Feb. 24 that Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews would be replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet as the co-host of "Dancing with the Stars" 2014 when it premieres on March 17, the 35-year old former contestant hit Twitter to talk about her new gig.
Andrews first acknowledged the job by saying she was "Very excited!" to return to the "DWTS" family and noting that she has "HUGE shoes to fill" as former co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet's replacement. Brooke-Charvet, who won season seven with now-five time mirror ball trophy winner Derek Hough, served as the reality dance competition's co-host for seven seasons before getting the axe on Feb. 21.
She then confirmed that that she would continue her duties with FOX and said that she planned to get tips from Michael Strahan on working a double schedule.
After long-time "DWTS" host Tom Bergeron tweeted to welcome Andrews back to the fold, she responded with her first joke of season 18, quipping "Love u @Tom_Bergeron!! I can't wait..and the best part is I won't be getting 7's from Len and yelled at for not pointing my toes! #winner"
Andrews first appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" season 10 as popular pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy's celebrity partner. The duo tango, paso doble and samba'd their way to third place behind trophy winners Nicole Scherzinger and Hough, and runners-up Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya.
Given her vocation as a sports reporter, Andrews is a good pick for the co-hosting job, as any number of athletes from the recently completed 2014 Sochi Olympic Games could well wind up as part of the cast. Olympians who have expressed interest include ice dance gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, skeleton silver medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace, and alpine skiing bronze medalist Julia Mancuso.
"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 premieres March 17, with the cast announcement set for the March 4 edition of "Good Morning America."