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Tristan MacManus says UK's 'DWTS' rightly focuses on celebs rather than pros

Professional dancer Tristan McManus arrives to the Disney ABC Television Group's 2012 'TCA Summer Press Tour' on July 27, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.
Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

When it was announced in mid-August which pro dancers would be competing on season 19 of "Dancing of the Stars," one big name that was left off the list was Tristan MacManus. Tristan, who competed on the show as a pro for seasons 13 through 17, is now instead competing in the show's British version "Strictly Come Dancing." As reported by Wetpaint Entertainment on Wednesday, September 3, Tristan recently did an interview with a fan website in which he made some comparisons between the two shows.

One difference that he sees so far is how much focus is paid to the celebrities and the pros. He said that in the British version, "it’s very much about the celebs....which is the way it should be."

Tristan may be referring to how in "DWTS," the pros have become major celebrities themselves. Dancers such as Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Karina Smirnoff, Cheryl Burke, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy all routinely make the news headlines, with their personal lives reported on and paparazzi photos published as much, and perhaps even more, as the "real" celebs that they dance with. The recent announcement of former dancer Julianne Hough's return to the show, as the fourth judge, was even announced on "Good Morning America."

Another difference that Tristan sees between the two shows is that in the British version, it's "a lot more relaxed and offensive," with a lot of banter and humor, which he loves. Host Erin Andrews may disagree with that statement. In one interview with Fox News, she said that the dress rehearsals are so funny and raunchy that that it would never be shown on regular broadcast TV.

The "Dancing with the Stars" season 19 celebrity cast will be revealed tomorrow, Thursday, September 4, while "Strictly Come Dancing" launches Sunday, September 7. Tristan MacManus' fans are likely hoping that he does well on the British version and returns to "DWTS" in a future season.

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