Dancing with the Stars contestant Chaz Bono has set a weight loss goal by being on the show and some say he’s lost five pounds in six days.
Bono, who was born Chastity Bono, the daughter of Cher and Sonny Bono, has fought off much criticism after becoming the ABC TV dance competition’s first transgender competitor, following recent sex surgery to become a man.
Bono is set to show off his waltzing skills with dance pro partner Lacey Schwimmer this season, and his stint on the show is already proving to be a positive experience for the heavy-set star.
“He’s lost five pounds in six days. It’s so great. He says he’s not eating any differently, ” Schwimmer said in a statement.
Schwimmer admits Bono isn’t just making progress on his weight loss goal – he’s making progress on the dance floor too.
“He’s such a great guy. He is so nice, and he’s such a kind person. He’s awesome. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner… When I first met him, he didn’t want to do anything that made him look silly. Now he’s all for it,” she said.
Although Bono and Schwimmer have already been branded the season’s underdogs, the reality star has at least one big celebrity supporter in his corner – iconic singer Cher.
“Chaz has already told me he doesn’t want to dance to any of his parents’ songs. But the show really wants it to happen, so we’ll see… Rumor has it that Cher wants to come to the show… So I hope that’s still in the works. I’d love to meet her,” she added.
Bono and Schwimmer are practicing each day with long workouts. It’s going to be a great season this year on Dancing with the Stars.