Season 25 of Dancing With the Stars is officially in full swing! During tonight’s newest episode of the hit reality competition, viewers had tons of DWTS-related questions like where is judge Bruno Tonioli from? And just how long has Dancing With the Stars been on TV? Scroll down to see the answers to these inquiries, and more!
Where is Bruno Tonioli from?
After Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran danced the tango with partner Keo Motsepe, she stood in front of judges Bruno, Len Goodman, and Carrie Ann Inaba to hear their expert critiques. And seemingly because Bruno has a cuter than cute accent, Barbara candidly asked him, “I’m just wondering, where you’re from?” Funnily enough, Bruno answered, “I have no idea, some people say I’m from Mars!” But the real answer is… Italy! The 61-year-old TV star was born in Ferrara, Italy in November 1995. Early in his dancing career, Bruno worked in both Paris and the UK before later moving to LA to be an American dancer, choreographer, and TV personality. Interestingly, Bruno is also fluent in five languages — Italian, English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French!
Carrie Ann, Len, and Bruno on DWTS. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
How long has DWTS been on?
Dancing With the Stars has been on for… 12 years! Season 1 of the reality show premiered on June 1, 2005, and it has aired on ABC twice per year ever since. Season 25 — the current season — premiered on Monday, Sept. 18 and the series has already been renewed for a 26th season. We hope DWTS goes on forever, don’t you?!
Is Vanessa Lachey pregnant?
Not that we know of! But Vanessa and her husband, fellow DWTS competitor Nick Lachey, are parents to three young kids together. The couple — who tied the knot in July 2011 — welcomed son Camden, 5, in September 2012, daughter Brooklyn, 2, in January 2015, and son Phoenix, 9 months, in December 2016. So, does the celeb couple want even more babies? “Short of a surgical procedure, I guess it’s always an option, but I’ve given up on trying to predict these things. Apparently there’s a way to make babies and we’re fairly good at it, so you never know. But I think right now, three feels like a very good number,” Nick told People earlier this year.
Is pro Keo Motsepe really a prince?!
Yes! The 27-year-old pro dancer confirmed he is a prince — seriously! — during a 2015 interview with Us Weekly. “I’m a prince of a region in Johannesburg, South Africa,” Keo revealed at the time. How cool is that?! He again commented on his royal status during a 2016 NPR sit-down. “I am a prince, yes sir, from my dad’s side. My grandpa was a prince of a province back in South Africa. My dad declined the position and gave it to my uncle, his younger brother. But because I’m my dad’s only son, I became a prince,” Keo confessed. So, what exactly are Keo’s duties as a South African prince? “There’s a responsibility to look after the area they’re from, they talk to the community, and the community talks to my uncle about fixing the street here, the buildings there,” he added.