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After weeks of five-hour a day practicing, Ricki Lake (with "DWTS" partner Derek Hough) says she's seeing results: Lots of bruises, and weight loss.
Access Hollywood
updated 9/26/2011 7:51:17 AM ET 2011-09-26T11:51:17

Ricki Lake will head back into the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom on Monday for her second performance alongside professional partner Derek Hough, and although it’s early in the “Dancing” season, the veteran TV personality says she already bears ballroom battle wounds.

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“I’m having a great time, but I am bruised from head to toe,” Ricki told Access Hollywood at Variety’s Third Annual Power of Women Luncheon in Beverly Hills on Friday. “I am covered.”

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Despite her minor injuries, Ricki is ecstatic over her new gig.

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“I’m loving every minute of it — I’m not complaining,” she quickly clarified. “I really feel like it’s the opportunity of a lifetime, and I’m making the most of it and just having a blast!”

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In addition to having fun, Ricki, 43, is thrilled with another “Dancing” side effect — shedding extra pounds.

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“I’m dropping weight. I mean, it’s understandable — you work out five hours a day non-stop, you’re going to lose weight, but it’s really amazing!” Ricki, who said she lost a total of 8.5 inches after just two weeks of dancing, told Access. “That’s one of the perks.”

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As for which of her fellow “DWTS” Season 13 competitors will be the most challenging to beat, Ricki revealed she has her eye on three celebrity dancers in particular.

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“Chynna (Phillips) was amazing, J.R. (Martinez) is incredible, David Arquette is so lovable,” she said. “All of them are really special in their own right.”

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Video: Fox News freak out

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    >>> and finally tonight, last night i spoke about the president's call for shared sacrifice and the gop's ongoing war on the middle class . bill o 'reilly on the other hand whined about his taxes and here's what else was on his mind.

    >> the daughter of sonny and cher, chastity bono is now chaz bono.

    >> good to know that o'reilly is really focused on the kitchen table issues of the country.

    >> mr. bono is getting all kinds of publicity, even appearing on a dance program.

    >> the program that o'reilly is talking about is " dancing with the stars ." and the publicity that o'reilly is referring to seems to be coming from one source in particular, fox news. fox's go-to medical expert believes that chaz performing the cha-cha on national tv is harmful to your kids. ablow has gone on several fox news programs and written online columns advising parents not to allow their children to watch the show because bono's gender identity will confuse them. but ablow is not basing his hysteria in medical fact. the american psychiatry association states, quote, there is no evidence that viewing a television game show with a transgender contestant would induce gender identity disorder in young people . well, ablow, quit the american psychiatry association and pushed his panic button on fox again.

    >> mr. bono is doing more than dancing. he's on a campaign that mainstream transgenderism. we wouldn't invite people with anorexia to go on fashion shows and talk about how wonderful they feel now that they're thinner and how they want more l liposuction.

    >> joining me now is mike rogers . good to have you with us tonight. you want to talk about ablow saying parents should keep their kids away from the tv when chaz bono is on the air, what do you make of it?

    >> i'm amazed at the influence these guys always seem to give television, some of this nonsensical stuff that watching "will & grace" will make your kids gay, watching " dancing with the stars " will make your kids transgender. these guys are grasping at straws. they've seen that " dateline nbc " has been repealed. now they have to swing their cannons toward reality game shows of all things.

    >> why are they doing it going down this road? do they actually believe this?

    >> i think unfortunately for many of these guys, they believe it. they wake up in the morning, the things they obsess about, whether it's keeping gay people from doing certain job, keeping them out of the military and keeping people like chaz bono off of dancing shows, that's their calling in the morning when they wake up, it's sad. i believe in a lot of these cases, these guys actually believe the insanity that they spew which in the end creates real hard for all gay, lesbian, transgender and bi americans.

    >> does it lead to gay bashing and hate speech?

    >> i think these guys do contribute to it. they'll make fun of it or say things are seriously wrong or people shouldn't be doing things. they want to strip their right to full participation in society. it kind of validates the feelings of some of the people who do more of the attacking, some of the violent attacks. it gives them the kind of leeway, permission to say, i'm not the only one. there's these guys on tv who claim to be full-fledged legitimate psychiatrists when they're spewing rhetoric from 30 years ago. i do think that it contributes to that. nothing happens in a vacuum.

    >> so i have to ask you, who's more dangerous? chaz bono or nancy grace ?

    >> well, that's a hell of a combination to ask me about, ed. i think it depends -- some things you're faced with a choice and it's one of those things that -- i don't know. it's hard to determine.

    >> mike rogers , always a pleasure good to have you with us tonight. that's "the ed

Photos: 'Dancing With the Stars' season 13 cast

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  1. The stars of season 13

    The new cast of "Dancing With the Stars" was revealed on Monday, Aug. 29. In the back row, from left: Ron Artest, David Arquette, J.R. Martinez, Rob Kardashian and Chaz Bono. In the front row, from left: Ricki Lake, Kristin Cavallari, Chynna Phillips, Nancy Grace, Hope Solo and Elisabetta Canalis. Carson Kressley is not pictured.

    All 12 couples will dance for the first time on ABC on Monday, Sept. 19. (Adam Taylor / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Get the party started

    "Dancing" hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke greet the new hopefuls on Monday, Aug. 29. (Adam Taylor / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. David Arquette

    Actor David Arquette -- brother to actors Patricia Arquette, Rosanna Arquette, Alexis Arquette and Richmond Arquette -- is best known for his work in the film series "Scream." He is also married to actress Courteney Cox, but the two are currently separated.

    He's paired with pro Kym Johnson, who has won the mirror ball trophy twice in the U.S. version of the show. She was also the pro champ in season 2 of Australia's version. (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Ron Artest

    Ron Artest is a forward for the Los Angeles Lakers, and is known for being eccentric off the court. (He has filed papers to legally change his name to Metta World Peace.) On the basketball court, he is perhaps best known for the November 2004 Pacers-Pistons fight. Artest, a Pacer at the time, rushed into the stands to confront a fan who threw a drink at him, which led to the biggest player-fan fight to date.

    He is paired with new pro Peta Murgatroyd. (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Chaz Bono

    GLBT activist Chaz Bono is the only child of Sonny Bono and Cher. His documentary, "Becoming Chaz," followed his gender transition, and was nominated for three Emmys.

    He's paired with pro Lacey Schwimmer. (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Elisabetta Canalis

    Elisabetta Canalis is an Italian actress who has appeared in the film "Deuce Bigalow" and the TV show "Leverage," but she is best known for dating George Clooney for two years.

    She's paired with new pro Val Chmerkovskiy, who is brother to fellow pro Maksim. Val has also previously performed on "DWTS." (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Kristin Cavallari

    Kristin Cavallari found fame with MTV reality programs "Laguna Beach" and "The Hills." She has also appeared on "The Middle" and "CSI: New York." Cavallari was engaged to Chicago Bears player Jay Cutler, but he ended their engagement in July.

    She's paired with pro Mark Ballas, who has won the mirror ball trophy twice. (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Nancy Grace

    Former prosecutor Nancy Grace currently hosts "Nancy Grace" on HLN. She is also the author of mystery thrillers "The Eleventh Victim" and its sequel, "Death on the D-List." Grace is married and has twins.

    She is paired with new pro Tristan MacManus. (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Rob Kardashian

    Rob Kardashian is best known as the brother of Kim, Kourteny and Khloe Kardashian. He appears on several of the family's series of E! shows, including "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and "Khloe and Lamar." He is the second Kardashian to participate in the show. Kim competed in season seven.

    He's paired with pro Cheryl Burke, who has won the mirror ball trophy twice. (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Carson Kressley

    Carson Kressley is best known as the fashion guru on the Bravo series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy." He is also a New York Times best-selling author, and currently hosts "Carson-Nation" on OWN.

    He's paired with pro Anna Trebunskaya. (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Ricki Lake

    Ricki Lake played Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 film "Hairspray." She has since had a long-running daytime talk show ("Ricki Lake," 1992-2004) and hosted a season of VH1's "Charm School." Lake has also made numerous TV appearances.

    She's paired with pro Derek Hough, who is a three-time mirror ball champ. (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. J.R. Martinez

    J.R. Martinez plays combat vet Brot Monroe on "All My Children." Prior to acting on the soap opera, Martinez was in the Army. He was deployed to Iraq in March 2003, but less than a month after that, his vehicle hit a landmine. Martinez was trapped, and suffered severe burns. In addition to acting, Martinez is a motivational speaker.

    He's paired with pro Karina Smirnoff. (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Chynna Phillips

    Chynna Phillips, the daughter of The Mamas and The Papas' Michelle and John Phillips, is perhaps best known as a member of the '90s pop trio Wilson Phillips, whose debut album sold eight million copies. She has also appeared in several films, including "Caddyshack II" and "Say Anything." She is married to actor Billy Baldwin.

    She's paired with pro Tony Dovolani. (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Hope Solo

    Hope Solo is the goalkeeper for the United States women's national soccer team. She was part of the team that went to the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup finals, but the U.S. ultimately lost to Japan on a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 tie.

    She's paired with pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. (Craig Sjodin / ABC) Back to slideshow navigation
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