Castroneves To Be Featured on "Entertainment Tonight" Team Penske winning driver Helio Castroneves will be featured on “Entertainment Tonight,” the most watched entertainment news magazine in the world, as he makes his return this week to ABC’s popular “Dancing with the Stars” television program.
Castroneves, who captured the Mirror Ball Trophy as the fifth season champion of “Dancing with the Stars” (DWTS) in 2007, returns to the hit show tonight as a guest judge. The invitation was extended to the three-time Indianapolis 500 winner and current standout IZOD IndyCar Series driver as the result of being voted one of the top-10 best dances of all-time over the past 10 seasons of the show. DWTS will be celebrating its 200th episode this week and over 50 former contestants have been invited to take part in the celebration.
One of the most popular contestants in the history of DWTS, Castroneves and his girlfriend, Adriana Henao, and their 10-month-old daughter, Mikaella, will be interviewed by reporter Mary Hart of “Entertainment Tonight” for a feature story on Monday. Castroneves will then serve as a correspondent for “ET” during the DWTS 200th episode party following Monday’s live broadcast.
Leading up to the DWTS anniversary, the show asked fans to vote for their favorite past performances, selecting from nearly 1,000 dances. Castroneves and his dancing partner, Julianne Hough, were chosen as the show’s eighth-favorite dance of all-time with their rendition of the “quick step.”
“It’s an honor to return to ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and I know we are going to have a lot of fun on Monday,” said Castroneves, who posted three wins and two pole positions in the No. 3 Team Penske Dallara/Honda this season and will return in 2011 for his 12th season with the team. “I always enjoy working with everyone at ‘Entertainment Tonight’ and I’m really looking forward to visiting with them and helping them cover all of the excitement of the 200th episode celebration. I’ve been too busy racing to have a lot of time to practice any dance moves, but I’m definitely ready to serve as a judge for Monday’s show and do my best for ‘ET.’ Thanks again to all the fans for giving me this opportunity.”
“Dancing with the Stars” will air Monday, November 1 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET. Check local listings for times and channels for “Entertainment Tonight” and be sure to tune in Tuesday to ET for all of the coverage from Monday night’s celebration.