Brooke Burke goes behind the scenes on 'Dancing'

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BY LISA FEDOROWICZ

There's more to "Dancing with the Stars" than fancy footwork and learning new routines. Brooke Burke, who co-hosts "Dancing" with Tom Bergeron, revealed on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Monday that there is much planning and prep work that goes into each show, making "Dancing" a seven-day-a-week production.

Burke took cameras backstage on "Dancing" to show rehearsals -- during which she was shown wearing large curlers -- and what the stars do to get all dolled up for each show.

Mother of eight and reality show diva Kate Gosselin, who was cast off the show last week, revealed "Dancing" concocts its own spray tan so that each star and dancer doesn't look fake-baked.

They get hosed down with the special tanner on Sunday and can't take a shower for 24-hours, leaving them greasy and smelly, Gosselin explained.

With all that grease from the spray tan and sweat while dancing, it makes using sticky tape to keep those costumes in place impossible, according to the show's costumes department.

Therefore, the costumes are sewn very tight so no one has a Janet Jackson moment, said Burke, referring to Jackson's wardrobe malfunction at the end of her performance during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. Burke said the stars work with the costumes department to design their own outfits for each dance.

Even the guys get some work done, according to Gosselin's dance partner Tony Dovolani.
Despite having some definition in his abs, Dovolani removes his shirt and shows how makeup is applied to further define his muscles. While he said he hates having makeup applied, pro dancer Cheryl Burke shook her head no.

As Dovolani was having his abs done up, Gosselin was shown with strips on her face, which Dovolani said with a smile was to help reduce wrinkles.

And what about their hair? Well, the show has a variety of hair extensions so any hairdo is possible.

Brooke Burke won the disco ball trophy with partner Derek Hough in November 2008. She told Winfrey that afterwards, she campaigned -- including on twitter -- her desire to become a cohost of the show. It was among the items on her bucket list, Burke said, and so was being a guest of Winfrey's show.

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