'Dancing With The Stars' Shock! Gleb Savchenko Talks Brooke Burke

'Dancing With The Stars' Gleb Savchenko & Wife Elena Samodanova

The shakeup at Dancing With the Stars surprised everyone, including the show's former pro dancer Gleb Savchenko, who weighed in on the behind-the-scenes drama when we caught up with him at Kathy Duliakas' Celebrity Oscar Suite.

YourTango: We're you shocked to hear about Brooke Burke-Charvet getting fired?
Gleb Savchenko:
I was shocked. I was like, 'No way!'

YourTango: Do you know why she was let go?
Gleb Savchenko:
They were saying the show needed a change. The band was changed, too. Honestly, I love Brooke. You couldn't wish for a better host. She was so classy, so beautiful, so kind. She was made for the ballroom.

YourTango: What do you think of new co-host Erin Andrews?
Gleb Savchenko:
I don't really know her. I've never met her, but she seems nice. She seems tougher than Brooke.

YourTango: Do the celebrities understand what they're getting into?
Gleb Savchenko:
No. If they knew, they would never do it! It's really hard — hours and hours a day. They think they're going to have a lot of fun, hang out in the studio, dance with a pretty boy, but no, it's a lot of hard work.

YourTango: Julianne Hough is single now. Who do you think should date?
Gleb Savchenko:
I don't know but she's such a nice girl. She should definitely have a boyfriend. I don't have a brother or I'd fix them up.

YourTango: And you're off the market. How long have you and Elena been married?
Gleb Savchenko:
Almost eight years. I was 22, 23 when we got married.

YourTango: Did you know Elena was "The One" right away?
Gleb Savchenko:
No, we were dating, hanging out — we knew each other for two or three years before that. We dated, we separated — she had a boyfriend, I got back together with an old girlfriend. Then we decided to get married. That was in Russia. I've been here only a year. We did Dancing With the Stars in Australia, and Elena is one of the choreographers for So You Think You Can Dance in Australia now.

YourTango: Does your daughter Olivia dance?
Gleb Savchenko:
Yes. She loves it.

YourTango: Has fatherhood changed you?
Gleb Savchenko:
A lot. It's an amazing thing. It's the best thing that's happened to me.


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