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Chaz Bono says of DWTS experience: “It gave me a confidence in myself that I didn’t have before.”

abc chaz bono schwimmer jp 111026 wblog Chaz Bono: Dancing With the Stars Judges Treat Overweight Men, Women Differently Chaz Bono, appearing with his Dancing With the Stars partner Lacey Schwimmer, gave a terrific interview to George Stephanopoulos on Good Morning America earlier today.

Chaz did not hold back on his critique of the show’s judges who were under heavy fire this week: I got a lot of references from him [Judge Bruno Tonioli] about things that would indicate the fact that I’m overweight, you know, a roundness. I was called a basketball, a penguin, an Ewok, and I just didn’t appreciate it. If you want to critique my dancing and give me some constructive advice so I can try to improve the next time that I’m there, that would be great. But I don’t really know how to be less penguish, and so I kind of took offense to that.”

Unlike Kirstie Alley, whose weight was celebrated last season, Chaz believes he was penalized by the judges for being an overweight man versus an overweight woman on the show.

But overall, the show seems to have brought the only child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono out of his shell.

“This experience really exceeded any expectations and was something that will probably forever effect my life,” Chaz said. “It gave me a confidence in myself I probably didn’t have before, and a physical awareness and a knowledge that I could do more than I thought I could.”

Asked about his mother’s very vocal support each week via Twitter, Chaz said: “This is something that my mom and I could really have common ground on. … She knows what it feels like to go out and perform in front of an audience.”

A short time ago, Chaz posted this Tweet: I just want to thank everyone 4 your tweets and 4going on this amazing journey with me. I had the time of my life.

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