Castroneves returns to ‘Dancing;’ notes

By Dave Lewandowski

He won’t be wearing the yellow zoot suit that captivated a worldwide audience, but Helio Castroneves will return to “Dancing with the Stars” on Nov. 1 as a celebrity judge for 200th show of the highly-rated ABC series.

Three years ago, Castroneves and professional dance partner Julianne Hough wowed viewers and three opinionated judges with their intricate footwork and high-energy personalities to win the Season 5 competition.

For the Quickstep (one of the required dances), Castroneves wore a yellow suit with matching hat that was an immediate hit. The performance received a perfect score of 30 from the three judges and a photo of Castroneves in the suit even appeared on the cover of ESPN The Magazine.

The performance has been voted by fans through an online poll as one of the top 10 of the show’s run (more than 1,000 dances).

“It certainly is an honor to be invited back as a guest judge,” the three-time Indianapolis 500 champion said. “I am very grateful to all of the fans and I send a heartfelt thank you to everyone that voted.”

Celebrity contestants still in the running for the mirror ball trophy are Jennifer Grey, Kurt Warner, Brandy, Bristol Palin, Rick Fox and Kyle Massey.


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