Dancing With the Stars competitor Erin Andrews has a world of possibilities. The ESPN sports reporter who waltzed her way into the hearts and homes of America with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy is facing a new horizon and deadline. Come July 1 her contract as a sideline reporter for ESPN is up for renewal.
Talks are underway however, no contract has been signed to date. Finding work is the least of Andrews concerns. Dancing With the Stars gave her added exposure and opened a lot of doors for her in the entertainment industry. She says she has received several offers, but won’t comment any further as to their nature or who has extended them.
Perhaps the decision will be more difficult because of Andrews success on ESPN in a field she thrives in. “I want to stay covering sports,” she points out, “I love sports.” The University of Florida alum began her stint with ESPN in 2004, covering the NHL, (hockey) and later college football and college basketball. Spokesperson for the sports network, Josh Krulewitz, expressed his desired for Erin to stay with the ESPN family. (Watch video here).
Most know Andrews as the victim of hotel stalker, Michael Barrett, who posted video he recorded of her on the Internet. The “peeping Tom” was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to interstate stalking. (See Geraldo Rivera’s news story here).
Dancing With the Stars offered Andrews an opportunity to “get her smile back.” She seemed to blossom on the show as she bounced across the stage with her partner Maks. He kept her focused on the dances they had to perform which ultimately led to a third place finish in the finale. She got her smile back, a third place spot for her hard work, and many adoring fans who supported her on her comeback from a harrowing experience. (Check out Erin and Maks on DWTS here).
With all the media attention the attractive sportscaster has received its no wonder she happens to be one of the top personalities in America. Andrews maintains she did not do the popular ABC dance show as a publicity stunt or to advance her career. One way of looking at her run on DWTS is that it was therapeutic. It helped to take her mind off of a harrowing experience, to give the reporter time to distance herself from the incident. It helped Andrews to feel good about herself which begins the process of healing.
Andrews confesses that her days of rehearsal and preparation for performances were mentally and physically challenging. There was flack about her costumes from Elisabeth Hasselbeck, (ABC’s “The View”), that she had to endure as more negative media came to plague her. Then, there were rumors of a romance between Erin and Maks that are still circulating in the air. To this she hasn’t really responded affirmatively, giving no clear cut answer. Ask Maks, you get the same thing. They definitely had a certain chemistry. Keeps you wondering…
No matter what Andrews decides to do with her future, she contends that sports will somehow “be in the mix.” Where will she go? No one is talking. That includes her agent, Babette Perry at IMG, or Comcast, which has been rumored to have made Andrews an offer.
One thing we do know: sports is Andrews’ passion. It’s something she enjoys doing. She has made a name for herself. Wherever she goes, whatever she does, you better believe she’ll be great.
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