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“Dancing With the Stars” champion turned co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet is the cover girl of the March issue of our sister publication Vegas magazine, and we have a preview. The Miss America Pageant co-host and mother of four opens up to Vegas about her love for Las Vegas and how she balances being a mother and a TV host.
Brooke also talks about the details that go into planning her “DWTS” looks, her admiration for former dance partner and cast member Derek Hough and her wedding to her longtime love, actor David Charvet. Brooke is seen on the cover wearing an Alexander McQueen dress, Van Cleef & Arpels earrings and watch and Rene Caovilla sling backs.
Talking about her love for Las Vegas and why she keeps returning here, she said: “It’s such an easy, great trip. I used to gamble a lot here when I was younger. But now there is so much great dining. We don’t have great clubs in L.A., and we like to dance. So when we do want to get out and get a little crazy, Vegas is the place to do that. It’s hard to do that at home.”
She reveals her admiration for former dance partner and “DWTS” pro dancer Derek: “Derek and I have so much history, and he’s like family,” she says. “But aside from that, he is the most brilliant choreographer ever. He has this way of making his partners look amazing. I have a lot of compassion for everyone going through it because I did, but even more so for his partners because I know how tough he is and how hard he works. He’ll always be my personal favorite, for sure. That’s not the politically correct answer, but that’s the truth!”
On balancing full-time hosting duties with her busy mom schedule: “I write out weekly calendars for everyone to refer to. If I don’t write something down, somebody gets left behind. It requires a lot of organization, but I want everyone to have a full life, and I don’t want my kids to have to sacrifice when I have obligations that I have to attend to away from home. It’s a juggle, somewhere in that zone between complete chaos and balance.”
On her wedding to David last August: “My daughter Rain wanted me to be a Charvet. David planned everything, believe it or not. I was the bride who just had to show up with my beautiful dress. He is very detail-oriented and very romantic -- pretty darn magical. Everyone asks if it has changed anything, and even though we were completely committed to each other before, in a strange way it is a little bit more complete.”
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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