'Dancing With the Stars' Season 16: Kelly Monaco 'super-excited' for 'General Hospital' peer Ingo Rademacher

kelly-monaco-ingo-rademacher-red-carpet-325.jpg Kelly Monaco is happy that another "General Hospital" veteran is in the newest "Dancing With the Stars" field.

The first celebrity to win the mirrorball trophy, the co-star of ABC's weekday serial who has spent the past decade playing Sam McCall will be rooting for new competitor Ingo Rademacher -- still seen sporadically as Jax on "GH" -- when Season 16 of the ABC dance contest begins Monday, March 18.

Since Monaco returned for last fall's "All-Stars" season of "Dancing," she had plenty of knowledge from which to advise Rademacher before his involvement became public. "I'm not only proud of Ingo, I'm super-excited for him," she tells Zap2it. "I have always said that my experience with the show had absolutely nothing to do with dancing, and I think Ingo will be one of the people who understands why I say that.

"Whether he's the best dancer or the worst, he's going to come out of this having learned a lot about himself, and I think it's great. If everyone could try it once, I would roll out the red carpet for them."

Also in the midst of the "General Hospital" 50th-anniversary celebration that culminates on the air Monday, April 1, Monaco says she'll be happy to continue giving Rademacher any "Dancing" tips he may seek along the way.

"It's like, 'Listen, dude, this is where I've made many mistakes' or, 'This i where I didn't make a mistake.' You know when you're a kid and your parent says, 'Don't touch that hot stove,' and you touch it anyway because you have to figure it out for yourself? I've definitely given him my examples of ['Dancing'-related] hot stoves."

Having been a part of "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars," Monaco reasons its lower-than-anticipated ratings "reflected the times we were in.

"If I remember correctly, we had some elections and other major current events going on. When it comes to things like that, people really don't care about 'Dancing With the Stars.' They're more prone to watch what's happening in our country. That's reality television."
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