dwts bruno tonioli 'Dancing With the Stars' Bruno Tonioli: Pamela Anderson is 'the best performer on the show'“Dancing With the Stars” judge Bruno Tonioli sits down with “Entertainment Tonight’s” Samantha Harris (formerly of “DWTS”) and dishes about the final six contestants.

When asked what makes this season so compelling, Bruno tells Samantha, “By having less, you have more chance to focus on each and every one of them. And it’s the variety of characters that is very interesting. They’re all very, very defined, they all have something very interesting to say and people connect to that. And for us, for me as a judge, it gives a lot of material to work with.”

And since it’s shaping up to be a finale showdown between Nicole Scherzinger, Evan Lysacek and Erin Andrews, Samantha asks Bruno what his advice is for the other three contestants to make a run at the finale.

For Pamela Anderson: “Pamela is probably the best performer on the show … The truth of the matter is that her performances are so focused, she’s so honest, it’s brilliant. She acts the part … dance is not just a series of steps, it’s a performing art … She’s quite good.”

For Niecy Nash: “She has to sweat! She’s gotta sweat! … I always feel it’s not quite 100%. She has to push herself.”

For Chad Ochocino: “I know that there is something … that he hasn’t exploited yet. There’s nothing more infuriating that seeing somebody that you know who could be brilliant that does not give it to me.”

And his advice to the fans? “Nobody’s safe because I think they all have a very strong fanbase. If people don’t vote, anybody can go. Keep voting because your favorite celebrity could be kicked out.”

Watch the entire interview below and be sure to check out the Top 6 on the Monday, May 3 episode of “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC.

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