dancing with the stars carrie ann inaba live with kelly and michael abc 'Dancing with the Stars': Carrie Ann Inaba talks Cher, Snooki's elimination on 'Live with Kelly and Michael'

“Dancing with the Stars” judge Carrie Ann Inaba had a very grand entrance as a guest on “Live with Kelly and Michael.” Even before she had a chance to talk about Cher as a guest judge or Snooki‘s “DWTS” elimination, the woman did the splits.

That was her entrance — a drop down into the splits. You don’t get much more impressive than that.

When asked about why she went that flexible route, Inaba pointed out one of the downsides to being known as a judge: “Nobody thinks I was a dancer, so every once in awhile, I have to bust it out again.”

Quickly moving past discussions of vomiting (Inaba had been sick on her way to New York), shaved head (she went hairless for past performances with Madonna) and dressing pets (Inaba has seven) in Halloween costumes, talk turned to “Dancing with the Stars.” Kelly Ripa especially wanted to hear about sharing a judges’ table with Cher. As it turns out, the two ladies at the table talked a lot.

“Whenever we have an extra judge, I kind of walk her through it,” Inaba said. “Because they don’t trust Bruno.” This makes sense. Bruno Tonioli is kind of crazy.

Talk turned next to the celebrity dancers, and Inaba shared her thoughts on the most painful elimination of the season thus far. “When Snooki went home, I was crushed,” she said. “I loved watching her. I didn’t expect her to be so warm and endearing.”

“Dancing with the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Posted by:Laurel Brown