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Amanda Kloots says Dancing With the Stars is 'a way to find myself'

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Amanda Kloots made her debut on Dancing With the Stars during Monday's Season 30 premiere, just days after what would have been her late husband Nick Cordero's 43rd birthday.

The 39-year-old Broadway veteran and co-host of The Talk met her pro partner Alan Bersten, during the premiere, with their dance scoring high marks with the judges.

She also opened up that her experience on DWTS has become, 'a way to find myself again' after losing her beloved husband to COVID-19 last year. 

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Kloots revealed in a video package before her first dance that she got her start, 'performing on Broadway,' though this dancing, 'is a completely different beast.' 

She embraced her pro partner Alan Bersten after they first met in their rehearsal space, adding that, 'being on Dancing With the Stars is an opportunity of a lifetime.'

When Bersten asked her why she wanted to go on the show, she said, 'I grew up dancing, and I did Broadway for 17 years. Then everything that happened to me, the pandemic, and losing my husband, this opportunity is kind of a way to find myself again.'

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She started getting choked up while adding this this opportunity is a way to, 'feel his presence every day.' 

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Kloots added in a taped interview, 'I miss him every single day. I miss every single part of him.'

Her partner Bertsen, who won Season 28 with Hannah Brown, added, 'You have so much to show everyone and yourself. I'm just honored to be a part of that.'

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Kloots added, 'If Nick could have said anything to me before he passed, he would have looked at me right in the eye and said, you better not stop living. You better keep going,' as the video package came to an end.

Kloots and Bertsen then took to the stage to dance the tango, which earned high marks from the judges.

Judge Derek Hough added, 'In my opinion, dancing is the best way to reclaim your joy. I'm so glad to see you out there dancing.' 

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Bruno Tonoli added, 'My love, you belong here. That was a beauty. What I liked about it, you managed to put so many little details in the interpretation.'

Carrie Ann Inaba, who was her co-host on The Talk briefly before leaving the show in April 2021, added, 'You brought tears to my eyes, because you know how much you've been through.

'And I know Nick is smiling down and so proud of you. You were nothing but elegance, beauty, and finesse. Just like an angel dancing. It was wonderful,' she said, adding, 'Watch your neck, it's a little tight. 

After tallying up the scores, Kloots and Bertsen earned a 28 out of 40, below just JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson. 

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