Alanis Morissette on Dancing With The Stars

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(Williams and Hirakawa)

(Williams and Hirakawa)

Alanis Morissette debuted her new single “Guardian” on television last night, performing the song on the semi-finals of Dancing With The Stars. CBS Local got to catch up with the singer today to ask how it felt to be back on stage and be a part of a TV show like this one.

As all fans of Dancing With the Stars get to see, a lot goes into the airing of each show. As a performer, Alanis confirmed that she had to run through 2-3 rehearsals before taking the stage last night. But when it came time to go live, she had to work on concentrating during her performance, “It was great performing on stage, it was a trip when a couple of beautiful people are dancing in front of me as was the case last night. I had to look away so I could stay focused on my lyrics and my song, because I was so [taken] with their dancing.”

But what were things like backstage last night during the semi-finals? “There was a lot going on, there was a lot of energy in the room,” Alanis says, “and a lot of people holding their breath, waiting for news. A lot of people walking by in very colorful costumes and there were a few mohawks last night. I had my son my son with me and he was very excited by some of the pink hair.”

Her husband was also with her last night for her return to performing and was able to greet her once she left the stage. “My main concern is if it sounds great, I’m such a sonic music person, and then secondarily how it looked. My husband is very very supportive of me, he’s an artist himself, so he understand the vulnerablities coming off stage wide eyed, ya know? He immediately said, ‘It sounded so good.'”

While she didn’t get to talk with her fellow singers also featured on the show that night, she did get to watch bothCarrie Underwood and Mary J Blige’s, which she loved.

Alanis also admits to now being a fan of DWTS. “I’ve never watched the show,” she admits, “but after having watched it in order to do some research for last night, I can see how it can be very addictive and it would be very dangerous for me. It would be a slippery slope.” And yes, she admits she will be watching next week’s finale.

- Heather Stas, CBS Local

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