Andy Grammer on His 'Dancing With The Stars' Chances: 'I Got a Shot'
"I am definitely an underdog," said the "Honey, I'm Good" singer.
Andy Grammer is making a run at that Mirror Ball trophy for Season 21 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and the always-positive singer feels his chances are, well, good.
“I am definitely an underdog on this show. There is no doubt about it. I don’t know how to dance and I don’t have any extra flexible skills. There is going to be a lot of molding,” he tells Billboard. “I still think I got a shot.”
The show will announce the entire lineup on Good Morning America Wednesday (Sept. 2) -- Chaka Khan, Nick Carter, American Pharoah jockey Victor Espinoza, Big Time Rush alum Carlos Pena and his wife-Spy Kids star Alexa Vega, Bindi Irwin and Vine star Hayes Grier are already confirmed -- and at the moment Grammer is staying tight-lipped about his dance partner. He was originally paired with dancer Peta Murgatroyd, but she is sidelined with an injury.
“She got hurt so I have a different partner, and I really like her as well,” he teased.
The 31-year old entertainer said he has already started rehearsing, and it has been intense given his touring schedule.
“Honestly, I bit off more than I could chew and now I’m chewing really fast,” he laughed. “Right now I’m in Minnesota and I just had a six-hour dance rehearsal. My partner is flying out to the shows with me, so I’m still pretty much touring and then going to make sure that I am home on Monday for the show every week.”
Grammer was offered the opportunity after two successful appearances last season performing his hit song, “Honey, I’m Good,” which topped several charts including the Billboard Hot 100 chart where it reached the No. 9.
“The second time that I went and did the show there was a vibe, [and I thought] maybe this would work,” he said.
The vibe he felt, he explained, was the presence of his mother, who sadly passed away before she had the opportunity to see her son on the show.
“It just reminded me of my mom being there. She really loved to dance. [This was] one of her favorite things to watch on TV,” he said. “I know she would have loved to have been a part of this to see it. That was one of the main reasons I decided to do the show.”
He expressed his feelings on Instagram and Facebook, writing that "anyone who knew my mother, knows she LOVED dance."
"There is something in me on a personal level that was like, I should make this happen," he said. "It's hard to feel super connected to people who passed away and this is one of the ways. Just being in that building made me feel that way."
Another advantage to appearing on the show: his new single, "Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)" is sure to gain significant traction, since it will impact at top 40 and Hot AC radio on Sept. 14 -- the day DWTS premieres. The song will also be included on a new deluxe version of Grammer's sophomore album Magazines or Novels, which is set for a releas on S-Curve Records Nov. 6.
Grammer busted out some funky dance moves to the song last month on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
“We just did some sweet Motown dance moves performing my new single last week -- that was the most dancing we have done so far. It was really fun," he said. "We learned a whole routine and they really went after it but they were like stanky Motown moves. A little bit different than ballroom.”
The song -- another toe-tapper with an upbeat, positive message that talks about being down but coming out on top -- comes with high expectations after the success of “Honey, I’m Good.” What is Grammer’s definition of a hit single?
“It is something that makes people happy. Right when they hear it, it provides a service for them. It’s so hard to write a song to actually do that,” said Grammer, who scored two hit singles off his eponymous 2011 debut with "Keep Your Head Up" and "Fine By Me."
“You want to hit people's ears to make them want to dance in their kitchen," he continued. "So that is what a hit is to me."
While he certainly achieved that with “Honey, I’m Good,” he promises that “Good to Be Alive” has the same potential. He hopes the song -- which Grammer says has a “James Brown feeling” -- will make people want to do a “stanky dance.” He also hopes to dance to it on the show.
“I think that probably will happen because the song lends itself to that,” he said. “It kind of makes you want to dance when you hear it. I would love to do some crazy dance to it.”
When asked which judge is he looking to charm with his smooth dance moves, he didn't miss a step before naming Julianne Hough.
"I got to meet Julianne the last couple of times I went," he said. "She was really sweet. I would like to impress her if I can."