Picks and Pans Review: Dancing with Miley Cyrus! Carrie Ann Inaba

updated 03/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/16/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>• The Dancing with the Stars judge, 41, pops up on Hannah Montana March 8 and starts DWTS' new season March 9.

HOW WAS REUNITING WITH BILLY RAY CYRUS, WHO WAS ON SEASON 3 OF DWTS? Billy's initial reaction was like I was still sitting behind the judges' panel on the show. His body got a little tense.

AND THEN WHAT? We had a really nice talk. He said [DWTS] was one of the most difficult things he'd ever done, and he walked away with a feeling of empowerment.

YOU DANCE WITH MILEY ON HANNAH MONTANA. I play a choreographer. She has a concert tour and we rehearse. I had the best time with her and Emily [Osment]. I don't claim to be a fantastic actress, but I do love comedy.

WHY IS DANCING STILL SO POPULAR? I still love it. The people on the show are very normal. Tom [Bergeron] feels like an uncle, Bruno [Tonioli] feels like a crazy uncle, Len [Goodman] is the stern grandfather, and me? I usually sit at the children's table!

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