Dancing With the Stars

Chaz Bono: DWTS Pro Lacey Schwimmer & I 'Instantly Hit It Off'

08/31/2011 at 05:05 PM EDT

Chaz Bono on Dancing With the Stars; Talks Lacey Schwimmer & Cher
Chaz Bono
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Performing in elaborate costumes runs in the family for Chaz Bono.

So what does his mom, Cher, think of his upcoming turn on Dancing with the Stars?

"She really thought it was great that I was doing it and wanted to know how I was feeling about it, if I was nervous and how it was going," Bono told Ryan Seacrest Wednesday on his radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest.

Not that Cher had any advance warning. Bono said he had to keep the secret until last weekend because, as he tells it, "ABC put the fear of God into me."

The pairs were announced on Wednesday and Bono, the show's first transgender contestant, will be dancing with Lacey Schwimmer.

"We kind of instantly hit it off," Bono says of his partner. "She has a great attitude for teaching me."

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