08/31/2011 at 04:50 PM EDT
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."