I'm certain KJ saw the offer to appear on DWTS as an opportunity to gain fans in America. I bet she did not expect this much attention, however. America loves her accent, and her good looks don't hurt either. And if she does not make it all the way, that may benefit her as well. She probably would then appear as a guest singer on the finale.
In any case, KJ having the guts to do the unexpected (like her trapeze act in her O2 appearance) is just another of the things I love about her. England.....be proud.
I think Max is pulling your leg John, LOL! We know where is Wales is located and its part of United Kingdom of Britain. We Americans, the only thing that first come up from Wales is "Sir Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta Jones , Tom Jones & some few celebs. I goggled a lil' bit more and heres what I got:
Some of the names (R Harris, Duffy & Roald Dahl) for sure we dont know, LOL!!!
By Suzan Clarke Mar 30, 2012 7:21am ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 14: Getting to Know Katherine Jenkins
Katherine Jenkins makes the complicated moves look easy. Jenkins, one of the breakout favorites on season 14 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” has wowed judges and the audience with her dancing skills and personal charm. Her life, though, wasn’t always as perfect as it might appear today. In an interview with “Good Morning America”‘s Cameron Mathison, she revealed that high school was a difficult time. “I was such a geek in school,” the 31-year-old Welsh opera singer said. She lost her father to cancer when she was 15 years old, and made waves when she confessed to the Daily Mail that she had “regularly” used cocaine, ecstasy and cannabis. In the 2008 interview, Jenkins told the Mail that her drug use was due to peer pressure and ignorance. “I was young and silly and never really thought about the consequences,’ the mezzo-soprano said, adding: “I did not know I’d ever become famous, and I was at an age where you don’t care about the future much, do you?” But when she got her big break in the music business, she left the drug use behind. She’s since released eight albums and sold six million of copies. Her musical interests are diverse. “I sing a mixture of everything from opera, folk music, Broadway. It’s a mix of things,” she said. She got hooked on the classics after learning to sing at church as a child in Neath, the Welsh town where she and her sister were raised. Her career soared over the years, and her personal life blossomed. Jenkins fell in love with British TV host Gethin Jones, but the pair called off their engagement last year. “What kind of guy – what is your typical type, if you have a type?” Mathison asked her. She replied: “Oh, somebody that’s going to make me laugh. I think that’s the most important thing.” Jenkins’ dancing skills have placed her at the top of the leader board for the first two weeks of the competition. Judge Bruno Tonioli raved about her sexy jive on Monday, but during the rehearsals for that particular dance, Jenkins’ partner Mark Ballas – a two -time “Dancing” champion – found it a challenge to get her to do the sexy moves. Of the sensual image she projected that night on the dance floor, she told Mathison: “This is not me at all!” The rehearsals have been hard work for Jenkins. “I was just amazed by how much my … feet are aching; blisters everywhere, you know, all over my feet,” she said. When she has downtime, Jenkins loves to indulge her guilty pleasures, which include pizza and what she calls “trashy TV.” She also loves to run, and plans to compete in a half-marathon this year in London.
Five Questions: Singer Katherine Jenkins on dancing, running
British singer Katherine Jenkins is a contestant on "Dancing With the Stars." (Jonathan Short / Associated Press / March 31, 2012)
By Jeannine Stein, Special to the Los Angeles Times March 31, 2012 She's better known for her arias than her arabesques, but mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins temporarily trades singing for dancing as a contestant on Season 14 ofABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
Her albums, including "Rejoice," "Believe" and "Daydream," have sold in the millions, and she's been featured on British shows "Dr. Who" and "Popstar to Operastar." But her voice isn't the only thing that gets a workout: The Welsh-born Jenkins regularly runs eight to nine miles at a stretch as she trains for an upcoming half marathon and is a big fan of Bikram yoga. She finds both disciplines good for not just staying in shape but also for building a strong foundation for singing.
Did you have any dance training prior to "Dancing With the Stars"?
When I was a child I had tap dancing lessons, and more recently I did a show in the UK ("Viva la Diva") where I teamed up with Darcey Bussell, a [former] prima ballerina from the Royal Ballet. I had to teach her to sing, and she had to teach me to dance. But never any ballroom, never any Latin — this is completely out of my comfort zone. I'm giving it my best shot.
I'm hoping it's going to help me with my posture. I'm so used to, as a classical singer, standing in one spot with an orchestra behind me and being pretty static. I've never had to move an awful lot in my shows, so this is completely different for me.
I saw some video footage of you in rehearsal with your dance partner Mark Ballas. You looked great and very comfortable in high heels.
I'm a really girlie girl, and I love shoes, so I'm finding the ballroom heels actually quite small, which is quite helpful in this situation.
You're already in shape from running and yoga — that must be a big plus.
I'm training for a half marathon at the moment, and I tend to run at least 15K [about nine miles] once, maybe twice a week. It's just a completely different kind of fitness when you're doing this kind of dancing, but it's definitely helped. And Bikram yoga has been great for flexibility and strength.
I've been running about three years, but I'm really not a sporty person at all. I hope I'm the example that anybody can run, because when I first started, I couldn't run more than five minutes. Then I did my first 10K. And now I'm training for this half marathon.
What do you like about running?
I like that if you keep pushing yourself you come back stronger. I've also found that it keeps me at the same weight and it's a great stress reliever; it definitely affects my mood. It's something I can pick up wherever I am.
As long as you've got a good running playlist, you just put your music on and get running, On my playlist is everything and anything from Rihanna to Beyonce to Jay-Z, Eminem, things far removed from the music I perform. Never in a million years would I be on my own running playlist! It's all high-energy, dance, that kind of thing — stuff that really makes you want to run.
Is being in shape an asset to you as a singer?
Absolutely. Your body is your instrument. For the kind of singing I do, it's really all about core support and being strong in the stomach, and I think that the more you are fit and healthy, the better.