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Chaz Bono Hopes To Take Home 'DWTS' Mirror Ball Trophy

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After all the criticism Chaz Bono has received since it was announced he was joining the cast of "Dancing With The Stars," the shy guy has decided to fight back not with words, but with his feet. “At first Chaz said yes to doing the show to have some fun but now he’s in it to win it. Not just for himself but for anyone else who has felt like they didn’t fit in,” a friend of Cher’s son tells me. “He isn’t a trash talker. He isn’t the sort of person who fights back with name-calling. He will leave that to his mom! Instead Chaz knows the way to make a difference is to practice harder than anyone else and win.” Chaz and "Dancing" partner Lacey Schwimmer received their music Friday and are already working on their opening week routine. Bono is also going to the gym to build up strength and is determined to eat better by having Freshology's food program delivered every single day. “This kid has more to prove than anyone else in the history of the show,” an ABC insider tells me. “The people that have been warning their kids not to watch have awoken a giant. He is not [only] feeling physically great but mentally he couldn’t be stronger.” And just in case he does need that little extra bit of support, friends tell me to expect Cher sitting in front row when Bono takes the dance floor -- “She couldn’t be prouder of her son.”

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