Kate Flannery played Meredith Palmer on NBC's The Office and now she's competing on ABC's Dancing With the Stars Season 28. The Office characters did a lot of dancing on the show, not professional ballroom, but they were known to cut a rug. So when Flannery was asked which characters would do the best and worst on DWTS, she gave it some thought.
She ultimately decided Phyllis Lapin-Vance would do very well on Dancing With the Stars, in part because real-life star Phyllis Smith has a lot of dance experience:
I think Phyllis would kill it because she's a dancer. You can actually tell on the show a little bit that she knows how to move.
The whole cast knows how to move!
But, yeah, Phyllis Smith was actually a cheerleader for the old St. Louis Cardinals football team in the 1970s, and later a burlesque performer. Smith explained to Yahoo that there was no stripping in her burlesque performances:
We had strategically placed feathers and G-strings with feathers covering our rumps (laughs). It was quite sexy, but no stripping or nudity.
Nice. As for which character from The Office would be sent home first from Dancing With the Stars? Kate Flannery told ET Rainn Wilson's Dwight Schrute would do the worst. He would truly be a nightmare for any pro partner:
He can move, but I don't know if he can dance. He knows everything, so he couldn't learn, right? Unteachable, but he would raise and lower his cholesterol at will, for no reason.
Being "teachable" is extremely important on Dancing With the Stars. You need to be able to listen to your professional dance partner and follow instructions. There's no way Dwight would be able to do that, he'd insist on choreographing the dances himself and picking the music and then probably shouting WRONG if DWTS judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli failed to give him 10s.
However, I do think The Office character who would do worst on Dancing With the Stars is Ricky Gervais' David Brent from the original U.K. series.
Brent is a Week 1 elimination, for sure. Thankfully, Kate Flannery and her new 2019 pro partner Pasha Pashkov were spared a Dancing With the Stars Week 1 elimination. They return tonight (September 30) for Movie Night, where they will perform a Quickstep.
Dancing With the Stars Season 28 has a new voting format that some fans think is unfair, but it may be a moot point tonight if the reports out there about Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke dropping out from injury are true. First Christie and now Ray, and it's only Week 3! Watch what happens each Monday from 8 to 10 p.m. ET on ABC.