In addition to winning the Mirrorball Trophy, John Schneider is hopeful that his Dancing with the Stars journey might pave a path to reconciliation with his three children.
The Dukes of Hazzard star, who played Bo Duke on the series from 1979-85, made his debut on the reality dancing competition series on September 24, when season 27 premiered. Schneider, 58, and his pro partner, Emma Slater, performed a foxtrot on night one and earned an 18/30 from judges.
On the second evening of a two night premiere, Schneider, 58, discussed his inaugural dance while standing alongside Slater, who advised him on Monday to not watch the introductory video package that aired before their performance.
“When people watch the package before they dance, they’re watching themselves and then all of a sudden they’re like, ‘Oh no, I’ve got to dance!’ And then like things fly out their head,” Slater, 29, explained to co-host Erin Andrews. “So I’m like, ‘Focus. Don’t listen.’ “
Schneider added with a laugh, “I just wanted to get over the car,” referencing to the red 69 Charger, slightly resembling the General Lee that he slid across.
Going into night two, the star, who was safe from elimination and progressed to the second week, added, “I feel good. I’m so excited to be here” before revealing that he and his children are not on speaking terms.
“I’m hoping that I will do my family proud, I’ll do my love over there proud,” said Schneider, referencing his girlfriend, Alicia, and added, “and maybe my children will speak to me again.”