- - Sunday, September 23, 2012

Ask Helio Castroneves how rehearsal is going for “Dancing With the Stars” and he whips out his cellphone to show a video of him practicing a routine.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner is playing catch-up on the competition for the All-Star edition of the ABC show. While the other couples were working on their first routine for Monday night’s season premiere, Mr. Castroneves was completing the final race of the IndyCar season.

“We were going from 220 mph on the racetrack, and literally, we continued 200 mph on the dance floor,” he told the Associated Press on Thursday.

This isn’t play time for Mr. Castroneves, who said he badly wants to repeat his season-five “Dancing” victory.

With his unbridled enthusiasm and effusive personality, the Brazilian has been unabashed in promoting himself for the show. Because dancers need fan votes to help push them through the rounds on the show, Mr. Castroneves uses every opportunity to campaign for support.

Last week, before he bounced a ceremonial first pitch in the dirt at Dodger Stadium, he managed to remind baseball fans about the gig. When the public address announcer informed the crowd that Mr. Castroneves is headed back to “Dancing,” he pantomimed dialing a phone and holding it to his ear, mouthing the words “Vote for me!” on the scoreboard.

“More than ever, the race community is going to be important,” Mr. Castroneves said. “We have other athletes, other champions, great entertainment people. … I’m really doing everything I can to throw the word out and make sure that everyone dials the number.”

‘Secretly Pregnant’ gets 2nd season on Discovery

Discovery Fit & Health has renewed “Secretly Pregnant” for a second season.

The network has given the series a six-episode order, with each hour-long episode focusing on two women’s stories. The new season is set to premiere at 10 p.m. Oct. 11.

“Secretly Pregnant” tells the stories of women who have their own reasons — ranging from fearing rejection to severe health implications — for hiding a pregnancy from their family, friends, boss or co-workers. Each episode follows two women beginning with their anxiety over what might happen to the reveal of their pregnancy through the aftermath of the birth.

The season-two premiere will focus on Charity, who has five sons and is hoping for a girl, but she’s keeping the pregnancy a secret from her parents because she’s afraid they will withdraw their financial and emotional support, and Natasha, who previously had an abortion after becoming pregnant with her unsupportive boyfriend, whom she is terrified will leave her when she tells him she’s pregnant again.

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