Bill Nye has leg up on 'Dancing': 'It's all physics!'

Just because Bill Nye spends his days in a lab (and on children's television) doesn't mean he isn't ready to tackle the competition in the hunt for the coveted mirror ball trophy.
Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY,  |  Sept. 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM
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Bill Nye has a message for anyone who thinks he'll be easy to beat on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars": He's The Science Guy, not Mr. Nice Guy.

"We're in this to win this," Nye said. "I mean, I went to a pretty tough engineering school and then I worked in children's television with 'Sesame Street' and 'Mr. Rogers.' I played in that league."

Besides, Nye said his scientific expertise is going to give him a leg up on his less scientifically methodical competition.

And, at least according to his professional partner, newcomer to the show Tyne Stecklein, it's not all just talk.

"He's a great student. He's very smart, obviously, which helps," Stecklein said. "He picks things up really quickly and he gets it and he enjoys it. And he works really hard."

While the rest of us will have to wait and see if Nye has the goods to back up his tough talk, the executives at ABC can look forward to seeing a surge of a whole new demographic of science nerds tuning in.

Season 17 of "Dancing With the Stars" premieres September 16 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

"It's all physics. It's all the study of motion," he said. "I'm feeling great."

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