After winning “Dancing With the Stars” on Tuesday night, Alfonso Ribeiro tweeted today that “This is the moment I’ve waited 10 years for.”
The former “Fresh Prince” star has been vying to get on the show since it began a decade ago and now he’s the champion. He beat out other finalists — Sadie Robertson, Janel Parrish and Bethany Mota.
ABC News spoke to Ribeiro right after the win. He explained why this was the perfect time to be part of the show and maybe if he had competed in other seasons, it would not have turned out the way it did.
Ribeiro just welcomed his second child Alfonso Lincoln Ribeiro, Jr. in October 2013.
“This … is worth waiting for,” he told ABC. “The right thing happened at the right time. I think it was the right time with my family…”
Ribeiro, 43, gave a warning to other celebrities thinking about being on the show.
“I would first tell them, ‘If you want to do the show, get in shape first,’” he joked. But he wasn’t joking. The contestants on DWTS go through a grueling schedule of dances that help get them in shape. Here’s 3 of the nearly 20 dance workouts they go through multiple times a day:
Benefit: Stretches and strengthens feet and ankles
How to do it: Extend right leg, point toes and “write” the entire alphabet in lowercase letters, using right leg as the “pen.” Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat alphabet using uppercase letters and a larger range of motion. Repeat with left leg.
Now that your muscles are warmed up, bust a move and get toned all over with this salsa workout. The salsa is based on 3 counts, making it one of the easiest dances to learn. Do this routine four times a week for 20 to 30 minutes.
Start with feet together. Step left foot in front and across right, rising to ball of right foot (A). Step right foot forward beside left; cross left leg in front again. Swing right leg out (B) as you step around in front of left leg, rising to ball of left foot. Repeat steps, moving to the left. Do the sequence twice.