Bill Won’t Be Tan­go­ing Any­where!

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Will his in­volve­ment on Italy’s ver­sion of DANC­ING WITH THE STARS (BALLANDO CON LE STELLE) pull Don Di­a­mont (Bill) away from his on­go­ing front­burner sto­ry­line at THE BOLD & THE BEAU­TI­FUL? Not a chance!

The In Depth Story: Even in the midst of film­ing in­tense scenes for B&B’s “Who shot Bill?” mys­tery, Di­a­mont was fever­ishly train­ing in Fe­bru­ary to com­pete on the Ital­ian se­ries, the first live show of which aired on March 10. In re­cent weeks, the ac­tor has been con­tin­u­ously com­mut­ing be­tween Los An­ge­les and

Rome to re­hearse with part­ner Han- na Kar­tun­nen. “It’s chal­leng­ing,” he con­cedes of the sched­ul­ing lo­gis­tics. “It’s also phys­i­cally and men­tally very tough.

“But,” he adds, “it’s been a lot of fun as well.”

The ac­tor plans to spend three weeks of B&B’s up­com­ing April hia­tus in Italy com­pet­ing, and in prepa­ra­tion for that, he taped a lot of the soap’s episodes in ad­vance. “You won’t be see­ing any less of Bill,” as­sures a B&B spokes­woman. “Don’s been shoot­ing four episodes a day, so we’re

“It’s been de­mand­ing in ev­ery con­ceiv­able way, but I wel­come the chal­lenge. ”

work­ing him to death while we have him!”

As for his crash course in dance, Di­a­mont — who suf­fered a hip in­jury dur­ing re­hearsals ear­lier this month that re­quired an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory in­jec­tions — re­ports, “My part­ner is a le­gendary ball­room champ, and she’s just out­stand­ing. I’ve had no for­mal dance train­ing of any kind be­fore this. It’s been de­mand­ing in ev­ery con­ceiv­able way, but I wel­come the chal­lenge. Every­one there has been very wel­com­ing of me and sup­port­ive.”

Di­a­mont, here per­form­ing on March 10 with Kar­tun­nen, is paso doble-ing back and forth be­tween Los An­ge­les and Rome.

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