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Cher says her son is courageous. Kristin Cavallari says he's confident.

Chaz Bono will need every ounce of both on Dancing With the Stars.

The controversial transgendered contestant has generated tons of buzz in the weeks leading up to the September 19 premiere, but can he actually dance? Insiders say that, at least thus far, Chaz suffers from a lack of rhythm.

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Even Cher said she was surprised Chaz is doing DWTS - not because of his gender change, but because he has NO moves. Can he learn fast enough?

Either way, it's always been more about making a statement than the dancing itself, and fan support can carry a contestant at least a few weeks.

On the flip side, DWTS set sources say Chaz is VERY well-liked among the professional dancers and contestants - "a very cool dude," one says.

Indeed, he's handled the scrutiny surrounding his casting well so far. When he bows out - even if it's one week - expect his head to be held high.

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Will Cher perform on Dancing With the Stars this season? That's unclear, but she's made it clear she will be there at least once to support son Chaz Bono.

Sources connected with Cher and Chaz say the criticism over a transgender contestant has given the star even more resolve to stand behind her child.

Cher is not saying which day she'll show, or if she will sing on one of the results show, but has made it clear she will be in the audience "at least once."

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Insiders say Cher's motive is not to drive votes for her son but simply to show support and make a statement against what she considers to be bigotry.

Last week, the proud mom took to Twitter to hit back at those who say Chaz - her only child with Sonny Bono - coming on the show is somehow wrong.

While there have been some harsh critics, Bono has the vocal support of partner Lacey Schwimmer, as well as co-stars Elisabetta Canalis and Kristin Cavallari.

Nice to see Cher showing support in person - would you expect otherwise?

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Kristin Cavallari fully supports Chaz Bono on Dancing With the Stars.

Her only concern? Getting shown up by the guy on the dance floor!

One of the most controversial contestants in DWTS history, Chaz Bono is also one to watch out for in the competition, if you take Kristin's word for it.

“He has that confidence, which I think is a huge deal,” she shared with Access Hollywood's Billy Bush. “You need a lot of confidence to win this thing.”

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But Kristin Cavallari has pinpointed another contestant to win it all: “I think Ricki Lake, I really do,” she shared. “And I’ve seen her dance, actually. She’s good.”

One guy who will likely not be hoisting the Mirror Ball: Rob Kardashian.

“I think his mom’s kind of making him do it, to be honest,” Cavallari said.

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Chaz Bono believes his controversial stint on Dancing with the Stars will be good for America due of its "positive impact on kids with gender dysphoria."

He said, "When I was growing up, if I would have seen someone like me on a show like this, it would have made all the difference in the world."

Bono told Good Morning America that it's "crazy" people are boycotting the show and that despite all he's gone through, he's just "a regular guy."

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Meanwhile, attorney Gloria Allred and lesbian rights activists will hold (what else) a news conference today to protest Dr. Keith Ablow and others decrying Bono.

There will be dance and viewing parties across the U.S. for DWTS' September 19 season premiere, and Gloria encouraged everyone to openly support Chaz.

Allred says she'll be personally doing her part in that mission, offering to "dance with every transgender person" who shows up at the L.A. party.

Who could pass up that offer?

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Chaz Bono has said that the considerable backlash against him joining Dancing With the Stars this season only motivates him to work harder.

Apparently so. He's lost five pounds just six days of rehearsals.

People reports that Bono is being whipped into shape by his partner, 23-year-old former So You Think You Can Dance finalist Lacey Schwimmer.

Bono’s weight loss is a result of adding dancing into his regular routine, and is not a result of any dietary changes - but he still diets ardently.

Chaz Works Out

Bono has reportedly been adamant that some of the junk food on the show's rehearsal sets - courtesy of producers - could be thwarting his diet.

Chips, candy, granola and protein bars? Not gonna cut it. He has already made some very specific food requests in an effort to get into top shape.

He may not have the dance background (according to mom Cher) but it sounds like Bono is determined to put every ounce of effort into this.

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In the face of growing criticism - Dr. Keith Ablow says parents should keep their kids away from Dancing with the Stars, while OneMillionMoms dot com says "Christians should not watch" - Chaz Bono is not phased.

Instead, the controversial cast member sounds inspired.

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The backlash has "made me realize I'm really glad I'm doing this, because America really needs to see this," Bono told ABC News. "It just kind of shows why for me it's important to be on the show because so little still is known about what it means to be transgender. And there's so many just completely inaccurate stereotypes and thoughts that people have."

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Lacey Schwimmer is on his side. So is Elisabetta Canalis.

But there's at least one person who would vote Chaz Bono off Dancing with the Stars right now if he could: Dr. Keith Ablow.

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Not everyone finds Chaz Bono's appearance on Dancing with the Stars to be funny.

Referring to Bono's presence on the show as "toxic," the psychiatrist has written an editorial for Fox News which reads:

I advise parents to not allow their children to watch the episodes in which Chaz appears.

The last thing vulnerable children and adolescents need, as they wrestle with the normal process of establishing their identities, is to watch a captive crowd in a studio audience applaud on cue for someone whose search for an identity culminated with the removal of her breasts, the injection of steroids and, perhaps one day soon, the fashioning of a make-shift phallus to replace her vagina.

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Despite a past laden with naked photos, no one said much when Brooke Burke was cast on Dancing with the Stars.

But complaints have been pouring in from certain circles now that Chaz Bono, the transgender child of Cher and Sonny Bono, has been named a competitor on the new season of this ABC hit.

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So far, both Bono's mother and Lacey Schwimmer have come to his defense. And we can now add George Clooney's ex to that list, as fellow cast member Elisabetta Canalis tells E! News of Chaz's inclusion:

"I'm so happy to be on this show with him. He represents a big community, so we need it on TV. We need to talk about it, we need to see people."

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Lacey Schwimmer really doesn't get it.

Some people are taking issue with Chaz Bono appearing on Dancing with the Stars because this individual has undergone a gender transformation? This is an example of Hollywood tearing down traditional values? Really?!?

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"It's disappointing," Schwimmer, who is partnered with Bono on DWTS, told The Insider. "No human is perfect, so why are they pointing out what they perceive to be an imperfection in someone else? It's not cool. We're all taught to not bully, or harass, and treat everyone as equals yet all these people are doing exactly the opposite."

Earlier today, Cher also stood by her controversial son. It should all make up for an interesting, highly-related season of Dancing with the Stars, that's for certain.

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Upset by the harsh criticism of Chaz Bono being cast on Dancing With the Stars, his famous mom is rallying to transgendered contestant's defense.

Cher, who fully backed Chaz's decision to become a man, offered overwhelming support of Chaz on Twitter and urged her followers to do the same, writing:

"Lovelies! Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on DWTS! This is Still America right? It took guts 2 do it."

"I support him no matter what he chooses 2do! God! will here always be haters! It took COURAGE 2 do dwts! TG Chaz has Unlimited supply."

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Cher added: "Can u guys check out sites & give him your support ? BTW ...Mothers don't stop Getting angry with stupid bigots who fk with their children!"

"I Will bet the VAST MAJORITY of People will LOVE CHAZ on DWTS ! & it's took Fkg Guts 2! Chaz isn't exactly the "Gotta Dance Gotta Dance" kinda Guy."

Doesn't sound like he'll be the frontrunner based on his dance moves, according to his mom, but if she has anything to say about it, he'll win over fans.

For his part, Chaz appreciated Cher's words, responding:

"Thanks for all your support mom. The haters are just motivating me to work harder than ever and stay on DWTS as long as I possibly can."

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