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After weeks of hype, legendary singer/actress Cher was on hand to watch Dancing With the Stars in person Monday, generating major buzz in the audience and backstage.

Not that Chaz Bono noticed.

The controversial contestant, the first transgendered competitor in DWTS' 13 seasons, tried to tune out his mom - and stepmother Mary Bono, who was also there.

“I try to just focus on [Lacey Schwimmer] and what we’re doing,” said Bono, whose Rocky themed paso doble earned a standing ovation from his teary-eyed mother.

At the same time, ”It was a great night. It was so nice to have everyone here. It pumped me up. I know my mom was really proud of me and that was awesome.”

His performance wasn’t bad, either. Watch it, plus an interview with him, below:

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Chaz Bono stopped by the Ellen DeGeneres Show today to chat about competing on the new season of Dancing With the Stars, and the hurdles he's faced.

While he knew that, as the show's first transgendered star, some people would have a problem with him, he never expected the backlash to be this bad.

After he explained what it felt like to be in his shoes, Ellen was less diplomatic in pointing out the ridiculousness of those (cough, Dr. Keith Ablow) who are anti-Chaz:

Later in the interview, they received a phone call from his biggest fan - mother Cher, who didn't hesitate to lash out, like she has before, at the haters.

"If you got that excess time and that amount of hostility, I'm not sure I can say anything to you that would make you change your feelings," she said.

"I don't know that I would have any magic words to soothe you, to comfort you into not being terrified of my child on Dancing With the F--cking Stars."

How awesome is Cher?

She did admit that she's worried about one thing: Chaz's dance moves. "You doing this dance is about as scary as you making 'the change,'" she says.

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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?

Chaz on DWTS: What's your take?


[Photos: Fame Pictures]

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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."

[Photos: Fame Pictures,]

Chaz Bono Biography

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