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New reality show ‘A Step Away’ goes on tour with Jennifer Lopez


There are some people on this earth who don’t mind Jennifer Lopez’s diva demands. Her backup dancers know it’s all part of the gig. See how they move in NUVOtv’s new docu-series, A Step Away, premiering 10 p.m. Thursday.

A Step Away is an all access pass to what went down last year with J.Lo on her first world tour, “Dance Again,” which spanned five continents and hit 66 cities, over a six month period. The tour stopped at AmericanAirlines Arena for two nights last summer.

Chilean-born Cat Rendic, who studied at Coral Reef High School, earned a coveted spot. But the former Miami Heat dancer (2004-05) was able to take, the, um, heat, having already traveled the globe with Ricky Martin, Jason Derulo and Shakira. “Hard work always pays off,” Tweeted the FIU alum Wednesday.

In a trailer, some scenes show Lopez giving some of the dancers (which include her boyfriend Casper Smart) a hard time and at one point says she’s “disappointed.” Thankfully, like many other reality shows, no one gets eliminated.

And you won’t see the superstar in too bad of a light; Lopez is a part-owner of the channel, NUVOtv.

Life lessons

Erstwhile rapper Vanilla Ice has turned his life around. The man now known as Rob Van Winkle is a home restoration king, with a new show premiering on the DIY Network Oct. 12, Vanilla Ice Goes Amish. The series takes Vanilla out of Palm Beach County and into Ohio to help these people (the inexplicable subjects of other reality series Breaking Amish and Amish Mafia) remodel their traditional homes. Hmmm.

Van Winkle, who turns 46 on Halloween, has been in the news lately after Miley Cyrus told Rolling Stone that Justin Bieber could end up like the Ice, Ice Baby singer if he doesn’t watch it. That was meant as an insult, of course, but Ice is cool with the comment.

“I had to go through a weekend that lasted a few years,” he told TMZ Live. “I wouldn’t wish my [former] life on my worst enemy.”

Van Winkle, who battled drugs and alcohol, warns that Cyrus and Bieber could self-destruct because they’re surrounded by artificial people in a fake world.

“Hopefully they can end up like me,” concluded Ice. “I’m blessed.”

Drama continues

Judging the behavior among castmates in season 3 of The Real Housewives of Miami makes you think: No, they can’t just get along. These past few episodes have featured so much infighting, it’s hard to tell which side anyone is on anymore.

There’s Marysol Patton vs. Lea Black. Adriana De Moura vs. Black. Joanna Krupa vs. De Moura. Seriously, get a scorecard. Now we’re thinking there will be more issues when Lisa Hochstein unveils her skincare line. The surgically enhanced Canadian, who has managed thus far to stay above the fray, tweeted on Tuesday that she was “working on logos .....this is fun’s coming alive!”

Oops. Black has her own skincare line, too. We sense trouble, which Bravo must be so psyched about.

Madeleine Marr

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