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Chaz Bono ignores DWTS controversy

Chaz Bono has revealed he's too busy working on his cha-cha with dance partner Lacey Schwimmer to think about the controversy surrounding his casting on Dancing With The Stars.

Bono is the show's first transgender contestant, and some viewers and conservative media groups have responded to his casting with hateful blog posts and calls for a boycott of the hit ABC show.

But at a rehearsal in Los Angeles, Cher's 42-year-old son said he hasn't looked at the negative posts on the network's website and has received loads of support from fans on Twitter.

Bono, who began learning dance moves last week, says the controversy "hasn't taken any type of negative toll on me at all" and that he remains intent on perfecting the dance routine he'll perform in front of millions of viewers when the show premieres later this month.

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