Burke is a busy woman. (Paul Redmond/WireImage)
Despite the drama, Burke thinks this season's contestants are "the best we've ever had," she adds, noting that the 9 out of 10 scores Katherine Jenkins and White both received in the premiere was the first time anyone had done so during their first dance. "I think the level of dancing this season is higher than we've ever had. It'll be really interesting to see how everybody evolves."
But the drama on the dance floor is nothing for Burke, the mother of four kids (daughters Neriah, 11, and Sierra, 9, from her first marriage to plastic surgeon Garth Fisher, and Heaven, 5, and son Shaya, 4, with David Charvet). From the moment she wakes at 6:30 a.m., it's a marathon of making breakfasts and lunches, taking everyone to school, and getting in a workout at the gym all before she even heads to work in the "Dancing With the Stars" ballroom. Luckily for Burke, 40, the show tapes early enough that "I usually make it home by bedtime, which is so great," she tells omg!. "My family comes first. I'm fortunate
Charvet and Burke with Shaya, Heaven, and Neriah. (Chelsea Lauren/WireImage)
In between her busy career and hectic home life, Burke somehow found the time to shoot a comedic short film with Claritin spoofing her life with allergies before she began using the product. In one scene, she's sneezing so much while jogging that she trips and falls face-first into a pile of mud — and no, there was no stunt double used for the dirty deed. "It was really me," Burke tells omg!. "One hundred percent really me. The mud scene wasn't totally planned, and we did it and it was crazy. For me, it was just fun to do something out of character, instead of playing myself like I usually do."
Watch Burke ham it up for Claritin:
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