Viewers love the smiles, sequins and funky steps but behind the glamour of Dancing With The Stars competitors are put through beauty boot camp.

Model Lara Bingle says it starts with six hours a day of dance practice. She follows that with workouts with a personal trainer to keep the famous body in shape.

Then there are hours spent on teeth whitening, waxing, eyelashes, hair extensions, tans and other body maintenance essentials.

Last week Bingle visited Sydney dentist David Carr to have her teeth laser-cleaned for the debut of the show tonight on Seven.

"I didn't get a fake tan and I have no hair extensions but maybe some eyelashes," she said.

"For me, at the end of the day, I think less is more."

Executive producer Karen Green says contestants can spend many hours in the makeup chair before a show.

"It comes as quite a shock to most people what is involved," she said.

"There's lots of bling, accessories, tanning, hair clipping, manicures, pedicures and all of that."

Among Bingle's competitors are celebrity chef Manu Feildel, socialite Brynne Edelsten, Home And Away actor Dan Ewing, singer Damien Leith and newsreader Samantha Armytage. Feildel is an early favourite to win.

Bingle, 23, hopes the show will give the public a better idea of who she is.

Although nervous to be out of her comfort zone on the dance floor, she plans to have lots of fun.

"I kind of feel I am growing into my own," she said.

"I was in a relationship with another high-profile person and I feel I've come out of that shadow and am doing my own thing. I have never been this busy. I am happier than ever."

Source: The Sunday Telegraph
Date: 8th May 2011