Baz Luhrmann wields judges' paddle on `Dancing'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - September 28, 2009

Baz Luhrmann is serving as a guest judge on the hit ABC dance show on Monday and Tuesday as head judge Len Goodman takes a week off.

The 47-year-old Australian filmmaker wrote and directed "Strictly Ballroom" in 1992, which launched his film career.

"Dancing" host Tom Bergeron says that movie "was a major inspiration in the creation of this little show."

Luhrmann says his mother was a professional ballroom judge and that he called her for advice before his two-day stint on "Dancing."

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