With her dazzling smile, sexy attire, and hot moves on the dance floor, Erin Andrews may seem like the most confident contender on this season of Dancing With the Stars, but according to her partner (and rumored boyfriend) Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the ESPN sportscaster was hardly the powerhouse she is today when she first began rehearsals. “She came in as somebody who got really hurt and could put up an incredible wall around her. Maybe people misunderstood her personality as being kind of stand-offish,” the dancing pro told In Touch at the 11th Annual Maxim Hot 100 Party in LA on May 19. Luckily Erin, who suffered through a stalker nightmare last year, eventually blossomed before the camera. “Now, people think she is goofy and funny and sexy, and she likes to dress up and show off!” Maksim added. The talented twosome has tangoed to the top three, and is now in the running to win on the season finale of the ABC hit dancing competition this week. But Maks thinks his golden girl has already taken home the prize. “She's a winner already,” he said. Erin’s stalker, Michael David Barrett, was recently sentenced to 30 months in prison after he was convicted of secretly videotaping the star through hotel peepholes on at least three separate occasions.