Plus, the ESPN reporter singles out her favorite for season 13

By Melody Chiu
September 12, 2011 09:15 AM
Matt Sayles/AP

Erin Andrews danced her way to the finals in the 10th season of Dancing with the Stars, and now the sportscaster has some advice for the new cast.

“Just really enjoy it and take it all in,” Andrews, 33, told PEOPLE over the phone recently. “There’s a day that you’re going to practice and your body hurts and you’re so tired you can’t even think about performing another dance, but when it’s over, you miss it a lot.”

While it’s no surprise the ESPN reporter is rooting for former partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, there’s one newcomer she’s hoping will take home the mirror-ball trophy.

“I am obsessed with Nancy Grace,” said Andrews, who is the new face of StubHub’s Girl’s Night Out program. “The one thing I’m really, really bummed out about is that [she] wasn’t on my season. I want her to have a great time and do well and really enjoy it.”

As for the rumors she’s dating Cougartown actor Josh Hopkins, 41, “I definitely have my eye on someone. You can leave it at that,” she said, with a laugh.

One thing’s for sure: the self-professed workaholic is finally learning to slow down and take time for herself.

“For the past 10 years, I’ve been really cutthroat and worked every single day,” she said. “I hope to be a mom with a couple of kids and it’s kind of hard to have this lifestyle and travel and have a family.”