By People Staff
December 18, 2008 12:00 AM
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The Dancing With the Stars tour kicked off in San Diego Wednesday night and Lance Bass couldn’t be happier.

Bass, who toured for a number of years with ‘N Sync, tells PEOPLE his favorite part of being on the road is living on a bus.

“I love, love riding on a tour bus, sleeping on a tour bus. I’m more comfortable on my tour bus than I am in my actual home. The buses are so comfortable — much better than when I was on the road with ‘N Sync,” he says.

Something fans catching the show will love are new costumes and fresh performances by the stars and the pro dancers.

“There are huge costume changes — like every five minutes,” Bass says. “We’re all changing back there. They’ve outdone themselves. The show came together so quick and I’m so impressed that everyone could do it. We had two days off and then boom, we were back. It’s just amazing.”

This time around, Bass says he and partner Lacey Schwimmer are at ease because “unlike on the show, there’s really no expectations. Everybody is there to have fun.” The pair team for four numbers in the production, which also features two musical performances by Bass’s fellow season 7 contestant, Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton.

What fans will enjoy most of all, Bass says, “is all the dancing by the pro dancers. They do these incredible numbers that they really couldn’t showcase on the TV show. The dancing is over-the-top great. Maks (Chmerkovskiy) who choreographed the show did an amazing job. The choreography is set to a good variety of music and there’s a good variety of dances. There’s a lot of group numbers, too, where we’re dancing with the pros and that makes me feel very inadequate,” he says, laughing. “But honestly, the show really showcases every dancer, even the celebrities.”

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