“Tech icon Steve Wozniak, who co-founded Apple and helped popularize personal computing, is obviously unafraid to try new things.,” Gabriel Madway reports for Reuters. “His latest venture is competing in ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ ABC’s reality TV show which returns for an eighth season on March 9.”

Madway reports, “Nothing prepared the 58-year-old man, known to many as simply ‘the Woz,’ for a turn as a competitive dancer. Wozniak had previously turned down an invitation to appear on the prime-time TV show, which drew 19 million U.S. viewers last season, and only relented after a friend pressed him, he told Reuters.”

“‘We had one day of practice, that one day of practice is the scariest thing of my life ever,’ Wozniak said in a phone interview on Friday. ‘I was already kind of shaking over nervousness. But I can’t learn. It seems like some very, very simple things are very difficult to learn and remember all these things,'” Madway reports. “But Wozniak said he is having a ball practicing with partner Karina Smirnoff. ‘I’m getting so sore and tired but I go in there and I work hard,’ he said. ‘I’m starting to get the feeling that we’ll actually pull something off that will look like a dance.'”

Madway reports, “He wouldn’t make any predictions about the competition — which include rapper Lil’ Kim, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson and former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor — but Wozniak may have a secret weapon in his cult-like following in the tech world. A Facebook page and website have already sprung up to rally tech geeks to vote for him. ‘If enough hackers care for me … maybe I’ll win the popular vote,’ Wozniak said. ‘I don’t have any ideas that I can be a professional dancer.'”

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MacDailyNews Note: Apple co-founder Woz hopes Mac users everywhere watch, root, and vote for him on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

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ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” will have its two-hour season premiere on Monday, March 9, 2009 at 8:00-10:02 p.m., ET.