The stars of the show are already out there blogging about their dances this past week and their upcoming dances. Here’s a snippet from Brandy’s blog on Access Hollywood.
I admit that I was relieved when Maks and I were safe early on during Tuesday’s elimination show. No matter how hard you work and how much you pray, when I hear our names called, as being “safe,” it’s always a huge weight off my shoulders. Unlike Week Two (with that not-so-great-jive of mine), I have consistently tried to incorporate the judges’ critiques into my next performance. They need my toes pointed more, the next week I am pointing so hard until my ankles are sore. They need more softness and grace in my arms, the next week I’ll work on my posture and practice ballet moves at home in front of my mirror. The real trick is to remember these tips from week to week and still manage to get a brand new routine down in five days.
First, there is the general rhythm of each dance to learn. Next, is learning the choreography; add in the special musical selection and blend everything together and voila! – Monday is here. This past Monday was very special because the stage was round. It definitely created a much more intimate atmosphere with the audience. I truly felt the romance in the air when Maks and I stepped on the dance floor for our Rumba.
From the costume design to the sweet and sensual Maxwell song, the mood was set, and I remember floating on air as I focused on my partner. It was our best dance ever and we were so pleased with how things felt that the judges’ praise was really just the topping on our already full sundae!! Each week, I feel that I am getting stronger and faster in picking up the new dances as Maks and I have finally sunk into our own special rhythm. We’ve bonded as a team and I really do look forward to our time together in rehearsals and on the dance floor.
Now, before you all get dreamy-eyed, I am standing firm by our ‘we’re just friends’ motto. I know that I mentioned that I haven’t been in love in over six years, but the truth is, I’m not looking for love. I’m waiting for love… and there is a huge difference. My life is very full right now and I have my daughter, my family, my friends, and my full work schedule to keep me happy in the meantime. Love with that special someone will find us both in the right place at the right time and I’m open and ready for that at anytime.
And here is a snippet of Mark Ballas’ blog from USA Today. I have to disagree with him about what the judges gave him and Bristol for scores. If I was a judge, I would have given him an even lower score. Sorry.
Tuesday night was terrible on my nerves. Terrible! Being in jeopardy is not fun at all. I get anxious, but I don’t stress because I’m 100% confident that Bristol and I are prepared when we hit the dance floor. It’s a cliché but we live to not regret, which is what drives us to work as hard as we do. But those commercial breaks in between the results seem like they’re thirty minutes each!
(Pro dancer) Derek (Hough and partner Jennifer Grey ) killed it this week. His dance was clean, slick, and sharp. Jenny looked beautiful and had great posture and grace. Brandy and (pro dancer partner) Maks (Chmerkovskiy ) keep getting better and I look for them to really push hard in the coming weeks.
This week I’m most looking forward to my costume. Since Halloween is quickly coming upon us, that’s the theme. (This past week was Story Week.) I can’t reveal my costume or the song we’re dancing to, but I can tell you our dance step. We’ll be rehearsing the jive. It’s kind of like the quick step. Bristol did very well with that, so I expect the same with this one. I can’t wait to get to it so we can give our fans the performance they expect!
Now, about those judges. I was really disappointed and angry with the 4 that we received. I thought the scoring was a little inconsistent this week. I’ve been doing this a long time and I genuinely think our performance was worthy of a score higher than that 4! The great news is that will continue to motivate us and drive us to work tirelessly to prove those judges wrong!
Stay tuned for more Blogs coming soon!