DWTS Season 12 – Kym Johnson and Hines Ward “Having a Blast”

On her new Ok magazine blog, Kym writes about Hines and the challenges they had before showtime Monday night one of which were SHOES. More below. Be sure to read the link too because Kym mentions them practicing for their second dance as well and more.

And all the ladies have been talking about the height of their heels, whether they should be three or four inches, and then the men complain about their little bit of heels!

I took Hines to where they make the shoes, it’s like a Willy Wonka shoe factory, because one of his feet is a little bit funky and he’s been having trouble finding the right ones that fit. So he was sitting there surrounded by like, 50 pairs of shoes, trying on all different kinds. He was so happy!

I think he’s just excited to get out there and perform. He’s an athlete, so he’s used to competing, and just focusing on what he needs to do and not others. I don’t think he’s nervous, just anxious to get out there and do what he needs to do. We even tape our practices and then watch the video afterward, so if he makes a mistake he can see it and correct it for next time.

Hines is also writing a blog for the L.A Times. He talks about his nerves, his biggest competition on the show and more.

Q: When were you more nervous, before your first Super Bowl or before your dance Monday night?
A. You really can’t compare the two. I mean, being in my first Super Bowl, I can’t even describe the feeling. I just remember thinking about it right before going onto the field for the first time and how nervous I got. And I definitely got nervous on Monday night before my first dance. But my partner, Kym Johnson, is a great teacher and she just told me to go for it, so we did. I approached my preparation for the show the same way I approach my preparation for football. And I have a great coach for each. It’s just that one is a lot prettier than the other :) but I have mad respect for both.

Q: Who do you think will be your toughest competition on the show?
A. I think all my fellow celebrity dancers are going to be tough competition. I mean, you take Sugar Ray [Leonard], for example. He is a world champion and made his living with his hands and his feet. And he doesn’t seem to age at all. Then there are Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio, who both did very well and got better scores than me. So I mean you really can’t count anybody out. I think everyone is capable of winning the Mirror Ball Trophy. I think it all comes down to who wants it the most and who works at it the hardest.

Q: Any particular style of dance you are looking forward to?
A. Since I have never done this type of dancing before, I really don’t know what exactly to look forward to. So far I have enjoyed what I have learned in the cha cha cha and I am actually looking forward to learning a wide variety of dances before this thing is over. Remember, I am a football player and that is what I do. I am not a ballroom dancer, but I am willing to be one until May 24th if the public will keep voting to keep me on.

These two are so cute! Loves them!!