Lindsay Arnold chatted with Entertainment Tonight about how she felt about her and Calvin Johnson’s face off dance. She was so happy they were able to get “8’s” last night. She couldn’t be more proud of Calvin. Here is more…
It showed in the judges scoring, but in your opinion, would you say this was your guys’ best night yet?
I would say for sure this was our best night yet. He did something that I was NOT expecting! When we stepped out on the dance floor, his performance was better than I’ve ever seen it. He really turned it on and gave it everything he’s got. It was our best dance, not just because of the judges’ scores, but because it was a breakthrough for Calvin — showing he has more sides to him and that he’s willing to do what it takes to be the best dancer. He wants to win this thing!
I’m so impressed by how bright his personality shines on that stage. In last week’s dress rehearsal, you were telling me he was really hard on himself and nervous. How was he feeling this week?
Calvin is a perfectionist. Even when he’s doing a good job, he still wants to be better. It’s great because it makes him work even harder, and for me, I don’t have to pull that out of him — he just wants to do it. Last night when he got the 8s he was so happy, and extremely proud of himself. But then immediately he was like, “OK, well, we gotta be better now. Now we have to get better than 8, we can’t stay the same.”
You guys are now clear frontrunners in this competition. How do you plan to stay at the top?
I don’t think people expected us to be the highest scorers of the night. So, I think if we just keep continuing to do what we’re doing, we’ll be fine. Calvin is getting better every single week, and I don’t want that to stop — I don’t want him to get comfortable. This week, I’m really going to harp him on that. Yes, we’re at the top, but that can be gone so quickly. He does not want to go down, so we’re going to stay at the top and to do anything we can to prove he’s improving every week.
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