DWTS Season 12 – Mark Ballas: “We’ll have four dances ready to go for Monday”

Mark has penned his new blog at USA Today. Sometimes I have to wonder what he knows that the rest of us don’t? All week, some of the other dancers have commented that there are THREE dances (two new and one 45 second Cha Cha that they may have to dance twice). ABC Medianet also reported they dance to three dances. Yet below, Mark says they’ve been “preparing four dances to impress the judges”. Here’s a take below where Mark talks about it.

While friggatriskaidekaphobia is an ugly word, it’s not as ominous to me as JudgePanelOfThree, or as nerve-wracking as FourDancesThisWeek. And here I am, writing to you during our Friday the 13th, the busiest week of the season so far, as we prepare four dances to impress three judges. All during Friday the 13th. How appropriate.

When I first met Chelsea in the end of February, we had three weeks to learn one dance. We spent some of that time going over our Week 2 performance, giving us a total of two weeks to learn the jive. Starting Week 3, we were given only five days to make our weekly dance performance-ready. That was enough time, and then, fittingly, a second dance was added. That made it more difficult. Once we got the hang of that, we then faced the challenge of two dances plus a group dance. Then we had to learn and get used to an instant dance on top of our other dance last week.

And now, finally, we’ll have four dances ready to go for Monday. Four. That gives us basically one day per song to choreograph, learn, tweak, and perfect each dance. It’s a huge challenge for us, but Chelsea is working harder than ever. Being at the top of the leader board again is really driving us. The finals are so close we can smell it. Sweat never smelled so sweet!

What’s more, and if you haven’t seen this tweet yet, Chelsea asked which re-do dance fans would like to see again (which wouldn’t happen until Finals, right?).

So, what do you make of all this? Do they have three or four dances this week? What do they know that we don’t? Or are Mark and Chelsea just getting ahead of themselves assuming they will be in the finals and are they just gearing up for it? If it’s the later, I find that to be a little presumptuous.