DWTS12, Week 9 – Chelsea Kane Talks 15 Point Cha Cha, No Room For An Off Day, and More

In a new TV Guide interview, Chelsea tells of how her and Mark are preparing for tonight’s dances including the 15 point Cha Cha which she says will guarentee the winner of placing in the top spot and going to the finals (I am still having huge issues with this.). She also talks about her and Mark clicking better and their individual dances. More below and at TV Guide.

Are you more focused on the individual dances or the cha-cha?
Kane: We started with our winner-takes-all cha-cha. The couple that wins gets an extra 15 points. That is a huge deal! Usually first, second and third place are only separated by a few points. To have an extra 15 points, like, pretty much guarantees you a spot up top and maybe even in the finals.

This is the third time all of you will be doing the cha-cha. What’s the deal? Why didn’t they assign a new dance or a different one that you’ve already done?
Kane: [Laughs] The cha-cha has made a lot of appearances this year! I think it’s because it’s something we’re all relatively good at it and, like you said, we have all done it twice already. It may be easier getting back into it in a week with three dances as opposed to learning a completely new one or something, even if that would maybe be more exciting.

What’s your plan for the other two dances? The judges have harped on you for focusing too much on the story.
Kane: Yeah, the funny thing is that we’ve been so out-of-the-box that now when we go traditional, people are like, “Whoa! We didn’t see that coming!” We are going a little more traditional. Whenever we get our music, it’s not like we sit down and go, “What can we go to get us in trouble?” Mark really comes up with choreography based on what the music gets out of him. I mean, when you get Deadmau5 and Harry Potter, you really gotta go with it! [Laughs] This week, we have two really beautiful, really classic songs, so I think the dances will reflect that.

Is there anything you’re working on improving this week?
Kane: I think everything. The cha-cha — making it straight-legged and technically perfect. We want to win that. So far, Kirstie Alley has been such a fan-favorite with her cha-chas that we definitely have serious competition! I think with Argentine tango — just making it sexy and not overly aggressive and selling that. The rumba — making it sexy as well and smooth. … I’m glad these [two] dances are coming toward the end of the run, now that I’m a little more comfortable in my own skin and a little more comfortable with Mark and being out on the dance floor.

Here they are on The Insider talking about Kim’s injury, their relationship, and their dances. Chelsea is most excited about their Argentine Tango tonight. (If the video below doesn’t work, see the link)

EDIT TO ADD: The New York Post has a new interview up with Chelsea as well. Below she talks of her biggest competition. Much more at the link.

PW: Did you expect that Hines Ward, Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio would be in the finals with you?
Chelsea: I definitely thought so, but for such different reason. Hines can really move, and really surprised us all. Ralph is just so dedicated and knows how to perform. Kirstie Alley’s personality is larger than life – she’s so entertaining, I love her as much as America. So the fact I’m in the finals with them is awesome.

PW: Who do you see as your biggest competition?
Chelsea: In all honesty, I think Kirstie. She can dance and has a great partner. I know how much I enjoy having them on the show, I can only assume America feels the same way [laughs].