" Dancing With the Stars" pro Louis van Amstel blogs on season 15 of "DWTS." The three-time world dance champion and creator of LaBlast fitness-based dance DVD workouts returns for his eighth season and takes you behind the scenes on the hit ABC show. You can find him on Twitter @LouisvanAmstel.
Another week on " Dancing With the Stars" has gone by like the wind.
It's the most amazing season on so many levels: the talent, production, surprise elements, and the friendships that we're building are bigger and better than ever.
Each week, it's such fun to be able to use so many more props and light effects. It really does add more entertainment value to the show. I feel so blessed to be part of this all-star cast and to still be in the competition with my partner Sabrina Bryan.
(It's almost scary to think of what will need to be choreographed and performed in the final by any couple with already such a high level of dancing on display! Isn't it amazing that every single couple is pushing themselves to the limit to give you guys at home a thrill of a lifetime every Monday night?!)
This week is an exciting one featuring team dances. It brings more anxiety for us having two dances to focus on. Sabrina and I are part of the "Call Me Maybe" team with Shawn Johnson, Derek Hough, Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani, Apolo Ohno, and Karina Smirnoff. We are being very ambitious with our group dance, pushing the skill level and taking risks. Hopefully it pays off, but we had a lot of fun coming up with our concept, costumes, and choreography. It might not be what you expect! (Am I teasing you too much right now? Haha).
It's also "Guilty Pleasures" week, where each celeb has to fess up on something no one knows and might be quite embarrassing. Sabrina's guilty pleasure takes us back to one of the most famous fairytales in history and shows a different side of Sabrina that got me choked up during rehearsal. It's so beautiful to see a change happen in front of my eyes and see Sabrina show such vulnerability. Our Waltz pretty much represents every woman's dream of becoming a princess, being swept away by her prince and having him swirl her across the dance floor in the most romantic setting. It's a feeling everyone should have at least once in their lifetime.
Even though Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke explained this week's changes, I want to make sure you guys are aware tonight's show is only one hour and Tuesday's show starts an hour earlier and is also a regular show. On both shows at 8/7c, one team performs their group dance and the couples from the other team do their solo dances. Our team, team "Call me Maybe," performs tonight and we will do our solo dances on Tuesday night. Team "Gangnam Style" performs Tuesday, but their solo dances will be performed tonight.
Even though there's no elimination this week it doesn't mean your votes aren't important! On the contrary, it's really important to vote this week, because all your votes will be added to next week's scores! VOTE VOTE VOTE, capiche? Haha… Next week is supposed to be a normal elimination, but you never know what kind of curveball the producers are going to throw at us!
Enjoy the show!
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