“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 saved. Woo hoo! It was so nice that Sabrina and I were the first couple to be saved from elimination last Tuesday. What a crazy elimination it was. Even though we were so excited to be at the top of the leader board for our Quickstep, we were sad by the duo that got eliminated. None of us expected Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson to be eliminated. Joey is sorely missed at the rehearsal studio. He was always in the best mood and he truly lightened up the atmosphere. Kym was lovely as ever.
For this week’s “Iconic Dances Week,” the competition is fierce and every couple is pulling out all stops – literally people are flying, there are extras, and elaborate set pieces. It’s going to be amazing. It’s also a lot of pressure for all of us, including the celebs, but somehow I’m loving every minute of it.
Having Sabrina as my partner is such a blessing and I love pushing her to the limit. She never says “no,” never complains, and always is 100% committed to what she’s doing. When I say, ‘This time just take it easy,’ it’s so refreshing to hear her say, “No, No, No, I can’t, I have to do it full out.” That’s the spirit I love.
This week we have a Paso Doble, which is not just iconic because the couple who danced it before us got three 10s but it has a high sentimental value to Sabrina. You’ll have to watch the show tonight to see the heartfelt reason why. I can’t wait to show you our Paso Doble. At the end I’m doing a trick with Sabrina that’s kinda scary and I’ve never attempted with a celeb. Cross your fingers …haha!
There’s no real pattern of dances this week as in the first two weeks. Some couples dance Paso Doble, some Tango, Cha Cha, Quickstep, Foxtrot. It’s a mix of everything. (Just as a side note, lifts are not allowed in any of the dances performed tonight, so you can look out yourself to see if any couples break the rules.) Hopefully there will still be lots of content within the dances. As Len said, he wants the celebs to go all out in their creative directing, but not go overboard so there won’t be enough content within the dance. It’s going to be interesting to see what the celebs have come up with while taking the lead in the creative department!
At the rehearsal studio there’s such a nice atmosphere. Even though we are all competing for the same trophy, we are also helping each other where we can to make sure everybody is at their best.
I love the saying, “May the best dancer win.” After all, we can only control our dancing, none of us can control the judges or you guys at home (I wish we could, haha).
In the end we are all in this together to create the best show on TV, full of entertainment, amazing journeys all while having a good time with our cast mates. I think that chemistry comes through the TV screen and makes “Dancing With the Stars” such a success.
Enjoy the show, and if you have the urge to share your opinion with me, you know where to find me on Twitter @LouisvanAmstel!