Dancing With the Stars

Carrie Ann Inaba's 5 Rules for Winning DWTS

09/27/2010 at 10:00 AM EDT

The road to victory on Dancing With the Stars surely seems like a long and winding one for the remaining contestants. At this early point in the season, the stars have hundreds of hours of rehearsal and thousands of dance steps ahead of them, not to mention the nerve-wracking live performances themselves.

But to get their hands on the disco-ball trophy, they'll have to follow just five easy steps, according to Carrie Ann Inaba.

The judge chats with PEOPLE about her rules for winning the competition – and includes some technique, a bit of strategy and even a feel-good pep talk. What could be easier?
Tim Nudd

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