This past Monday was the most physically demanding of the entire competition so far. The paso doble was grueling and intense. I pulled my hamstring doing multiple splits in rehearsal on Friday night.
And remember the part of the Paso where I fall down "dead?" We worked on that sequence endlessly, and I believe I was dragged on the ground at least 150 times in the process ... my whole left side is black and blue!
My dance partner, Tristan, wanted me to bring fire, aggression and passion to our paso, and I think we delivered! To be honest, I was extremely disappointed with our scores, even though I value what all three judges have to say. I was thrilled that they acknowledged that I nailed the technique but had hoped for higher scores. The lower score, however, only drives me to work harder to give an even better performance!
After the gut-wrenching experience of being held in jeopardy again, Tristan and I survived another week! Trust me, we know it's thanks to you. I've always known that I have the greatest supporters throughout this journey, and it means so much to me. Many viewers have stuck by me for years, all the way back to Cochran & Grace, Court TV, HLN and now, Dancing with the Stars!
Backstage after the results show, I had the most lovely conversation with Julianne Hough and Ryan Seacrest. They are both friendly, down-to-earth and approachable and ... they blew me away! She's gorgeous and talented, and she can act and dance! And Ryan and I share something in common ... a wonderful little lady, Mrs. Mary Cartwright, who not only teaches my twins at a little Methodist play school, but she taught Ryan, too! Wow!
I also had a blast with Carson Kressley who keeps me laughing all the time ... but he keeps stealing my hairspray and wants to do the rumba with Tristan. Back off, Kressley! Tristan's all mine ... at least until Thanksgiving!
The twins are asleep, and I'm back to rehearsals at 7:45 a.m. tomorrow morning.
Until next week!