Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff
Corbin Bleu is a former High School Musical star who is competing on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with season 13 champion Karina Smirnoff. The Disney alum is blogging for PEOPLE.com about his experience on ABC's hit show
This week's dances are great. We have the jazz and the slow waltz. We're having so much fun. Our jazz dance is a trio with Whitney from the troupe, and it is turning out to be pretty sick. We've pretty much thrown in everything except the kitchen sink into the number.
Our original plan was to wear jumpsuits and masks so that you couldn't tell us apart, but in the end we realized it's two girls and a guy, so you can easily tell us apart.
And once we started working with the masks, we realized it was a little more difficult to get the choreography in there. So we nixed the mask in the back and now we only have a front mask and it's only half of a mask so that way it doesn't look as terrifying.
The dance has a lot of hints of Michael Jackson. There's even a tap section at the end. Karina's never tapped before, but she's picking it up really quick. The tables have kind of turned. I've been the student the entire time, so it was fun to be able to teach her something.
Because of how many parts there are to this dance, it needs to be military tight. If one of us is off, it's going to look really sloppy. It's good because we're a lot more prepared this week. We got a good start on the routine. I'm really busy this week, but I'm better at managing my time at least.
Reflecting on the season overall, there have been moments that felt like there was no end in sight, but then sitting here now, it's like, wow, it's almost over. It's nice to be able to see the finish line, but it's also very motivating. We don't want to lose any momentum. We really want to make sure we end strong.