Candace Cameron Bure's DWTS Blog: 'My Footwork Is Jumbled'
updated 03/24/2014 AT 05:15 PM EDT
•originally published 03/24/2014 AT 08:50 AM EDT
I can't believe Carrie Ann Inaba gave me a 9 on my first dance! Mark and I were ecstatic!
I guess the lights, the camera and the thrill of performing live gave me an extra boost that even Mark was surprised to see. I really did give it my all that night and was happy with my overall performance.
Your support through Twitter and Facebook has been incredible and I appreciate all your kind words and encouragement. I will admit though, that week two feels like a little more pressure after scoring so well; I just hope I'm not a one-hit wonder!
Viewers may have caught my shocked face at the end of the show during week one, when it was announced that the dance I wanted to do most was the rumba. Um … I honestly didn't think I said that!
I've really wanted to do the Venetian waltz most, but the camera didn't lie during my at-home interview when I did in fact say the rumba, since it would be so challenging. Grrrrr … I could kick myself! The rumba has definitely proved to be more challenging than I would have preferred for my second week's dance.
One of the most difficult parts going into week two is that we only have five days to learn a brand new dance, compared to 14 days before starting the show. The amount of time is a drastic cut and without increased hours in the dance studio, it's easy to say I've been a bit frustrated. My legs, feet, arms, hands, hips and mind aren't as coordinated and in sync as I wished they were.
The thing I have to remember most is that I'm not a professional dancer and have no prior dance experience to this show, so I can't expect myself to be great and flawless in five days! That's when I take a deep breath and remember to have fun, because when it comes down to it, that's really the whole point of this experience.
By Friday, I still can't get through the entire routine. I'm sloppy and my footwork is jumbled. The rumba is a slow and sexy dance. Slow is the hard part. Every movement is exaggerated and noticed. There is no bounce to cover up a misstep or flaw.
Having a more athletic sports background, which complemented my contemporary routine, I'm finding that soft, elegant and small steps are proving to be a difficult transition for me.
The producers also told me on Saturday that I needed to change my shoes. I was planning on wearing a flat shoe so it looked as if I were barefoot, but because I actually was barefoot for week one, I was told I needed to wear the proper Latin dance shoe.
Ahhh! I haven't even tried them on yet, let alone work through my jumbled routine in them two days before the live show. But that's just all a part of this competition, right?
I will surely need your votes because I can't do this without you! I know it's not polite or proper to beg, but I have no shame – our voting number is 1800-VOTE4-07. Vote Candace and Mark #DJCandyBall.
And don't forget to stay tuned until the very end of the show when they talk about the switch-up and what you'll need to do.
What do you think about the switch-up twist this year? Are you excited to choose a new partner for us or would you rather stick to rooting for the current teams? Sound off in the comments!