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Corbin Bleu's DWTS Blog: You'll See 'Hints of Michael Jackson' in Our Dance

Corbin Bleu's DWTS Blog: You'll See 'Hints of Michael Jackson' in Our Dance

Originally posted 11/11/2013 03:00PM

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.

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: 'The Whole Season Is Bittersweet'

Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: 'The Whole Season Is Bittersweet'

Originally posted 11/11/2013 12:30PM

Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The longtime competitor is blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu in season 17.

I've been drinking four espressos in the morning and it's not working. I am literally dragging myself. Mentally, I'm awake to comprehend what's going on, but physically, my body is like, I don't think so. These days, once you power through, you feel better.

We didn't necessarily predict Amber [Riley] and Derek [Hough] would get a 10, but we kind of joked, "Oh, and now the last couple is dancing." We had a feeling the leader board was going to change. When the judges gave that 10, we all kind of started laughing because we knew that was going to happen.

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Who Went Home on a Cher-Themed Night of Dancing with the Stars?

UpdatePosted 11/04/2013 11:05PM

Brant Daugherty Leaves Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 11/04/2013 10:25PM

The ballroom was full of positive energy on Monday night, as Cher took over judging duties for Len Goodman on Dancing with the Stars.

At the end of the night, which was themed around the Burlesque star, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater ended up with the lowest score of 24 points out of 30 for their fun-filled disco to "Strong Enough."

So did the funny man and his partner end up getting the boot? Read on to find out.

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Corbin Bleu: 'My Confidence Gets Lower and Lower' on DWTS

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Corbin Bleu's DWTS Blog: 'My Confidence Gets Lower and Lower'

Originally posted 11/04/2013 01:45PM

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 will blog for PEOPLE about his experience on ABC's hit show.

I’m relieved last week is over! We were so excited about the Game of Thrones dance from the previous week and then we ended up with lower scores. This time we really honed in on all the technique and making sure there was no lift or semi-lift and we received high scores. We were excited.

Nicole's elimination was nuts! It goes to show you never know what's going to happen. It's all about the votes. Nicole has a very large fan base with all of her Jersey Shore people, so it was definitely a shocker. It reminds me you have to just enjoy the opportunity every week.

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Karina Smirnoff Says Dancing for Cher Is a 'Little Bit Intimidating'

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: 'It's a Very Tough Season'

Originally posted 11/04/2013 07:00AM

Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The longtime competitor will blog for PEOPLE.com about competing with former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu in season 17.

It was such a shock to see Nicole get eliminated. She did such a fantastic job on the show. And you got to see Nicole as the mother. The way she loves her baby is awesome. She's so real, but at this point it would be really difficult to see anyone leave. You usually know who's leaving and who's staying by mid-season, but it's been so unpredictable. It's a very tough season.

Corbin and I were freaking out when we had bad scores and not the best dance. We were like,'That's it. We're going home.' It's like full-on panic. We take it so personal and so emotional and you start freaking out when the red like comes on. Corbin and I we're swaying from left to right because it’s so difficult to stand still.

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: Get Ready for a Lot of Hip Action This Week | Corbin Bleu, Karina Smirnoff

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: Get Ready for a Lot of Hip Action This Week

Originally posted 10/28/2013 02:05PM

Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The longtime competitor will blog for PEOPLE.com about competing with former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu in season 17.

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WATCH: Dancing's Pairs Team Up to Compete Tonight

Dancing with the Stars: Pairs Team Up to Compete in Week 7

Originally posted 10/28/2013 01:10PM



It's time to put their teamwork to the test!

The eight remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars will perform as two teams, each comprised of four pairs, on the dance floor Monday night.

Watch the clip above to see the teams and to find out the song they'll dance to.

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Corbin Bleu: 'Time to Switch Up Our Game' on DWTS

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Corbin Bleu's DWTS Blog: 'Time to Switch Up Our Game'

Originally posted 10/28/2013 01:00PM

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 will blog for PEOPLE about his experience on ABC's hit show.

This week, we are focusing on making sure all of the elements of traditional cha-cha are in the dance.

We're also focusing on the technique, my form and giving the judges no room to dock our points for lifts or for not having all of the pieces of the cha-cha in the dance.

Besides how well we execute it, I want to make sure the emotion is there and that my form and technique are on and I don't mess up any parts of the dance.

Having had a taste of getting a 10 in the previous week, we want to try to switch up our game this week and really retrieve ourselves from last week.

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Technical Problems Cause Very Unexpected Results on DWTS

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Dancing with the Stars: Technical Problems Skew Results

Originally posted 10/21/2013 10:30PM

It was a night of exciting performances, positive reviews from the judges and a pair of big twists for the eight remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars Monday night.

First, the pairs had to perform in an improvisational switch-up challenge, which required them to show off their ability to transition seamlessly while dancing to music that suddenly changed.

Then, at elimination time, there was an even bigger twist that one no one – not even producers – had seen coming.

Keep reading to find out who will dance again next week ...

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: Corbin Is My 'Dream Partner' | Corbin Bleu, Karina Smirnoff

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: Corbin Is My 'Dream Partner'

Originally posted 10/21/2013 02:00PM

Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The longtime competitor will blog for PEOPLE.com about competing with former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu in season 17.

It was so great to be a part of Corbin's dedication to his sister last week. The reaction was so touching. I know it meant a lot to her.

I'm so stoked for tonight's dance. We're doing a Viennese waltz to the theme song from a hit HBO show. The whole package is pretty much one of the top two characters of that show and their love story. It's an incredible dance. The characters start out hating each other and then they fall in love.

It's pretty incredible how in sync Corbin and I are. We finish each other's sentences. Even our stomachs growl in sync. I have an amazing connection with him.

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