05:29 PM EDT 09/28/2015
Originally posted 09/23/2015 11:15AM
There were definitely some tears Tuesday night after Victor and I found out we were eliminated, but I wasn't crying about losing the competition.
Yes, Dancing with the Stars is a TV show, and you always have to keep that in mind, but at the end of the day what I'm the most sad about is that Vic and I won't be rehearsing every day together. What I'm going to miss most is going to the studio every day and seeing his face – seeing him jump up and down and trying to joke with me.
I'm going to miss Vic's vibrant spirit and getting to see him work so hard and try his best to actually deliver it every show. Those are the moments that made this season so precious to me.
Originally posted 09/22/2015 01:00PM
I think Monday night went really great for us. Victor's sombrero prop didn't work the way it was supposed to, and I was a little worried that was going to trip him up. When you have a performer on stage, they know how to recover fast. Victor is used to racing, not being on stage. But he recovered and finished strong. I take my hat off to him – even if his fell off!
Karina Smirnoff's Dancing with the Stars Blog: Why I Threatened to (Literally) Whip My Partner Victor Espinoza into Shape
Originally posted 09/21/2015 01:00PM
Even though we only scored a 15 out of 30 last week, I think Victor and I did what we hoped to accomplish: entertain.
Being the first couple to perform on the first live show was a lot of pressure. Victor and I both have short attention spans so I knew I had to keep us in the zone during the time in between the opening number and our dance. I was kept telling him, "Let's just stay focused for the next five minutes." And the audience was yelling, "Victor! Victor!" And he was waving. And the music was about to start. I turned into the crazy woman yelling, "Concentrate! 5, 6, 7, 8 ..."
But I couldn't have asked him to do a better job. He didn't miss a step. We had worked on that hip action for days. I told him that if his hips didn't move on Monday, I was going to turn him into American Pharaoh and use the whip on him. So he definitely brought the hips to the ballroom.
Snakes, Snacks and Fancy Footwork – How Dancing with the Stars' Season 21 Celebs Got into the Groove
Originally posted 09/14/2015 06:10PM
Luckily for this season's contestants, their initial encounters with the pros and with America's latest dance obsession were (mostly) stress-free. Sure, they might not have expected to hop straight into the splits or find themselves becoming the center of attention quite so quickly, but nobody said the quest for the Mirrorball Trophy would be easy.
Below, check out all 13 stars at the very beginning of their DWTS journey. Piece of advice: If you're smart, you'll follow Paula Deen's lead and rustle up some snacks before getting down to business.
Originally posted 09/14/2015 03:00PM
Dancing with the Stars is always a roller coaster ride, and for this season we are going bigger with everything – which is a lot of fun. We have a huge opening number for the premiere tonight that we shot at Los Angeles' Hollywood and Highland intersection. So, besides the dances we've been figuring out with our partners, there is this other big production number we've had to worry about.
This season, I'm partnered with Victor Espinoza. He's a sweetheart with the spirit and heart of a champion. His story is amazing. He didn't start out with a lot of means to live on. He moved to America and lived in a barn with horses because he loved them and wanted to become a jockey but didn't have the means to go to training, and now he has prevailed. He's a Triple Crown winner. That hasn't been done in 37 years!
All that said, it's a big challenge for us to work together because of our height difference. Even if I don't wear heels, I am still about 4 or 5 in. taller than Vic. And if I put on my famous Latin heels that are practically 4 in. high, we're looking at an even bigger difference in height.
Originally posted 08/18/2015 02:00PM
The one-time Mirror Ball champ will head back to the ABC show Sept. 14; Val Chmerkovskiy and Witney Carson are also set to return
Originally posted 06/26/2015 12:00PM
Love is in the air on the next episode of Celebrity Family Feud.
Originally posted 04/29/2015 12:05PM
Karina Smirnoff has always had her eye on the prize – a husband and a child, maybe even two. But focusing too much on what she could someday gain has diverted attention from what she could lose – the ability to identify who is truly marriage material.
"I think we can all solidly agree, without a doubt, that [it hasn't been a] good life with men," said the 37-year-old Dancing with the Stars pro, who recently broke things off with her third fiancé, Jason Adelman.
"It's not that I choose the wrong men. That has nothing to do with it. I'm at the place in my life that I want to be a mom more than anything and I want to be a wife. I want to live for another human being and give that little guy or girl everything I have. But sometimes the desire becomes bigger than living in the moment and realizing what is happening, learning from my mistakes and seeing the red flags."
Originally posted 04/23/2015 08:40AM
When Karina Smirnoff said she wanted to try new things this year, we didn't think she meant emergency medical care.
Originally posted 03/11/2015 10:00PM
Hey, Karina Smirnoff said her love of dating was one of the reasons she wrote We're Just Not That Into You: Dating Disasters from the Trenches. Maybe she decided it was better to continue walking the talk?
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