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.
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.
It was an emotional farewell for Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, who fought back tears backstage after being dismissed from Monday night's Cher-themed Dancing with the Stars.
"I just really learned a lot about myself," the Pretty Little Liars actor, 28, said, with his partner by his side. "I had to push myself in how far I'd go. I can learn new things. I can always keep going."
Daugherty believes being on the show helped him in the long run with his career.
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.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is a mom, author, entrepreneur and star of MTV's Jersey Shore and Snooki & JWoww. She's blogging for PEOPLE.com as she competes on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with new pro Sasha Farber.
Hello dancers! This post is so bittersweet to me. As I type this on my iPhone, I'm currently sitting in a massage chair getting a pedicure. FINALLY! They told us as dancers we shouldn't get our toes done so that our feet are hard and strong.
This is my first Monday not being a part of DWTS and I have a mix of emotions. I miss everyone so much. I feel like throughout the whole experience we had all became a dysfunctional family, and we all had no idea what the hell we got ourselves into.
Here's hoping Jack Osbourne and Brant Daugherty don't meet in a dark alley and have to jive to survive.
In this behind-the-scenes look at weekend Dancing with the Stars rehearsals, the two competitors joke about their friendly rivalry with their partners Cheryl Burke and Peta Murgatroyd.
"I don't know if it's a friendly rivalry with Brant," jokes Osbourne, 27. "It's an all-out war."
He continues: "We were exchanging fisticuffs in the parking lot the other day … he'll say something about my mother, I'll say something his mother … it's just ugly."
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.
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.
One thing is clear on this season's Dancing with the Stars: Bill Engvall hasn't lasted this long in the competition because of his stellar dancing skills.
"It's about your fan base," Engvall, 56, told reporters backstage after Monday night's show, which sent Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi packing. "It's about popularity."
So, what, exactly, has made the comedian click with viewers?
"I don't have big time celebrity friends – I'm just a guy," Engvall explained. "Yes, I'm a 'celebrity,' I'm on the show. But if you went home with me, you'd be like, 'This guy's not a celebrity. He drinks his coffee in the backyard and walks out in his bathrobe to get the paper.' I think that's what they relate to. I'm just a regular guy."