I feel pretty good about last night! I couldn’t foxtrot two weeks ago and I look back on last night’s performance and it looks like we knew how to foxtrot. I was more nervous to do that little minute and 10 second performance than playing for 20,000 people a night on tour just because I was out of my element. But I guess that’s part of the show. I’m glad I got the first one over with—it’s good to know what it feels like to be in that room, to have everybody cheering and know how big the space actually is—and it was fun!
Going into the performance my partner Peta and I had to change a few things last minute to accommodate the space because we took up so much of the floor, we had to make it smaller. That was a little stressful, but overall rehearsals were a lot of fun. I’m tired and I’m starting to go to bed at like 9 o’clock at night like an old man, which I don’t think I’ve ever done, but you know, I’ve got to get some sleep!
As for our relationship outside of the ballroom, we expected the producers to mention it in the video to a point, but we hadn’t seen what they put together until right before we were prepping to do our dance. They definitely exaggerated at parts to make it sound like we’ve got this great big dating history that we’re hiding, but we don’t. I’m psyched that I got her. We obviously get along and like each other as friends and as people, so we don’t have to fake that chemistry on the floor, which would just add another element of stress. It’s genuinely there, and I like that.
I think we did a good job. I think we were early on in the scoring and that was probably the highest we could have gotten depending on how good the dance was. I feel really good about that and think that between that and the fans, I’ll definitely be there next week. If you were looking at technicality dance-by-dance, the scoring was subjective, it wasn’t like the scores reflected the dances 100 percent. Having said that, some of the people had some amazing dances and deserved the high scores that they got. I’m not worried or upset about it, I think 7s are a great places to start and I don’t think the dance deserved three 10s, trust me. Had we gotten that, where would we go from there? I think that’s a great place to be.
After seeing everyone perform, I think it’s still hard to judge the competition. We had two weeks to work on that dance, and that’s more than twice as long as we’ll have for any dance here on out. It’s hard to say 100 percent who the biggest competition is, but Charlie White and Meryl Davis are professional dancers and they’re going to bring it. Cody Simpson has a big fan base as well, so he’ll be big competition and Candace Cameron-Bure took us all by surprise and had a great performance. I think it’s cool that there’s some real competition this year, it’s not like I’m a shoe-in, I have to work hard for this.
When it comes to the big switch they keep talking about, they tell us very little, so I’m not sure if it’s going to happen next week. They’ve described multiple different scenarios where we can choose to go back to our partner if we like or that could be a fan vote as well. I hope that I have the choice to go back to Peta because we’ve worked really hard together already; we’ve established a team and I don’t want to start over with somebody else. Please don’t take this out of context in a dating sense, but I don’t want to shun Peta with some other dancer. She’s spending her time and effort to understand me, it’s like a little relationship that you’re developing throughout this for all of the contestants.
As for next week, I think the salsa is cool and I’m excited to do the second dance and do something different than the foxtrot. I’m so sick of frame! I started to appreciate it more than ever. My back is sore, let’s do something that’s not as upper-body demanding. I think if I can take anything away from the first performance it’s as soon as I forgot about the crowd, just as if I was performing on tour, I started having fun and people noticed. Even if the dance wasn’t perfect, they enjoyed that aspect. I want to continue to remember that and continue to have fun.
Der kursive Part sagt nochmal aus, dass James betonen möchte das er und Peta kein Liebespaar sind, auch wenn die Produzenten dies vielleicht so hinstellen wollen.
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