Sabrina looks back at last week’s close call & gives fans a sneak peek at her next dance!
After two weeks of relatively smooth sailing, Sabrina Bryan and partner Louis Van Amstel faced their most epic challenge yet on Dancing with the Stars: All Stars — the dreaded double elimination! In her latest exclusive blog entry, Sabrina takes HollywoodLife.com behind the scenes, dishing every nerve-wracking detail.
THE CONTINUING STORY OF THE DANCING DUTCHMAN & THE DAZZLING DYNAMO!
This week, the Dancing Dutchman and I took on “Iconic Dance” week with all the gusto and excitement that we had in us. We were so excited to be able to pay tribute to Mel B. and Maksim Chmerkovskiy‘s season 5 Paso Doble. Now, a Dazzling Dynamic superhero such as myself never really likes to talk about the moments in life when one is not at the height of their superpowers, but to explain how we chose this dance, I must tell you a little story:
On season five of Dancing With the Stars, the contestants formed a very tight group as soon as the show started. As a Cheetah Girl, of course I was in awe of Mel B., the feisty and fierce Spice Girl. When we arrived at Week 6 of the competition and “the moment that shall not be mentioned” happened, my new DWTS family rallied around me. When I watched Week 7 of the competition at home on my TV, I discovered my friends who remained on the show wore cheetah paw tattoos to show their love for me — and I have to say, my super heart was full to bursting! After Mel and Maks finished their dance and headed back for the judges scores, they announced that their dance was dedicated to me! So, when I was asked to pick my “iconic dance” how could I choose any other?
During rehearsals, the Dutchman and I prepared our Paso Doble with an eye to capturing the combination of grace and ferociousness that Maks and Mel brought to their own. Simply put, I wanted to do them proud! Although not all the judges liked our dance, the Dutchman and I were happy with the choices we’d made.
After the show, Maks came up to me and thanked me for such great comments and said that Mel would be proud! That right there took away any doubts to whether or not we took the right route with this Paso!! I really just wanted to make Mel proud and thank her for the awesome gift that she gave me. … I mean, HELLO!!! A SPICE Girl dedicated a dance to me!! I will never forget that and I hope she really did like it!!
During the show, we got the news that a glittery curve ball was being thrown at us from down below on the judges’ panel, and as soon as we went to a commercial break. there was an outburst of questions. I don’t know if I lost my super hearing powers, but I couldn’t make out a thing Len Goodman or Tom Bergeron was saying, so I tried to catch up with what our challenge was.
“WHAT?? We’re picking dances for each other? Wait. They are new dances??? WHAT IS GOING ON!!! Wow, this will be interesting!!” The Dutchman was convinced we’d get the polka, then immediately started laughing at me when I told him “I didn’t even know that was a real dance!” Throughout the rest of the show Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani, Shawn Johnson, and I started joking about starting a Survivor-type alliance to give each other good dances. Kirstie Alley and Maks chose the dance for us, and we were happy when they gave us Disco. I’m not sure if they were so happy that we gave them the Charleston, but I thought that Kirstie and Maks could really make up a great story and an amazing dance to go with it, so…I had tried to be nice! :)
But before we could even get to our Disco dance, we had to make it through the final elimination. The Dutchman and I were grouped with Mark Ballas and Bristol Palin, as well as Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower, and two of us were going home. When Mark and Bristol were called safe, I was sad to be standing next to my season’s champion, Helio. Being in the bottom three brought me right back to season five’s “moment that shall not be mentioned” and all the emotions that memory evoked. The Dutchman and I did our best to hide our shaky nerves, as any superhero worth their salt would do. When Tom announced that Helio and Chelsie would be leaving the show with Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya, I was sad for my friend — but happy that the Dutchman and I would get another week to do what we love best…perform for you.
As a little superhero, my superparents told me many stories about the fun they had dancing to such iconic artists as Donna Summer, The Bee Gees, and Gloria Gaynor. The Dutchman and I plan to bring a lot of Monday Night Fever to the ballroom, and transport you back to a time when everyone danced to a disco beat. BTW, I just gave you a little clue about what our song is going to be! ;)
Without your votes, the Dancing Dutchman and the Dazzling Dynamo wouldn’t even be getting a chance to put on our dancing shoes, so thank you for each and every vote you cast for us. We’ll see you Oct. 15, and I can’t wait for you to see my killer disco outfit!
— Sabrina Bryan
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