Lindsay Arnold and David Ross went last on week two of ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ something she calls a blessing and a curse. Here’s this week’s blog, written by the pro.
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When David Ross and I started rehearsals for week two, cha-cha was definitely a challenge. He really had to learn the steps quick because I knew that it wasn’t going to be something that came naturally to him. Quick step was a bit easier because we were in frame, but when it came to the cha-cha, he not only had to do the steps. but he also had to learn what his body was doing and the performance level. It was very important that he looked natural and felt confident.
We had a lot of fun; we traveled to Tallahassee. His kids are in softball and volleyball, and he wants to be at their games and practices. It shows how great of a father he is. We’re definitely making the trek and it’s hard,but I know it’s worth it because he’s getting that needed family time, and he gets this confidence from them; it’s helpful to have their support and love. We had to miss a day of rehearsal because of flight delay which was unfortunate. Saturday, we had 45 minutes at the end of the night to lock in those details!
After being so strong in week one, you want to come out and really knock it out of the park — ha, a baseball joke! It’s important you don’t go down from where you started. Show day was a bit stressful — finding out you’re going last is really awesome but also extremely intimidating. It’s really great you get to go at the end the night, and it’s the last thing people are seeing. It’s also extremely hard because you are sitting for the entire two-hour show just waiting and waiting to be able to finally danced. You’re watching other competitors go and seeing their scores, so it can be intimidating.
I was so proud of David because he really handled it well and was really excited. He had a stressful thing at the beginning of the dance. He was sitting on camera at the start of our dance where nothing was happening. Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews messed up a cue and cut to David too early. They had to finish saying a few things that were on the screen, so they cut to him and the music wasn’t being cued. He was standing there for a few extra seconds. It was very weird for him, and I was sort of freaking out because he was all by himself and I couldn’t do anything, I just hoped that he waited to listen to the music. David handled it like a champ! I felt like he nailed the dance. I had so much fun and once again felt how much fun he was having in the routine. I don’t ever want him to walk away from a show night and regret something or feel like he didn’t have fun. That would be a loss me.
He was laughing, and I think he was a little shocked he was able to accomplish it. He stepped outside of his box and tried new things. We got good critiques. It’s always hard to get critiques; you want them to be helpful and constructive and they really were. The things they were saying were things that we know we need to work on. We’re going in the right direction.
After Chris went home, it made it even more real. David even said that it was finally setting in that this is a competition, and he’s a competitor. He wants to do well, he wants to win. I know he’s going to put in that work. Seeing someone going home really set reality in place for him. He really enjoys doing this, and I’m so happy because that’s the goal — take someone out of their comfort zone and have them really end up enjoying it and finding a new passion.
I can’t wait to show David doing something really new. He’s so willing to try to do what I ask of him which is hard to come by! I think it’s gonna be a good, fun week — you’re going to see a new side of David that no one has seen before!
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