Each week, Fifth Harmony’s Normani Kordei will be writing exclusively for HollywoodLife.com about her latest experience on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ This week, she chronicles her flights across the world and some intense rehearsals.
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Honestly, going back and forth has been one of the craziest things that I think I have done thus far in life! I am literally traveling across the world. Having to learn new routines, having to do a sound check, having to perform for thousands of people… and also having to make my flight to make sure I make my live show each and every Monday, has been insane. But I’m grateful and blessed — not many people are able to say they get to do what I do.
Yesterday I I saw the big Buddha here in Hong Kong. Val [Chmerkovskiy] and I had the opportunity to unwind and reflect and just talk a a little bit. So it was definitely memorable, it’s an experience for the books. Preparing here in Japan has been a different experience — one that I’ll definitely remember. For instance, in Hong Kong at the Mariott Hotel, there wasn’t even a ballroom that we could rehearse in. We had to literally rehearse in a meeting room which had carpet, so I couldn’t even wear the proper shoes that I’ll be wearing for my actual performance… so I’ll have to adjust on Monday. But it’s been nice, and I’ve been really nice though, pumping through and learning the steps.
Last week, I thought that I did pretty good. I think that everything really did come together, especially considering the short amount of time that we had and how tired I was. I literally will never forget how tired I was seconds before I was about to perform. I had to drink coffee… and I don’t even drink coffee. It was very fun, and I’m really grateful for Val. I know I’ve said it before, but I probably wouldn’t have gotten through it without him — being able to look at him and knowing I’m not going through everything I’m going through alone. He’s feeling exactly how I’m feeling as well. It’s a really cool experience to have a buddy to go through it with you.
I’ve learned my routine for the Foxtrot for “Big Spender” by Shirley Bassey, and it’s Vegas week! So it should definitely be more theatrical, and I get to step inside another character and outside of Normani. Everything is pretty, big and super animated with personality and character and commodity. It’s pretty cat and mouse, and I’m excited. It’s gonna be dope!
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