'Dancing With the Stars' All-Stars: Pro Louis Van Amstel on Country Week
"Dancing With the Stars" pro Louis van Amstel blogs on season 15 of "DWTS." The three-time world dance champion and creator of LaBlast fitness-based dance DVD workouts returns for his eighth season and takes you behind the scenes on the hit ABC show. You can find him on Twitter @LouisvanAmstel.
Sabrina and I couldn't be any happier about our Team "Call Me Maybe" dance and our "Cinderella" Waltz last week. It felt so great. I thought Sabrina looked gorgeous in her blue Cinderella dress and I'll be honest, I could get used to my football outfit and Prince Charming suit. The costume department is doing an awesome job this season.
To see Sabrina's smile and joy on her face in our Waltz, just makes me love what I do even more. I feel each week she's growing on all levels - as a dancer, a performer, but more so as a person. I finally feel you guys get to see Sabrina the way I see her every day - happy, giving, warm-hearted, yet a feisty and crazy, hard worker. (I have to say that every single couple this season is absolutely working their booties off!)
With this week's Rumba, we will show a very different side. Our song touches Sabrina in a way that exposes her vulnerability. Even though she's scared about opening up like that, it's such a beautiful side to see from her. As in real life, love is not always about being sexy or lovey dovey, it's about the ups and downs between two people that love each other and the raw emotions. Our Rumba is more like "The Notebook" rather than a shallow love story.
Yet again, the production this week has gone all out. All the couples I've seen doing their camera blocking yesterday have beautiful set pieces. A big time thank you is necessary to the producers for giving us so much more freedom and opportunities than in any other season. This week's theme is "Country Week" and it's going to be off the charts. I love all of these new themed weeks. It's so exciting to have Big & Rich, Cowboy Troy, and none other than Taylor Swift perform on Monday and Tuesday. You don't want to miss seeing the entire show!
You might wonder if the camaraderie between the couples is sincere when you watch the show on TV. I can tell you that it is and in my opinion, that's the part that makes this season so special. Everyone is so nice to each other and helps each other out when needed. True friendships are being built. Yes, it's a competition, but everyone focuses on their own dances and tries their hardest to bring their A game every week. It's all about personal growth and wanting everybody to be at their personal best. It's truly the healthiest way to compete. You guys, on the other hand, can fight on the message boards and so can the judges over their scores…haha.
It was so nice last week to have no elimination, but it makes this week even more nerve wracking. I can't even begin to talk about the elimination process in week 7 and week 8. Actually, let's talk about it since it's different almost every week now.
This week's elimination is based on scores and votes from last week and this week. Next week (week 7), there's no Tuesday show due to the election. This means there will be an elimination at the end of Monday night's show (Nov. 5), which is based only on judges' scores. Week 8 is back to normal, but we will have the dreaded double elimination again. Are you still with me?
As excited as we all are to perform our hearts out for you tonight, we are also very aware of what's happening on the East Coast with Hurricane Sandy. We are all crossing our fingers for you and hope Sandy will keep her tantrum to a minimum. Please be careful and stay safe!
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