Last week could definitely have gone better.
I just lost my place and never really found my way back to the dance. I panicked a bit, and that’s never good.
Friends told me that they couldn’t see the missed steps – and my daughters had a blast at the show because it was Disney Week – but I’m my toughest critic and I was so bummed about my performance.
But Keo could not have been a better partner.
He saw me starting to freak out and he just kept telling me, “You’ve got this. Let’s have a good time. You’re doing great.”
Keo and I have an amazing bond, and I am so glad we’ve gotten to go through this experience together.
And working with Val is a lot different than working with Keo. They’re both great teachers, but Val is a lot quicker to point out something needs to be improved. He doesn’t sugarcoat things. If he thinks something was good but could have been better, he’s going to let you know.
It’s been an adjustment to working with someone new, but I’ve been enjoying the challenge. Val is pushing me, but I’d like to think I’m rising to the challenge.
This week, we’re dancing a paso doble. It’s a fighting dance, so Val has spent a lot of time trying to get me to embrace an aggressiveness that I usually don’t have in my daily life.
Tapping into that side of me hasn’t been easy, but it’s been a good reminder that we’re not just dancing out on that ballroom floor – we’re also acting.
And just because we aren’t dancing together tonight doesn’t mean Keo and I haven’t been talking. We FaceTime and talk every day. It’s been great kind of having two teachers this week and knowing that Keo still has my back when I need a familiar friend.
I can’t wait to get out on that dance floor tonight with Val, but I’m also looking forward to having Keo back with me in the rehearsal room after.
No one goes home this week, so that’s a great relief knowing that I’ll get at least one more chance to dance. But that doesn’t mean any of us will be taking it easy. The scores still count, so we’re fighting for every point we can get.
Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC. To vote for Jodie and Keo, dial 1-800-868-3405.