There was a lot of nervous energy leading up to the premiere, but we went out there and had so much fun. Getting great feedback from the judges was just the icing on top.
I’ve been a fan of DWTS for so many years, but it wasn’t until I became a contestant that I realized it is a full-time job, being on this show. Not only are there rehearsals and fittings and the live shows, but there’s doing interviews and physical therapy appointments and filming other things for the show.
And while it’s great to have the first show under our belt, that means we’re now shifting into a schedule of putting together a routine in just a week, rather than the couple of weeks we had before the first show.
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For Latin week, Keo and I are dancing a samba. Keo has been a great teacher, but this is the first time since we started rehearsing that I felt like I wasn’t picking up the steps fast enough. That was tough for me but I think I’m a stronger dancer – and person, really – because I was able to buckle down and get the steps.
Also making this week a little more difficult is that our samba is much more sexy than last week’s tango. It took a few days for me to feel comfortable with the routine.
I’m a mom of two young kids. It has been a long time since I have embraced my sexy side. I think a lot of moms would agree that when you become a parent, you think of yourself as a mother first, and then a woman as a distant second.
I’ve had to work on telling myself that you can be both at the same time. I think that’s an important lesson for me to take with me long after this competition is over.
Tonight’s energy will be a little different since someone will be sent home, but I’m looking forward to getting back out there in front of the live audience. I’m excited to show people what we’ve got!
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.