Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff is blogging about her experience on the reality dance competition’s 22nd season exclusively for PEOPLE.com. Follow Smirnoff and her partner Doug Flutie on Twitter!
I’m just going to say it: I think the judges got it wrong last week.
When they were critiquing our dance they said that and I were out of sync, but I watched it back and I really think Doug did a great job.
That routine was not easy and the music was some of the most difficult I’ve ever been tasked with choreographing a dance to, and I think Doug did a fantastic job.
That said, we ended that critique on a high when they told us we were actually safe! I had confidence that we had done well enough the week before to make it through the elimination, but it was such a weight off our shoulders to know that we will definitely be around for the next two weeks.
It’s Switch-Up Week, so no one will be going home tonight, but that doesn’t mean it’s a week to take things easy.
I’m partnered with Antonio Brown this week, and things could not be going better. We’re doing a cha-cha-cha, which is Antonio’s first Latin dance of the season. Teaching him the technical aspects hasn’t been easy, but we work together really well.
Antonio is used to working with different coaches. That’s a very useful attribute during Switch-Up Week because we basically only had four days to get this routine down. That didn’t allow for any time to get to know each other. We had to dive right in, and luckily we worked so well together right from the start.
But that doesn’t mean I’m looking to switch partners permanently.
Doug and I have been in contact every day. He’s enjoying working with Peta, but when you’ve worked with someone as much as we have with each other, you develop a shorthand that makes teaching go faster.
Doug would send me videos of their rehearsal and go over what Peta was telling him needed to be improved, and I would help him make sense of it.
In a way, Switch-Up Week actually brings us closer together – not just Doug and me, but the entire cast – because we all want each other to succeed.
I can’t wait to see not only how Antonio and I do tonight, but also Peta and Doug!
To vote for Karina and Doug during season 22 of Dancing with the Stars – which airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC – dial 1-800-868-3402.