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Suzanne Somers
March 10, 2015 12:35 PM

Actor and best-selling author Suzanne Somers, best known for her role as Chrissy Snow on Three’s Company, has been paired with pro Tony Dovolani for season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. She’ll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

Dancing with the Stars has called in the past, and I had to say no because I was too busy. When they called this year, I said yes because the time is perfect!

I am opening my stage show, which I will do for the next year, and what better way to get in shape than to rehearse for 20 hours a week with Tony, a world-champion dancer? I had hoped my partner would be Tony, and it happened – the power of positive thinking.

I have never had a dance lesson in my life. Then again, I never had a comedy class before I did Three’s Company. So far, it’s only been one week, and I am already feeling my body responding and getting stronger.

We rehearse four solid hours a day. What have rehearsals been like? Day one … lots of blisters. Day two … lots of bandages. Day three … major breakthrough – we were dancing!

I am not worried about injury. I do an hour of yoga before I rehearse so I am all stretched out and limber and ready to dance. Besides, worry is a prayer you don’t want.

I am loving the opportunity to meet a real challenge. That rarely surfaces in my business since pretty much everything I do, from television to stage to lecturing, is well within my comfort zone. This is not even close to my comfort zone!

That part of my brain that can snooze through my other work is now on 24/7 alert. I wake up at 3 a.m., and my brain kicks into mentally rehearsing what I learned the day before.

Recently, Betty my cat followed me around while I was rehearsing at home, so I picked her up, and we danced around the bedroom. We were both naked.

Learning this new form at this stage of my career is stimulating and a real privilege. Perhaps when this is over, I will be a trained dancer rather than an entertainer who dances.

The 20th season of Dancing with the Stars begins March 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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