Craig Sjodin/ABC
April 27, 2010 12:00 AM

Hi everyone. I’m writing my first-ever post-performance show blog. As you saw from last night’s show, we all had a long week learning two dances. I decided to wait until after Monday’s show to reflect on things.

First off, a few folks were asking me about Kate’s departure last Tuesday. Was I glad to see her go? Absolutely not! In fact, it was a little out of sorts for us all last night. She was such a sweetheart and so funny. None of us have done this before. We all get a little nervous and a little self-conscious. I have performed in front of live audiences for most of my life, and I still know that when I’m doing something that’s uncomfortable for me, I get an uneasy feeling in my gut. I said something to her last week before Anna and I did the rumba and Kate was like, “Evan, are you kidding me? You’re amazing. You’re great!” I can’t tell you how much her nurturing meant. We missed her last night. But I know she was watching us and rooting us on from afar.

Last night, I did a few things that took me outside of my comfort zone.

The Latin dances don’t feel natural to me at all. When I perform them, I have to really focus on my hip movement. It’s just so different from how I have been trained as a skater. All week Anna and I really worked on the flavor of the samba. For the judges to say we didn’t have that was a little disappointing. All I can tell you is that from where we started to where we finished last night was an accomplishment I’m very proud of.

In addition to the hip movement, the other ‘things’ that were different for me were baring my chest and getting a fake tan. My costume was not supposed to show that much skin! I’m not shy but I am a conservative person, so it was not the most comfortable thing for me to show so much of my chest. The shirt was supposed to be more of a V-neckline where the points would come together right below my pectoral muscles. The costume department tried a couple of times to tack the material together, and each time it came apart. So I just decided to go with it. I am of Greek and Italian descent, so my skin tone is dark to begin with, but I was encouraged to try the spray tan because it looks good on television.

Well, I’m not a fan of the spray tan. It has too much of a chemical smell for my liking. Instead, I went to this place called UVA Sun. I told them I need to get just a little bit darker and they said ‘Okay, we’ll put you in the bed for six minutes and that will be just right to give you a little glow.’ Six minutes made me look like I had been in the sun for ten hours. Oh well, I just had to roll with it!

You all saw that I injured my head and neck while practicing for last night’s swing dance marathon. I want to assure you that I’m feeling much better each day. I still have a little bit of soreness in my neck, but my headache seems to be dissipating. I’m just hoping Anna and I are back next week to tackle yet another dance.

Speaking from an observer’s standpoint, I think everyone really did well last night. To see the improvement that everyone has made across the board made me extremely proud to be a part of one of the most exciting casts in Dancing with the Stars history. I was so excited to see how Niecy and Chad and Jake all upped their game. I know I’ve said this before, but really, nobody wants to go home . . . but that’s the nature of the show. And at this stage of the competition, it will only get more and more emotional as the weeks count down to the finale.

Thank you all for your continued support. It means the world to us! Until next week… –Evan LysacekCraig Sjodin/ABC

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