Grace Under Pressure: Nick Viall Hopes to Be 'Elegant' Despite Threat of First 'DWTS' Elimination

Viall and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd will be performing a foxtrot on Monday's episode

Nick Viall has a big night ahead of him, but he’s feeling hopeful.

In his exclusive PEOPLE vlog this week, the former Bachelor opens up about how he’s feeling heading into week 2 of Dancing with the Stars — and his first potential elimination.

“I can’t wait to see how it goes,” he says. “Week 1 was pretty great. Obviously I was very nervous, it was my first time performing in any kind of atmosphere like that, but overall I thought it went pretty well.”

Viall, 36, and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd, 30, earned a 24/40 from the judges for their premiere dance last week, a cha cha to DJ Snake and Justin Bieber’s “Let Me Love You.”

“I know the judges gave me some pretty good feedback, and I was pretty happy with my scores,” says Viall. “For me, it’s just all about getting better. Hopefully I can stick around and hopefully continue to show improvement.”

This week, Viall and Murgatroyd will be performing a foxtrot — “a very different dance than the cha cha,” warns Viall.

“It’s very technical, and I’m supposed to be graceful and elegant,” he says with a laugh. “So I’m going to do my best version of that. I think we have a great song, and Peta has some great choreography. I’m pretty excited to see how it goes.”

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The reality star also touched on Murgatroyd’s fiancé and fellow dance pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who won’t be dancing this week due to a calf injury he suffered during rehearsal on Friday.

“Unfortunately, Maks had an injury this week — he’s not going to be dancing but his replacement is going to kill it and I know Heather [Morris] will be great,” says Viall. “I just kind of feel for Peta because I know she’s a little bit bummed about Maks — it’s her guy, you know, and he wants to be out here. But hopefully Maks will get better and Peta and I will stick around so we can keep up that friendly rivalry we have going. We’ll see how tonight goes!”

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

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