"Only nine couples will survive," says the former champ. "Everybody is feeling the pressure"

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Drew Lachey is a member of 98 Degrees, starred on Broadway in Monty Python’s Spamalot and Rent. He is the season 2 winner of Dancing with the Stars and a founder of Lachey Arts Music Theater Camp. Lachey will now be blogging for PEOPLE.com about his return to the ballroom with pro Anna Trebunskaya for the DWTS all-stars season.

Well, it has been an eventful week. It started off with Joey Fatone being eliminated from the competition. This came as a shock to all of us. With scores in the middle of the pack and a strong fan base, everybody thought he would be safe.

Joey was the person who was always cracking a joke and keeping it light when things would get stressful. It just once again shows you that this show is about so much more than just dancing. He will be missed.

In addition to losing Joey, we also found out that the celebrities would take the creative reins this week and act as “Creative Director.” Normally this would be a role that I would feel very comfortable in, but add the fact that I actually have to learn to cha-cha, too, and it starts to get a little overwhelming.

I have a lot of ideas, as I’m sure everyone does, most of which we were able to include. Others fell by the wayside. There are a lot of variables that had to be considered in planning out our number in order to accommodate the needs of the show as a whole. Set pieces, lighting, costumes, special effects, commercial breaks, camera angels and the list goes on and on.

Even with all of that I have had a blast working with Anna and trying to make it all come together.

The third hiccup is that they have decided to make this week a double elimination. Doesn’t that just sound like a whole bunch of fun? We have 11 couples heading into this week’s show, and by Tuesday night we will be almost 20 percent lighter.

Only nine couples will survive. Everybody is feeling the pressure this week. Now is not the time to have a bad week. If you do, you might as well pack your bags.

Who knew ballroom dancing could be so intense? And fun! See you on the dance floor.