Suzanne Somers's 'DWTS' Blog: I Feel Like Lucy Ricardo When I Blow a Step

"I didn't pay much attention to the score," says Somers after her first performance on the show

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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.

For the first time in 25 years, we introduced a brand-new ThighMaster, called the ThighMaster Vibrato. It vibrates! One of the producers came up with the idea of choreographing my first number around the ThighMaster. I believe it was the producers who chose “Physical.” Perfect!

The ThighMaster is a big part of my exercise routine. I use it for my upper body workout, as well, and I always have one when I travel. Charities I support auction off autographed ThighMasters (that I have used), so I have likely owned 100 or more.

I loved my first costume. It was a collaborative design between Daniella, the head costume designer, and me. Amazing how this woman and her department can turn out so many great costumes every week.

I am an entertainer who dances, not a trained dancer. When I am in the middle of a dance line of 30-40 in Vegas and I blow a step or two, I go into Lucy, like Lucy Ricardo during the famous challenge routine dance that Ricky created when she wanted to be on his show. Not so on DWTS. If I miss a step, I’m history. Bye everybody!

I pride myself on being a pro. I was in a Zen space last night. I was calm, relaxed and ready. When I went out there, I went out to have fun, and I did. I laughed through the whole thing. Performances are natural for me. I am used to being in front of big crowds. The hardest part of this whole first week were the first two days. I had to adopt a sense of humility and realize that I was essentially in kindergarten learning a whole new language.

I didn’t pay much attention to the score. I was happy with their comments and walked away from the whole thing feeling great. I want all the women my age to see these performances as aspirational – that it’s not about your age, it’s about your energy. I have youthful energy and superb health because of the way I have been taking care of myself, all of which is represented in every one of my 25 books.

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

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