By People Staff
Updated December 01, 2020 06:40 PM
Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC

Hello everyone,

We had quite a show last night! Six couples performed and not one of them disappointed. Some were buzzing after the show that Len seemed to be in a particularly good mood. Actually, I think all of the judges were happy and it’s because each and every one of us pulled out all the stops with our performances. Niecy and Chad moved so well on the floor — it’s no wonder they got amazing scores. Same for Erin and Nicole and Pam. Everyone was simply amazing and I think the judges rightly took note of that.

I’m not just saying that because Anna and I received our first-ever perfect score. At this point in the competition, we all have connected so well with our pro partners that we are training more efficiently and more purposefully. Anna was on me about every single move with our Argentine tango this week. We worked on the finesse, the lines, the lifts. I just don’t know how to explain it, but last night we just fired on all pistons.

Last week we tried to power through our training. We were never in sync and it showed with our samba performance and the judges’ comments. We were both disappointed, but most of all I was angry with myself. When I started this show I did it for the fun of it. But as the weeks went on, I became preoccupied with the scores, and lost sight of the fact that dancing is supposed to be fun. You get sevens one week and you want eights. Then you get eights and you want nines. Last week Anna and I got our butts kicked with sevens. I walked away feeling like I let my partner down, as well as my fans and the judges.

Like many things in life, it’s the attitude you take into a particular situation or apply to a certain goal that will help you either succeed or fail. So this week I came into it with the attitude of “Hey, if I mess up or forget a step, the most important thing is to focus on the character and flavor of the dance and have fun.” Last night, I had the clarity that I wasn’t going to preoccupy my head with numbers, but that I was going to dance full out and be that character in the tango. I was going to take the lead with Anna and really plunge into the performance. And wow, it worked! I felt GREAT. The icing on the cake was receiving a perfect score. Amazing.

Speaking of cake, a few of us went out to celebrate a couple of cast birthdays. Cheryl’s birthday was Monday (she flashed that beautiful diamond necklace Chad gave her), and Erin’s birthday is today (happy birthday, Erin!). So we went to an intimate dinner. First we all toasted the birthday girls, then we toasted each other. I know I’ve gushed in the past about what a tight group we are — and yes, I’m going to do it again! We are having so much fun together. Tuesday is the worst day of the week for all of us. None of us wants the experience to end — and I don’t just mean that none of us wants to be eliminated. It’s more that we don’t want our group to get smaller.

I think it’s fair to say that none of us on the cast had any idea of the connections we’d make with each other, as well as the production crew, the hair and makeup staff, the wardrobe department, the security staff. Seriously, on Tuesdays it’s as if a dark cloud is hanging over the studio because we know our experience together is winding down. I hope all of you are having as much fun watching the show each week as we are having putting the show together. It’s an incredible journey and I’m so glad we’re all in it together. –Evan LysacekCraig Sjodin/ABC