Jana Kramer on Balancing Single Motherhood, Touring and Dancing with the Stars: 'Some Days It Seems Impossible'
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC
Country singer Jana Kramer is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars, fand she’s blogging about season 23 exclusively for PEOPLE. Follow Kramer and her partner Gleb Savchenko, both 32, on Twitter!
This past week has been a freakin’ whirlwind!
It was amazing to get immunity last Monday, but I honestly was a little disappointed in our performance. The dance had gone so much better in dress rehearsal earlier that day. I was just so bummed that we didn’t get to show the audience our best routine.
I think because the dress rehearsal went so well, I started to freak out in my head that there was no way to top it. I psyched myself out.
It was also a weird week because Monday’s show was so rushed because we had to squeeze everything into an hour because of the presidential debate. We were having a good time but everyone was running around frantic and it all went by so fast.
Going into Tuesday’s show with immunity made it a lot easier, but it was still hard to see Rick Perry go home. It was rough. I love Rick. We’re all becoming so close. I don’t want to see anyone go home. I wish we could just all stay and learn dances together the next 11 weeks. But I also understand this is a competition and we have to battle it out to stay in it.
The first few days of rehearsal are always the hardest because you start at zero every week. But as the days go on, I feel so much more confident. If I would have put this blog together Friday, I would have said, ‘This dance is going to be a mess.’ But by Saturday I was feeling better about it.
This week, are dancing to a song from Cirque du Soleil’s The Beatles Love. Gleb has choreographed a really beautiful foxtrot with a very ’70s, psychedelic vibe. The song is very chill and I hope that feeling comes through tonight.
In general, my confidence has been improving week to week. I’ve messed up a couple of times and that is what I focus on when I get stressed out, but I’ve been getting better at embracing having fun and really giving my all out on the ballroom floor.
I also feel like I’m getting a handle on balancing being a mom, touring and doing the show now, but some days seem impossible. Friday night I took a red eye to get to Atlanta for a show on Saturday. Gleb and I had about an hour of sleep before rehearsal Saturday morning, but we got energized and excited at rehearsal and got through it. Gleb is truly amazing. If I’m not doing a good job I feel like I’m I hate letting him down, but when I’m having a bad day he is super encouraging.
I will admit, I’ve had to tell my management that we have to figure out a way to move things around because I need more time with my daughter and to take care of myself. I am still nursing my rib injury, but really it’s about being with my daughter more. I’m burning the candle at both ends and I just need to make sure I’m taking enough time to have some peace and family time.
But that said, I wouldn’t give up this DWTS for anything. I can’t wait to get out there on the dance floor tonight. It’s going to be a really fun night.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays and Tuesdays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.