Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC Photo: Dancing With the Stars Season 17, Week 7: Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd's Jive

Dancing With the Stars judge Len Goodman is not going to be in that middle seat tonight on Season 17 Week 8 — it's Cher's turn to judge. Last time DWTS had a guest judge, it turned out pretty well for Brant Daugherty since it was Julianne Hough and she flirted with him, and it’s possible Cher willl do the same. (Tip: Try the shirtless trick again.)

Len is known to be a stickler (just ask Derek Hough) but he’s actually the judge who gave Brant and Peta Murgatroyd a 10 back in Week 6 for their Tango. Carrie Ann Inaba, on the other hand, gave them some tough love last week for their Jive (while still giving them a 9).

Brant talked to TV Fanatic about his DWTS journey so far and he was asked about the toughest judge to impress. "They all have their expertise and different strengths they look for in the dance," Brant answered, diplomatically. "I know Len is historically the tough one. He's the one who really watches the technique and the timing and he has a lot of ballroom experience. He's actually been one of our biggest supporters on the judge's table, which has been a huge relief. I think he can see the work and the technique we're putting into everything."

Credit: Adam Taylor/ABC Photo: Dancing With the Stars 2013, Week 4: Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd

Brant said this week he and Peta have the Foxtrot to one of Cher's classics.

Of course, the conversation also turned to his connection with Peta. Though he didn’t talk about anything in the romance department, he explained what he’s learned about his partner this season. "I really learned over the last two and a half months — three months, however long it's been, how tough she is,” Brant said. “I really didn't know much about dancers or dancing before all this started. It seemed like it was challenging but I didn't know it was as brutally exhausting as it was. For Peta, she's not only learned and choreographed all the dances but danced them and taught me the dance and watched me as I danced and critiqued me. She has a lot going on. I have a lot of respect for her. She has one of the hardest jobs I can imagine."

That's praise for all of the DWTS pros, since they do work hard on all angles of the individual routines, plus any pro dances they have during the show. It’s a great job to have, but that doesn’t make it easy.

Read Brant's full interview for more DWTS talk, plus details on Pretty Little Liars and Army Wives.

Are you looking forward to Brant and Peta's Foxtrot tonight? Sound off below, and catch the episode at 8 p.m. ET on ABC!

Source: TV Fanatic