Dancing With the Stars’ true underdog couple this season has to be Donald Driver and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd. The couple has been delivering solid dances week after week but they still haven’t been able to land more than one 10 from the judges. Wetpaint Entertainment sat down with Peta to discuss the lack of good scores, the fan reaction, and what she has planned for the finale (fingers crossed!).
Wetpaint Entertainment: Are you exhausted?
Peta Murgatroyd: You know what? I'm mentally exhausted. My body's actually holding up pretty well. It's just the constant teaching that sort of wears you down a bit.
Are you holding anything back for the finale, or are you just pouring everything out there week by week?
I'm definitely pouring everything out. I'm obviously saving crazy lifts for the freestyle because we can’t use them during the normal dances. But different ideas and stuff, I'm definitely not holding back with those, no.
As you hopefully go into the finale, what's left in the arsenal?
Well, I can't really say, but it's going to be such fun choreography as we get into the finale, like the freestyle, and the dance the judges choose. It's going to be fun, and it's going to get everybody on their feet dancing.
So you're thinking about it, I take it?
Oh, yes. It has been thought about for weeks.
Every time you and Donald get scored, there are massive boos from the audience and everyone's so unhappy with the points you're getting. What are your thoughts?
Well, it kind of says it all, is what the fans think. The booing is absolutely crazy, and we've had three 9s for five weeks in a row now. It's just, I think Donald gets frustrated with it because he puts so much effort into — he's made one mistake out of a whole season. So when he doesn't make a mistake, I think, maybe — when he sees other people step up and they get higher scores, he gets very frustrated. But at least we're not moving down the ladder. We're staying at a steady three 9s, and we're just going to move up from there.
But that must be so frustrating because what more can you possibly do?
I know. They're looking for something, and we're trying to figure that out. We’ve made a decision this week and for next week if we get through that we're not going to be chasing 10s. We're just going to go out there, do our thing that we’ve always been doing and just have fun.
A couple of weeks ago, Len said, “You can push him harder,” and you did. Did you feel like you were holding back?
Definitely not holding back, but I don't want to push him to the point where he's going to make a mistake and forget what he's doing or make it too hard that he's not secure in what he's doing and confident. So I'd rather him be fully aware and knows where he's meant to be placed at all times rather than him sort of question himself if it's too hard.
Was there a significant difference when you were told to push him harder?
No, not really. I don't think so. I just worked on his technique a whole lot more and just didn’t let anything slip.
Do you work seven days a week? Do you take any days off?
No. I haven't had a day off since the show started.
What happens if someone gets violently ill on that show?
I would say they would get in a pro that had been eliminated, like one of the other girls, and they would learn the routine and take my place.
I'm guessing you do not want that?
No. No, I wouldn't want to give up Donald at all.
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