After an exhausting first week on Dancing with the Stars Season 11, the 11 surviving couples spoke to On the Red Carpet about their plans for how to stay in the competition at least until Week 3. Next Monday the dancers will be performing either the super-fast Quickstep or the super-fast Jive.
Here's the scoop from each couple, including who couldn't get through their Jive routine one time before taking a break, who is getting tips from Kobe Bryant, and why many pro dancers don't like the Quickstep.
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: Quickstep
Mark and Bristol are going to Alaska this week and then Mark and The Situation are going to hit the gym and compare ab tips. But while in Alaska, Mark wants to find bears.
Back to dancing.
Mark: "It's a completely different vibe this week [with the Quickstep]. So it's all about being classy and elegant and being in frame for the whole dance." Bristol: "I'm excited for this one 'cause it's more proper and more sophisticated. It's not getting down and shaking my hips." She's most looking forward to showing her ladylike side. Mark says the Quickstep is just a fun dance. They're going to come up with a cool storyline and her dress is going to be gorgeous.
Margaret Cho & Louis van Amstel: Jive
Louis says they're going to focus on fun and people will be surprised at the dance. Fans were surprised within 20 seconds of their Viennese Waltz so they're going to be surprised after a minute and 30 seconds of Jive.
Louis: "America is going to have Jive in their face."
Margaret: "We're going to Jive all over their face!"
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough: Jive
Jennifer smiles at the word "Jive." "It's so joyful and fast." She makes all kinds of happy sounds. Derek: "And makes her a little crazy!" In rehearsals they don't just dance once — they dance the routine 20 to 30 times a day. They have to do it over and over and over so by the end of it they're exhausted. They've already started the Jive routine and Jennifer couldn't get through it even once before taking a break for lunch.
Derek tends to impress the judges with his Jive routines, among other dances, so what is he going to do now? Derek: "Listen, all I'm saying is that we're going out there and we're gonna shake it." Jennifer: "Maybe some Jive talking!"
Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke: Jive
Rick stands with his feet waaaay spread out, just to be in the same frame as Cheryl for the interview. He jokes they're going to have to do the Jive like this. Cheryl says the trouble is going to be Rick's big feet. "We have to make sure he doesn't kick me or himself." Rick says he's already kicked himself in rehearsals. He has to lift up his legs in a faster place. He wants special points for having such long legs and big feet, to get those feet up high. He knows some part of his body is going to be an issue each week.
Oh and Kobe Bryant is texting him, pushing him to work hard.
Kyle doesn't get nervous, he just gets anxious to get going and get on stage. "I think my nerves are like a titanium alloy that has been flown over from the far distances of the galaxy." They don't talk much about their Week 2 Quickstep, but they do mention that you can get Lacey's new song about red cups on iTunes.
Karina loves every single minute of their time together, calling Mike funny and respectful and sweet and a hard worker. He says on Jersey Shore he's The Situation. On DWTS he's Michael Sorrentino.
What does he have to work on most for the Quickstep? Karina says it's a difficult dance — it's super fast with a lot of footwork. and it's mostly repetition. Karina: "So when we get to the studio I think it's just going to be hours and hours of repeating the steps and getting into character. Which, actually, getting into character is easy for him, and I wasn't sure if that was going to be a challenge. But when he put on the costume, the lights are on, he came to life — he came to life more than in rehearsal even."
The Situation says he loves the camera and his best performances will probably be on live TV, not in rehearsals.
Tony says the Quickstep is a difficult dance and not all of the professional dancers love it. "You have to stay in close dance position and do all those intricate hops and kicks and skips and in unison with each other and you can right away tell if you're off." Audrina: "And it's totally different than the Cha-Cha. The Cha-Cha is all about the triangles and putting your feet out and your hips. And this is more keeping your upper body (straight) so next week will be a challenge."
Tony points to her and smiles: "Good student." Kate who?
Chelsie says they have to work their butts off. The Jive will be challenging, but not too big of a challenge. His response to the Jive? Cue Bolton's wide-eyed panicked face.
Michael: "I've got the energy, I've just got to put it in the right place at the right time." Chelsie thinks he'll have a breakthrough with the dance.
Brandy Norwood & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Jive
Brandy says she has no poker face, so when she's super nervous it shows. She loves the show and she's going to work so hard to stay. Maks thinks it would be hilarious to see her pass out from nerves. "I'd catch you, but..." If she wins the Mirror Ball they will have to go to a commercial break because she'll lose it. They don't even talk about their upcoming Jive.