No, it’s OK! We really appreciated her adorable Yoda costume.
Jack: Yeah? She was in the zone!
Is she often with you in rehearsals?
Jack: She comes by at least once a week. She’ll pop by for a little bit. It’s good. She hangs out. She was hanging out last week, and everyone was coming in and out of our rehearsal room to have a bit of a play with her. She’s getting to know everyone, and it’s nice to have her around.
Congrats by the way for getting your first 10 in the competition!
Jack: Thank you, thank you very much. I definitely didn’t see that coming!
Cheryl: He didn’t. [Laughs]
Now that you have your first 10, do you feel like you need to keep getting them?
Jack: Yeah, there is that, but the thing is, every week, it’s a new dance, and it’s a new dance I’ve never learned before. You really have to go week-by-week. In a way, that was last week, and we have to continue doing better this week, but again, I may have gotten a 10, but I also got an 8 as well. I got an 8 from Len. I’d rather get all 9s than one 8 and one 10. I want some more consistent scoring. It’s been very up and down, but hey, I was very happy with the 10. I’ll take a 10 any day.
How has it been dealing with the criticism?
You know, I actually enjoy it. I think it’s kind of fun. I don’t have a problem with any of the comments or criticism, and I do try and take it on board. They’ve made a few comments about my hands because I have stress hands. When things get intense, my hands curl up and do weird things, and so, we’ve asked them specifically about my hands to try and work on it.
If this were to be your last week, what would be your biggest takeaway from this experience?
Everything! It’s been amazing. I started this competition 11 weeks ago, and I did not care about dancing at all. It was like, what happened to me? And now I’ve come away from it with a total love and respect for the artform. And I’ve also made some really good friends. It’s been fun! I’ve got friends for life from this show, and it’s really cool.
Who have you gotten closest to behind the scenes?
Jack: Cheryl is my No. 1 dance boo.
Cheryl: That’s right.
Jack: I’m close with Leah [Remini] and Bill now. But everyone is super close. Elizabeth [Berkley], who I knew before because our kids go to the same music class together, and there’s also Derek [Hough] and Mark [Ballas], and Emma [Slater] and Sasha [Farber], we’ve all become super close friends. We all went out on Wednesday night for Halloween, and it was like the best night out.