For the 16th season of Dancing With the Stars, pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd is sharing the inside scoop with In Touch readers— everything from behind-the-scenes show info to her dancing partner, former Bachelor, Sean Lowe. In Week 5, Peta talks about how rough it's been for Sean, how he's overcoming it and admits he has what it takes to be in the finals. Check back every week for more scoop from Peta!
So far this week, things have been going really well. We have the quickstep and Sean is actually really enjoying it. I’m surprised by how much he’s improved and how quickly he’s picked up this dance. I’m really proud of him!
Last week was very tough for us — we were disappointed with our scores. We thought that we had the waltz down. Sean had it really spot on in rehearsals. All of the sudden, it came to show time and we were announced in third place. I really think that that shook Sean up a lot. The dance didn’t happen the way we had practiced. He was nervous, he rushed his timing and became very frustrated. We both felt he was capable of doing a lot better.
That let down has been Sean’s main motivation this week, and he has been in the studio buckling down; really giving it his all.
The thing about this competition is that you never feel completely safe. Plus, it’s just our personalities to always want higher scores and never settle for anything less than perfect. We’re both very competitive by nature, so now we have something to prove. We’re really trying for eights this week.
The amazing thing is — throughout all of the hard work and tension — Sean manages to not get stressed out. He is really easy going and doesn’t get nervous until show time. In rehearsals, we laugh and make jokes. We are just very fun loving people, so we always enjoy it regardless.
Of course, he just wants to go as far as he possibly can. He wants to prove that he can dance.
Next week is going to be strange, but exciting. We actually won’t be able to prepare for next week’s dance because it will be chosen by Twitter followers. We won’t find out what we will be dancing to until Tuesday night.
I definitely feel extra stressed, but I have to get myself together very, very quickly. I will be back in the studio trying to figure stuff out.
I’m hoping for the Lindy Hop or Afro Jazz. Something fun and upbeat.
We have never lost sight of our goal to win the Mirror Ball trophy. I feel like Sean has what it takes to get into the finals and it’s going to take a lot of hard work for him. As long as he keeps his head in the game, which I know he does, then we we’ll get to the finals.