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 8, Peta talks about how they're pulling out all the stops to make it to the finale, all the while managing hectic schedules. Check back every week for more scoop from Peta!
I am very excited and positive about this week! We have two dances to tackle and both are a minute and thirty seconds long. First we have the Tango as our solo dance and then we also have our trio dance— a Jazz piece with Sharna.
Sean and I wanted to dance with Sharna mostly because Sean and Andy [Dick, Sharna’s partner] have become so close. Also, Sharna and is a really good friend of mine. I've been on tour with her for 3 years for Burn the Floor. She also has a bit of experience in Jazz and the hip hop industry, so she is going to be a great help with choreography, and I really wanted her strength in the piece.
Sean's been doing really well so far this week! We actually have been traveling again, so we lost a bit of time, but we definitely made it up over the weekend by putting in extra hours. I think that he is going to better at the Tango. Both dances still need work right now, but Jazz is a completely new dance style for both of us, so we're working together to see what suits us.
We have been putting in 8-9 hours a day rehearsing. On top of that, we also have dress fittings and trying out new prop ideas for our performance, so it's been a lot of work. No two days are the same though, which keeps us on our toes. Usually we will start around 10 a.m. and go until 6 in the evening. We'll have a little bit of break time here and there, but that's usually what it is. It's b-roll interviews, sometimes we have visitors come into the room, sometimes we'll have a fitting to go to before or after our rehearsal, so it's not just the dancing— it's everything else that's involved as well.
Now that we are getting closer to the finale we have definitely lost that little bit of free time that we once had. For me, it's all about Sean now. It's all about making sure he can be the best dancer that he can possibly be on Monday nights. It's not really ever about me and me having free time. This is my job. This is my work. It's what is first before anything else. If I have a chance to go out and have a dinner with my friends, I'll go do it, but if something's not done and not perfect with Sean, then I'm not going to go.
My only fun night is Monday after the show, where I can go out, have a glass of wine and have a beautiful dinner with my friends and people from the show.
Sean is handling the stress of the situation really really well. I know he is hoping for 9’s this week and I just want all the hard work to pay off in the end. They're either going to love it or they're not. We know that we've done our best. A 9 at the end of the day won't make it or break it for us.
Sean has been fully committed throughout the whole competition. The show has always been his number one priority, besides Catherine, of course, and i think that will pay off.
We always say that this could be our last week but I believe that Sean could definitely go all the way. My strategy, if we do make it to the finals, would be to use Sean's strengths. His strength in his muscles and in his body. I would definitely be doing a fun freestyle. It wouldn't be anything too serious. Sean is such a goofball. He loves to make jokes and just have a blast, so I think it would be revolved around something funny and comedic. And of course i will have a few tricks up my sleeve too. I will be pulling out all stops to get us into that big, grand finale.
At the end of the day, the fans are the reason we do this. We're so appreciative of all the love and support that we get after every Monday night's show. I personally read all of the tweets that I get. I read every single one of them and I just love reading all the feedback. I like to hear what you didn't like, what you did like. Please vote for us so we can get into the semi-finals and we can do it all over again next week!