For the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars, professional dancer Tony Dovolani will take In Touch readers along his incredible journey by providing a behind the scenes look at DWTS and reflecting on that week’s performance. This week, he is talking about what it is like to work with his latest partner, Leah Remini.
Last week Leah hit a milestone and got what the competition is all about - everything doesn’t have to be serious and perfect. She just forgot she was on a show, had fun and really gave herself to that dance so I'm feeling really good about this week.
She also revealed a sexy side! I can see the difference in her body and how it's getting stronger. She's tightening up in areas and her confidence level is up because she is proud of herself. I feel she's finally allowing herself to grow. She’s repressed her fears and the performance has become more important. I'm looking at her proudly too and she feels that. In the beginning I told her, “I’m going to keep pushing you and the moment I don't is the moment you've reached all you can do.” I’m still pushing her and have full confidence she can do anything. Leah doesn't stop. The only reason we do stop is to protect her from injuries and that's it.
The audience response was fantastic last week. The love and support of the audience has had a huge effect on Leah. Just the fact that she’s moved on [from her person issues] feels freer, full of energy and excitement. She's been somewhat reborn into a different person and we've made it a point to make dancing, and the next stage of life, be drama free, that’s all she’s focusing on right now.
Tonight we have the cha-cha and where there's new choreography there’s new frustrations and Leah is stepping out of her comfort zone. Leah’s a kid at heart and when that kid-side shows up it's so much fun. She’s worked hard her entire life and not had it easy. I'm very happy to be in season 16 and still be excited like this. It's no secret that I've had some challenging seasons, so it's nice having fun and have someone working hard. Leah may not have come in as a dancer, but I’m transforming her into one and I'm certainly enjoying it.