Karina Smirnoff sure knows how to keep her dancing partner, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, in line.
“Yeah, you know what? I’m really trying. I enjoy being here. I really don’t want to go home any time soon. I love L.A. So I’m learning the steps and trying to show people that there’s improvement there,” The Situation told us after Monday’s performance show.
But not so fast: “I’ll be honest with you. I am actually exhausted after every practice and love my bed. But at the same time, I think I might just have to go out this week because it’s been like three weeks and I definitely gotta go out, you know?”
“Once a week is okay with me,” says Smirnoff.
It seems the player is not only respecting the practice schedule of the show, but his pretty partner’s boundaries too.
“If I was flirting so soon [in the season] then I probably wouldn’t get the dance steps down at all. So I’m trying to show a little respect there because I know if we don’t get down the steps then that hurts here a little bit,” he says.
“And I’ll come at him with a stick,” jokes Smirnoff.
“Our practices are so much fun, but there hasn’t been any of that other stuff only because she does have a boyfriend and I’m trying to be respectful.”
He’s also quite respectful of the judges’ comments, telling us that he’s never been called pigeon-toed before. “No, definitely not,” he says. “It’s news to me. I never wore high heels before and I doubt many guys have. So it’s not very comfortable. I just take the criticism and move forward. You know, this is ‘Dancing with the Stars’ not ‘Dancing with the Professionals.’”
Situation and Smirnoff earned a score of 18 for their Quickstep this week, which is considerably better than Week 1′s score of 15 for their Cha Cha Cha.
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