It’s Classical Week on “Dancing with the Stars” and that leaves some of the remaining nine competitors nervous, some excited, and some just plain ol’ confused.
Here’s what you can expect Monday night: Classical dances – either Viennese Waltz, the Paso Doble, or the Waltz – as well as a different stage, no spiral staircases, backup singers, and a 46-piece orchestra.
The most Nervous Nelly of the bunch is pro Dmitry Chaplin, who told reporters last week: “I’m a little stressed out for next week. Mainly for choreography because they are changing the stage, adding orchestra … it’s all different. To me, because it’s such a drastic change of stage and they’re going to have singers, it’s hard to choreograph.”
Dmitry’s partner Petra Nemcova, who now shares the number one position with Hines Ward and Kym Johnson, is excited for her Paso Doble. “I am ready. I have the fire in me as well,” she said. “I am excited about it because it’s very powerful, passionate dance. It’s something we haven’t done yet. I can chase Dmitry without him giving me a hard time about it.”
As for her costume, she hinted that she might be playing the matador role in this Paso Doble when she revealed, “I’m wearing the cape.”
As for the confused, Kendra Wilkinson told reporters last week, “I’m moving better now. I feel like a snake now. I feel like I have more rhythm. I’m waiting for the Salsa, unfortunately next week we have the…Vietnamese Waltz?” When reporters corrected her by saying the “The Viennese Waltz,” she didn’t quite hear the difference. Her partner Louis Van Amstel just sighed and said, “Just to show you that I start with zero!” Another somewhat lost contestant is Hines Ward, who joked about his Paso Doble, “I can’t even spell that.”
Mark Ballas promises his Viennese Waltz with Chelsea Kane will be “cool, kind of different, and magical.”
As for the rest of the bunch, Romeo and Chelsie Hightower and Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke will tackle the Paso Doble; Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff will perform the Waltz, and Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya have the Viennese Waltz.