October 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm , by Ladies' Lounge
Last night was an exciting show—a little bit of sass, a lot of competitive edges coming out, and a few personal victories. I actually woke up yesterday morning feeling a bit under the weather which is never a good thing because it takes so much energy to do our show. But you can’t be sick on a show day in our business. So, I took my medicine and went on with the day hoping I wouldn’t get sicker. People who have never done live TV don’t know the adrenaline rush that comes with our show. It’s like jumping out of a plane and by Tuesday morning, I often feel like I’ve been hit by a bus. No matter how many vitamins I take, or how well balanced my meals are, or even how much rest I get, Tuesday comes and when I wake up….I wonder which bus hit me in my sleep. But in all honesty, I love it. Sure, I’m struggling right now as I sit here with my coffee and eggs wondering if I should go to my “drenched” cardio work out, but I never forget that I have a great job!
I’ve been doing live television for a long time. I was 18 when I landed my first regular live show, so I’ve been working in dance and mostly live television for about 26 years now. I started as a teen pop star singing and dancing my way into people’s homes on a live show in Japan. I loved dancing so much that I begged the producers to let me to continue dancing on the show even though I had released a record and was performing my own songs across Japan. They thought I was crazy—who would want to dance when they could be a star? Me, that’s who.
That was my first live show and I’ve been in love with live television and dance ever since. Whether I’m dancing on it, or choreographing it, directing it or now sitting here as a judge, it’s an incredible experience and challenging on so many levels. There’s nothing like it. You have to be wide awake and alert and ready because anything can happen. When I open my mouth to start giving a critique there’s no turning back!
Dance is an integral part of my being and without it, I probably would have gotten lost along the way. You can see how dance helps people on our show as well. People reveal themselves to us through their dancing. We all can see it. And that’s the element that makes our show so warm and pulls people in—the honesty of the dance and the dancers.
Here are my standout performances for this week:
I loved Joey Fatone’s performance. He is a true showman. They don’t make many like him. I consider it a joy to watch him every time because he’s always fun on the dance floor. Even though I’m looking for a lot more technique this year, technique means nothing if you can’t put it together and wrap it up into a great performance.
Helio Castoneves shone brightly on our floor. He has a very special quality to his performances. There is an authenticity to the moment that really draws you in. If you watch him in his packages he’s never mugging for the camera; he’s just being himself. It’s a good quality to have in this competition, where truth is always revealed in your dancing.
Sabrina Bryant—WOW. I’m happy for her. She’s truly having a moment and she deserves it. She’s got incredible strength and artistry. Her partnership with Louis Van Amstel is something special. She is built for his choreography and it’s exciting.
So far so good with the all-star season! It’s only week two and it’s already getting hot in the ballroom. We heard some good old-fashioned “smack talk” from Emmitt Smitt and I think it’s only going to get more heated…so let the dancing game begin. I’m ready with my paddles!
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