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Dancing with the Stars: Coping with the Stress…

April 15, 2008 08:36 PM by Jennifer_Brown

DWTS-Shannon-Derek-Courtesy-KelseyMcNeal-ABCNo matter if you’re hot-hoofer Kristi or struggler Cristian, one thing is a constant for the Dancing with the Stars celebrities: stress. The pressure of putting on a good show and getting all the moves right wears on all of the stars. But how do they cope with it?

On tonight’s Dancing with the Stars Results Show, the stars addressed pre-show stress and gave viewers a glimpse into how they keep the nerves at bay.

*For Cristian and Jason, hanging out with the guys while the ladies muss and fuss over hair and makeup does the trick. You’ll find these two tossing a football around the lot.

*Marissa tries to get some quiet time by hiding away in her trailer. But no such luck, with partner Tony right next door. His constant pounding on the walls keeps her hopping… and laughing (hmmm… laughter is a good way to relieve stress, Marissa!).

*Priscilla has no problem relaxing in her trailer. She lights some candles, does some yoga and visualizes success.

*Singer Mario fights adrenaline with adrenaline. You’ll find him working out–push-ups, sit-ups, whatever–while he’s waiting (gosh, I could only look at that like… all day long…).

*Shannon gets a little help from her partner, Derek, who plays the guitar and sings for her when she’s feeling jittery (insert “Awww…” here).

*A woman after my own heart, Marlee calms down by hanging with her kids before the show.

*You’d think Olympic skater Kristi Yamaguchi would be accustomed to performing and would feel no pre-show nerves. Not so! But she deals with them the same way she dealt with them as a skater–by finding a quiet corner and mentally pumping herself up.

So why all the stress? It’s not like these stars aren’t used to the spotlight. It’s not like they’ve never been in front of an audience before. Actress Shannon Elizabeth sums it up nicely: “We have one chance to impress the judges and America.” Okay. Yeah. That might freak me out a little, too.

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8:00 PM (ET) and Tuesdays at 9:00 PM (ET) on ABC.

As an extra bonus, you can now read all of our Dancing with the Stars Cast Bios!

Photo Courtesy: Kelsey McNeal/ABC

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