May 02, 2011 12:00 PM by Allyson Wells
Kym Johnson and Hines Ward are the highest scoring couple on this season of Dancing with the Stars. However, they have yet to score a 10. For tonight’s dance, they will be kicking it into high gear for their tango. Kym Johnson discusses what they have planned, as well as what she thinks of the competition.
Kym told TV Guide that they were putting in overtime for their tango this week. “I feel like the competition has really kicked in now. I love the tango. I think Hines will be great at it. He’s such a natural dancer. I’m so lucky! He’s so easy to teach. On Wednesday we had a six-hour rehearsal and he got all the steps down. After that, it’s just about polishing it and working on the technique. In the tango, we really have to focus on the posture and his knees because the tango’s really flat. He just really has to get into the character of the tango. In our paso doble, we did really well. He sort of channeled the football player in him, so he has to do that for the tango as well.”
Kym also revealed that they plan to just stick to the basics for their tango rather than have a theme. “We were going to, but this week, we have some of the ballroom greats — legends of ballroom dancing — coming in to watch our rehearsals and we’ll have a guest judge. So we’re focusing on making this week more about the dancing and being very technical and more traditional. We’re not going with any gimmicks or story. American Week, Guilty Pleasure Week — they’ve been really, really fun. I enjoyed that and telling a story through the dances, but we’re not doing that this week.”
As for the rest of the playing field, Kym is amazed at how even the playing field is this season and finds it makes for a much more exciting competition. “From this point, there are no bad dancers. Everyone’s deserving of being in the final. It’s a really close competition this season. It’s very open. I like that. There are no Nicole Scherzingers or Evan Lysaceks. It’s more of an even playing field and it keeps it exciting every time someone gets out on the floor.”
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