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Karina Smirnoff Talks About Working With Her Ex

April 17, 2013 01:00 PM by Christine McDow

Karina Smirnoff is blogging for

title=”Karina Smirnoff interview”>SheKnows.com during this season of Dancing With The Stars. So far it has been a fun and talent filled season, but not always without its’ own stresses like when she had to work with her ex last week! Keep reading for a snippet of the interview we did with her and find the link for the entire blog.

SheKnows: Karina, I cannot believe you were able to choreograph a foxtrot to the country song “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins!

Karina Smirnoff: Thank you! It was a challenge! In the beginning, we were just thinking the song was great, and then we got the music and started working on it and I was like, “Oh my goodness, what was I thinking?” But instead of worrying about how it’s not necessarily the perfect song for the foxtrot, we just started dancing to it, and I think it fell into place.

And after the show, Rodney Atkins — I don’t know if he was watching the show or if a friend of his called him about it — the moment we finished dancing, he tweeted us! He was like, “Thanks, man, that’s awesome!” And Jacoby and I tweeted right back to say thanks to him, and that it was an honor using his song.

SK: Were you surprised to get such rave reviews from the judges?

KS: When we were getting ready to dance, Jacoby was in the zone. And I knew it — I was so excited to dance because I knew he was going to do well. But I had a false start! Before the music even started, I started running to Jacoby! (laughs) But while we danced, as we went from section to section, I just saw that he was so much in the dance and going for it, that I was thinking, “This guy is nailing it!” And the energy of the dance kicked in and we could see Junior in the audience and Mama Jones was all emotional — everything just came together! I remember when we finished the dance, we were just looking at each other like, “This is awesome — we love the foxtrot!”

To read the full interview click here!

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