"Dancing with the Stars” pro Sharna Burgess is blogging exclusively for ExtraTV.com this season. Check out her latest post below!
Antonio and I had our best night yet on "Dancing with the Stars." We got our highest score and he performed better than ever! We put in more hours, more technique, and more dedication on getting that dance to where it needed to be. Team Boomin had to go through a necessary evil. As a pro partner, I had to figure out how to motivate my celebrity. It is a coach’s job to know how to motivate the players. I wasn’t getting the time and dedication that I needed from Antonio and I needed to let him know how far away from first place he was. I needed him to know that Wanya and Nyle were right up there on the leader board, but I never said that he wasn’t going to win.
Realizing he was so affected by that and seeing the fire lit underneath him, knowing that we had our best week ever tells me that it was the right move. Antonio is an incredibly competitive person and I had to fire up the competitor in him. It is important for me to get what I need from him to take him all the way to the finals. I know Team Boomin can do it. I know he has the talent to take the mirror ball back to Pittsburgh, just like Hines Ward did.
Now we are on the same page and stronger than ever. We have created a great friendship, but as his coach I had to knock him down a little bit so he could fight to get back up. And he could prove not just to me, but to himself and all the fans that were watching that actually he does want this. He does smile in the face of adversity and we can still win this. For us. For our fans. For Steeler Nation. We can still take this all the way to the end!
Moving forward with our newly found strength, I am so excited for what is to come. It has come at the right time because we are about to start double dances. That only requires more time and more effort. We have Team Dance this week — it is girl celebrities against guy celebrities. We have a fantastic song and I really think we could win this one for the boys. I know nobody wants to go home, but we do have double elimination so every point counts. We also have the Tango next week for Icons Week with an incredible Rolling Stones song.
Going on Week 7, Team Boomin is back. We are stronger than ever and we are about to make everyone proud!
"Extra's" Tracey Edmonds was backstage during show catching up with Antonio and Sharna.
Tracey also chatted with Jodie Sweetin and pro Keo Motsepe, Wanya Morris and partner Lindsay Arnold, and pro Peta Murgatroyd. Check it out!