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'Dancing' stars to bring a lot of emotion

April 4, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The 11 couples on "Dancing With The Stars" have the first week of competition under their dance belts. Now, they're hoping to take what they've learned to "bring it" on a second round of judging.

Each performance is expected to embody a personal story of the celebrity contestant. Some will do Latin dances, and some will do Ballroom. A slew of Rumbas are expected, plus a Foxtrot, a Waltz, a Samba and even a Paso Doble.

"It's kind of a fun week for us because it's a personal story from a celebrity," said dancer Anna Trebunskaya.

Model Petra Nemcova and her partner Dmitry Chaplin will be doing the Waltz.

"I think it will make people dream, and at the same time ... the story will make people go inside within themselves and hopefully inspire as well," Nemcova said.

Kirstie Alley's partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy has choreographed her own personal story to the moves of a Rumba. "The thing that I feel good about is I've done enough work, un-dance related, that I have great, loyal amazing fans. I have for years," she said.

Alley said she has gotten a lot of tweets from fans saying they are going to take ballroom dancing now.

One thing her fans love about her is her honesty. When asked what can be found in her dressing room, she responded, "Flowers. I love flowers. I have flowers everywhere. It's a weird story. When I used to be a coke-head, did a lot of cocaine, and when I stopped doing cocaine, I said I will spend the same amount of money on flowers every week for the rest of my life as I do on cocaine."

Alley said she now spends about $500 a week on flowers.

As the celebrities spend more time at the studio in the Fairfax District, they say they have "must haves" that help them feel more at home, and in many cases, food is involved.

Ralph Macchio goes for the tried and true when stocking his dressing room - bananas and water. Chris Jericho also has a "go to" treat in his dressing room, although his partner Cheryl Burke is not such a fan.

"Nut protein bars ... that always make my breath smell like nuts," Jericho said.

Jericho might want to spend time with Sugar Ray Leonard, who keeps his partner happy with keeping mints in his dressing room. Leonard even has a special place to make sure his mints are always close at hand.

"I think when he went on the dance floor, he had his mints in his socks," Trebunskaya said.

Talk show host Wendy Williams reaches for just the opposite as her dressing room staple - hot sauce. And while Romeo has short hair, he says he always keeps a brush in his room.

"I got to stay sexy for the ladies," he said.

"Dancing With The Stars" begins at 8 p.m. on ABC7.

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