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'Dancing' stars to perform to classic American songs

April 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
It's all about the U.S.A. on week five of "Dancing With The Stars."

The eight remaining couples will perform to classic American-themed songs in honor of Patriots' Day.

"I'm going to do this week for all the soldiers out there going to war for us. I'm going to put my heart and soul in this one," Romeo said.

Ralph Macchio said he and his partner Karina Smirnoff will be doing an "all-American Samba."

"There is no such thing ... but we are creating that," he sad.

Chelsea Kane said she'll be showing her sexy side again, but it might be difficult, especially since Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke have been dropping off cookies and cupcakes to all the other dancers.

"I think it's like a secret way to fatten us all up and take us out early," Chelsea Kane said.

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson say they will be performing the Rumba, and it's going to be romantic - not raunchy or sexy.

"We're back to a dance where he can move his hips," Johnson said.

There will also be special performances on Tuesday dedicated to troops serving overseas.

Last week, former boxing champ Sugar Ray Leonard was voted off, even though Playboy model Kendra Wilkinson was the judges' low scorer.

To perform on "Dancing With The Stars," you need talent, but you also need guts to just go for it. Dancing in front of millions of people might give you the "jitter bugs," but what about the stars?

"I'm usually fearless, but honest to God, I don't suck this much at anything," said Kirstie Alley. "I need to just take it up about 50 notches, then I'll be fearless again."

Both Ward and Macchio are stepping outside their boxes, learning how to go beyond their normal limits.

"It's definitely showed me that the more I push myself, the further I want to go, and that's a character trait that I don't know if I've always had," Macchio said.

Kane says she's been fearless since she began performing in front of millions during her teen years, and Jericho seconded that sentiment.

"Hopefully, we just keep improving, and I'm not afraid of it. I'm looking forward to attacking whatever comes up next for next week's show," Jericho said.

Some of the stars are working hard to overcome their fears, but Kendra Wilkinson said she still has stage fright.

"I've been in the business for almost 10 years now, and I will never get over my stage fright," she said.

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


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