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'Dancing' stars reveal their secret weapons

Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace a.k.a. Ron Artest and his partner Peta Murgatroyd await possible elimination on 'Dancing With The Stars: The Result Show' on Tuesday, September 20, 2011. (Adam Taylor)

September 26, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
As the stars of "Dancing With the Stars" gear up for week two, they're revealing what their secret weapons are.

"I'm just going to bring it. I'm going to hit everything a bit harder, just have a little bit more performance and hopefully, I won't get nervous and I'll just be more comfortable," said Kristin Cavallari.

Cavallari has checked the Cha Cha off her dance to-do list, and this week, she'll sweep in with the Quick Step.

"I'm just excited that we get to be in a hold, so I don't have to be out on my own, which is the part that freaks me out, so hopefully that will just put me at ease," Cavallari said.

Ricki Lake will make a big switch for week two, moving from the Viennese Waltz to the Jive.

"I got plenty to shake still, so I think I'm not going to not have a problem with that," Lake joked.

Other stars have been plotting their own strategies for handling week two. Part of Lacey Schwimmer and Chaz Bono's strategy is to "ignore the pain and ice the knees."

"Just try to put as much personality into that dance as I can," Bono said.

Anna Trebunskaya and Carson Kressley plan to show "pizzazz," while J.R. Martinez bragged, "fun is definitely my secret weapon."

Who made the call?

When it comes to getting the cast together each season for "Dancing With The Stars," it's interesting to hear just who made the first call - the show or the stars.

"They'd asked me, and I was really honored, and it's a lot of fun," said actor David Arquette.

Nancy Grace said she got a call on her private cellphone, and she thought it a prank.

"I was stunned, thought I was a joke," she said.

Phillips has her husband, Billy Baldwin, to thank.

"He made some phone calls, and then ... I never expected for it to happen, so I'm grateful to be here," she said.

Several of the stars had been asked to dance before, but the timing just wasn't right.

"They came knocking last season, but I was promoting my book. When we finished, we knocked to see if they were still interested," Bono said.

"All these years they've asked me to do it, I can't believe I said no because it is just so much fun," Lake said.

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

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