Rob Kardashian says his partner Cheryl Burke makes him feel comfortable on the dance floor, as he prepares for the competition to become "harder."
The 24-year-old television personality, and brother to reality star Kim, and Burke, a 27-year-old two-time champion, received 24 out of 30 from the judges for their FoxTrot on the third week of ABC's hit celebrity ballroom dancing series on Monday (read recap). The pair's scores placed them in the middle of the scoreboard, similar to last week.
"She obviously, every week, makes me feel comfortable out there," Kardashian told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "I'm not, like, counting the steps. I just feel great, comfortable, not nervous. I'm hoping it stays that way and that pattern continues. I know it's going to get harder and harder and harder."
"I think we're just really comfortable with each other and we're having a lot of fun together," Burke said. "I'm rooting for him - I want him to do well. I think he's just one of the partners that I really am rooting for, genuinely."
Burke's past partners include NFL player Chad Ochocinco, wrestling star Chris Jericho and singer Wayne Newton. She won the competition with 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey in season 2 and again with retired football star Emmitt Smith in season 3.
Current contestant Ricki Lake, known for her work as a talk show host and actress, and professional partner two-time champion Derek Hough earned the top score of 27 out of 30 for their Rumba on Monday night.
The 10 pairs return on Tuesday, October 4, and the third couple is expected to be eliminated. (See photos from the episode, as well as video interviews with the cast backstage, updated after every show).
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television and special correspondent for its entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).