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'Dancing With The Stars': Contestants learning from partners

September 23, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Dancing With The Stars" contestants share what they're learning about their partners on and off the dance floor.

After a stellar week one, the 12 couples returned to the "Dancing With The Stars" ballroom for another round of competition.

"Now I know what it feels like to be here, and I'm going to do it," said Leah Remini.

With one week under their belts, the performers have just started their dance learning curves.

"You never want to be arrogant. But I had to move past that and be like, 'You can do this, and you're gonna look great doing it, and just do it,' and that's what I did. I just had confidence and I did it," said Amber Riley.

Bill Nye worked up a strategy before the show.

"The plan of attack is to put our heart and soul into it this week and do the Paso Doble, that's the plan. You can't worry about the other people. This is a judged event. You gotta show up and just do your very, very best," said Nye.

Nye proved to be a crowd favorite in the ballroom during week one. Yes, he landed at the bottom of the judges' leaderboard, but his partner, Tyne Stecklein, believes he's got potential because he's committed to learning.

"Bill is so completely passionate about everything that he does in life, so whether it's his science things or planetary, society, business or coming to dance rehearsal with me, he is a 190 percent there and in it, which is awesome," said Stecklein.

The dancing teachers and their newest students are spending a lot of time together rehearsing routines, but they are also bonding off the dance floor.

"I knew he was a good dancer and he was charming and he's sweet, but I didn't know what a good friend he was going to be to me throughout this," Remini said of her partner Tony Dovolani.

Sharna Burgess has nicknamed her partner Keyshawn Johnson "gentle giant."

"He has such a gentle, wonderful side to him," said Burgess. "I call him my 'gentle giant', he's like a big brother to me."

Peta Murgatroyd says her partner Brant Daugherty is more than just handsome.

"He's one of the most kindest, most polite gentlemen I have ever worked with," said Murgatroyd. "He's not just a pretty face."

The stars agree their partners share one thing in common besides dancing -- humor.

"He's really funny and cracks me up in rehearsal," Amber Riley said of partner Derek Hough. "We have to force ourselves to work sometimes because we'll get into watching vines or acting really silly. It makes rehearsal really fun though."

Jack Osbourne says he and Cheryl Burke spent 90 percent of their time together laughing.

"Our rehearsals, 90 percent of the time we're laughing, 5 percent of the time we're crying, and the other time, we're just not talking to each other," said Osbourne.

It's a Latin themed episode, so along with the Rumba, expect to see the Samba, Jive and Paso Doble.

"It's going to be a brawl. Everybody's got something to bring to the table," said Corbin Bleu.


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