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Derek Hough And Bindi Irwin Prepare For Iconic “Dirty Dancing” Routine

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How great was Switch-Up Week? I think this was one of the best ones yet. It was awesome working with Alexa and I’m so proud of her for getting that 40. It does not feel at all weird get a perfect score first with Alexa and not Bindi. It was important that whoever I got last week, I gave them my all. I had a very clear goal to get Alexa’s confidence level up and I think we did that. And in my eyes, Bindi always gets a perfect score!

I thought Bindi did a terrific job in her cha cha. The routine was extremely difficult. Val pushed her and made her sharp. To get a 10 in cha cha is extraordinary. I think the cha cha one of the least impactful dances on the show. If you look at the record books of memorable dances, there are very few, if any, cha chas. There’s a reason we usually do them in the first week. I just loved watching her kill it. I agree with what Bruno said about her shoulders. We were trying to figure out why she moves them up like that. I said yesterday that when she gets excited and is smiling, she raises her shoulders. It was like a light bulb moment. So now that we know, we have to retrain that a little bit.

It feels great to be back with my baby! Pun intended! We have the rumba this week to Dirty Dancing. Normally, we can do our own versions of these dances, but they told us they want us to reflect the original as possible. We still have some freedom with it. The tough part is the lift, of course. I don’t normally do lifts and I never really have done those on the show. And this is a really difficult lift to do. We try every day and we’ve gotten really close. Yesterday, we went to a lake — and I use that term loosely. It was more of a smelly bog. It was in the Hills. There’s a little reservoir and it was so gross. The silt was like 3-feet deep. When you stepped in it, the bubbles popped. Believe me, I did not choose that location! But it was actually really fun.

And before you ask, yes, Jennifer Grey is giving us tips! She’s actually stopping by rehearsals today to check us out. We can’t disappoint her! I guess it was easy to give us Dirty Dancingbecause of my connection to Jennifer, but I think there are actually a lot of parallels between the movie and Bindi. Baby’s 17 in the movie and so is Bindi. Baby wants to change the world. That’s Bindi. Even Bindi’s laughs when she gets goofy are so Jennifer. She’s my Baby Bindi!

Hopefully they won’t give us another lie detector this week! That was rigged! Ha. The whole segment was pretty funny, but for the record, I really don’t think I’m the best pro. I think that’s too broad a label. We’re all good at different things and different styles. We’re all the best in different ways. But I certainly do give my very best in everything I do.

Thanks for reading! See you Monday!

Derek

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