Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: On To The Jive!
Shawn Johnson jumps into Derek Hough‘s arms after being declared safe on Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars results show on Tuesday night (September 25) in Los Angeles.
“On to the JIVE #shawnough #dwts #DWTSAllStars @derekhough,” the 20-year-old athlete tweeted from rehearsals the day after.
“Next week we have the jive and I can already see that Derek has crazy things planned,” Shawn told TODAY. “He saw the competition on Monday and instantly had a fire lit in him. We are going for another very high-energy fun dance and hopefully one that stands out on top!”
She added about the chemistry between her and Derek, “Getting me to come out of my shell and show emotion is difficult for me, and he’s really been working on that since day one. He’s been telling me over and over to just let go and have fun. Technique aside it’s about the showmanship and connection between him and I. He’s a great teacher and partner, and I can’t wait to see what he pushes me to do next week!”
Olympian Shawn Johnson joins TODAY.com to blog ‘Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars’
She’s back in more ways than one! Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson, who joined TODAY.com this summer as a special correspondent for the London Games, will be blogging with us once again — this time about “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars.”
Shawn, who won the coveted mirror ball trophy in season eight of “Dancing With the Stars” alongside pro partner Mark Ballas, will be competing in the ballroom again for “All-Stars.” This time, she’s paired with pro Derek Hough, who already has three mirror ball trophies under his belt.
“I got to work with the TODAY show in London for the first time as a correspondent, and it was one of the funnest things I’ve ever done!” Shawn said. “And being on ‘Dancing’ … it’s going to be a fun one, to share my story and take people backstage. It’s really exciting to be able to share that.”
The champion gymnast will be sharing her inside scoop via blog posts, photos and more each week in The Clicker. You can follow her on Twitter to get updates on her latest stories for us.
“Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” premieres Monday Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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West Des Moines native Shawn Johnson says she got the call asking to appear on the all-star edition of “Dancing With the Stars,” which begins Monday, at the perfect time.
The 20-year-old Olympic gold medalist had just retired from gymnastics. “What now?” she said she remembers thinking. The reality dance show, which she won in 2009, offered her the chance to compete on a big stage again. Her and partner Derek Hough join 12 other pairs when the show kicks off Monday night on ABC.
Johnson spoke with us about her preparation for the show and more.
On how the second go-round on “DWTS” compares to the first, in 2009:
“Everything is different. Everybody knows how to dance. I’m not starting from nothing. I feel like I’m starting right where I left off.”
On the gruel of training and practicing for each show:
“Right now, we go from about 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. About five hours a day. But that will increase after the first episode.
“We had three weeks to learn our first routine, and soon we’ll only have about three days (to learn new dances for the next show).”
Shawn Johnson: I ‘didn’t dance once’ after winning ‘Dancing With the Stars’
“Dancing” pro Derek Hough and Olympian Shawn Johnson rehearse in preparation for the big “All-Stars” premiere.
By Anna Chan, TODAY
“Dancing With the Stars” kicks off its much anticipated all-stars season Monday night. Season eight champ and returning contestant Shawn Johnson, who is paired with pro Derek Hough, took a few minutes to chat with us about preparations ahead of the big premiere, what fans should expect from her and more.
The Clicker: What have you done to keep up your ballroom skills since your first time on “DWTS”?
Shawn: I haven’t done anything! I think everybody else can say the same. It’s not our natural sport or our natural career. When I finished season eight, I was done with dancing. I went back to gymnastics and I honestly didn’t dance once. So it is like starting over, especially with a new partner. We’re kind of starting from zero.
For the most part, I think the feeling is still there. I understand the vocabulary and what (Derek’s) saying and where he’s coming from. Whereas the first time, it was like Mark (Ballas) was speaking Chinese. Now I understand it so I can correct things easier and … getting into the movement and the habit and the feeling is definitely foreign. I have to work to get that back.
The Clicker: How have you been preparing?
Shawn: In the past few weeks, we’ve really just been getting our first dance ready. (The producers) assigned us our first dance and our first music three days into training. I think the past few weeks have just been getting used to this process again and (I’ve) kind of been gearing up for it.
My first dance is a fox-trot and that’s about all I can tell you! It’s been going really well. Our fox-trot isn’t by any means traditional, definitely different and doesn’t really adhere to the normal rules. We have unique music and it kind of suits us and our personality, which I think is important for the first dance. I want to show everybody who I am and not come out as a character yet. You have to (do characters) later. That’s part of it. There are dances where you have to take on a role: tango you have to be serious and dark, rumba you have to be romantic and sexy. It’s part of (dancing). It’s the acting side. But thankfully with our fox-trot and our music, I’m just being me. We get to be goofy and fun and playful and energetic. I’m enjoying that. I love it. I hope everybody else likes it as well.
Shawn: I feel like the first time, I was so uncomfortable and so out of my comfort zone that I didn’t push myself enough to try to step into the character of any of the dances. … I don’t think it’s going to be easy, but I think it’ll be neat to push myself into those characters this time, trying to be sexy and romantic and trying to be all mysterious and kill someone in the paso. I feel like I’m a little more comfortable this time to try to take them on.
(My first time on the show,) I had just turned 17. You have to look like you’re in love with someone. It was definitely difficult. I was like, “Again, you’re speaking Mandarin.” … I’m more the awkward person and the person that just giggles and smiles at everything, so it’s going to be hard.
But I think I’m a little more ready this time to at least try. I’m just trying to put myself in the mindset that it’s OK to step into the characters. You know you’re not necessarily portraying who you are. You’re acting. I will never be an actress, I’m me. It’s really hard for me to act something different. I want things to be appropriate. I want things to represent who I am. Then again, it is the show. It is the job. You have to find a happy balance to suit the dance and suit the style. … I hope I don’t just bust out laughing or something halfway through it!
The Clicker: Are you afraid the judges might criticize you for not getting into the character of the dances?
Shawn: I think that’s THE place I have to work on. I have to push myself. They’ll be able to see the difference between (my) first season to this. I definitely don’t think right off the bat I’ll be able to act like some of the professionals on the show, some of the actors who are dancing on the show. Then again, we all have our strengths and we all have our weaknesses.
The Clicker: What’s it been like training with Derek versus Mark?
Shawn: I love Derek! There’s definitely a lot of differences, (but) they’re pretty much like brothers. They grew up together and grew up around each other, so there’s a lot of similarities. They choreograph different, they think different, they have different creative standpoints and angles that they come from. … Derek is a phenomenal choreographer and a dancer and he’s a great teacher, and I think we’re partnered perfectly together.
“Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” premieres Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC. Follow Shawn Johnson as she tweets throughout the season.