For the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars, pro dancer Cheryl Burke will be sharing the inside scoop with Life & Style readers! In this week’s edition, Cheryl reveals how Jack prepped for last night’s emotional performance — and how hard it was for both of them to tap into their sensitive sides.
Jack’s most memorable year was obviously 2012 and last night's dance [they performed a Waltz to Des'ree's "I'm Kissing You" — and scored a 27 out of 30] paid tribute to that. I think people were able to get a closer look at Jack's life and what’s truly important to him. People often forget that he has multiple sclerosis because he looks so healthy. There are so many celebrities on this show that have such great, heartfelt stories, but Jack’s specifically sticks out to me — and not just because he’s my partner.
The biggest challenge of this week was getting Jack to get in touch with his emotions — without him laughing. It was hard to get him to tap into that sensitive side of himself, but I knew that he would eventually overcome it. The moment Jack became teary-eyed was when he dedicated our dance to his wife, Lisa, and his baby girl, Pearl. While we were waiting to hit the stage, I told him, "Don't listen to the package! Don't listen to it!" But he couldn’t help it — and I can’t blame him. My eyes almost watered up, too!
I’ll admit that this week might have been the hardest yet because the both of us had to be more vulnerable. Jack likes to be very sarcastic and we're both the same in that regard, so for us to get emotional is very rare — and difficult at times.
All of that aside, it's so refreshing to be partnered with someone who's normal. He's a celebrity, but he doesn't act like one. He has a really good sense of humor. So far, it's been a really great season for me.
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