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After coming oh-so-close to the Mirrorball trophy twice, Dancing with the Stars' Anna Trebunskaya is ready to go all the way this season with Kurt Warner. "I hope so. It's still a long way to go, but I think we can do it," she tells TVGuide.com. "Kurt's working really hard and has made a lot of strides in the past week alone." That progress was reflected last week, as the retired National Football League quarterback earned unanimous praise from the judges and improved his score two points to 21. Find out what Trebunskaya — who finished second with Jerry Rice and Evan Lysacek in Seasons 2 and 10, respectively — is working on with Warner the most for Monday's storytelling theme and get her thoughts on Bruno Tonioli's harsh critique of Michael Bolton.

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TVGuide.com: How's the foxtrot coming? What's your story?
Anna Trebunskaya:
Very well. It's coming together nicely. Our song is "Bad Day," and we're trying to make it a positive message. I'm the one having a bad day and Kurt is there to cheer me up.

TVGuide.com: You got some great comments from the judges last week, which was a turnaround from their first-week critiques.
Yeah, what was really cool was that they noticed the things that we had been working on. That was rewarding. I definitely feel that his musicality, as Carrie Ann [Inaba] noticed, has improved the most. He's used to zoning out 50,000 people and not hearing any sound when he played football. Now I'm asking him to dance to music and he'd be like, "What? There's music? What are you talking about?" [Laughs] ... You just have to keep reminding him. I tell him to remember certain moves for certain parts of the songs. He's getting there. He used to zone out sound, but now he needs to get in the music zone.

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