Chelsea Kane is just three dances (and a couple million votes) away from a spot in Dancing with the Stars' final three, and she can't believe it herself. "I knew when I went on [the show] that a lot of the viewing audience had absolutely no clue who I was, so I was really afraid that I would be going home [early]," she tells TVGuide.com. "The fact the fact that people who haven't seen me before have invited me into their home and have voted for Mark [Ballas] and me into the semifinals is just amazing. I'm so flattered and I'm really having the time of my life." The Disney star has her work cut out for her this week: Besides two individual routines, she will face off with the other three couples in a winner-takes-all cha-cha with 15 points on the line. But after her and Ballas' heart-to-heart about his 'tude towards Len Goodman, Kane says the duo is "clicking better ever."
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Were you taken aback when Mark kept talking back to Len?
Chelsea Kane: When you spend 10 hours every day in the rehearsal studio, just leaving blood, sweat and tears on the dance floor to come up with something really amazing to perform, and to have someone go, "Eh, I didn't really get it," it hurts a little. The pressure builds ups and Mark is extremely passionate, and I think that's why his dances are so amazing and why he got so upset with Len. He wants to do well and wants me to do well. Sometimes he lets his heart get the best of him. The minute we start stressing and being frustrated, we've lost sight of why we're here. I think we're back on track now and it paid off. We came out on top the leader board.
Is Mark completely over the whole thing?
Kane: I think he's over it in the sense that we're having fun again. We've had fun every week, but the pressure started to build up and we were getting wrapped up in what the judges were going to say. We want to put on performances that not only made the judges happy, but the audience, who are 12 seasons in and are looking for something different. I think that's what we're doing. We're having fun creating.
And now you have to create three dances.
Kane: I know! I'm a little stressed out. That means I'm learning a dance a day. There's no room for having an off day anymore. Every dance is so different. We have the rumba and Argentine tango, which are unlike anything we've ever done before, so it's not like we can really incorporate moves we've used in other dances. I'm definitely nervous.