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Romeo may be portrayed as a flirt on Dancing with the Stars, but Chelsie Hightower says the rapper is all business this week after getting tepid critiques for their rumba. "We are working our butts off!" she tells "We joke around, but our main goal is to focus on the dancing and we're working extra-hard this week to come back stronger with our paso doble." Making their comeback slightly more difficult is the show's first classical week, which will feature a 46-piece orchestra for each couple's dance — not exactly the type of music that goes with the paso.

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Len wasn't very fond of your rumba. What do you think of his comments?
Chelsie Hightower:
Well, I wish he liked it! [Laughs] Sometimes you think you have a great dance, and then you perform for the judges and sometimes they love it and sometimes they don't. It's always hit and miss. We were happy with it. At the end of the day, we're just using criticism as motivation to do better this week.

What'd you think of your performance?
I thought it was awesome. My main thing was that I wanted Romeo to come out and really get into the emotion of the dance. He did exactly that. He sacrificed a little bit of the dancing for it. And that's fine. It was storytelling week and we wanted to tell a story that was very important to Romeo [about his late cousins], and that's what we did. So we were completely happy with it.

How's the paso doble coming along?
It's good. It's definitely a more difficult dance, especially since we have classical music because there are so many intricacies with the classical music. But I think it's going to pay off in the end.

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