In case you're wondering, Kurt Warner still doesn't know the difference between flexed knees and bent knees. "I have no idea. I don't even know which one I'm supposed to have!" the Dancing with the Stars contestant tells TVGuide.com nearly a week after judge Len Goodman criticized his knee technique. "Because I'm so tall, Anna [Trebunskaya] always tells me to bend my knees. ... I just listen to her. She tries to focus on the things that are most important." This week, the former Arizona Cardinals quarterback has yet another thing to worry about —the Instant Dance.
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TVGuide.com: With Rick Fox leaving, this means football trumps basketball on Dancing, right?
Kurt Warner: [Laughs] I don't know about all that. The thing is, you realize there's so much more to it than what you do on the floor. You really don't know how big fan bases are and who will vote. I think we all thought he'd be around for a while, but I guess at this point, we're probably going to be surprised by most of the people who will go.
TVGuide.com: You had the lowest score two weeks ago and stayed, so your fan base is obviously strong.
Warner: That was amazing. Talking to some of the people who came back for the 200th show — like Emmitt [Smith] was saying, "I wasn't the best dancer, but I won." Jennifer [Grey] and Brandy have obviously separated themselves from a dancing perspective. For the other three of us, it's about continuing to improve and entertain people every week. It's not going to be "Who's the best dancer?" We're not going to be better dancers than Jennifer and Brandy. I think the three of us are focused on having fun, improving and bringing out our personalities.
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TVGuide.com: Did you have renewed vigor last week with the team dance and getting your personal best score?
Warner: The team dance was so much fun. You didn't worry so much about your individual performance from a technical standpoint. Everyone's like, "You can't dance." [Laughs] I know and I don't really care. Do I want to get better? Sure. Do I want to be a decent dancer? Sure. But I also understand that I've only done this for a month and a half. My goal is to enjoy it and entertain people. I don't know — 90 percent of the audience doesn't know what a perfect technical dance looks like. They usually connect to the performance. I try to get as good as I can with the dancing, but I really want to perform. I think some of our dances, our choreography and the stories we tell have really connected, and I think that's the reason we're still around.
TVGuide.com: This week, you have two dances and the Instant Dance for one of them. I think getting your music 20 minutes before the show is kind of sadistic. What do you think?
Warner: I guess, being the celebrity, I don't really understand why. It's hard enough to learn two dances — well, it's hard learning one — but to learn two different kinds and to throw this wrench into it, I don't understand the purpose. For me, it's so hard to hear the music because I've never done that before. Maybe it'll be an advantage because I don't hear the music anyway, or maybe it's going to be harder since I usually pick up some of the timing by hearing music during the week. I'm just kind of dumbfounded of what the purpose is. It's just like, "We're going to try to freak them out at the last minute."