Are Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas dancing rebels without a cause? The two have incurred the wrath of Len Goodman for going against the grain with their Dancing with the Stars routines, but the Disney star says it's all for the people. "I think there's a time and a place for breaking the rules," Kane tells TVGuide.com. "I think we enjoy it because we are one of the youngest couples on the show and we want to entertain." This week, however, look for them to be on their best behavior during their quickstep.
Chelsea Kane: Well, we have one of those hilarious songs that no one wants to admit that they sing at the top of their lungs. This song came out before I was born [in 1988]. I didn't pick it as one of my guilty pleasures, but I can definitely relate to probably what most of America thinks when they hear this song. But the routine is a completely different story from the song. It's going in the vein of being young and carefree. I think it will be cute. The thing I love about being partnered with Mark is that he always wants to tell a story with his dances. There's always some sort of theme or character to play.You guys have gotten in trouble for not doing traditional routines. What's your plan this week?
Kane: We're going traditional. We're being very well-behaved! With the quickstep, the entire dance is also in hold, which is a challenge for both of us. I want to say it's one of the most proper forms of ballroom because you're not allowed to let go of each other. That just contradicts my and Mark's personalities completely because we love to break apart. I think we won't get into any trouble this week for bending or breaking the rules because we're being 100 percent traditional.Why do you like breaking the rules so much?
Kane: [Laughs] My side of it is that I want to entertain the fans who are coming over from Disney with me, and they're used to a younger generation of dancing. As far as Mark goes, he's been on the show for eight seasons and I think he's really looking for something to spice up his personal choreography. We hit the 1,000th dance milestone the other night, so I think Mark is really trying to think outside of the box. The viewers let us into their homes, so we want to put on a show that makes people want to [vote for us] because I'm having the time of my life.
Kane: It's hard not to lose yourself with some of the themes. The one we got in the most trouble for was our jive. But we're dancing to Panic! at the Disco, which is not '50s — you don't wear a poodle skirt when you listen to Panic! at the Disco. We want to make sure that we took it to the next level.I don't know if you've done the math, but you're the second highest-scoring couple behind Hines and Kym.
Kane: I had no idea! That's so awesome! I'm thrilled just to be part of this show and to still be here. I've never walked into a project so blind. I had no idea who the other celebrities [were], or who I would be partnered with. I have no dance training and week to week, I have no idea what my dance is, what my song is. I just hoped to do my best and have a great relationship with my partner, and to slowly check those things off in a really positive way feels amazing.Were you worried about getting eliminated when you were left as one of the last two couples two weeks ago? Or do you think they put you there for the drama since Len didn't like your Harry Potter dance?
Kane: Mark and I definitely had one of those moments where we thought our encore dance was our last dance. We are not cocky at all. I think everyone is so talented and it's anybody's game. I was watching the season Mark and Sabrina [Bryan] got eliminated, which is this week we're going into. ... That scared me because ... we both come from Disney. It showed how much of it is voting-based. The Disney fans are some of the greatest fans in the world. I've seen them crash websites and boards for the Jonas Brothers. At the same time, they're kids. They could have parents who don't let them watch the show or they have homework or have to go to bed because it's a school night. You definitely go through those fears.
Kane: Oh my God! We were all just dying! [Laughs] I think there's a picture of us backstage laying on the floor in the fetal position. I think Maks is the only person on planet Earth who can say something like that and you want to hug him afterwards as opposed to being completely turned of by the guy. I love Maks! He's so funny!Do you guys have any crazy moments like that?
Kane: If anything, Mark and I are the troublemakers and the kids on the show. Mark and I literally got into a water-fight yesterday. A full-blown, running up and down the halls, throwing cups at each other water-fight. We got in trouble. We had to clean the whole place and mop up all the floors. That is us in a nutshell. We have been in trouble with security more times than we can count at this point. No matter what we do, we get in trouble! In rehearsals, we get in trouble for goofing off. On show days, we get in trouble for being too rebellious on the dance floor!