Karina Smirnoff Blogs About Performing with José Carreño

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff

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updated 04/09/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET

originally published 04/09/2012 AT 2:45 PM ET

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I was really hoping we were going to avoid being in the bottom last week on Dancing with the Stars. But in a way it was easier this second time because Gavin and I had been there before, so we knew what to expect.

I thought Gavin did really well with the rumba and I don’t think I have ever seen a celebrity progress at the rate that he has. We are taking it one week at a time and each week there is a huge improvement. I’m just keeping my fingers crossed we make it to the end of the finale, so I can see how far Gavin can take this because he is getting so good and turning in to a dancer.

One of the reasons he is improving is that we come into the studio looking forward to our rehearsals because we are laughing and having a good time. I met Gavin for the first time about three years ago at an event and I thought he was very cute and charming, but now that we are working together I have discovered even more sides of Gavin. He is intelligent, funny and he makes every situation better. We have a great, organic, natural relationship. I wouldn’t change a thing about our dynamic.


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