updated 09/30/2013 AT 7:30 PM ET
•originally published 09/30/2013 AT 2:50 PM ET
Corbin Bleu is a former High School Musical star who is competing on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with season 13 champion Karina Smirnoff. The Disney alum will blog for PEOPLE about his experience on ABC’s hit show.
I’m used to the attention now from the show, but the only difference is I’m older and I have more responsibilities. Nowadays, I do my own laundry, my own grocery shopping, drive myself. With everything added on top, I still want to be able to talk to my family, my girlfriend, and know how to juggle everything but still have a blast.
My girlfriend has been in the audience for both shows. She is definitely someone I consult with about a lot. She is not even close to being jealous. She has nothing to worry about.
When it comes to last week’s dance, I think that Len [Goodman] definitely had a good point about my feet. There is a picture of the dance that I saw and my foot wasn’t pointed and I know there is a lot of footwork I need to work on and that’s what I’ve been trying to do this week with the quickstep. Overall, the energy is great and we want to get the HSM fans all riled up.
Our dance is basically like P90X, and it is a freaking marathon. With quickstep, we are doing jive and your arms are also in perfect frame the entire time, so that’s the most difficult part of that dance. It’s very insane. The thing with the quickstep is it is the first time I’ve felt really felt frustrated. With the quickstep, I’m having more difficulty getting the frame right.
This week what we’re doing is Hollywood week, so Karina decided to do the golden age of Hollywood – old movies, and we have a really sort of scandalous dance actually! I really wanted to play that old Hollywood story you hear so much about that director in who hooks up with the starlet in order to get the lead part.