updated 10/21/2013 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 10/21/2013 AT 11:15 AM 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.com about his experience on ABC’s hit show.
My sister is usually very internal with her emotions, so getting to see her reaction and to be able to hear how much last week’s dance meant to her made the whole experience absolutely worth it. I know the dance made an impact. It made me so happy.
It was so great that Karina took my family’s emotion and story and was able to put it into a dance. It’s really incredible to be able to trust her with that.
This week we’ve got the Viennese waltz. We’re doing it to something very epic and I’m just super stoked about it. We’re going to be in costume and we’re telling the story of characters from a popular TV show. It’s my favorite show.
It’s been pretty difficult this week because I’ve had so many outside things going on. I did the Ellen show, I’ve had a photo shoot, I did KTLA and I launched my Indiegogo campaign for the movie The Day I Died. It’s the story of a young boy who was brutally bullied in high school due to his sexuality. It’s a very touching story and it’s very raw. I’m very passionate about it.
On top of all that, we’ve also been practicing for this thing on tonight’s show called the switch-up challenge. For the challenge, four couples are brought on the stage and they play music that we don’t know is going to be played, and you just have to dance to it. They start tapping people out and they bring out the other four couples. So we have to prep for this challenge that we can’t really prep for.
I’m totally enjoying the whole experience still, but this week I’m definitely a little more tired than usual. We’re at the halfway mark. It’s only going to get crazier from here. It’s daunting.