updated 11/15/2013 AT 8:00 PM ET
•originally published 11/18/2013 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.
We’re going dark this week. We’re going really dark. We have a great song. This week, everybody’s doing two dances to the same song. One is the original and one is the cover.
Our first dance, a rumba, is a very stripped down version of the other dance. It’s slow and melodic and a completely different song. Our dances are connected, story-wise. I play a dark and sinister villain – very devil-like almost. I end up seducing Karina in the rumba and she’s very reluctant. And by the end, she gives in. I take her as my queen of darkness. That’s our prequel.
Then we have our tango, which is Karina as my queen. She’s now trying to get away from me. She decides she doesn’t want to be a part of this darkness anymore. I am obviously not having any of it, and there’s this very epic battle of fire. We’re going to have fire everywhere. We’ll have fire all over the stage, and at the end, I pretty much set the entire ballroom on fire. It’s really dark and twisted. I’m in love with it.
I think having Maks [Chmerkovskiy] as a guest judge on the show will bring a great component this week. Because he’s so straightforward and honest, we’re going to get some of the best response from him. He knows what it’s like to be on the dance floor and in our position. I don’t think he’s going to hold back. He’ll be very truthful, I think.
I was shocked to see Elizabeth [Berkley] go last week. It bummed me out. I felt like technique-wise, she was one of the best dancers. Obviously we work really, really hard to bring the dancers to the floor, and she had some of the best dances. It’s one of those things where you can never take the experience for granted or assume you’re safe. You have to really enjoy every moment you’re on the show.