Question & Answer Session with Priscilla Presley & Dance Partner Louis Van Amstel / Tune In & Vote Alert.
Question: I tell you what, you really look great on the show! Priscilla, we were dying the other night! I could not believe it! I was ready to break my television set. What happened?
Priscilla: You sound like my parents! (laughter) My parents were sitting in the audience, with my son, and their mouths flew open, and I look over and I'm going, �I'm in the bottom!� And I was panicked, and I looked at my partner and squeezed his hand said �We�re in trouble!� But it was something else, I have to say. It is so much fun, and such a great experience for me. We are back in our dancing shoes and were trying to work harder.
Question: How does it make you feel when the judges offer that kind of personal criticism?
Priscilla: Well, you know, you give everything, I mean, I have been rehearsing every day, all of us, five or six hours a day, and we are not performers, we are not dancers. And that�s the thing, you would think they would give you a little slack because of that but as each week goes on, they get tougher and tougher. So, it really is a reality check, and if you want to stay on you have to be as good as you possibly can. I think the thing that is a bit upsetting for me is that they forgave Jason Taylor for messing up on his step and there was Maria that did a lift and she messed up and they didn�t catch her. So its kind of unpredictable where they are going with it.
Question: The judges, especially from a viewer�s perspective, they add a lot of comic relief to the program. Are they fun guys?
Priscilla: They�re great. Everyone is great. I have to say, I have had a really nice experience. The competitors this year, oh gosh, what you see is really very real, and everyone has bonded and everyone cares for each other so its very sad to see someone go, but again, it is what it is and it�s a competition, but there is a lot of love there.
Question: Tell me this; this week�s show featured Sheryl Crow as a performer, so do the dancers have a chance to meet with the musical performer before or after the show, and how did that sound from your perspective?
Priscilla: Well, I know Sheryl personally so I went up to talk with her after the show. She is wonderful, and she is a very giving person and always very friendly. We are all in the back getting ready for the performance, so there is not a whole lot of time to chit chat; time is of essence on that performance day and we are all over the place; hair, makeup, fitting, and they are taking care of us right down to the minute that we go on to make sure we are camera ready.
Question: For next week, what do you have on tap for what you and Louis will be performing?
Priscilla: We are doing the Rumba. Now that�s a Latin dance, and for what I understand, it�s the Viennese Waltz to the ballroom the Rumba is to Latin dance. It�s a very passionate dance; another slow song, �First Time I Ever Saw Your Face.� I only have four and a half days to perfect this. So we are trying to cram years and years of training into only a small amount of days.
Question: Before we let you go, let me ask you one question: When you see yourself performing on DWTS, how does it remind you of what Elvis went through when he did the 68 Special?
Priscilla: Let me just say, I certainly know that fear factor, I know what people mean when they say they have stage fright. Just standing there before your name is called you have no idea what is going through your mind. You just have to do it. Elvis was always nervous before he went on stage to perform, even in Vegas, and he had is own way to deal with it. He didn�t like a lot of people coming to his dressing room before he performed because he was in his own world trying to prepare to walk out on that stage. Its overwhelming, and its truly a mind trip.
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Posted: 15th. April 2008