updated 03/22/2011 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 03/22/2011 AT 7:40 PM ET
Nobody at Dancing with the Stars was more relieved than Kendra Wilkinson to get Monday night’s premiere performance out of the way. Before performing the cha cha on live TV with partner Louis van Amstel, Wilkinson was a bundle of nerves.
“In the cha cha you’re not supposed to bend your knees but I had to or I would have passed out,” Wilkinson said. “I was so nervous, I barely took a breath.”
What worried her? In short, everything about performing.
“I have a fear of the stage, a fear of the audience,” Wilkinson said. “[The bright lights of the ballroom] made me dizzy. But I pulled it out and the fact that Carrie Ann [Inaba] said I didn’t miss one step made me feel so good.”