updated 11/04/2011 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/04/2011 AT 10:20 AM ET
We made it through! The Dancing with the Stars Halloween Week was incredible. First, let me just say, the crew on the show – from makeup to hair, from costumes to set design – is truly extraordinary. I record all of the shows so that I can re-watch our dance (and the whole program) after every live broadcast – and I am always amazed at the phenomenal job this team does every single week!
I had high hopes for our jive and group tango. There were times when Tristan was definitely doing all the work on the dance floor, but I thought we looked pretty darn good. (And, apparently, most people think I should cut my hair and dye it red! Hee hee!)
The judges had some tough criticism for us, but we ended up with a score of 21, only 3 points behind last week – when we were towards the top of the leader board with a 24! But still, it never feels good to be held in jeopardy. It feels awful. My chest hurt, and I thought I would vomit on Tristan (again). My goal is to set a good example for my 4 year-old twins, John David and Lucy. I want them to see Mommy with her chin up. It s beyond nerve-wracking. Saying goodbye to David and Kym was hard. They are such good dancers, and we have become friends.
The heat is on! Tris and I both believe the biggest competition is with ourselves. We go Monday to Monday – work as hard as we possibly can on our dance and bring all of that energy and determination to the dance floor. I want the twins to know that, if you work the hardest and you believe, your dreams can come true. I also want them to see that when you re down, you re not out! You must stand tall and keep on … NO MATTER WHAT!
A big highlight of the week: I met Paula Abdul for the first time! Her dressing room for The X Factor is right across the hall from the DWTS set, so we’re work neighbors.
Tristan and I are in the final five! Even writing that feels surreal. My prayers were answered on Monday. I am so blessed to be here, mainly thanks to all of you and my lucky charm, Tristan. I listen to your phone calls and read all of your messages, Tweets, Facebook posts – they lift me up every single day. Just know you will all be in my mind when I take to the dance floor next week and bring you a show-stopping Tango!
Nancy Grace & the Twins