updated 11/21/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 11/21/2011 AT 9:10 AM ET
I feel great going into the finals. I mean I can believe we’re here now, but I couldn’t believe that we actually made it this far. It’s an amazing feeling, and I really do believe Rob deserves to be here, especially after last week.
Rob believes in himself. He wants to go all out for this. We live, we eat, we breathe this competition. It’s four dances we have to learn, so we’ll be trying to nail every single dance.
As for our chances of winning, it’s really all about that freestyle round. It could really go any way. We still have our slow waltz that we’re doing on Monday, but it’s the freestyle round that makes it or breaks it. Then on Tuesday, we perform our favorite dance of the season. And then if we make the top two, we have to do a samba relay.
Now that we’re here and we’re so close to winning, Rob really wants to take it to the next level. The freestyle is really exhausting. Rob has so many lifts. It’s pretty much all him doing the lifts, so it’s important we keep our energy up. We need to get lots of rest and then come in ready to work.
I think at the end of the day, we’re our own biggest competition. I know it’s so common for people to say that, but we’re improving every single week. That’s what the competition is about. J.R. and Ricki are hard to beat because they’ve pretty much always been frontrunners. At the end of the day, though, it’s anyone’s game.