updated 09/21/2012 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/24/2012 AT 1:00 PM ET
Drew Lachey is a member of 98 Degrees, starred on Broadway in Monty Python’s Spamalot and Rent. He is the season 2 winner of Dancing with the Stars and a founder of Lachey Arts Music Theater Camp. Lachey will be blogging for PEOPLE.com about his return to the ballroom for the DWTS all-stars season.
It has been six and a half years since I took home the mirror ball trophy on season 2 of Dancing with the Stars.
In that time, a lot has changed: from my wife, Lea, being 9 months pregnant with our first child to having the two most amazing kids in the world; from living in Los Angeles to moving back to our hometown of Cincinnati to raise our family. I have matured as a person and as a performer.
All that being said … ballroom dancing is still incredibly hard for me! I’m not just talking difficult. I mean bone-aching, brain-busting, painfully hard. And I am loving every minute of it!