updated 09/24/2012 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 09/24/2012 AT 6:30 PM ET
Kym Johnson is a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion, taking the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 9 with Donny Osmond and season 12 with Hines Ward. The Australia native will be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Joey Fatone in the all-star season.
Dancing with the Stars rehearsals have been great. Obviously I danced with Joey in season 4, so it’s really nice to be reunited with him. There’s definitely a lot more pressure because it’s the all-stars, but it’s fun because we’re all in the same rehearsal space. We have different rooms, but we see everyone there. It’s like one big, happy family.
Joey and I definitely know each other so much better now. I think he knows what I m thinking before I even say it. So when I go to correct him, he says, “I know what you re going to say.” It s such a different dynamic because we have this brother-sister relationship. We ve remained friends the whole time. It’s definitely really nice to be back together again.
He is the social butterfly of the group. He s constantly in other peoples’ rooms, mingling. I find myself going from room to room to find him to take him back to his own room for rehearsals. He likes to socialize a bit too much sometimes. That’s been his biggest struggle – staying in his room.