updated 09/30/2012 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 10/01/2012 AT 7:00 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 in season 12 with Hines Ward. The Australia native will now be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Joey Fatone in the all-star season.
He was so nervous about the elimination last week because I made him freak out. I felt bad about that. He just knew that I was nervous all day and he said, “Kym, I think we’ll be fine,” and I said, “Joey, we’re fourth from the bottom. We could be gone.”
And then he started believing it, too. So we were both freaking out. We were expecting the worst and then when we got saved early, that was a relief. I thought for sure we were going to be in the bottom two.
I think I was so nervous because it was the first elimination. No one wants to go first. I would have been really disappointed and felt like I’d let Joey down if we had been sent home. I really wanted to make it to do the quickstep. I love that dance.