Dancing with the Stars: Why the Show Is Both a Dream and a Nightmare

Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess

Adam Taylor/ABC

updated 04/23/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET

originally published 04/23/2013 AT 2:00 PM ET

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The work is exhausting and all-consuming. But it takes you places you never thought you could go.

The contestants on this season’s Dancing with the Stars are united on what makes competing on the show so difficult – but at the same time, so amazing.

It comes down to a simple maxim: No pain, no gain.

“Getting up every day knowing you have to go dance for six hours is pretty tough. People think dancing is easy. It’s not,” Jacoby Jones told PEOPLE after Monday’s show.

“Up until the dance, you’re like, Why do I put myself through this? Why would I do this to myself?” added Zendaya Coleman.

“The worst part of the whole thing? The dancing!” Andy Dick joked. “No, when we’re finally performing and on stage, I have a blast. But it’s extremely difficult.”

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