updated 03/24/2014 AT 5:15 PM ET
•originally published 03/24/2014 AT 8:50 AM ET
Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring on the popular series Full House. Since the show wrapped in ‘95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She’s been paired with two-time mirror ball-winning champ Mark Ballas for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars and she’ll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.
I can’t believe Carrie Ann Inaba gave me a 9 on my first dance! Mark and I were ecstatic!
I guess the lights, the camera and the thrill of performing live gave me an extra boost that even Mark was surprised to see. I really did give it my all that night and was happy with my overall performance.
Your support through Twitter and Facebook has been incredible and I appreciate all your kind words and encouragement. I will admit though, that week two feels like a little more pressure after scoring so well; I just hope I’m not a one-hit wonder!
Viewers may have caught my shocked face at the end of the show during week one, when it was announced that the dance I wanted to do most was the rumba. Um I honestly didn’t think I said that!
I’ve really wanted to do the Venetian waltz most, but the camera didn’t lie during my at-home interview when I did in fact say the rumba, since it would be so challenging. Grrrrr I could kick myself! The rumba has definitely proved to be more challenging than I would have preferred for my second week’s dance.
One of the most difficult parts going into week two is that we only have five days to learn a brand new dance, compared to 14 days before starting the show. The amount of time is a drastic cut and without increased hours in the dance studio, it’s easy to say I’ve been a bit frustrated. My legs, feet, arms, hands, hips and mind aren’t as coordinated and in sync as I wished they were.
The thing I have to remember most is that I’m not a professional dancer and have no prior dance experience to this show, so I can’t expect myself to be great and flawless in five days! That’s when I take a deep breath and remember to have fun, because when it comes down to it, that’s really the whole point of this experience.
By Friday, I still can’t get through the entire routine. I’m sloppy and my footwork is jumbled. The rumba is a slow and sexy dance. Slow is the hard part. Every movement is exaggerated and noticed. There is no bounce to cover up a misstep or flaw.
Having a more athletic sports background, which complemented my contemporary routine, I’m finding that soft, elegant and small steps are proving to be a difficult transition for me.
The producers also told me on Saturday that I needed to change my shoes. I was planning on wearing a flat shoe so it looked as if I were barefoot, but because I actually was barefoot for week one, I was told I needed to wear the proper Latin dance shoe.
Ahhh! I haven’t even tried them on yet, let alone work through my jumbled routine in them two days before the live show. But that’s just all a part of this competition, right?
I will surely need your votes because I can’t do this without you! I know it’s not polite or proper to beg, but I have no shame – our voting number is 1800-VOTE4-07. Vote Candace and Mark #DJCandyBall.
And don’t forget to stay tuned until the very end of the show when they talk about the switch-up and what you’ll need to do.
What do you think about the switch-up twist this year? Are you excited to choose a new partner for us or would you rather stick to rooting for the current teams? Sound off in the comments!