Here we go -- Season 15! I mean, that is just crazy! I'm really looking forward to being around the whole cast, as we all have worked together in the past and most of us have a relationship with one another.
Since none of us knew who we were going to be partnered with, along with everyone else I was curious who I'd be paired with. It was a great honor that they brought back three of my former partners. It'll be really good to be on set with them, just like old times. But I'm not going to lie, I think it will be weird to see Shawn and Sabrina Bryan dance with other partners!
Being partnered with Bristol again has been fun. It's like we never missed a day and, like most good friendships, we picked right up where we left off. We spent most of our training time in Arizona and have been rehearsing this past week in L.A. around the rest of the cast. I thought it was important that we get adjusted and ready for competition, and being in the same environment with the other couples has definitely helped us prepare.
What I think will be different this time around with Bristol is that she's coming out of her shell a lot more. She's also been more welcoming to sexy moves and costumes. I'm really hoping people can see how far she's come with letting her personality out and digging into the dances rather than tiptoeing around them. We have for sure been working really hard on rhythm, timing and attitude.
Our first dance is cha cha, and it's going really well. We have had three weeks to get BP moving and comfortable, especially back in her dance heels, and I know it will translate come Monday night.
Overall this season is going to be great for the fans. Because of the tremendous dance talent and personalities of the celebrities, it's going to be so intense. Personally, I'm excited to see the level of competition and I know the bar is going to be set super high on Monday night, and again, I am honored and privileged to be one of the coaches this season.
Enjoy it y'all ... and see ya Monday night! And follow me on Twitter: @markballas