We got a chance to interview Karina Smirnoff of Dancing With The Stars this morning as she was getting ready for the show. In the interview she talks about Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, her dancing career and what the future holds for the beautiful and talented dancer.
So Karina, who is your biggest competition?
Every celebrity has their strong points and this whole competition is a growing process. We try to get better and we are our own toughest competitor.
What’s it like to dance with the situation?
It’s a lot of fun and I didn’t know what to think, thought he was going to be a handful. But he’s completely the opposite of what you see on Jersey Shore. He’s sweet, funny and hard working. We have a great time together. Tonight we are doing the “quick step.” It suits Mike’s personality. We created the dance with a storyline with a beginning, middle and end. It’s perfect for Mike. It’s about a hot guy who can get any girl he wants”¦just listen to the lyrics.
Have you heard of the situation before you partnered up with him?
I’ve heard of Jersey Shore, I’m from jersey. Mike lives like 5 minutes away”¦we’re neighbors. When I heard I was partnering up with Mike, I researched him…googled him.
So, has Mike flashed you “The Situation” a lot during practice?
No, he comes in and sweat… learns his steps. There’s no time to mess around.
What do you think of his abs?
They are spectacular. I got to see in person”¦he has an amazing body. I’m pretty judgmental when it comes to abs”¦but he’s got pretty good abs.
Do you think the judges are picking on him?
They are reasonably harsh on him because of his reputation…but this show is funny and entertaining. We took their criticism and worked on it.
How has Dancing with the Stars changed your life?
It’s an amazing ride, a blast, we’re like one big dancing family. It has openned doors, avenues for me. People love dancing now. This has brought dancers to a different celebrity status. People in the streets recognize us for our skills.
Will you return to regular competition someday?
I love it. I just love dancing”¦but not necessarily go back to regular competition.
How do you keep your body in shape?
(As she bites into a donut) I work out 6x a week. I have my own fitness program. It will be out on DVD in a couple of weeks. Dancing is an unbelievable workout.
Are you nervous about tonight’s competition?
I am always nervous, but the extra adrenaline helps me to compete.
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us karina!
Interview done by contributor Jenn Yu