Oct. 2, 2012 at 9:10 AM ET
Each week, Olympian and season eight "Dancing With the Stars" champ Shawn Johnson will be sharing her experiences on "All-Stars" with The Clicker! Look for Q&As, exclusive photos and more from the gold medalist throughout the season as she competes to win her second mirror ball trophy, this time alongside pro Derek Hough.
The Clicker: How are you feeling after Monday’s dance?
Shawn: I feel good! I want to do it again! I feel the fire and the competitiveness. It’s addictive, and I want to do it again!
The Clicker: When are you taking Derek to a gymnastics studio?
Shawn: We’re working on that. I want to go home and see my coach and get back into a gym. I’m going to take Derek with me and teach him some stuff and show him the world I come from. I’ve already seen a glimpse of how good he’ll be. He catches on so fast. He picked up (that cartwheel we did on Monday’s show) really quickly.
The Clicker: We saw Joey Fatone stick his head into your rehearsal. How often do things like that happen?
Shawn:All the time. We’re all under the same roof. There are 12 different studios we train in. It seems like we see each other every few minutes throughout the day. There’s a lounge area and a kitchen area. A lot of times we’ll go into each other’s studios to see what the other is doing. It’s a pretty friendly environment.
The Clicker: Do people visit to just hang out and take a break or do you ever pick up…hmmm, so that’s what they’re doing!
Shawn: I’d say it’s a little of both. Yes, people are sizing each other up, but we’re also all helping each other. Helio (Castroneves) and Chelsie (Hightower) shared a studio with us the other day, and Derek helped Helio with something and Chelsie was helping me. The camaraderie that you see is actually real.
The Clicker: How were you able to help Derek with his sore back?
Shawn: Just with little tricks and things that I used to do when I was competing. A few things I suggested actually helped him. They were some instant fixes.
The Clicker: You’ve been together with Derek for about five weeks now. How is it different from being with Mark?
Shawn: It’s completely different. I was at a different stage in my life the first time I was here. I was 17, just coming off the Olympics and was blind to pretty much everything. Mark was a very protective big brother who just wanted to keep me away from everything. Derek’s a really good teacher and things are more open. He wants to involve me in everything. I wouldn’t take anything back or change it. Mark was a great partner. We won! I love Derek this time around. I think he’s the perfect partner for me this time. I’d take Mark in a heartbeat. Derek is really pushing me to the next level to help me become the dancer I can be.
The Clicker: Next week they want you to step it up. What the heck have you been doing up till now?
Shawn: I think they’re going to ask that of us every week. It is the all-star season. They want to see how far we can go. Next week, it’s going to be a little more difficult. We’re doing a dance and a style where we’re going to push the boundaries and probably break the rules and not please the judges 100%, but we’re hopefully we’re going to please the crowd.
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