Before DWTS, New Zealand-born Murgatroyd performed in the Broadway show "Burn the Floor." (Photo courtesy of Rod Foster Photography)
Last week on Dancing With the Stars, pro Peta Murgatroyd and her partner, Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver, aced their fox trot during the Motown challenge. The previous week, they were on the top of the leader board with their paso doble during rock week. It's beginning to look like this is one of the pairs that will surely be tough to beat!
As they were preparing for the classical challenge tonight, we caught up with Murgatroyd to learn more about her partnership with Driver and what it really takes to pull together those impressive routines.
I predict the three couples in the finals will include... "Fingers crossed, Donald and I will make it! Katherine [Jenkins] has amazing skills and William [Levy] has the fan base. But there are a lot of great dancers this season who could surely go to the end!"
My favorite season so far... "I've only been on two, but when I was with Meta World Peace [nee Ron Artest], we were knocked out in the first round. Donald is dedicated, willing to put in the hours and is so kind. We're working so hard for the mirrorball trophy and are planning to add better skills and harder choreography moving forward."
To prepare for one show... "We dance at least six hours daily, and sometimes come back in the evening for more. Then Donald goes home to his family—he's great at balancing it all!"
The cameras don't catch... "Despite the strong competition, everyone becomes a big family. I'm really good friends with Katherine and Maks [Chmerkovskiy]."
My celebrity dream partner... "Justin Timberlake, Kellan Lutz or George Clooney." [Editor's note: We're right there with Peta on these picks!]
The theme week I wish we would do... "I love R&B and hip-hop music and would love to dance to that on the show."
To feel confident in my skimpy outfits... "I just tell myself to suck it up! It does help that I get to work with the designers who make the dress so they take my input into account."
Now tell us: Which celebrities do you think will make the final cut on this season of DWTS?