Dancing with the Stars frontrunners Karina Smirnoff and Ralph Macchio took a break from rehearsals to sit courtside at the Lakers game Sunday night – and RadarOnline.com went along for all the behind the scenes fun!
“We’ve been rehearsing really hard and this is going to be our little time away from the dance floor,” Karina told RadarOnline.com in our exclusive video blog.
“For a couple of hours we’re going to see the Lakers! And getting ready for a big day (Monday) and take a little breather on Sunday,” Ralph confessed.
The Karate Kid and Karina hit up the gifting suite for American Express presents The Shoppes at The Palazzo Jimmy Choo Shopping Event and even practiced their ballroom moves for the camera to give a sneak peak at Monday night’s dance.
“We’re ready! We’re enjoying a little rest not being in the rehearsal studio and just have a couple of hours where she’s not cracking the whip,” Ralph joked, “and the cameras aren’t on for the show. But we’re ready - we had a great first week, and we’re going to try to do that again.”
“It’s the Jive!” Karina revealed of their next dance. “It’s the all-American dance. It’s full of stamina. Literally, after we’re done dancing, we’re looking for an oxygen mask!”
Ralph confessed he hopes he’s the one who keeps up!
“I’m hoping I’m full of stamina! The dance is loaded with it…you hear that last note and go ‘thank you, Lord!’”
Another element that’s not lacking – the dance duo’s chemistry!
“We give each other the husband and wife look,” Ralph laughed. “We have a blast, we connected from day one.
“My kids are excited; I’m cool for one more week!
“It’s a long road; I call it a marathon and take it one day at a time. But it’s nice to come out of the gate like we did…and scary because now we got to deliver something tomorrow and every week.”
Newly-engaged Karina looks forward to every week for another reason – so her number one fan can hopefully see her dance away with the trophy.
“He says Monday nights are great because he gets to see me live,” she said of her professional baseball beau Brad Penny. “So he feels like he has a connection that way. But we’re on the phone all the time…it’s tough, but it’s fun because we’re both doing what we love to do and I support him and he supports me.”
After taking RadarOnline.com courtside, where the twosome were caught on the jumbo Kiss Cam with Ralph in the enviable position sitting next to Karina and Teri Hatcher – they signed off to get some sleep for the big day ahead.
“They put me on the Kiss Cam between Karina and Teri Hatcher and I got booed because I just played it safe,” a happily married Ralph said, laughing but holding his ground.
But Karina assured that won’t happen Monday night on ABC.
“And we’re not going to play it safe with the Jive, we’re going all out!”
Dancing with the Stars airs Monday night on ABC at 8 p.m.