The 'Shark Tank' star opens up about seeking Mirror Ball glory

By Robert Herjavec
Updated March 24, 2015 at 08:24 PM EDT
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It’s been four weeks now since I laced up my first pair of dancing shoes, and I have to say it’s been an absolute whirlwind. So many people have asked the big question—WHY would I ever be on Dancing with the Stars? I’m already committed to Shark Tank, I run a cyber security business, Herjavec Group, and I’ve just started my season with the Ferrari North American Challenge racing series.

I’ve been honest from the get go: This show meant so much to my mom. We used to watch it with her every Monday night, and when she started treatment for ovarian cancer, my family made a point of joining her and her group of friends to watch each episode. She loved the gowns, the glitter and the pageantry of the whole thing.

Don’t get me wrong: I love glitter as much as the next guy, but it means so much to me to be able to honor her and participate in such an incredible show. Yes, the schedule is getting tight—my team would say that’s the understatement of the year—but it’s a privilege to be able to dance for my mom and do something so outside of my comfort zone.

This week was #MyJamMonday. Kym Johnson and I danced to Michael Buble’s version of the classic “You Make Me Feel So Young.” I was so impressed that Michael took the time out from his tour to wish us well and send a video message through. He’s a great guy—and wow, super talented. (I’m lucky he’s not competing this season!)

Even Daymond from Shark Tank took the time to come and watch us this week. It’s nice to spend some time with him when we aren’t angling for the same deal! He gave me some great pointers; maybe I should have grabbed that drink with him after all to help relax my nerves.

Fox trot 101: This dance is meant to look smooth, elegant and graceful. It’s very difficult to maintain a strong frame and balance the fluidity required to look like you’re gliding across the floor. Kym and I worked all week on the footwork and frame, and came away with lucky number 7s from the judges. We were pleased, but know we’ve got to push it hard into next week if we want to move up in the competition with some 8s.

One of my favourite moments from last night’s show was watching Noah get surprised by his girlfriend, Jamie, who flew in early from basic training to be at the show. We were as shocked as the viewers to see her sneak up and tap him on the shoulder. It was so special to watch them celebrate and be reunited—had to sneak a selfie to try to capture the moment!

Credit: Robert Herjavec

It’s time to get back to work, work, work (yes, still quoting “Bills” from our Cha Cha in week 1—CANNOT get it out of my head). Kym and I have a rumba to tackle week 3 and we need your support.

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Would love to answer your questions here next week too. Send them my way via twitter to @robertherjavec and tag #TeamSharkaroo.

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