SECRETS FROM THE DANCE STUDIO
ET caught up with each of the couples ahead of premiere night, where they teased what fans can expect to see Monday night. Here's what some of them said:
Lots of glitter!
"I just wanna wear sparkles all the time!" said Victoria. "I'm pumped. I think I'm more excited about the costumes … I love bright colors, I think it's fun and happy."
"I kind of beat him up during every rehearsal," Nikki joked of how rehearsals have been going with Artem. "When I get uncomfortable, I'm just like, 'Headlock!' and, like, I just want to hit him."
Harsh critiques from everyone, including their own family members.
At the time of our interview, T.O. had yet to break the news to his kids that he was doing the show, but he said his son, Terique, would especially be ecstatic to hear about Daddy's involvement on DWTS.
"He's so focused on football right at this time of the year, so we haven't really talked about it much, but he likes to tease me a lot," he revealed. "So I'm sure if I mess up, then he's going to be the first one to tell me about it."
Biggest critic, but biggest fan? "Exactly," Terrell said, laughing.
Gaining power back.
About four years ago, Debbie was diagnosed with Lyme disease, and her partner, Alan, tells ET that her just signing up for the show was "inspiring."
"I've not been friends with my body, and it's time to make friends with my body again -- get the joy back and perform consistently," the pop star explained. "Because I've kind of been like resting and resting and resting, which is helpful, but it's time to get moving. It's time to overcome this thing once and for all."
"It's a big, bold way to do it," she added. "All I can do is show up and bring my best. And this guy's [Alan] helping me do that. He's been so supportive thus far."