A week after earning a place on top of the leader board, Brandy and her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy tackle the Tango on tonight's "Dancing with the Stars," and the dancing duo are sharing their strategy with ET! But first, they talk about their "hot-cold" relationship!
During rehearsal, Brandy asks Maks how he feels about spending so much time together perfecting their routines. "Next question please," he jokes, then adds, "Just kidding! I love our time together. It's confusing for the most part, because we have hot-cold, extra-hot, extra-cold, cry, laugh -- all within five minutes, so it's really fun. … It's been a pleasant and a great experience."
"That's sweet; I feel the same way about you," replies the R&B star, "but I want to know this: Do you think I talk too much?"
"Yes. No," answers Maks with a laugh.
Concerning their current status at the top of the leader board, Brandy comments, "Maks said to me yesterday, 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it,' so we're just going to keep doing what we're doing. … Top of the leader board feels great. There's just pressure now to stay consistent and to stay on top, so that's what we're working hard to do."
But is Brandy ready to take on the Tango? "Maks thinks I'm a little too nice for the Tango 'cause it has the aggressive side of it, so I have to get in touch with that side of myself," she explains. "Every week I've been trying to channel different parts of myself."
Maks says doing the Tango requires a little bit of "method acting," saying, "Same thing with the Tango and the Paso and the Rumbas, those emotional dances, they have to be lived."
The couple also faces the marathon dance tonight, which Maks says is a mixture of the Jive, Swing, Lindy Hop "and all that," and the judges are looking for "a clean, professional dance, so we're going to stay away from gimmicky stuff."
Watch Brandy and Maksim compete tonight at 8/7c on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars"!