Sharna Burgess really wants that mirror ball trophy — and she has an idea of how she may win it for the first time ever!
The Australian dancer stopped by ET’s studio in Los Angeles on Tuesday for a Facebook Live interview, where she discussed the strategy she’s developed for taking her season 24 partner, professional bull rider/Dancing With the Stars heartthrob Bonner Bolton, all the way to the top.
“He’s just sexy to look at! I’m not really one for [having my partner] shirtless all the time, or trying to be overly sexy with the costumes, but it’s gonna come,” she teased. “Bonner has such a gorgeous body. I think everyone is waiting for it.”
“I’m holding it hostage,” she joked. “If you want abs, you have to vote!”
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Since making his debut on the show last month, viewers haven’t been able to stop gushing over Bolton and Burgess’ undeniable chemistry, which is one of the many reasons so many fans labeled them as frontrunners right from the beginning. But their performance on Monday night’s show, a Great Gatsby-inspired Charleston, received a less than stellar review from the judges. Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman gave them a combined score of 24/40 — three points less than the score we think they deserved.
“I did not expect to have the Charleston thrown at me so early in the season,” Burgess, 31, explained, telling ET that the difficult dance style added a lot of extra “pressure” on Bolton. “To be honest, it was a huge curve ball. An interesting choice for a man that’s broken his neck only 12 months ago, considering it’s lifts and tricks and a lot of things we can’t do. We did our absolute best in trying to push it forward.”
“It did feel a little bit unfair,” she continued, referencing the near-fatal accident her partner suffered when he was bucked off the back of a bull in January 2016. “I don’t think anyone really took in that [factor], like, ‘Ooh, this is going to be really difficult for this guy [who was once paralyzed].’ He wakes up with pain, he dances with pain, he goes to sleep with pain. I have to manage how much stress he puts on his body, so he can get through the week.”
Despite their low scores, Burgess isn’t leaving any time for Bolton to get down on himself — she plans to continue “working” him “hard” in rehearsals, as he would say, by taking “each day as it comes.”
“With Bonner, honestly, my strategy with him is to really improve as much as we can each week,” she said. “I think my goal for him is to have him moving better with his injuries, have him feeling stronger and more confident. That really is one of our biggest challenges right now.”
Re-watch the pair’s routine, and all of the Vegas Night dances, by clicking HERE, and press play on the video below to hear what the red-headed beauty had to say when ET chatted with her just moments after her and Bolton’s performance on Monday.