Lindsay Arnold Previews DWTS Season 23 With Partner Calvin Johnson

Lindsay Arnold Previews DWTS Season 23 With Partner Calvin Johnson

There’s just one more day until the premiere of Dancing With The Stars!

JJJ is so excited to see all the teams and we’ll definitely be looking out for Lindsay Arnold and her partner, Detroit Lions football player, Calvin Johnson.

Speaking with ET, Lindsay, 22, opened up about her strategies, learning from past partners and more. Check it:

On being the best out of the gate: “I really thought we [Wayna Morris & I] were going to make it to the finals. I was extremely shocked. I had one of, if not the best, dancers on the show. What I’m excited about this season is that Calvin is not going to come out as the best dancer week one. But what I’m excited for America to see is his improvement — I think sometimes that is more important than being the best dancer.”

On her training methods with Calvin: “I had him bring in — you know the ladders that they use while training? They’re like rope ladders, and you put them on the ground. I actually had him bring those to the studio for rehearsals. We’re doing the cha-cha week one, so we practiced some of the moves inside of the ladders. It was so helpful for him, because it gave him this sense of, ‘OK, this is how big my step needs to be, and this is the kind of the pattern I’m doing,’” she adds. “It was fun! I’m incorporating what he already knows, and then bringing it to the dance floor.”

On their biggest competition: “I think the one to beat is Laurie Hernandez. She had such grace and control when she was competing on the gymnastics floor, and you can see that she knows how to listen to music and how to perform. And on top of that, she’s the sweetest little girl ever. So, I think she has a really good shot!”

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