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Guest Blogger: Chris Jericho Reveals Pre-'Dancing' Jitters

by Chris Jericho, posted Mar 28th 2011 11:00AM
Exclusive: Pro wrestler Chris Jericho guest blogs about what was going through his head as he took the stage for the very first time on 'Dancing With the Stars' last week.

I've performed in front of crowds of up to 70,000 people for more than two decades, but last week I experienced a whole different animal. Something so foreign, so terrifying, so intimidating that, beforehand, I was as nervous as a 12-year-old girl meeting Justin Bieber for the first time.

Yes, kiddies, I was about to make my ballroom debut on 'Dancing With the Stars'!

After rehearsing incessantly for more than three weeks with my partner Cheryl Burke, it was finally time to do the first show. My dress rehearsals had been a bit shaky -- performing my routine in the actual 'DWTS' studio was scary. Suddenly the guy who had a so-called advantage because of years of performing live was behind the eight ball.

Sure, I'm as calm as a cucumber when it comes to wrestling or performing with my band Fozzy, but ballroom dancing? Are you crazy? I'd never done that before. I was a complete novice. The whole experience was as foreign to me as stand-up comedy is to The Situation.

I spent the day of the premiere hanging in my trailer, listening to Metallica and getting mentally in the zone. (Yes, 'Enter Sandman' and 'DWTS.' Somehow I think Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich would appreciate the irony.)

When my costume was ready, it helped a little to put it on and get into character. It made everything more real. I got the idea for the leather vest -- pleather, actually -- from the old Mel Gibson movie 'The Road Warrior.' Although it also had a gay biker / Village People–type vibe to it, as well.

That night, after 90 minutes of waiting in the "celebriquarium," I was so amped up and high on nervous energy (and whippets), I would've bum-rushed the dance floor and started cha-cha-cha-ing during the commercial break in Hugh Hefner's face. I couldn't have waited any longer.

When I hit the stage, all my nerves went away. The energy from the crowd and the sound of the orchestra helped me become Chris Jericho: The Performer! I was once again at home.

The routine went well, the judges were fair, and I ended up being ranked number five for the night. Not great, not terrible, but solid ... good even. It was a cool place to be after my first show.

Now that I've gotten my feet wet, I have some confidence, which can be a dangerous weapon for someone like me. So, bring on the quickstep, baby!

Until next time, I'm MC Hammer ...


'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.


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Big Lean

Yeah I been dancing for 33 years and I still get jitters performing and even at competitions I'm very heavy into the Bboy/Bgirl aka Breakdance community so I can relate if you was interested in some videos on this form of dance check out www.universalflava.com and see this incredible dance form. I know you will see a reason why we get the jitters.
Lino Delgado

March 28 2011 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Christopher Shor

what the hell are you talking about

March 28 2011 at 5:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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