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Chris Jericho: I Call It 'Dancing With Some Scars,' Week Three

by Chris Jericho, posted Apr 6th 2011 4:00PM
Exclusive: Pro wrestler Chris Jericho guest blogs about the emotional performance he dedicated to his mother on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

As a performer, there's a goal I set out to accomplish every time I step onto the stage. Whether it's making people cheer (or boo) in the WWE, having people sing along to my songs with Fozzy or engaging people with my books, there's a certain magic that comes with knowing that you've affected people.

When I first agreed to do 'Dancing With the Stars,' after two previous invitations, I really had no idea what I was getting myself into. The concept of ballroom dancing was as foreign to me as a Werner Herzog film, and I had no expectations of what I could or couldn't do on the floor. Would I actually be able to do it? Could I entertain people with my moves, my charisma and my showmanship? And, more importantly, could I make them feel something special while they watched me?

The first week I was a jittery jitterson and happy to get it over with. The second week I felt much more comfortable, and I think I surprised some people with the lightness of my footwork. But I still hadn't created any magic.

That changed Monday night, when I danced the rumba to 'Let It Be,' by the Beatles, as a tribute to my mother, Loretta. She passed away in 2005, after having traveled a hard road for the previous 15 years of her life. But she always supported me in anything I did.

It's funny 'cause I don't think she really understood wrestling. She watched the wrestling matches because I was on, but she had no emotional attachment to what I was doing. But she loved dancing! I remember watching 'Solid Gold' (a musical variety show that was on every Saturday night in the early '80s) with her, and she was always impressed with the Solid Gold Dancers, a troupe of hot chicks (or "gals," as she called them) who would appear throughout the show like a glittery version of The Fly Girls. (Carrie Ann Inaba, represent, yo!)

"I would've made a great Solid Gold Dancer," my mom always said. And she would've. My mother was beautiful and sexy -- am I allowed to say that about dear old mum? -- with a dancer's body and a great personality. It's because of this that I know she would be a HUGE 'DWTS' fan and would've watched the show religiously.

She would've been so proud of me for doing the show, and that's one of the main reasons I wanted to dance for her. Doing the 'Let It Be' performance was amazing for me. To dance such a beautifully choreographed routine to one of the best songs by my favorite band, for my mum, almost moved me to tears.

What I didn't expect was that it would move others to tears. All I heard after the show from family, friends and pure strangers was how they had shed a tear when they watched Cheryl Burke and I perform. They felt what I was feeling. They related to it. They empathized with it. They were moved by it.

The atmosphere in the studio Monday night was electric. There was magic in the air. And, for the first time since I began this journey almost six weeks ago, I felt like a dancer. Pure, raw emotion that moves people and provides them with a magical moment is worth more than any score. And Team Chericho felt like we scored three 10s when it came to creating such a special moment. As a performer, that's all that I strive for.


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

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Deb Lewis

stop juding chris from being on wrestling and judge him solely for dancing. none of us like vince, so dont disl;ike chris cuz of that *******. vote for chris and stand behind him. he really is good.

April 07 2011 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Deb Lewis

he was really good, chris. he should be up at the top!!

April 07 2011 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob

At first my expectations of this show was kind of low, but actually watching these people dance is amazing! I’ve been catching up with the stars on DISHonline.com lately because I haven’t had the time to watch Dancing With the Stars on live TV. A benefit to being a DISH Network customer and employee is that I can watch thousands of titles for free at www.dishonline.com, this includes Dancing With the Stars.

April 07 2011 at 10:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jericho4life

What a great blog Chris and we all support you .We know you can win your mom would be so proud of you .

April 07 2011 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ferarigrl

omg I love you Chris.... you were always so entertaining and impressive as a wrestler, but now that you're on DWTS, we've gotten to see a whole different side of you. It's obvious that you are a very kind, down to earth person with a lot of heart (and dancing ability). The story about your mom had me teary-eyed, and the dance was really beautiful. My mom (who wasn't familiar with you before this competition) voted for you because she was so moved. She thinks you seem like a gem, calls you "that cute Chris". I am such a big fan now that I've seen this side of you... you are truly one of a kind, and I don't think I know of anyone else with such an awesome personality.

Good luck with "Dancing" and everything else you do... I'll continue to vote for team Cherico!!!!

~Liz in Ohio

April 07 2011 at 5:23 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
VAUGHN HALL

Jericho sucks ass, come to Kentucky and get put in jail for Drunk driving you Moron Fake idiot, Vince Macman asswipe!

April 07 2011 at 3:30 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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jericho4life

Get some respect you little punk .Chris is the best in the world go watch a Cena match now he sucks ass.

April 07 2011 at 8:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joan

Jericho is very much into himself. He thinks he is all that, and guess what? Far from it. I thought it rude of him when Hines Ward did an excellent dance, and everyone was applauding, and the buffoon stood there with a smirk on his face and arms crossed. That did it for me. Hope the klutz will be voted off soon.

April 07 2011 at 1:35 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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jericho4life

Get off here we don't want ******* like you on here .Chris deserves respect so screw you .

April 07 2011 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

For all of you immature Chris Jericho haters...if you hate him from wrestling, that's fine. That just means he is doing his job there too! That's what he is paid to do. Chris has done an excellent job at just about everything he has tried to do.

April 07 2011 at 12:10 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
rizzottodl

This does not mean that Chris Jericho and Cheryl were in the bottom two. Tom Bergeron always makes it a point to say that.

April 06 2011 at 11:16 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
merreprankster

This blow-hard bigot is a class A worm. All you "fans" who think he's so wonderful must be in the same category. Wonder how you sleep"

April 06 2011 at 11:10 PM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
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jericho4life

He is wonderful and little fags like you just don't know talent.If you don't have anything great to say about Chris .Then get **** off here now.

April 07 2011 at 8:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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