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'Dancing With the Stars' Leader Rob Kardashian Says 'I Really Want That Trophy'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 22nd 2011 6:20AM
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl BurkeWho'd have thought in Week One that the least-known member of the Kardashian clan would be in poll position going into tonight's 'Dancing With the Stars' finale? Yet last night Rob Kardashian and partner Cheryl Burke scored their first perfect 30 for their freestyle dance, which helped put them ahead of fellow finalists Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez.

Speaking to reporters on the post-show press line last night Rob and Cheryl were elated with their performance, with Rob telling E! Online that their success is due to his increased confidence. "I gained confidence as the weeks went on and took it a little more seriously. I still have fun with it," he said, but "something clicked and I really want that trophy. I really realized it's possible."

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough joked that they've already bought their own Mirror Ball trophy just in case they lose out tonight. "There's a store down the street that makes mirror ball trophies for fifteen bucks," he laughed, "so I've already got that made just in case."

The couple told OnTheRedCarpet that they're also feeling confident and relaxed going into tonight's big finale. Derek paid tribute to Ricki saying "She's exceeded her expectations and everyone else's. I just feel like, whatever the outcome, it's a celebration."

For her part, Ricki applauded her fellow competitors and said that she's really proud of herself. As someone who's always been so self-conscious about her weight she feels that by succeeding on 'DWTS' "I've done something really, really great in my life. ... Win or lose," she went on, "Ricki's back, and better than ever!"

But have Rob and Ricki done enough to dislodge this season's golden boy, front-runner J.R. Martinez? He's currently trailing Rob in the judges' scores and admitted that he messed up in his cha cha last night: "I panicked a little bit at the beginning of the dance, so I rushed it and went too fast."

However, he's also still feeling confident about tonight. "I think I've been able to add a different dimension to it. It's not just about what you see on the outside. it's about someone's soul, their heart, their personality. I think tonight, after our first dance, I didn't do so well, but I was confident and I think having confidence is a sexy thing. Be confident in who you are."

So, what next for the three finalists? What do they plan to do once they hang up the spandex, sequins and puffy shirts?

When asked about life in the limelight Rob told OTRC "I don't care about all that," adding that he may honor his parents' wishes and go to law school. But will his reality star sisters allow him to fade quietly into the background? Or will the latest Kardashian reality show be set in law school? We'll see.

Ricki, on the other hand, already has a boatload of plans to occupy her post-'DWTS.' It's just been announced that her new talk show will premiere in September, her memoir's coming out in May and she's getting married.

J.R. has already been named as the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Tournament of Roses Parade, and will toss the coin at the start of the Rose Bowl Game in honor of wounded military personnel, but he was very cagey about what else the future holds for him. Instead, the new 'Sexiest Man Alive' nominee reiterated his belief that beauty is more than just skin deep.

Who you want to take home the Mirror Ball trophy?

Check out AOL TV's complete 'Dancing With the Stars' coverage here.

The live, two-hour 'Dancing With the Stars' finale airs Tuesday at 8PM ET on ABC.

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The cliche is correctly spelled "pole position." It began in horse racing and moved to motor sports.

November 25 2011 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Maria Flores

Oh come on Rob you know MOMMAPIMP got you this gig and also got you as far as you are today! You got to know that right? You aren't that stupid are you? Everything each and every Kardashian family member has done has been bought by MOMMAPIMP! GEES I THOUGHT EVERYBODY KNEW AND WAS AWARE OF THAT FACT!

November 22 2011 at 10:17 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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