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Dancing With the Stars Contestants Reveal Secret Tactics

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Dancing With the Stars kicks off on Monday, and contestants Mike Catherwood and Chris Jericho have both prepared for the competition in their own special way.

"I haven't changed my underwear since the cast was announced," Chris says. "I can vouch for that," Mike insists immediately after. We think (and hope) they were kidding, but if not, at least we know they're taking this competition seriously.

Just listen to what one former DWTS cast members told them…

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"Stacy Keibler is a really good friend of mine, and she has kind of helped me out a little bit," said Chris. "Basically, it's all the same thing: That you have to be in this 100 percent, because it is the most physically and mentally demanding thing you will ever do—and so far she has been right."

Aside from battling the physical demands of learning the routines, Mike has another goal in mind and it involves Chris' partner Cheryl Burke. "She is actually treating me very well," Mike reveals. "I think there is a romance there between the two of us." Chris begrudgingly admits that his partner has taken more of a liking to Mike. "Cheryl is nicer to him than she is to me!"

DANCING WITH THE STARS, DWTS, CHRIS JERICHO, CHERYL BURKE ABC/GREG ZABILSKI

As for their first performance, the guys promise they've been working hard to wow the viewers come Monday. For the last two days, instead of relaxing and taking a break from dancing, Mike says they've been doing the same thing as always: "Rehearsing six or seven hours a day, working on all of our routines and just really polishing them, getting them as good as they can possibly be for Monday night."

When asked who they think is their biggest competition, Mike laments that they really have no idea. "We really don't get a chance to see anyone dance. I run into a lot of other contestants at the dance/rehearsal studio but I don't get a chance to see them dance."

Soon Mike and Chris, as well as the rest of us, will get to see who is the pair to beat…and who will be lucky to last another week.

Who do you think could go all the way? And which pair do you think will surprise everyone? Feel free to predict the champs and the chumps, and we'll see you tomorrow for the premiere of season 12!

—Reporting by Gigi DuBois

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