Dancing With the Stars producers may want to avoid Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett for a while.
Our E! pal is not a happy dancer. Why?
Well, that friggin' smoke machine she and Louis Van Amstel had to use during last night's performance seemed to have really screwed things up for her.
Read on to find out what Kendra exclusively just told me about her Dancing With the Stars "nightmare"...
Congrats on last night. You got your highest score yet with two 8's.
It should have been that. You know, the last thing I want to do is go down. I'm a person who improves! I'm getting more comfortable each week that goes by. I'm feeling comfortable now with the dance floor and the audience. That means I'm going to come out and really do my best the next couple of weeks and keep going up and up and up. I'm not saying I'm going to be perfect, but when I get comfortable that's when I'm going to become dangerous. But who knows? Something could go wrong that you don't expect, like that smoke machine.
Do you regret having the smoke machine?
You know what? I was fighting not to have it. I was asking people, "Please, I don't want to use this smoke machine." And they go, "Don't worry. We promise it will look good." But I made sure everyone knew that I didn't want it. But what happened was exactly what I thought was going to happen. I didn't know where I was. I freaked out. I actually had a full dance routine in that smoke, but I actually had to stop the dance in the middle of the stage to find my way out of that smoke.
Did you get to rehearse with the smoke?
A little bit of it. But they just wanted to push that dang smoke button for ten minutes longer. I'm like, "OK, I'll just stop my dance because I knew I had to spend this time to find myself out of this cloud."
But in the end you did really well.
Yeah, but it's a shame. I was talking to some bigwig people and they knew the moves that I was doing during dress rehearsals underneath the smoke. They were like, "Kendra, I am so mad. It's a shame that America didn't get to see what you were doing in the smoke." People were crying for me. Other contestants were like, "I can't believe that happened." It was a nightmare. I'm about to walk in and slap someone today. I'm just so pissed-off, because they knew I didn't want it.
Well, despite the little slip coming down the stairs, I don't think the audience could tell anything was that wrong.
The person I want to show that I'm doing this right is Louis. Throughout the dance after the whole smoke problem, I saw how proud he was of me. I saw his smile. All the little things that he told me to do that I wasn't doing in practice, I did it all in the dance. I made sure everything came off exactly the way he taught me.