Shawn Johnson Faces Her Fear Tonight


Having impressed viewers and the judges of Dancing with the Stars with her rendition of the waltz, salsa and foxtrot, Shawn Johnson has already proved that she has what it takes to linger on the competition as the youngest competitor in the history of the show. While the 17-year-old Olympic gymnast remains a force to be reckoned with, she'll be struggling with her greatest fear thus far on tonight's Dancing with the Stars.


Our next dance is the rumba, Johnson told TV Guide. And I don't know anything except that it's the most romantic and sensual dance, and I'm only 17 so I'm scared to death!


Despite being uneasy, Johnson reveals that she and professional dance partner Mark Ballas have geared up for tonight's performance, as well as future dances, especially after the judges comments about having too many gymnastic tricks in their previous Lindy Hop routine.


I felt like there was a little more pressure because I was so excited to show them what we had [only to] be disappointed to find out they didn't enjoy it. With the waltz, I felt like it was a second chance to entertain them again. I know I made a few mistakes, but I thought it was a great comeback from what had happened, she explained.


After the Lindy Hop, I feel like we are going to be keeping the gymnastics to a minimum and the dance to a max. The Lindy Hop gave us a chance to remind everybody who the real Shawn Johnson is and where I came from, but from now on it's all dancing and not much else, she added.


Meanwhile, Johnson shares her sentiment on Dancing with the Stars co-star David Alan Grier's recent elimination, which seemed to have left a lot of people in near tears.


I was very surprised. He was such a nice guy and knew how to entertain the entire cast. Everybody would smile when he entered a room and nobody wanted to see him leave, so everybody was sad this week, she said.


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