Karina Smirnoff ‘Cracks the Whip’ On Ralph Macchio [AUDIO]

March 21, 2011 6:44 am

(Photo: Sadao Turner/Ryan Seacrest Productions)

Dancing With The Stars Season 12 contestants Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff visited “On-Air with Ryan Seacrest” to discuss their intensive training in anticipation of tonight’s two-hour season premiere on ABC 8/7c.

Ralph Macchio, who is most famous for playing teenage martial-artist Daniel Larusso in 1984’s cult class Karate Kid, discussed how his background in musical theater prepared him for the competition saying, “I don’t think I would have ever said, ‘Yes’ to this if I didn’t have some sense of timing and rhythm. But ballroom is another animal.”

Spoiler Alert
Ralph hinted at what we may be able to expect as his first performance on Dancing With The Stars, “First dance is the foxtrot, and it’s a great song. I’m not allowed to say which, but its very ‘Rat Pack’ era.” Regarding his costume he replied, “Classic of the time. Dressed in black and white velvet. Karina will be scantily clad.”

When asked if a “Daniel-San” inspired performance may make an appearance in the competition he stated, “I think the further into the competition I’m able to go, I’ll earn that. Why throw that out at the gate? “

The dancing duo became complete when Karina called in to give a professional opinion on her dance partner, “I love him! He’s making me laugh. We are either laughing at me or at him, but its great.” Later saying, “I’m enjoying this season a lot. Ralph makes me laugh to the point of crying.” However it’s not all fun and games during “Team Kammacchio” intensive 6 hour training sessions suggests. Ralph confides that, “She (Karina) is tough. She cracks the whip, but my work ethic is way up there.

The interview took a somber tone when Karina reminded listeners of the upcoming hardships all contestants must face if they are to win. “Week 3 is when you usually start to see all the fights. That’s when the pressure builds too high, and people start having confrontations. That’s why the first three weeks of preparation before the premiere of the show is so important.”

Listen to the full interview below!

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