It looks like Corbin Bleu is going for the tween vote on “Dancing With the Stars.” The “High School Musical” alum went back to his Disney roots for his second week of competition on “Dancing With the Stars.” On the Sept. 23 episode of the ABC dancing competition, Bleu and his partner Karina Smirnoff paid tribute to the actor’s alma mater with a “High School Musical” themed jive that ended with a shout-out to the Wildcats.
On his blog for People, Bleu wrote: “Karina and I are working really hard on the jive. It's a completely different feel. With our dance, we're doing a ‘High School Musical’ tribute. It's got the whole jock and nerd vibe, and I'm going to be in my baseball uniform. That's going to be really, really fun. We're doing that one for the fans and I'm hoping a lot of people will be able to connect with that one. “
The judges certainly connected with it. The dance scored 26 points, and Bruno Tonioli dubbed it “a performance of dazzling brilliance.”
But Bleu wasn’t as confident as he looked. He told OK Magazine, “I was extremely nervous. With the jive, that was going to be the first time I would have to focus on my hands and all of that. I remember the first few days I was getting discouraged because our song wasn’t the traditional jive song so I was having a hard time finding that jive beat, especially when I’d never done it before. We were able to find the storyline and, for me, that was the most fun part. To be able to give a shout out to my (HSM) fans and where I came from and have a little homage to my youth.”
"Dancing With the Stars” airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.