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Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff are headed to the Dancing with the Stars finals this Monday and the loveable pair are taking it very seriously. All season long they’ve dazzled us with Karina’s dramatic choreography and Corbin’s natural moves, but now that it’s crunch time, how will the pair top themselves for the win? OK! chatted with Corbin and Karina at the semi-finals after party last Monday night and they divulged a little of what they have planned for the freestyle finale.

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OK!: How does it feel to be finalists?

Corbin Bleu: Ah, it’s so great. It’s so weird. It’s a relief because you know there’s only one week left yet you have this feeling of knowing you have to give every last bit you have left in you.

OK!: How are you going to top yourselves after a season of amazing performances?

CB: You know what’s so cool is it’s the freestyle so there are no rules. It’s so awesome and I know she’s (Karina) gonna make me do some crazy stuff.

Karina Smirnoff: With the freestyle it’s the dance that counts the most. Usually the couple who wins the freestyle wins the season. You can either go big and turn the performance outside the box and bring the house down or you can go for more of a emotional connection—something that will make people relate to their deepest, darkest, lightest, brightest emotional journeys in their life. I almost think we’re going to have a combination of both.

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OK!: He’s capable of everything, so how do you narrow down what to do?

KS: It’s all about strategy. You know what some couples are going to be best in and what some couples are going to probably stay away from so you have to incorporate something you know they probably won’t do as well as something they will do. And you’ve got to show your side of that reality, your own expression of the same thing.

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OK!: Corbin, I noticed during the break after you performed you appeared to be asking Bruno for some direction, what was it?

CB: Pretty much he was talking about the tango and he was talking about what we had been docked off when it came to points and he was talking about my kicks and when I flip my foot I have to bring it back faster. I’ll focus on that for this week.

Who should take home the mirror ball trophy this season? Tell us in the comments or tweet @OKMagazine.

 

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