Final Four

May 7 2008, Published 4:22 a.m. ET

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Hey guys!

Semifinals! Woohoo! It’s hard to believe we’re in the home stretch. It feels like it was just yesterday that I started strapping on these heels!

I’m really sad to see Mario leave. He’s such a great dancer, great entertainer, and he became a great friend of mine. He’s so unbelievably mature and classy that you forget he’s only 21! We’re all going to miss him terribly.

The 100th episode was so much fun! It was great seeing all these DWTS alums.  I met so many of them, like Stacy Keibler and Joey Lawrence, and obviously I already know Apolo!  I don’t want to sound sappy, but it was inspiring talking to them because they’ve all experienced this, they’ve all survived it, they’ve made the show what it is today. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve even seen all 100 episodes! Maybe half of them.  With TiVo, you fast forward, but I have seen a lot of the dancing on the show!

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I know I mentioned Joey Fatone as my favorite on the clip for his showmanship, but honestly, Joey and Apolo are both my favorites. I think they brought so much personality and fun. They have no inhibitions — they just went out there and danced their hearts out. Apolo had so much heart and was so focused and Joey was exciting. Every time he stepped on the floor, it was like, ‘What is he going to do?’ He tangoed to Star Wars! I think people want to see more of that performance aspect and unpredictability out of me.

Kristi Yamaguchi

For next week, we drew two dances out of a hat and got the jive and tango. Two fun dances! The jive has been our best dance so far. The tango, I felt, wasn’t our best dance up to this point, so I’m looking forward to improving upon what we’ve done.

Thanks for your support!



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