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Cheryl Burke Admits She Felt Nervous & Insecure To Perform On 'Dancing With The Stars' Sober

Sep. 22 2021, Published 2:29 p.m. ET

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Though the latest season of Dancing With the Stars marked the 24th season for Cheryl Burke, she admitted that she was a bundle of nerves prior to the September 20 premiere, as she would be sober for her performance.

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The 37-year-old, who's been on a sobriety journey since 2018, aired out her thoughts in a video that she recorded while driving to the studio.

"Doing this show sober has really made me realize my every insecurity and the amount of pressure I put on myself, which is tough," she confessed. "Just wanted to be honest with you all because I know sometimes it can look like this stuff is easy for us, but that wouldn’t be real."

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"That being said, I love my partner and love all of you so it’s going to be a great night," she declared of working with Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby. "Thanks for always supporting and get those voting fingers ready for tonight!"

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Burke has been candid with her fans about her sobriety experience, explaining she now feels "clear-headed."

"I am really honestly grateful for this opportunity. But to say that I don't have these insecurities, my body dysmorphia, my feeling of wanting to throw up or finding the nearest exit is definitely a lie," the Dance Moms alum stated. "But I love you guys and I do this because I love it."

The dancer addressed rumors that this was going to be her last season on the competition show, insisting that she hasn't made a "definitive" decision yet on her future.

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"Yes, my body hurts. Yes, my mental state at times might not be up to par sometimes to what this show expects, right?" she noted. "But, at the end of the day, I have to remember and put everything into perspective that this is just a dance show."

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Still, the two-time champion admitted that she puts a ton of "pressure" on herself to be perfect.

"The pressure I put on myself sometimes is so intense, and it's just not realistic," she pointed out. "I just wanted to let you guys know that I'm human. I love you guys. Thank you for your positive support and comments. I truly take that to heart."

Burke ended her video by amping herself up for the big night. "I'm so excited, my partner is so excited, and I can't wait to show you guys what we have in store," she said.

The pair scored a 24 out of 30 during the first week.


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