Advice to DWTS contestants: Live in moment, don't look back
ORIGINAL Tap Dog Adam Garcia is bringing his industry expertise to the new series of Dancing With The Stars.
The dancer and actor, who got his big break as Slide in Hot Shoe Shuffle, has had a successful career in musical theatre in the UK and in American movies Coyote Ugly and Riding In Cars With Boys.
After spending two months on the Gold Coast earlier this year filming the US TV series Camp, Garcia said he jumped at the chance to spend more time at home.
He hoped to calm the nerves of the 12 stars ahead of their first live performance show on Tuesday.
"It's like any opening night, people deal with their nerves differently," he told The Guide from London.
"My advice would be to just live in the moment. If you try and be open to taking it all in and being with your partner, then they're going to guide you through it.
"It's like jumping off a cliff. Once you go you can't look back and whatever happens happens."
Garcia is relocating to Sydney from the UK, where he was a judge on the first three seasons of Got To Dance.
Seven has given Dancing a facelift for its 13th season with Garcia and Kym Johnson joining the judging panel and Dan Macpherson getting a new co-host to replace Mel B after she attempted to defect to Channel 9.
"I'm a little nervous, but I'm going to be in hopefully good hands with Todd (McKenney), Helen (Richey) and Kym," Garcia said.
"I'm not sure how I'll fit in yet.
"I've known Todd for a really long time. We were both in the musical theatre world when we were quite young."
Garcia said the slower ballroom dance styles would give the celebrities the most grief.
"The Argentine tango is definitely difficult because of the nature of how close you've got to be to your partner," he said.
"I always find the waltz for some people is quite difficult. It's slow, legato, and you have to try and look elegant and remember your arms.
"The up-tempo ones people tend to go well in, while the slower ones you need to focus on form."
Garcia said he would be critical but supportive of the celebrity dancers. It's unlikely he'll be calling anyone a bedazzled sack of potatoes.
"Over the time on Got To Dance I learned to be critical; you've got to give them a bit of tough love. I think all of the judges have to call it how they see it, but you've also got to be sensitive to the fact that a lot of these people will be dancing for the first time.
"They're not like other people I've judged who've been dancing for a long time and I'm going to be mindful of that."