As the first ever married couple competing against each other on Dancing With The Stars, Nick and Vanessa Lachey have had to manage their competitive spirits.
The long and grueling practices required each week before the live show has done a number on their bodies. They’re working so hard and moving so much that Vanessa says they give each other massages when they return home from practice.
They, of course, both want to do really well in the competition but will also be rooting for each other when it’s time for them to hit the stage. Vanessa says it’s been a great change of dynamic in their marriage. The two have been together for ten years and married for 6. They have three children together.
What’s really cool about the celebrity/pro dancer matchup this season is the couple essentially did a partner swap. Vanessa is paired with Ukrainian hottie and fan favorite, Maks Chmerkovskiy, who recently married Nick’s pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd.
One interesting thing the couples have in common is they both welcomed new babies this year, Maks and Peta in February and Nick and Vanessa in April. Both Peta and Vanessa already have such amazing post baby bodies.
Vanessa has been candid about her love for the process. “I can’t wait for the first live show, and I can’t wait to watch him. It would be fun if we all made it to the finals.”
One thing the couple has had a competitive rift about? Who gets to dance to a 98 degrees song. While Nick thinks it would be perfect for him to bust a move to his young crooning voice, Vanessa thinks it would be more fitting for her, as his wife, to shimmy to her husband’s former self.
The jury is still out on which one of them will win that battle. For now, they are both working hard to get into tip top shape for the first live show.
The 25th season of Dancing With The Stars will premiere on Monday, Septemeber 28, on ABC.