“During my practices with Julian I get so into it and I feel no fear. But then you get here and you know everyone is staring at you, you’re about to get judged by three people you’ve never met in your life. As a human, it just sets off your flight or fight response.
“I tried really hard tonight but it was definitely not my best performance,” she continues. “It’s so hard because I can go out there and do every dance move, but no one wants to see just that, just the moves. So I need to go out there and also perform. But then they say your form is shit…so I just can’t win. But practice makes perfect.”
For Angie, who is starring on the series along with a cast of fellow beloved Australian celebrities including Dami Im, Beau Ryan and Celia Pacquola, said the emotional stress of appearing on Dancing With The Stars was the reason why her family and boyfriend Carlin were not at the premiere.
“In terms of physical and mental stress, this show is the hardest one I’ve ever done,” she said. “The Bachelorette was emotionally and mentally challenging and beyond anything I could ever imagine. With all the long hours I had to do and with putting my heart on the line, but that really paid off.
“This time I’m really being judged, and you’re not usually being judged right to your face. I know Australia has judged me a thousand times while I’ve been on TV in the past, but I didn’t know about it unless I searched for it. So that’s hardcore.
“I didn’t want anybody to travel to watch me on my first show. The stress alone of being judged by three beautiful judges, an entire live audience and all of Australia, was enough for me. I didn’t then want the pressure of my family flying all the way from Queensland, and Carlin coming all the way from Sydney.
“I said to them all ‘just let me get through this week because I am already struggling mentally, physically and emotionally. Next week I think he’ll (Carlin) come.”