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OCT
13
3 YEARS

'Dancing With the Stars': Chaz Bono, Rob Kardashian and the Top 8 Prep for '80s Night

The remaining contestants sound off on strategies, mental states and going topless at the Season 13 halfway mark.

Rob Kardashian Dancing with the Stars Portrait - P 2011
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Never a venue for subtlety, expect Dancing With the Stars to pull out all of the bright colors and big hair at its disposal for the series' first ever '80s Night.

Setting the week's dances -- Rumbas, Sambas, Tangos, a Foxtrot and a Jive -- to iconic tunes of the decade, the contestants seemed eager after this week's tapings to step into

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"We're probably going to get perms," says Carson Kressley, who'll be taking on the Jive with partner Anna Trebunskaya. Kressley had the lowest scores in Week 4, so he could use all the help he can get.

Lacey Schwimmer put things straight for partner Chaz Bono when she brought up their Samba. "The Samba sucks," she says. "It's so hard... [but] we have a really good song, and it's a good theme to the song. Our costumes are hilarious and '80s. I think it's going to be a good one for him."

"Song is really important," Bono adds, adding the tune meets his approval. "For me, song is crucial."

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Nancy Grace and her partner Tristan MacManus have a Rumba. And despite many contestants feeling more at easy with the show, Grace, who says she thought she was "going to vomit" throughout the last results, seems happy to remain uncomfortable.

"The funny thing about when you get too comfortable, then you really start messing up," she says. "I never went into a single jury trial that I didn't think I was going to lose."

MacManus, a first year pro, will also welcome his mother and father to the audience next week for their first trip to the show from his home in Ireland.

"I hope she likes to rehearse dances named the Rumba," says Grace.

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For others, the competition is now about something more than just dancing. Rob Kardashian, for example, wants to get to a place where partial nudity is in the cards.

"I watched one of her old partners, Gilles [Marini]," Kardashian says, turning to Cheryl Burke. "To me, it was really intimidating to watch. He got like a 30 and a 29, and he had his shirt off the whole time."

Kardashian says he has finally started eating better, but he's not quite there yet, making things quite clear when asked if his '80s night Rumba will find him shirtless.

"I would love to," he says, laughing, "but not yet."