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"Bling Empire" star Christine Chiu is dancing to "Stronger" for Britney Spears night on "DWTS."
She told Insider that she's drawing strength from Spears, who's the "embodiment of confidence."
Chiu also revealed her son recently had a "dance-off" with her pro partner, Pasha Pashkov.
Christine Chiu landed in the bottom two on last week's episode of "Dancing With the Stars," so she's taking inspiration from this week's theme to help her stay in the competition.
In an interview with Insider ahead of the reality show's Britney Spears Night, the "Bling Empire" star said she draws "so much strength" from her husband, Dr. Gabriel Chiu, and their son, Gabriel Chiu III aka "Baby G" - and now, she's drawing strength from Spears too.
Chiu confirmed to Insider that she and her partner, Pasha Pashkov, are dancing to Spears' 2000 hit "Stronger."
"I mean, you look at Britney, and she's the embodiment of confidence and sexiness and resilience," Chiu said. "And so I could not have asked for a better song to kind of motivate me and pump me up."
The Netflix star said she wants to "exude that essence of Britney" while dancing, noting that she's inspired by how Spears "always prioritizes motherhood" in spite of any difficulties and personal struggles.
In fact, Spears' music has been inspiring not just Chiu, but the whole cast all week. "She is really giving us life," Chiu said.
But even with Spears' music pumping her up, training this week has been harder for Chiu since she was in the bottom two last week.
She told Insider she wants to make Pashkov "proud," especially because her time on "DWTS" has been a stark contrast to what she experienced during ballet lessons as a child when she had a "strict" instructor who often made her feel "discouraged."
On the flip side, Pashkov's method is to encourage her "in a positive, affirming way," Chiu said. Because of that, her mentality is to prioritize having fun while on the show - and she sees herself as her biggest competition.
Chiu, who revealed in week two that she was a fan of "DWTS" for many years prior to becoming a cast member, said she's also participating so her son sees how the combination of dreams and hard work can make "miracles" happen.
Chiu even tapes her "DWTS" rehearsals so that Baby G can see what his mom is up to all day, and he can't get enough of it. "He wants to dance because he sees how happy I am dancing," she said, recalling how Baby G recently met Pashkov and had a "dance-off" with the pro.
While Chiu admittedly knows she's not as high-profile as some of her castmates, like Brian Austin Green or JoJo Siwa, she said she's "so proud" to be participating during a season where the show is making history with Siwa and Jenna Johnson as the series' first same-sex dancing partners.
That said, she is competing to win, telling Insider she wants to stay on the "DWTS" ballroom floor as long as possible and promising some "really cool" dances filled with "so many tricks and so many twists and spins" in the weeks to come.
"Dancing With the Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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