Cheryl Burke: Rob Kardashian was an underestimated competitor on ‘DWTS’

Never underestimate a Kardashian.

Rob Kardashian was one of “Dancing With the Stars” pro Cheryl Burke’s favorite partners throughout her time on the show — even if viewers weren’t always in his corner.

“He was just so much fun and people didn’t have a lot of expectations with him,” Burke recently told Page Six. “They thought that he was going to be eliminated before his sister Kim Kardashian did and then he ended up getting second place.”

Burke, 34, and Kardashian, 31, competed together during Season 13 of “DWTS” in 2011 and finished behind J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff. Meanwhile, Kim, 37, competed on Season 7 of “DWTS” with Mark Ballas, 32, and was the third contestant to be eliminated.

Her favorite partners also include Jack Osbourne and Emmitt Smith, and she is now competing alongside “Fuller House” star Juan Pablo Di Pace, 39.

“I always end up with with some of the sports guys who I love because they’re so disciplined and they understand what coaching is about. But it’s great to actually have another artist you can say like Juan Pablo because he is an actor, but he’s also my height — around my height — so we definitely see eye to eye which is great because normally I’m shoving six, seven feet tall basketball players around the dance floor so it’s nice to be able to move faster and move sharper with someone like Juan,” Burke said of her new partner.

“The hardest part [of competing] is the mental game. It’s not really a game, but we’re more than just their coaches. We are also their wardrobe designers and we’re the creative. We’re also choreographing until late at night so we can come in prepped. So this is a seven-[days]-a-week event for however long you last. So it’s important that we lead by example.”

That mentality has come in handy as a mentor for “Dancing With the Stars Juniors” as well.

“My advice was just to trust the process and even though you may feel like you’re the best in the completion, that doesn’t mean that the judges aren’t going to be hard on you … they compare you to yourself,” she told us while stressing the importance of having a coach on and off the dance floor.

“I wish we had mentors when we started ‘Dancing With the Stars’…’Dancing With the Stars Juniors’ has what the adults have always wanted!”

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