It’s only fitting that Lisa Vanderpump drew Gleb Savchenko as her Dancing with the Stars pro: She’s a restaurateur, and he’s DWTS fresh meat. But the 29-year old newbie already has a slew of tactics to keep himself from being swallowed up by his dance partner.
“I actually took my shirt off on the very first rehearsal to be like, ‘Okay girl, we gotta work it! If you want to be in this rehearsal, maybe I can drag you in by taking off my shirt,’ ” Savchenko tells PEOPLE of working with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star (and PEOPLE.com blogger). “And she was like, ‘I like that! Okay, let’s go.’ “