He made it to the semi-finals of ABC's hit show "Dancing With the Stars." But that mirrored ball trophy was just out of reach for actor Ingo Rademacher and now the Hawaii resident is back at home, returning on Thursday.
And happy to be home.
Rademacher said don't be fooled: Dancing is about as dangerous as any sport he's ever played.
“You get more injuries than rugby, I think,” said Rademacher. “You have Kym (Johnson) spinning in front of you and because I’m not a professional, I’ll lean in too much and boom, I get clocked. I almost got knocked out one time, kicked in the head.”
“The first week, I had contemporary (dance) and I had to do a lot of lifting with Kym and it brought back so many old injuries that I had, ankle, back, wrist,” said Rademacher.
The former "General Hospital" star said he turned down earlier offers to compete on "Dancing With the Stars" -- out of fear.
“I always got told I didn’t have any rhythm, don’t dance, things like that from your friends. So I was always the silly guy on the dance floor, not the guy who had the cool moves like Jacoby Jones, who’s got the coolest moves,” said Rademacher.
But what he thought would be a two week stint, turned into three months of grueling competition. When it finally came down to the semi-finals, Rademacher said he was ready to come home.
“I was really at and end physically and mentally. I was really hoping I would get voted off and when I was standing next to Zendaya, I’m like, ‘I’m getting voted off for sure. Thank god!” said Rademacher.
Now back home on the North Shore of Oahu, he's traded in the paso doble for a stand up paddle board.
“As soon as I got off the plane yesterday, I went for a paddle right away. I went for a nice five mile paddle from my house up to Sunset and back. It was awesome,” said Rademacher.
The focus now on family -- his wife is from Hawaii. Rademacher is helping launch his wife's active wear line.
And he's also busy designing a 14-foot downwind paddle board for Yolo boards. Acting is still on the horizon, but it has to be the right role.
“If I don’t ever act again, it’s OK. If there’s something that comes along that shoots in Hawaii, I would be more than happy to do it,” said Rademacher. “I will be that actor that shows up to the set with his board strapped to the top and it’ll be ‘how much time do I have? Ok, I’m going to be right back. I’m going to get a Hawaii Kai run in.”
“I know everyone has a different paradise. But for me, this is definitely paradise,” said Rademacher.