Dancing With the Stars
Now that her Dancing with the Stars days are officially over, Zendaya stopped by HuffPost Live this morning to talk about what she learned from the incredible experience.
"How to deal with pressure," the Shake It Up star told them. "Every Monday is the much stressful day of the entire week. You're on a live show. Millions of people watching. You're doing choreography that's really difficult. A dance style that you've never done before. It's just a lot going on. I feel like now that I've done that, I can handle anything!"
She also discussed what it was like working with her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy.
"I'm a perfectionist, and [he's] also a perfectionist, so we really clicked in that kind of way," Zendaya said. "We gave 150% every time, even when I knocked him out and gave him stitches, he was still working hard and pushing himself. That's an amazing thing to see as a young lady -- to see someone who's working so hard. He's a good role model, a good person to look up to."
After all of that hard work, was Zendaya disappointed when they came in second place?
"I want my young fans to know that it's not always about winning the big trophy and all of that," she explained. "That's not what it's about. The fact of the matter is, I learned so much. I gained a big brother out of the experience."
Awww, how sweet!
Watch the full HuffPost Live interview with Zendaya below.
Hey M Girls!
Are YOU excited for 'Dancing with the Stars' tonight? Here at the M office, we could not be more pumped, especially to see our girl Zendaya show off her killer dance moves!
Recently, we got to chat with Z and her DWTS partner Val Chmerkovskiy as they rehearsed for the show's premiere -- which airs in just a few hours! Check out what they had to say about the rehearsal process, posture police, and the Shake It Up cast showing their support.
How did you react when you first found out you got the gig?
Z: I freaked out. I think I'm still, like I've been saying, I really don't, it hasn't fully absorbed yet. I'm not really fully aware that I'm gonna be on the show and I don't think I have even gonna understand it fully for a while, so I'm kind of living in the moment, and taking every day one step at a time. Every rehearsal, when we rehearse a lotta time, and enjoying myself.
How do you feel when you're dancing. What goes through your head?
Z: Well I'm hip hop dancing, I'm very carefree and very open, I just feel very in the moment, and I feel like, it's a whole nother person takes on, but now, this is like I actually have to think about what I'm doing, which is a very different experience for me because usually in hip hop it's just all in my body, I'm good. This I'm actually thinking 'oh posture, five, six, seven, eight, and then turn on this.' So there's a lot more brain process going on.
V: I think the biggest different is that this is couple dancing. Everything she's done so far has been all individual work and if it has been a group setting then it's backup dancing to her solo work. The magic of ballroom dancing and at the same thing what's difficult about it that it's two people creating one image, one movement and that's the part that is the biggest challenge for her.
How has that adjustment been dancing with a partner?
Z: I'm it's tough, I mean I have a really great partner, but it's actually learning how to work with someone to create the movement, because usually I just got myself, and that's really easy. It's was easier to just do it on your own than have to work with someone and really be in sync with them, especially with all this posture stuff that's added on top of that, so it's tough, but it's going good.
What about the nails? Are you gonna keep those or get rid of them?
Z: Oh no, I'm keeping these. The nails stay.
V: The nails are great, the nails are an extension of her fingers, which is an extension of the arm.
Z: It's not against the rules. If we were playing like guitar or something, if this was like "Music Playing with the Stars" I might have to cut my nails.
Is there any message that you want to get out there to your Zswaggers about why they should vote for you?
Z: Because really not only am I working really hard, and doing something that I think is exciting and different, but I'm also doing it so that those young fans that are watching me can see that it doesn't necessarily have to have an age limit to go out there and do what you want to do and really go for you dreams and not be afraid to put yourself out there and kinda live a little out of the box sometimes. There's no reason anybody she just be contained because 'oh, you're too young, you cant do it.' So I feel like I want them to see that they can do it too.
V: For me, I think it's a great opportunity. Zendaya's such a trendsetter that I think it will be great for her to show that ballroom dancing is not for the 50 plus. I think it's something that kids of all ages can do. It's a world that I grew up in and it really helped me a lot in not only dance, but in life in general. So for me, it's a great opportunity, through Zendaya to promote something that I'm very passionate and love very, very much.
Bonus! Check out the vid of Zendaya and Val during their rehearsal!
Looks amazing guys! Be sure to tune in to Season 16 of 'Dancing with the Stars' tonight on ABC at 8 pm EST!
Photo courtesy of Zendaya's Instagram
Hey M Girls,
Zendaya and Aly Raisman have been crazy busy this week prepping for Dancing with the Stars! ...and both girls have been keeping fans updated on their experience so far!
Zendaya tweeted: "And so the journey begins" along with the pic above.
Aly shared some of her photos from DWTS practice seshes too!
"Working hard or hardly workin? ;)" said Aly with her partner, Mark Ballas.
In one of the earlier practice seshes, Aly posted: "Complete fail LOL" with this funny pic!
Aww, we're sure you'll do great when the time comes Aly!
Be sure to watch Dancing with the Stars on Monday March 18th to catch the girls' first performances!
- Are you excited to see Zendaya's and Aly's performances on DWTS? Who are you rooting for Team Valdaya or Team RaisNBall?
Photos Courtesy of Zendaya's and Aly Raisman's Instagrams
Hey M Girls,
We are so excited to share the news that Zendaya will be competing on the upcoming 16th season of ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars'! This morning, Zendaya tweeted: "It's true! I'm gonna be on #DWTS! with @iamValC I'm gonna need my Zswaggers for this one!!"
But that's not all, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman will also be competing! We can't wait to see both girls show off their awesome moves -- what an exciting season it will be!
The season kicks off only on ABC on March 18th at 8pm ET!
-Are you excited to watch Zendaya and Aly Raisman on DWTS?
Hey M Girls!
Justin Bieber sang "As Long As You Love Me" last night on Dancing With The Stars and he totally had the ballroom rockin' as he broke it down with his dancers --he even showed off his arm muscles to the crowd!
If you missed Bieb's performance, check out this video:
-What did you think of Justin's performance?
Hey M Girls,
Looking for a little Justin Bieber in your life? Well, tonight's the night! JB will be performing on the first Dancing With The Stars results show of the season starting at 8PM ET on ABC! Justin's been tweeting all week about how super-excited he is for the performance -- we can't wait to see!
Be sure to watch Justin for yourself tonight!
-Are you psyched for Justin's performance? Will you tune in?
Hey M Girls!
After weeks of showing off his impressive dance skills, Roshon Fegan and partner, Chelsie Hightower were voted off of DWTS last night. The good news is, Roshon is still staying positive even though his time on the show has ended. He tweeted: "I was blessed to have the opportunity to be on #DWTS thankful for every dance I was able to perform and it was a fun experience no doubt." Great 'tude, Ro!
Luckily, Roshon can always count on his celeb buds to cheer him on! Check out the sweet tweets he got last night:
Aww, love to see stars supporting each other! Look back on Roshon's DWTS journey here:
-Did you watch Roshon on DWTS? Which of your fave celebs would you want to see on the show?
Got your dialing fingers ready, M Girls?! Dancing With The Stars is back on tonight, and Shake It Up's Roshon Fegan is excited to give it all he's got on the dance floor -- but he needs your help! That's why he took this pic just for you and hopes that you'll vote for him tonight -- so sweet!
Have you been watching his dances on the show? We'll show you his latest performance to get you pumped for tonight:
And only M has this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Roshon's Dancing With The Stars journey! DWTS airs on ABC tonight at 8 PM!
-Have you been watching Ro's dances? Will you vote for him tonight?