Val Chmerkovskiy on 'Dancing' With Zendaya: 'I'm Glad We Were Paired Up'

Val Chmerkovskiy on 'Dancing' With Zendaya: 'I'm Glad We Were Paired Up'

Zendaya and partner Val Chmerkovskiy are ruling the leader board this season on Dancing With The Stars and JJJ can’t stop watching them.

Val, 26, caught up with Wetpaint about being paired with the 16-year-old actress, and youngest contestant ever on the show.

“She has a great attitude, and she wants to put in the work. At first, I was hesitant with this partnership because I’m a very passionate dancer. For me, ballroom dance is about a man and a woman and all of the chemistry between those two. So being partnered with a 16-year-old teen sensation was difficult in the beginning,” he confessed. He added, “It’s been a challenge, but I think it’s been great. I love working with Zendaya and dancing with her. The friendship that we’re building is great.”

Val dished about the upcoming hip-hop week, “Oh, yeah, we’re going to kill it. The point is, the more talent you give me, the more work I’m going to put in. So it’s really motivating for me to have someone who can do the choreography, but I want the fans to know she’s not picking this up in 20 minutes. She puts in four or five hours a work every day. We’re not taking any short cuts. None of this is easy for her.”

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  • Perfectlyaged

    And Val I am glad you two were paired up…can’t get any better!
    First, both of you have the same work ethics, great and giving attitudes, respect and honor for each other, and Zendaya really gave me a laugh when she was describing her knowledge of luuuuv at sixteen years of age and how she was supposed to react…it was so cute and hilarious!
    Above all, Val I fully respect your professionalism and your gentlemanly manners and treatment towards Zendaya. You are very astute and perceptive in choosing the costumes for you and Zendaya. You are ONE dancing couple through your blend of his and her costumes.

  • Dave

    It looks like Z has a new fan. I knew that DWTS would give her exposure to a broader audience, and I knew that most of those people would lover her. She’s great.

  • http://andiethewesti Andie (@andiethewesti)

    Hey Val when is Hip Hop week? This week you’ve got Cha Cha for Stevie Wonder, yes?

  • Perfectlyaged

    Val…I just listened to one of your rap songs and I think it would be a crowd pleaser for you during your hip hop session to do rap a few minutes while Zendaya does the hip hop accompaniment.
    We may have to turn crotchety old Len’s microphone off…but, there are enough of us to accomplish this!!! haha

>>>>>>> staging1