The 16-year-old actress/singer blogged for Access Hollywood about some of her favorite memories of the season.
“As I look back on this experience, I will take away many great memories. I remember when I first met Val and thought, he’s kinda short! lol But I hold Val in the highest of regard and I have learned so much from him. First and foremost is his dedication to his craft. Tuesday night for example, when everyone was at a party celebrating the 300th episode, he was at the gym cooking up our next routine! He is a perfectionist down to every movement and how you feel it from your core to your fingertips,” Zendaya wrote.
She added, “I remember one of the first things he said to me that has stuck with me throughout this competition: ‘I don’t want you to be good…I want you to be incredible.’ He said that with such resolve that I knew he would give me all the knowledge, support and technique I needed to reach ‘incredible!’ I have gained a trusted friend, brother and mentor in Val and I thank ABC and DWTS for having the foresight to pair us together.”