Zendaya & Val Chmerkovskiy: 'DWTS' Finale Practice Pair

Zendaya & Val Chmerkovskiy: 'DWTS' Finale Practice Pair

Zendaya and pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy head into the dance studio for Dancing With The Stars practice earlier this week in Los Angeles.

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.”

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Posted to: Val Chmerkovskiy, Zendaya
  • Lisa

    Zendaya is so AWESOME !!!!!

  • Donna C

    Well she certainly paid attention to his words because she’s not just good, she IS incredible!!

  • JRDN

    This young lady just melt my heart everytime I see her perform, she is
    truly the real deal and I just pray that she doesn’t go astray and become influenced by Hollywood for it is easy to fall into the traps whether big or small and it’ll eat you up alive and ruin your self esteem.

  • http://twitter Perfectlyaged

    Zendaya is a legend in my mind already! She has such a sweet soul and spirit…labors for perfection and always with an infectious smile and a “true grit” determination to succeed! Kudos to her parents for raising such an exceptional young lady.
    And to Val…thank you for the professional and mannerly way you have treated Zendaya…you are a true gentleman. Your choreography is to be recognized above all of the other choreography! Well done!!!!!

  • Jay


  • http://twitter Perfectlyaged

    Jay…you are really showing your lowest range of mentality…

  • Lawrence

    Val’s not a bad looking guy!.

  • Dave

    I’m not a fan of DWTS, but I’ve always like Zendaya, and I thought she would win. I watched it for the first time last week, and man, there is some tough competition. There are some tough competitors. I’m still hoping she can win it. Either way her beauty and friendly, fun personality have been exposed to a wider audience so I’m sure this will be a career boost.