Zendaya on DWTS: 'It's Not the Destination, It's the Journey'

Zendaya on DWTS: 'It's Not the Destination, It's the Journey'

Just last week, Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy placed second on season 16 of Dancing With The Stars.

While millions of her fans weren’t happy with the outcome, the 16-year-old actress has come to terms with it.

Zendaya wrote on last blog for Access Hollywood about her whole experience on the show: “One week ago, I stood on the dance floor at ‘Dancing With the Stars’ and watched Kellie and Derek be crowned the champions. At that moment, I was truly happy for them but my heart was broken. Everyone always says how I am mature beyond my years, but at that moment I became a 16-year-old.

“I had to step off the dance floor, out into the hallway and hide in the staircase and gather myself. Because I had put my heart and soul into this competition, I did not want to come in second place. And for some time, tears flowed and my dad and mom hugged me and told me how proud we were of me. I gathered myself together, did one interview and couldn’t really talk anymore.”

Read the rest of Zendaya‘s blog inside…

“I fell asleep on the plane to New York and woke up having to make a huge adjustment in my attitude to be able to face the world again. And as that day progressed, I was able to believe the words that were coming out of my mouth, which were that I was proud of myself and I was happy for our accomplishments. And after three days of interviews in New York I truly did believe what I was saying.

“This experience taught me so much about myself and about what I am capable of achieving. Val believed in me and pushed me further than anyone has ever pushed me before. Sometimes I looked at him and laughed when he told me what I was going to do, but he truly believed in me and I am forever grateful for that because through his belief, I was able to believe in myself and achieve more than I thought I ever could.

“This competition also taught me a valuable lesson that is somewhat cliché — it’s not the destination but the journey.

“So I didn’t win the coveted mirrorball trophy, but I realize I have gained a tremendous family in Val and the Chmerkovskiy family. As Val so eloquently put it in a toast during dinner at his brother’s house in New Jersey, I now have a Russian army behind me, and if I ever need anything, all I have to do is call.

“And therein lies something else I’ve learned — how valuable and important family is. Although I knew the value of family from my own experience, I was able to see it from another perspective; through the eyes of the big brother that I have gained.

“The friendships and relationships that will go on past the competition are beyond measure. From Wynonna, or Mama Wy as I call her, to my other big brother Jacoby, to yet another big brother in Victor… the list goes on and on.

“And throughout this process my fans have been beside me the entire way. They have voted, called, e-mailed, texted, Facebooked, Tweeted and so much more. Whenever I would feel down or stressed out about the competition, I could just scroll through my Twitter mentions and read the wonderful things that my fans would say and they naturally kept me going.

“Even on the last day when I elbowed Val, struggled with strep throat, still had to take a test for school, and then perform in front of millions of people, I knew my fans were behind me the entire way. Who knows if I will ever ballroom dance again, because this week I’m right back to hip-hop, as I rehearse for my music video for my first single, with the choreographer who I have wanted to work with for quite some time.

“My dreams are coming true right before my eyes and ‘Dancing with the Stars’ has helped me to realize that I have a lot more to achieve and that I can do anything I put my mind to. I am so grateful for the opportunity that they gave me and I hope that I was able to inspire young boys and girls to believe in themselves… in their gifts… in their possibilities!”

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Credit: Adam Taylor; Photos: ABC
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  • http://twitter Perfectlyaged

    Zendaya…you have mastered and are in control of everything needed for your career to soar! Kudos to your parents for guiding and leading you…but, my great admiration to you for your personal accomplishments through sheer determination and hard work.
    I am eighty years old and I pray I live long enough to see you replace Beyoncé!
    Val was the greatest of teachers and was strictly a professional and a gentleman towards you. My personal belief is that DWTS should have counted the ABC votes up until the malfunction…looks as if the count was fixed IMO!!!
    Luuuuuuv both of you!

  • tuy can

    I loved Zendaya , but I loved Kellie more ; Kellie had better technique and performance than Zendaya , and I called it dancing !!!!!

  • tuy can

    If you cannot wear dance shoes , don’t dance !

  • RosiePie

    She is very mature for a 16 year old girl, even adults have to hide away and cry sometimes over loses like Zendaya did, and they also take time to pull themselves together, most 16 year olds would turn into a snotty mess if they lost but she admitted she was proud of the winners even though she was upset herself.

  • http://twitter Perfectlyaged

    @tuy can:

    tuy can…Why did Derek wear tennis shoes so often?

  • http://twitter jolene douglas

    i love zenday and wanted to win but failed and i know that she we try again and come 1st conz zenday luv yay

  • tuy can


    ooh lala , Derek is 4 times DWTS champion and he can wear any kind of shoes !

  • bobi

    @tuy can:

    exactly. and if you were so sweet- why not do the press that supported you all these weeks. shame

  • Nana JuJu

    Zendaya did a marvelous job…remember she was just 16 competing against adults. I agree that Kellie should have won the mirror ball, but that doesn’t minimize the awesome job that Zendaya did. I think back to what I was like at 16…no way could I have ever come close to what she did. So kudos to you, Zendaya. I know we’ll see you in the future. Right now, though, just enjoy being a teenager and enjoy the Disney experience. Being grown-up isn’t all its cracked up to be. :-)

  • http://twitter Perfectlyaged

    tuy can…di-ti-ya-hi-hi translates as “he who argues repeatedly, on purpose and with a purpose, argues with empty words”….

  • Ana

    mature? psse is for losers hide and cry , if youre mature you never hides for nothing, if you have to cry just cry but dont hide because thAT’S pathetic, and she lied to zswaggers when she said that when she lost she didnt feel sad, she’s a lier and a inmature

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