USA Today: Boy-bander muscles his way to ‘Dancing’ perfection

4.18.14
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Don’t know the name James Maslow?

Grab some back issues of Seventeen magazine or head over to TeenVogue.com. The singer/actor played James Diamond on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush TV show from 2009-2013 and is part of the boy band with the same name.

Maslow’s hoping now to waltz —- or maybe salsa and rumba — his way into a career that involves music, film and television on a bigger scale. The Nickelodeon show is over and the BTR guys just finished a big tour. In fact, the day Maslow, 23, came home to Los Angeles from the tour was his first day working on season 18 of Dancing With the Stars.

And this week, during Monday’s Disney Night episode, Maslow and partner Peta Murgatroyd, 27, earned the first perfect scores of the season — a 10 from each of the four judges.

The scores mean Maslow beat out ice dancing Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White. That’s no small feat.

“We were nervous going into that one, to be honest,” says Maslow, speaking to USA TODAY right after an early morning workout at the gym.

It wasn’t that he was worried about the contemporary style. He’s “much more comfortable” with that type of dance than with the ballroom ones, he says, but a move he did had never been attempted by a celeb competitor on the show.

“The last lift where I pick her up with one hand hadn’t been done before,” he says.”We pulled it off,” he says, with a proud sigh of relief.

Much has been made on the show of Maslow’s muscles. The buzz started during week two when he danced with his shirt open, prompting judge Carrie Ann Inaba to deem him a member of the Dancing Sexy Hall of Fame.

“I don’t plan on utilizing it as a cheap way to win,” he says. “I have to point out in my defense, when I got a perfect score I was wearing a frickin’ Henley and PJ bottoms.”

But he does work hard to stay in shape.

“I’m 6’1” — I lift weights so I don’t look scrawny. I get my cardio in as well, but I can’t stand the treadmill, so it’s through basketball or running on the beach,” he says.

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James & Peta talk to Access Hollywood about the pressure to stay on top, their relationship & more!

4.17.14
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Dancing With The Stars: Week 5 Captures & Stills Added

4.16.14
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187 high quality screen captures along with 9 HQ episodic stills of James & Peta dancing Contemporary for Week # of Dancing With The Stars have been added to the gallery. Be sure to head over and check them out! Thanks to my good friend Melanie Jo at Rebel Wilson Network for the stills.


Gallery Links:
- Dancing With The Stars > Screen Captures > Week 5 – Contemporary
- Dancing With The Stars > Episodic Stills > Week 5 – Contemporary

Dancing With The Stars: James & Peta dance Contemporary

4.16.14
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James covers The Elevation Issue of Vanichi Magazine

4.16.14
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I’ve added 8 high quality digital scans of James gracing the cover of Vanichi Magazine‘s Elevation Issue into the gallery. Be sure to head over and check them out!

Gallery Link:
- Vanichi Magazine – Spring/Summer 2014

James’ DWTS Blog: Getting the First Perfect Score on DWTS: ‘I Think Hannah’s My Good Luck Charm!’

4.15.14
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Taking Hannah to Disneyland
My favorite part of the week was taking what Disney is all about — making dreams come true — and implementing that into my own life with one of my biggest fans in the world: Hannah. I took it upon myself to invite her family out to spend some time together since I couldn’t make it to her prom. I was just blown away—not only by her — but by the support she has from her family, friends, and community.

The best part was when we created our own prom moment on the dance floor of Dancing With the Stars. She put on her prom dress and I put on a suit and we came out to one of her favorite songs, “Amazing” from Big Time Rush, which I wrote for the band. We just started dancing and she was so composed and happy, and then I started singing the chorus and she just broke down and was giggling and laughing and let loose. It was nice seeing that moment — seeing the true Hannah that wasn’t trying to impress me or be cool in front of me was amazing.

Getting the First Perfect Score
I think Hannah’s my good luck charm! That was the first time I got 40, so I might need to fly her back out if I don’t keep my scores up. Getting the first perfect score of the season was pretty surreal. It’s not something I expected, but I was very happy with the performance and to look up and see all tens was amazing.

Peta and I really stepped it up with this dance, and we were aggressive in some of the lifts and the physical things we wanted to accomplish. Honestly, we never had the dance run 100 percent correctly before that performance, so we were very nervous going into it. I was thinking we were either going to get everything and pull the lifts off and it would be a really high score, or we were going to slip and she was going to fall and it was going to be a low score.’

I’m glad I’m with Peta throughout this competition, we have a great camaraderie and we work well together. This piece was the first time I was really able to contribute with ideas and movements because it wasn’t really a ballroom dance and it felt more natural, more comfortable for my body.

The most challenging part of that routine was that last lift. We had originally started with something that was far simpler and easier. It still looked good, but we wanted to challenge ourselves. Nobody has ever done that lift except for pro dancer Tony Dovolani, but in all 18 seasons no celebrity has ever done it. He came in and showed us that lift and said ‘hey, go ahead, use it, try it. Nobody’s ever done it because it’s so hard.’ We took that as a challenge and said ‘let’s go for it, go big or go home.’ We were able to make it look easy when we got it, but trust me, we don’t get that every single time.

You can read the rest of James’ blog over on Parade.com!

James Talks Pressure Of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ & Going Shirtless On Routines with K-Earth 101

4.15.14
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From boy band to the dance floor, actor/singer James Maslow of the hit group Big Time Rush phoned in to The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show to talk about his experience so far on the cast of Dancing With The Stars. Now going into week five, James is coming off a hot week with his fierce tango in week four with his switch-up partner Cheryl Burke, which received a score of 35 out of 40 from the judges. As he continues to perform well, is James feeling the pressure to keep up to his previous standards?

“The pressure’s not too bad, but I gotta say it’s taken a physical toll. It’s pretty impressive, I thought I was in good shape and this show is kicking my ass,” he laughed.

As part of the hit Nickelodeon series/music group Big Time Rush, James noted that the group was accustomed to having a few moves, but has never done partner dancing, so DWTS has been “a whole new extreme for me.”

Known as the “handsome one” of BTR, James has definitely been playing up the sex appeal on DWTS by taking on many routines shirtless for his female fanbase.
“It was appropriate for the salsa, the sexy dance, and people seemed to like it, so I’m throwing it in when I can,” he laughed.

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