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.
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