James’ DWTS Blog: Stress Is Definitely Building

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Getting a 35 out of 40 on our quickstep
I was very pleased with our quickstep, and if you haven’t had a chance to vote, you have until 8 p.m. ET tonight to cast your votes at ABC.com & Facebook. It was really difficult for me to get it, and not only did I get it, but I think we performed it really well. Rehearsals were more frustrating than they normally are because instead of just getting the moves, having fun, and goofing off like we usually do, we spent a lot of the time going over the same thing. The style of dance wasn’t something that just naturally resonated with my body, and figuring that out alone took several days. It just limited our time.

I think the judges were a little harsh this week. I would never want to say I deserved something more than I got because they’re the professionals, but the one thing that even I noticed was they commented about having bent knees. I talked to Peta about this and she specifically told me to have bent knees and it’s not her fault—the quickstep has bent knees. So we were focused on body contact and they didn’t say anything about that, so it’s a win in my book. Of course, there was more pressure on us this week after getting a perfect score last week, and frankly, I worked my butt off on our quickstep last night. It’s a great dance, and it’s got to have drama and a certain effect, but it’s OK because it gives me more room to grow for the rest of the competition.

The competition is getting stiff
I was pretty sad to see Drew [Carey] go. I’ve enjoyed having Drew around. He’s such a positive guy, he’s got a great energy, and thankfully, he and I have had some really cool conversations. I’ve enjoyed having him around and he better show up to my wrap party because I’m probably going to throw a party for the cast. I think Drew and I are going to stay friends, and we both ride motorcylces, so hopefully we will be able to ride together soon.

Stress is definitely building throughout the competition. Everybody’s nice, but at the same time, everybody wants to win. We’re getting longer and more difficult songs and dances. It’s inevitable that stress is going to build. It’s crazy, especially since there are only two dudes left [myself and Charlie White]. I looked around during the elimination and we’re almost at half the group we started with, so it’s sad. The competition is fun, but it’s sad to see people you like get eliminated.

Looking forward to Latin night and performing two dances
Salsa was fun, so hopefully we can make this team dance more of that vibe. We have samba next week. I’m hoping that I get it! I might be filming something as well, so I’m really juggling a lot of balls these days. Dancing With the Stars is my priority, but if the scheduling works — then that would be fun!

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

Parade: Behind the Scenes with James Maslow

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Big Time Rush star James Maslow welcomed Parade to his Dancing With the Stars rehearsal in Los Angeles where he gave us the inside scoop on what it’s like competing on the hit competition show, his friendship with partner Peta Murgatroyd, an update on BTR, and more!

Walk us through your weekly DWTS schedule.
“We’ll get our style usually after the show on Monday, so they’ll say ‘Hey, you’re doing jazz.’ Peta gets the song at 1 a.m. in the morning and starts choreographing, so her job is tough, because she has to come in with some ideas on Tuesday. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, we’re trying to figure out what the choreography is. And then we have Friday and Saturday to perfect it and make it better, and then Sunday you run it with camera blocking, and then Monday is the show. It’s actually very quick; you only have three or four days to learn a brand new dance!”

What’s your process like for learning new routines?
“I try to get through all the big chunks as quickly as possible. I’d rather have a really sloppy dance that I kind of get from A to Z…and then go back and refine it. Peta’s really cool and we get each other well, so if something just doesn’t work well with my body, we kind of change it.”

Do you and Peta have a ritual before you perform every Monday?
“The only thing we really do right before we go on stage, is say ‘have fun.’ As a performer, one of the things I’ve learned from being on stage and being in front of cameras is when you have fun, the audience has fun. So I think we both try to take that same ideal into our dance.”

You and Peta have such great chemistry. Do you two hang out outside of rehearsals?
“I’m lucky because we get along very well as friends too. Once we have a routine down and we finish our work, we’ll go out and get a bite to eat. We have some mutual friends we hang out with — but we have to separate it, when we’re hanging out we aren’t talking about work. And when we come in and dance, that’s what we do.”

If you had to give Peta and yourself superlatives, like Class Clown or Biggest Flirt, what would they be?
“It’d probably be ‘Most Likely to be Distracted,’ because as much as we do focus and work, we do have so much fun together and we’ll get on a tangent about something else and before you know it, we’ve wasted two hours of rehearsal!

You can check out the rest of Parade’s interview with James HERE.

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

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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!

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

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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

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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.


WhoSay: James Maslow Makes Fan’s Dreams Come True

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If you’re not a fan of James Maslow already, here’s little story that should win you over. A few weeks ago, Hannah, a lovely fan from Ohio, asked James to her prom. He couldn’t make it, so instead he made another dream come true. We gave him a call to get you all the exclusive details, but here’s how the story starts—Hannah’s touching prom proposal:

Unfortunately, his killer moves on “Dancing with the Stars” kept him from attending the prom (you know he would if he could!). To make it up to her, James flew Hannah and her family out to L.A., took them to Disneyland, and gave them VIP tickets to see him perform live on “Dancing with the Stars.” On Friday, Hannah’s school played this video to let her know:

WhoSay: How did you hear about the proposal?
James Maslow:
I had seen the proposal on Twitter; it started out with a couple of fans and then a lot of fans—I felt bad because I did not know what to do, since I knew I couldn’t make it, but then I came up with this and hopefully it’s even better.

WhoSay: What made you say yes to this video?
I was touched by how supportive her schoolmates friends and family are – I wanted to show your dreams really can come true. Since it got so much support from the community, it seems like we should do all we can to let great things happen for good people. I’m excited to be able to be a part of this for Hannah and her family.

WhoSay: Did you go to your own prom?
I did. I was lucky enough to go all four years; I was invited as a freshman and sophomore and then got to go as an upperclassman. I had a great time at all of them.

WhoSay: What’s your favorite thing to do at Disneyland?
Space Mountain, and we definitely went on that.

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