Parade: Behind the Scenes with James Maslow

4.21.14
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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

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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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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WhoSay: James Maslow Makes Fan’s Dreams Come True

4.14.14
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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?
James:
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?
James:
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?
James:
Space Mountain, and we definitely went on that.

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James reveals Dancing With the Stars secrets on Veria Living Live

4.9.14
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James stops by Good Day L.A.

4.8.14
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