Let’s get right to business: Part 1 of the Dancing With the Stars finale was everything we wanted and more—dramatic, nail-biting, and spectacularly spectacular. The only thing missing? Maks and Meryl actually kissing. Of course, the evening was emotional, especially for the eliminated couple, James and Peta, who made it so far, but yet not far enough. There was plenty you guys didn’t see behind the scenes (after all, it’s a bustle of activity over these two nights!), including my pre-show run-in with Maks!
Going into tonight, I pretty much expected James or Candace to be going home, as my fellow colleagues and I have predicted Meryl/Maks and Amy/Derek to be the final two standing. To be honest, I wasn’t a huge fan of James and Peta’s freestyle. It was high-energy, but I feel like we’ve seen it before. But it’s clear the two of them loved it. As a result, that made the elimination even harder, especially because they are the superior dance team.
Glamour: I know not to be shocked with this show anymore, but you guys deserved to be standing with Maks/Meryl and Amy/Derek tomorrow night. How genuinely surprised were you to be going home tonight?
James Maslow: This season has almost been annoying at how shocking it’s been. Especially the last few weeks, everybody is going, ‘what?!’ and that was us tonight. I’m proud that was us because that means people [are] saying, ‘why? They’ve been working their asses off!’ That’s what we’ve done, and after that, we can’t control any of it. Yeah, we’re disappointed. We’re really competitive and wanted to win, and believed we had a shot at winning up until we left. At this point, what can we do?
Glamour: I’ll tell you what, you guys are winners for at least being the first to kiss on the ballroom floor tonight. Maks and Meryl needed to take a cue from you two!
James: We went all in! [Laughs] You know, I don’t think everybody is as comfortable [with that]. We have a special relationship and we’re both cool with it. We’re single and friends with each other and like each other, so there’s no reason we shouldn’t. Now, if one of us had a significant other, then that would be a different story.
Glamour: Does Meryl have a boyfriend then?
James: I don’t know. But if she does, she shouldn’t even be getting that close [to Maks]! [Laughs] I mean, if I was her boyfriend, that would be a little close for me! But hey, we’re single so we can do what we want!
Glamour: Well, you will be dancing tomorrow again. What are you going to be dancing to?
James: We don’t know. [Laughs] It’s going to be the sloppiest dance you’ve ever seen! I’m just being honest right now!