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When I found out I was dancing with Cheryl, I was surprised. I honestly thought that they were going to switch Cody and I, so I was pleasantly surprised. Witney is great, but Cheryl has been here since the second season, so as good of a choreographer and dancer as Witney is, Cheryl really has a bit of a leg up.
The rehearsal dynamic was very different between us. I had hung out with Cheryl once or twice outside of work with the cast and she’s very sarcastic, so when our dry, sarcastic humors mixed, we didn’t know when we were joking or not, which made it somewhat awkward. But once we found out both of us are joking most of the time, we really had a lot of fun.
I’m happy with last night’s performance. At first it was hard to tell whether it was going to be as good as something I could do with Peta because I’m very comfortable dancing with her and I’m still really happy she’s my partner. I was pleasantly surprised that Cheryl and I were able to have such great chemistry and such an awesome dance. I’ve seen mostly positive comments and feedback. A few people are upset at her for trying to kiss me, but that was planned. I think we got a little closer than we’ve gotten in rehearsal, but we’re dancing the tango and it should be that shocking.
I thought Peta and Charlie had a killer dance. In fact, I thought they deserved better critiques and scores than they got, but they’re both amazing dancers. I’m sure Charlie can pick up choreography faster than I can because he does that for a living on the ice, but to see them dance together was really impressive.
The Judges’ Feedback
I’m about a foot taller than Cheryl and we have to be low for the tango, so it was difficult to stay that low and not keep my butt out. I think it was funny how the judges went about critiquing it, and I think somewhat complimentary. Considering there are so many technical aspects they could pick out, I was happy with them just going with that one. It’s hard. I’m used to playing sports, I’m used to being in the gym and doing squats, and you use your butt and stick it out. But dancing is the opposite and that’s something that would be difficult even if she was my height, but it was extra difficult because she was shorter.
During the judges’ critiques, I think Julianne Hough had a more creative and less blunt approach to saying ‘you and Peta are cute together and could be an item.’ I thought Erin Andrews was a little straightforward and–although I like her a lot as a friend and part of her ability to be a great host is her quirkiness–I did think talking about a baby with both of us when we’re not officially going out was somewhat presumptuous. Maybe not called for on the spot, but like I said, everybody’s doing it live, so I’m not too upset, but it would have been nice to have been prepped for that.
You can read the rest of James’ blog over on Parade.com!
James and I met up in his neck of the woods (that would be Venice, a laid-back beach town near Los Angeles) at trendy hot spot Gjelina. We’ve had a chance to get to know each other these past few weeks at DWTS, so sitting down for lunch felt like meeting up with an old friend. Coming from a photo shoot earlier that morning, James arrived promptly at 1 P.M. and declared right off the bat that if this was a real date, he would absolutely be paying (and asking me lots of questions too!). What transpired over the next two hours was one of the most fun dates I’ve ever been on (real or not), and that’s all in part to the charisma and maturity of James, who is far beyond his 23 years.
Glamour: Thanks for joining me on our very first “On a Date With…” series!
James: I’m so thrilled to be asked! Thank you for having me.
Glamour: I have to say, I can’t believe that you’re 23. You have a maturity that extends well beyond that.
James: Yeah, Peta [Murgatroyd] was even shocked. I’ve been living on my own since I was 17, and I’ve always had big dreams since I was little. Even when I was in school, if I wanted something done right, I had to do it myself. I have big responsibilities now. I own real estate, I just finished my first feature, I have a business manager, and we meet monthly about my portfolio. But I need to enjoy being young too. I’m finding a nice balance.
Glamour: I have to ask that all-important question: What’s your current relationship status?
James: I’m dating, but I’m so busy that it’s hard to find a lot of time for it. So I’m single. I think there’s a difference between dating and being in a relationship with someone. You can date a lot until you find the person you want to create a relationship with, but it needs to be a clear distinction. So at this point, I’m just dating.
Glamour: How much do you use your dog, Fox, as a girl magnet?
James: My dog is the greatest girl magnet you could possibly imagine; it’s silly. Sometimes I almost would rather they not meet my dog because they just want to play with him. He’s an Alaskan Klee Kai, and he’s about 2 1/2. I can’t blame anybody because he’s the cutest dog in the world—and I love him to death—but I want to make sure someone wants to be with me too. [Laughs]
Glamour: So what do you look for?
James: I want someone who challenges me. I’ve dated younger girls or even girls close to my age, and it’s really easy for them to agree with everything I say. That’s not necessarily because of what I do, or maybe that’s part of it. I want a girl that is driven and has her own thing going on, but that can make it all the more difficult because then we’re both so busy. As for a physical type, I like all women. [Laughs] I’ve gone for blonds in the past, but then I’ll meet a brunette who knocks me off my feet.
Glamour: Like me!
James: [Laughs] Speaking of which, this date is going great!
Glamour: But you do have to have that physical chemistry.
James: That’s so important. Anybody who thinks that sex isn’t one of the most important things in a relationship is insanely wrong. Once you have that requirement, it’s all about personality. It’s easy to find an attractive girl in L.A. It’s not easy to find an attractive girl who you enjoy spending all your time with.
You can read more about Glamour’s date with James by clicking HERE.
Monday’s Dancing with the Stars was chock full of emotional performances for the night’s “Most Memorable Year” theme. While some pulled at the heartstrings (we’re still teary over Danica McKellar’s dedication to her son and late grandmother) and others moved us beyond words (hello, Amy Purdy), Big Time Rush star James Maslow approached his dance in an upbeat, yet inspiring way.
It was pretty surprising to learn the man who Carrie Ann Inaba had just inducted into the Dancing with the Stars Sexy Hall of Fame the week prior had actually endured some pretty serious bullying as a kid. Not only did he struggle with his weight, but he was also picked on for what ended up making him a star—his love of performing.
“I was a kid in musical theater and I was bullied for a few different things, quite honestly,” James told OK! after the show. “It’s something I had a hard time talking about originally. I just didn’t want to do it. I wanted to talk about something more positive. But I realized inadvertently that it is a positive message. It’s not dwelling on the past it’s saying, ‘Hey, I went through this. That sucked, but if you have the mentality to move past it you can almost utilize it to fuel your fire for whatever you want to do. You can do it.’ That’s why I embraced it and I’m glad we were able to share it with the world in our dance.”
Since James and his pro dance partner Peta Murgatroyd were dancing the Jive, she choreographed the upbeat routine to reflect his positive message.
“I wanted to make it a celebration of how far James has come and what he’s gone through,” says Peta. “We’re not trying to rub it into anybody,” says James of the message. “We’re saying, hey, it happened, but because of it and in spite of it I was able to move on. Live every day for the moment. And I still, with this show and everything I’ve been able to do and accomplish so far, I have bigger and better goals.”
205 high quality screen captures along with 9 episodic stills of James & Peta doing the Jive for Week 3 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 Kaci over at Hugh-Dancy.net for the stills.