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Dancing with the Stars 2013: Does Zendaya Have an Unfair Advantage?

March 19, 2013 03:00 PM by Shayla Perry

The day after the Season 16 premiere of ABC‘s Dancing with the Stars, everyone is buzzing about the show’s youngest competitor, sixteen-year-old Zendaya of Disney’s Shake It Up. The teen proved that she’s got what it takes, outshining her co-stars with a stunning contemporary dance, but does she have an unfair advantage to win?

There’s one every season — the competitor with a dance background. This time, it just happens to be the youngest one in the ballroom, Disney star Zendaya.

On  Shake It Up, Zendaya plays a girl who performs on a dance show. And though the moves she busts on Disney aren’t necessarily considered “ballroom dancing,” they definitely require skills…lots and lots of skills.

Sixteen-year-old Zendaya sashayed her way onto the ballroom floor and into the hearts of America (and the judges) during last night’s Dancing with the Stars premiere, where she performed a contemporary dance with partner Val Chmerkovsky.

The duo earned the highest score of the night — a whopping 24 points out of 30 — and lots of praise from the judges.

“Amazing!” exclaimed Carria Ann Inaba. “You are a fantastic dancer with a maturity that is unexpected out of a 16-year-old.”

But again, audiences are left to wonder: Will Zendaya’s dance background help or hurt her in the competition? And do we really want to see people who already know their way around the dance floor, or are we more entertained when, let’s say comedian D.L. Hughley turns things around and ends up doing well? (Hey, it’s possible!)

What do you think RTVM: Does Zendaya have an unfair advantage in the competition, or will her dance background ultimately work against her? Sound off in the Comments section below.

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5 Responses to “Dancing with the Stars 2013: Does Zendaya Have an Unfair Advantage?”

  1. Shirley Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 9:50 am

    Yes, it is unfair. DWTS should categorize by age group.

  2. Marie Says:
    March 28th, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Completely unfair. Why should someone who is being PAID TO BE A DANCER be a “star”? I don’t see the logic in that at all.

  3. Bianca Says:
    May 9th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Absolutely unfair.
    It’s much more fun to see people who have little dance experience grow and shine on the show.
    That said, Zendaya is a star, and the whole world is going to know it.
    That’s probably sadly the point here.
    PR for the budding starlet.
    She’s got charisma to burn, however.

  4. Hank Says:
    May 15th, 2013 at 12:23 am

    Well she very hot… No unfair advantage they all practice.

  5. L Says:
    June 3rd, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    There have been so many other dancers on the show. Nicole Sherzinger was on a few years back and she’s had tons of formal dance training. It is a little unfair, but she’s a professional actress- not dancer, so I think it’s fine. It’s better to have some real competition anyways.


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