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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