I’ve added 8 high quality digital scans of James gracing the cover of Vanichi Magazine‘s Elevation Issue into the gallery. Be sure to head over and check them out!
- Vanichi Magazine – Spring/Summer 2014
Taking Hannah to Disneyland
My favorite part of the week was taking what Disney is all about — making dreams come true — and implementing that into my own life with one of my biggest fans in the world: Hannah. I took it upon myself to invite her family out to spend some time together since I couldn’t make it to her prom. I was just blown away—not only by her — but by the support she has from her family, friends, and community.
The best part was when we created our own prom moment on the dance floor of Dancing With the Stars. She put on her prom dress and I put on a suit and we came out to one of her favorite songs, “Amazing” from Big Time Rush, which I wrote for the band. We just started dancing and she was so composed and happy, and then I started singing the chorus and she just broke down and was giggling and laughing and let loose. It was nice seeing that moment — seeing the true Hannah that wasn’t trying to impress me or be cool in front of me was amazing.
Getting the First Perfect Score
I think Hannah’s my good luck charm! That was the first time I got 40, so I might need to fly her back out if I don’t keep my scores up. Getting the first perfect score of the season was pretty surreal. It’s not something I expected, but I was very happy with the performance and to look up and see all tens was amazing.
Peta and I really stepped it up with this dance, and we were aggressive in some of the lifts and the physical things we wanted to accomplish. Honestly, we never had the dance run 100 percent correctly before that performance, so we were very nervous going into it. I was thinking we were either going to get everything and pull the lifts off and it would be a really high score, or we were going to slip and she was going to fall and it was going to be a low score.’
I’m glad I’m with Peta throughout this competition, we have a great camaraderie and we work well together. This piece was the first time I was really able to contribute with ideas and movements because it wasn’t really a ballroom dance and it felt more natural, more comfortable for my body.
The most challenging part of that routine was that last lift. We had originally started with something that was far simpler and easier. It still looked good, but we wanted to challenge ourselves. Nobody has ever done that lift except for pro dancer Tony Dovolani, but in all 18 seasons no celebrity has ever done it. He came in and showed us that lift and said ‘hey, go ahead, use it, try it. Nobody’s ever done it because it’s so hard.’ We took that as a challenge and said ‘let’s go for it, go big or go home.’ We were able to make it look easy when we got it, but trust me, we don’t get that every single time.
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“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.
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:
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.
237 high quality screen captures along with 7 HQ episodic stills of James & Cheryl doing the Tango for Week 4 of Dancing With The Stars have been added to the gallery. Be sure to head over and check them out! Thanks to Deanna at Big Time Rush Online for the stills.
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!