To be a Disney performer, well, let's just say that you've GOT to have a wee tad bit more going on in the performance/dance department than simply being able to throw down in some corner club in Everywhere, USA, or at somebody's wedding or house party in Everywhere, USA.
Not sure at (most) times about the DWTS PTB, but the DISNEY PTB are DEFINITELY not fools. YEAH they knew what was up, with Z, all along. And, to me, this seems like stunt casting on the parts of the DWTS PTB for two major reasons:
1. 16th season. Why NOT cast a 16-year-old that has a better-than-good chance of taking it all the way?
2. And why NOT pair that little lady with one of the show's certified hot sex bombs that has females drooling from one end of the globe to the other? THAT particular pairing would be SURE to generate advance buzz and controversy before anybody even took to the floor for the first time.
Well, it DID.
But they ALSO knew the sex bomb would comport himself professionally, so they'd get people reeled in for the sheer car wreck factor of seeing the "Ewww!" casting played out, and eventually these same people (moi, included!) would be hanging around checking them out each week for the pure pleasure of seeing the skill of those two on the floor.
AND the nail-biting possiblility of perhaps seeing them WIN THE WHOLE SHOOTING MATCH.
Has Val made me forget Maks?
Hell, no, not in THIS lifetime or any other.
BUT, even though his hotness hasn't diminished not one whit for me, I'm also clearly seeing exactly what Val's made of, this season, as regards dancing and choreography skills. To me, he's just as good, if not better, than some of the pros I've cheered for for YEARS on this show.
What an eye-opener!