Hometown: Fort Lee, N.J.
The Siberian transplant moved to the U.S. seven years ago and is now a ballroom instructor. No wonder hip-hop is his biggest challenge. "It's a completely different attitude and it requires a lot of actor skills," he says. While Kovalev is looking forward to "sleep in" the day after the show ends, he eventually wants to "do something which is helpful to society, like teach kids how to dance."