I don’t care about super crazy choreography. I don’t care about coming out with some hip-hop. I’m not looking at her strengths and going, “All right, look. She knows how to do hip-hop, so I’m going to request every pop song that I can, then I’m going to choreograph a cha-cha that looks like hip-hop.” I’m not going to do that. I’m going to do a rumba that looks like authentic rumba and get real authentic rumba movements into her body so when she comes out, people aren’t looking at her like, “Pfft. All right, we expected her to do that.” They’re going to look at her and be like, “Who is that?! “ This is a different person doing things we haven’t seen and never thought we’d see her do. I want her to be flawless, really. I really want her to come out and be so ready and so prepared.
—Val Chmerkovskiy x
I want Zendaya to dance really well, for her to put out a great, great number that I can call my parents back with and then they’ll be like, “That was great!” Where her parents can be proud of her, we’re proud of each other, and it’s a number that the fans like. Obviously for me, that means more than a 10 for me, more than any 30 that these judges can give. That kind of feedback from the audience, that’s my biggest priority.