And when the Ukrainian dancer was questioned about kissing Parrish on the lips, he replied, “Her face is just so small and her lips are so big that anywhere I’m going to kiss is going to land on her lips.” When asked if he was jealous of this week’s switch up, in which Parrish danced with pro Artem Chigvintsev, Chmerkovskiy had an interesting response.PHOTOS: DWTS' season 19 cast “Right now Ukrainians and Russians are not really getting along anyway,” the dancer noted.
“Janelle is one of those kids who grew up having a natural flair for performance,” says Val.
“She did singing and acting, but musical theater was the thing she really loved to do. She knows how to move and has some stage presence and she kept up with it, so she has been introduced to dancing before, but has never worked on ballroom dancing in her life.”Still, Chmerkovskiy is aware that with their resumes, people expect them to go far in the competition.
You have to translate that chemistry on the dance floor and make their personalities shine," says Chmerkovskiy, before noting something that avid fans know to be true: "The best dancers rarely win the show." When pushed, Chmerkovskiy demurs. I try to do my very best and hopefully that comes through, first to my partner, second of all with my employer, and third of all with the fans.
Who they vote for is not something I can control.”“Last year, Meryl [Davis] was clearly the best dancer on the show, and we saw the best dancer win," said Chmerkovskiy.
To prepare them for the battle, each star is paired with a pro — and after 19 seasons, some of the pros have become bigger stars than the so-called stars with whom they are partnered.