04:35 PM EDT 08/18/2015
Originally posted 08/14/2015 06:25PM
Dancing With the Stars champs Val Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd dazzled the Disney Legends Awards crowd with a waltz to Sleeping Beauty's "Once Upon a Dream" at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, on Friday, but Chmerkovskiy told PEOPLE he is clear-eyed about the effusive praise heaped upon him days ago by his winning partner Rumer Willis.
"This is a person I don't expect anything less from," he says. "That's the first thing I noticed about her, was the amount of gratitude she exudes towards the people that care about her and the opportunities that she gets."
Chmerkovskiy adds, "She's an incredible person, very humble and very talented and that's one of the reasons why we worked out so well is because I was very much inspired by her and her spirit and her energy, and I gave her my all. She obviously reciprocated that."
Rumer Willis' Emotional Message to DWTS Partner Val Chmerkovskiy: 'Thank You For Believing in Me When I Didn't Believe in Myself'
Originally posted 08/12/2015 09:00AM
They were a match made in Dancing with the Stars heaven.
Rumer Willis took to Instagram on Wednesday to post a lengthy and emotional thank-you message to her former DWTS partner, Val Chmerkovskiy.
"As my journey as your partner comes to an end and your next season with a whole new partner and new experience begins, there are a few things I thought about today," she wrote as the caption to the adorable collage of photos of the two together, from selfies to on-stage embraces. "I honestly don't know if I have words to describe what this past season or this tour, but most importantly our partnership has meant to me. I know I have tried on many occasion while on tour to describe to the audience what I felt but I have always fallen short to put in words how I feel."
Originally posted 06/08/2015 03:45PM
A Family Affair!!! Filled with love pride and awe for @TheRue & @iamValC #TeamValenRue pic.twitter.com/Tex5Xl28tO— Demi Moore (@justdemi) May 20, 2015 Rumer Willis came home with much more than the Dancing with the Stars crown last month, says her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy.
Originally posted 06/04/2015 09:40AM
Rumer Willis has some new ink, and it's all thanks to her victorious Dancing with the Stars run!
The starlet, 26, shared a shot of her new tattoo – a sketch of one of her performances on the ABC reality competition – Tuesday on Instagram.
"I got it because I really wanted to just have a reminder of the journey I went through. I don't think I've ever put so much – physically, mentally, emotionally – into anything, or wanted something so badly," Willis told PEOPLE Wednesday at the StarShop launch in New York City.
Originally posted 06/02/2015 05:45PM
Val Chmerkovskiy may have recently scored the coveted mirror ball trophy, along with his partner Rumer Willis, as this season's Dancing with the Stars champs, but according to the professional dancer, that experience pales in comparison with the spin he got to take on Tuesday with another champion.
Rumer Willis Posts Funny Video of Val Chmerkovskiy Amid Denials She's Dating Tye Blue: 'I'm Not His Type'
Originally posted 05/27/2015 10:40AM
There's nothing like a turn on Dancing with the Stars to kick the rumors of your love life into overdrive, as Rumer Willis has discovered.
However, she's taking it in stride. Following their Mirrorball Trophy win, Willis is still friendly with her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, and late on Tuesday, she posted a cute Dubsmash of Chmerkovskiy's "audition" for the next Despicable Me movie.
Earlier that day, Chmerkovskiy and Willis were snapped enjoying a friendly lunch date in Beverly Hills.
Originally posted 05/20/2015 04:00PM
"You have my keys?" Val Chmerkovskiy asks his dancer partner, Rumer Willis. "Because we can't perform without keys."
These statements weren't actually uttered backstage at Dancing with the Stars, but it really, really looks like they were in this hilarious new video, "Not Good Lip Reading – Dancing with the Stars," posted on the DWTS YouTube channel.
The premise is simple. The results? Magnificent.
Originally posted 05/20/2015 01:25AM
After 10 weeks, 13 episodes and a two-hour finale highlighting them all, Dancing with the Stars season 20 is officially in the books, dance fans. And as usual, it was a season filled with countless incredible dances and a handful of painful ones, stars that made us roll our eyes and stars that made us cry, rewarding victories and astonishing exits, medical miracles and plenty of gratuitous Chmerkovskiy chest.
Before we get to the final fusion dances and the last, agonizing three minutes, let's take a look at that jam-packed first hour.
Originally posted 05/20/2015 12:55AM
Spoilers from Dancing with the Stars' 20th season finale follow.
Originally posted 05/19/2015 04:45PM
After a "flawless" night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars performance finale, Rumer Willis and partner Val Chmerkovskiy are just hours away from learning whether they'll take home season 20's Mirrorball Trophy – and, based the flood of A-list love the pair are receiving on social media, they're certainly in a strong position.
Celebrities have been Tweeting up a storm for Willis, 26, and Chmerkovskiy, 29. Among those they're fielding warm wishes from: Willis' mother Demi Moore, Moore's ex Ashton Kutcher, Willis' gal pals Miley Cyrus, Zendaya and Courtney Love, to name a few.
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