03:59 AM EDT 08/25/2014
Originally posted 03/26/2013 09:30AM
Is it easier to do well on Dancing with the Stars if you're a teenager with boundless energy?
Not necessarily, says Zendaya, the 16-year-old Disney star who has dazzled so far this season – but who also ruffled some feathers Monday by saying age is "just a number."
"Using age is almost an excuse," Zendaya told PEOPLE after another brilliant performance. "Age doesn't mean anything. Age doesn't mean I can't work as hard. Age doesn't mean I can't do as well as everyone else. It's just a factor. It's just there."
Zendaya was mostly talking about herself, trying to explain why she's doing so well at such a young age. But some of her older competitors had to laugh at the suggestion that age doesn't mean anything.
Originally posted 03/25/2013 10:30PM
It's only the second week of competition but Monday's episode of Dancing with the Stars was tense and emotional. That's because season 16's 12 celebrities are just a day away from the first elimination.
But Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, the last couple to perform Monday, pulled out all the stops for their contemporary jazz routine, which earned 26 points.
"You are a dancer!" judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. "That was friggin' amazing!"
"Last week was a spark," Len Goodman added. "This week was a fire."
Originally posted 03/19/2013 04:30PM
She's just 16. But Disney star Zendaya displayed confidence and grace well beyond her years at Monday's premiere of Dancing with the Stars, leaving her fellow dancers struggling to find enough superlatives to describe her high-scoring performance.
"I mean, oh my gosh," Dorothy Hamill told PEOPLE. "Doesn't matter if she's 16 or 12 or 100. It was just beautiful."
Added Karina Smirnoff, standing with her Super Bowl champ partner Jacoby Jones: "We probably won't be able to do what she did today after 10 weeks! Because that takes years of practice and training."
Originally posted 03/18/2013 10:45PM
Will the youngest competitor ever on Dancing with the Stars end up being the best?
The show returned for season 16 Monday night, and there were some thrilling surprises, relieved celebrations and disappointing scores handed out during the two-hour premiere.
Keep reading for a full report. Spoilers ahead!
Originally posted 03/18/2013 08:00PM
Dancing with the Stars is back!
As season 16 kicked off Monday night with a live premiere, we brought you the best from the ballroom ... and beyond.
Be sure to follow @peoplemag for the latest during an entire season of ballroom competition, what 12 stars and their pro partners are up to between shows and on elimination night.
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