Zendaya is making her way back into the ballroom. But this time, the Season 16 “Dancing With the Stars” runner-up will grace the judges’ table instead of the dance floor.
During Week 3 of the hit ABC series, it was confirmed that the 19-year-old performer will take a seat next to Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli as Season 22’s first celebrity guest judge. But the return of Val Chmerkovskiy’s former partner wasn’t the only exciting news divulged about Week 4 of the hip-shaking series.
It was also revealed that Zendaya will help judge the most magical week of the “DWTS” competition — “Disney Night.” And who better to be involved during the enchanted installment than the Disney star herself? The “K.C. Undercover” actress will help critique the remaining nine contestants as they channel their inner Disney heroes and villains in their fairytale-themed routines.
Co-host Tom Bergeron dished that this will also be the last time the show’s Season 22 contestants will shake it out with their ballroom partners before the big switch. In Week 5 of “DWTS,” viewers will get to mix and match the couples who survive Week 4’s elimination through votes.
And if audiences have learned anything so far about the celebrity dancers, it’s that UFC champion Paige VanZant thrives when she’s thrown into uncharted territory. The athlete was paired with troupe dancer Alan Bersten in Week 2 after her partner, Mark Ballas, suffered a slipped disc in his back. But Paige didn’t buckle under pressure. Instead, she wowed the judges with her high-energy salsa, tying for the highest score of the night.
Are you excited to see Zendaya return to the ballroom? Sound off in the comments section below. “Dancing With the Stars” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.