I just don't know who else the show would have paired her with.
Well, Maks is several inches taller than his brother, and he is usually paired with a tall athlete, or an actress/model type with some height (remember, Kirstie was a model when she was younger). I see that as a bit of a handicap, because he ends up with the gangly woman who isn't as bendy and graceful. Mel B was used to performing. She was an exception.
However, I don't think Maks would have worked well with Zendaya because of the age difference, which would be a couple years greater than the val/Zendaya age difference. Plus, Val has a more gentle quality than his hot headed brother and doesn't lose it and yell at his partner the ways Maks tends to. He is much more patient. He really came out from his brother's shadow this season.
What does a deserving black female (MelB, Brandy) or a half-black female (Mya, Zendaya) have to do to win this darn thing?!
Don't forget Laila, too.
You know, there were rumblings about this after Mel B, Laila and Mya got to the Finals, but didn't win their seasons. I remember people speculating that this is why TPTB went out and got a ringer (Nicole Scherzinger) with extensive performance and dance experience, paired her with a male pro with a built in fan base (Derek), and threw them up against what they thought was relatively weak competition. I don't think they bargained that Erin would bring in that many votes with her frat boy fanbase, and that Evan would actually be THAT good of a dancer. Sure, he's an Olympian, and they tend to bring votes, but he was their only real concern, I'll bet. That was also the first season that the judges got to vote on a third "insta-dance" on the final reveal night. They knew beforehand how far ahead Evan was in the fan vote, for example, and could judge to make sure that Nicole won. I'm not saying that she didn't deserve to, but IMO, she was the most choreographed winner, ever. They knew that if she finished second, that the simmering controversy would come to the forefront.
If I remember correctly, the judges scores were NOT "30-30-30" like they were this time (as well as recent seasons, too), which rendered the final "instant" dance scores on Wednesday night, meaningless.
I don't think she really grew during DWTS either. I think she's the same height she was when the show started
It's possible. Females tend to have their growth sputs between ages 14-16 and then STOP, while males grow a few years later, and keep growing into their 20's, sometimes. Zendaya's mother is over six feet tall, according to family interviews. She could have had a growth spurt. My son grew 4.5 inches during his summer break one year, which was 12 weeks long.
Maybe the shoe thing was more noticible because she was wearing brightly colored tennis shoe type things on her feet. During Katherine's season, she wore flats quite a bit, but they were more dress shoe types of flats.
Heh, Mark, there are only so many 4'11" gymnasts around who can look up at you!
Edited by ChicksDigScars, May 24, 2013 @ 2:28 PM.