Val Chmerkovskiy was interviewed by the Buffalo News before the premiere of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. He talks on the dynamics of the show (on tv), his partners, the reality of the rehearsal packages, off camera friendships, and more. But, interesting note in the interview….Val mentions how he will also be playing the violin in a trio performance with Mark Ballas and another guitarist on the tour. Oh, this is too cool. More below and at the link.
On whether any of his partners on the show ever disappointed him.
“Every partner has challenged me a bit. … For me dancing is about men and women coming together.”
On whether or not there are off-camera friendships between the show’s professional dancers and its judges.
“I feel there’s a certain natural distance that must be kept away from them.” He exempted from that Julianne Hough, a judge last season but before that a “peer” as one of the show’s professional dancers.
On whether his lifelong violin-playing will be part of “Dancing with the Stars Live.” (He and professional dancer Ballas have a trio with Ballas on guitar and another guitarist.)
It will. “I will never turn down a challenge.”