‘DWTS’: Zendaya Captures First Perfect 30 of Season, Says Show’s ‘So Stressful’

by | May 7, 2013 at 2:15 PM | Dancing With The Stars, Interviews

"DWTS": Zendaya Coleman (center), Val Chmerkovskiy (left) and Gleb Savchenko (right) (Photo: ABC)

Teen star Zendaya Coleman is a perfect ten—times three!

The 16-year-old “Shake It Up” actress captured the first flawless score of “Dancing with the Stars” Season 16 by getting a 30 out of 30 for her trio dance with partner Val Chmerkovskiy and visiting pro Gleb Savchenko.

All three “DWTS” judges decided the performance was the best of the season so far.

Zendaya’s salsa truly sizzled, and after the show, she modestly told xfinityTV about achieving ballroom perfection: “It is awesome. I’m really proud of our team. I think we really came together and I was really lucky to have Gleb with us as well, and it was a good week.”

In the high-energy threesomes dance, in which Zendaya was steered around by the two Russian pro dancers, the Disney star wound up sitting on a throne like a fairytale princess at the end. Recalling the feeling of the dance backstage, she said, “I wouldn’t say it was easy at all, but I think I just had fun. This was one of those dances that I just tried not to think so much about anything else that was going on and just think about enjoying it rather than the steps.”

Watch the “DWTS” Threesomes Perfect Performance!

Zendaya added, “Val’s a great choreographer and he really wants me to shine so he allowed that for me. He’s got my back.”

But despite her dance skills, the poised young actress admitted she has had doubts all season: “I just surprise myself every week because every week you go into it, ‘What the heck am I doing? It’s so stressful. Why am I still doing this?’ But you work hard and it pays off. When Val’s proud, I feel proud of myself.”

Meanwhile, her happy-but-cautious partner Val said, “The perfect score is great but we got two more weeks, hopefully, of those perfect scores. The job is not done. When I saw her talent, I didn’t say, ‘Hey, let’s get 30s Week 8.’ I’m like, ‘Let’s win this thing.’ I want to earn it; I want to win it; I want to deserve it. I’m not afraid to say that. I feel like if you deserve something, you should be given the opportunity to celebrate your hard work, and I’m not going to celebrate it at the end of each battle like this. It all comes down to the final dance.”

Another celebrity is sent packing on the “DWTS” results show, airing Tuesday at 9/8c on ABC.