Don’t know the name James Maslow?
Grab some back issues of Seventeen magazine or head over to TeenVogue.com. The singer/actor played James Diamond on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush TV show from 2009-2013 and is part of the boy band with the same name.
Maslow’s hoping now to waltz —- or maybe salsa and rumba — his way into a career that involves music, film and television on a bigger scale. The Nickelodeon show is over and the BTR guys just finished a big tour. In fact, the day Maslow, 23, came home to Los Angeles from the tour was his first day working on season 18 of Dancing With the Stars.
And this week, during Monday’s Disney Night episode, Maslow and partner Peta Murgatroyd, 27, earned the first perfect scores of the season — a 10 from each of the four judges.
The scores mean Maslow beat out ice dancing Olympians Meryl Davis and Charlie White. That’s no small feat.
“We were nervous going into that one, to be honest,” says Maslow, speaking to USA TODAY right after an early morning workout at the gym.
It wasn’t that he was worried about the contemporary style. He’s “much more comfortable” with that type of dance than with the ballroom ones, he says, but a move he did had never been attempted by a celeb competitor on the show.
“The last lift where I pick her up with one hand hadn’t been done before,” he says.”We pulled it off,” he says, with a proud sigh of relief.
Much has been made on the show of Maslow’s muscles. The buzz started during week two when he danced with his shirt open, prompting judge Carrie Ann Inaba to deem him a member of the Dancing Sexy Hall of Fame.
“I don’t plan on utilizing it as a cheap way to win,” he says. “I have to point out in my defense, when I got a perfect score I was wearing a frickin’ Henley and PJ bottoms.”
But he does work hard to stay in shape.
“I’m 6’1” — I lift weights so I don’t look scrawny. I get my cardio in as well, but I can’t stand the treadmill, so it’s through basketball or running on the beach,” he says.