Right on the Dancing With the Stars Season 18 premiere, head judge Len Goodman quipped that both he and James Maslow were on the show as “eye candy” for the ladies. (You’ll find Len in the sugar-free aisle.)
But James’s pro partner Peta Murgatroyd wants fans to see him as more than a hunk. James showed a little bit of skin last week in their Week 2 Salsa — and got inducted into Carrie Ann Inaba’s Sexy Hall of Fame — but Peta doesn’t want you to think he’s that kind of guy.
“People were saying James was shirtless during the dance, but he wasn't!” Peta said in her People blog. “People want to see that, absolutely. They're always asking him to take his shirt off, but I really want to leave that for a little bit. We could take the shirt off at some point. Who knows? We may take the pants off. I have no idea what's in store for us. But it won't get too risqué this week, though.”
This week, aka tonight (Monday, March 31) for Week 3’s Most Memorable Year theme, James and Peta have the Jive. “Ours is really just a celebration of how James came into his own and how he developed into such an amazing artist from a young age. He coped with a few issues at school like bullying, and then he rose to stardom.”
Playing off the school/bullying theme, Peta said the Big Time Rush star will portray “a little geek and he shows that he can come into his own, while trying to get the hot girl at school. It's going to be really cute.” (That does sound cute, but how come DWTS couples always have the guy play the nerd going after the hot girl and never the girl as the nerd trying to win over the hot guy?)
Anyway, Peta said it’s going to to be “an energetic, fun, pretty crazy routine” with some serious acrobatic Jive moves. Just don’t expect James to take his shirt (or pants!) off quite yet.
Celebs walk a fine line with the costumes on this show — for every fan who wants to see more shirtless action from the male celebs/pros, there’s a fan who wishes the guys would keep their clothes on. The female celebs and pros are constantly showing skin, so is it only fair that the men and women wear an equal amount of fabric?