Val Chmerkovskiy Defends Zendaya As Best Choice to Play Aaliyah
It's been a year since Shake It Up alum Zendaya and Dancing With the Stars pro Val Chmerkovskiy formed the superpower Valdaya and took second on DWTS Season 16. The two had a hipster cool brother/sister relationship that has not slowed down a beat since spring 2013.
• "Haters are always going to hate, but talent and work ethic will always prevail. Stay focused on your craft and give em some more to hate on."
• "There's no one better for the part. Point blank. Period."
• "She's on a different level. Figuratively... and literally."
• "So whoever is writing all this bulls**t save the cyber ink and make yourself useful. somehow. Work hard and deserve yourself the pleasure. ... of watching my girl in a role of a lifetime. no pun intended."
Nice! We hate seeing Z under fire, but at least she knows Val — and her DWTS family — will always have her back. We already know Z is a triple-threat superstar with maturity and wisdom beyond her years (she proved it when weathering DWTS "ringer" criticism at age 16), and she'll celebrate Aaliyah's legacy with respect. Stay positive!