Mya Talks with Movieline About Dancing with the Stars, Excruciating Pain, and Her Childhood Hatred of Performing
Singer Mya's Billboard-charting history in R&B, pop, and hip-hop now seems like required briefing ahead of her newest venture: dazzling the over-animated judges on Dancing with the Stars. As the highest-scoring competitor of DWTS's ninth season, Mya seems poised to win it all with her seemingly shirt-allergic partner Dmitry Chaplin. Her success against contestants like Kelly Osbourne and Donny Osmond may not be a surprise considering her past in choreographed music videos ("Case of the Ex," "My Love is Like Wo," and the Grammy-winning remake with Christina Aguilera, Lil Kim, and Pink, "Lady Marmalde" spring to mind), but she is nonetheless thrilling to watch. Mya talked with Movieline to recount the near-perfect scores she garnered on this week's samba and quickstep, the impact of Savion Glover and Gregory Hines on her life, and her most intimidating "Lady Marmalade" co-writher.
At this point on Dancing with the Stars, your scores are incredible. Does the competition get easier?
Well, your body is a lot more conditioned at this point, however the workload is doubled, and it does take a toll on your body. You experience excruciating pain, mentally and physically.
Yikes. What doesn't ache?
I've gotten double the massages for a week now just because it's so necessary after the rehearsals. You can easily pull things in a cold venue if you don't have time to stretch, and you definitely feel the results. And the consequences from rehearsing so much in these heels! it's very painful on the feet for all of us.