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Nyle DiMarco's Dancing with the Stars Blog: I Don't Need to Hear the Music to Dance Well

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America’s Next Top Model winner Nyle DiMarco is Dancing with the Stars‘ first deaf male contestant, and he is vlogging about his experience on the reality dance competition’s 22nd season exclusively for Follow DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd on Twitter!

“We’ve been rehearsing quite a lot,” DiMarco says via his interpreter in his first DWTS Vlog for PEOPLE. “It’s been amazing and full of [surprises].”

“I’m surprising myself that I actually can dance. Peta, my partner, was also surprised that I can dance.

“Rehearsal this week has been good, but one time we actually tried to make the music as loud as possible to let me hear the music and I felt the vibrations but when we started dancing, it felt off.

“I realized something new about myself. Even though I’m a deaf, I think that I should always stay that way [when I don’t hear the music,] I dance well!”

Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars premieres Monday, March 21 (at 8 p.m. ET) on ABC.