Entertainment TV Nyle DiMarco's 'Dancing with the Stars' Blog: I Don't Need to Hear the Music to Dance Well The deaf model is blogging exclusively for PEOPLE By Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez Patrick Gomez is the Editor in Chief/General Manager of Entertainment Weekly. Formerly at People magazine and The A.V. Club, the Critics Choice and Television Critics Association member has appeared on 'Today,' 'Extra!,' 'Access Hollywood,' 'E! News,' 'CNN,' and 'Nightline,' and can be seen frequently on 'Good Morning America.' Follow the Texas Native at @PatrickGomezLA wherever your media is social for all things 'For All Mankind' 'Top Chef,' and puppy related. People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 18, 2016 10:40 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Craig Sjodin/ABC America’s Next Top Modelwinner Nyle DiMarco isDancing with the Stars‘ first deaf male contestant, and he is vlogging about his experience on the reality dance competition’s 22nd season exclusively for PEOPLE.com. 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.