"To have him gone for a week was really weird," says the Dancing with the Stars pro

By Peta Murgatroyd
April 14, 2014 12:55 PM
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Former Dancing with the Stars champion Peta Murgatroyd performed with Charlie White in partner-switch week, but is now back with James Maslow of Big Time Rush after his stint with Cheryl Burke. In her PEOPLE bog, Murgatroyd looks back on the partner shakeup, and ahead to Disney week.

The week I spent with Charlie was so much fun. He’s probably one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. But it feels so good to be back with James. You bond with your partner from week one, and to have him gone for a week was really weird. We’ve just got this chemistry that is like no other.

Cheryl returned him in fine form. She cracked the whip on him, which was really good. She was harsh on him and he learned a lot. I had already taught him a lot before, she just brushed him up on it all. His skills are much better than they were on week one.

For Disney week I can’t say exactly what movie we’re doing or whether I’ll be a princess, but I can say I’m going to be a pretty lady. The costumes are going to be extraordinary.

I’m super excited about this because of James’s physicality. He’s very strong. I have a lot of lifts in the routine. The songs we have are really emotional, really get to the characters and the meaning behind everything. I can’t wait.

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