Performer Zendaya was previously a contestant on the show and she was paired with Chmerkovskiy as well. The Huffington Post
reported that Zendaya had some light-hearted advise for Normani Kordei in working with her pro partner. When talking about Chmerkovskiy, Zendaya said: He’s really grumpy when he doesn’t eat, and he just keeps rehearsing. And that’s not good. So just make sure he eats and takes breaks.