'DWTS' Recap: Val Chmerkovskiy & Zendaya Are Clearly Missing Something (VIDEO)

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After watching the first Dancing With the Stars Season 16 performances again tonight, it's pretty obvious that certain cast members have a major leg up on the rest of the competition. Some of them are just naturally better dancers than the rest of the crowd, like Zendaya Coleman, for instance.

Wow. Who knew a 16-year-old Disney star could own a dance floor the way she does? Her contemporary performance with her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, was the top dance of the night for all the right reasons -- not because of favoritism or some other sort of skewed judgement.

But as talented as Zendaya is, she still may not wind up with the mirror ball trophy at the end of the show -- because there's one thing she and Val are definitely missing.

Duh, they're lacking the insane chemistry he had with his All-Star partner (and possible real life love), Kelly Monaco.

OMG. How strange is it to watch Val dance with someone other than Kelly this time around? Something about it just seems so off base and wrong -- to the point where I couldn't help but be disappointed after his contemporary performance with Zendaya. While watching it, I just couldn't seem to get the contemporary dance he shared with Kelly out of my head. (Um, it was like, the hottest thing EVER.)

Ok, I won't lie. I kept waiting for Kelly to pop up out of the audience, run onto the ballroom floor, jump into Val's arms, and skip off into the sunset or something cheesy like that. (Yes, I'm that obsessed with Team Vally. I need help.)

And even though Val seems to be committed to making Zendaya into the best dancer she can be, it's hard not to wonder if he thinks of Kelly every time he takes the floor. (Aww. Let's hope so.)

In case you missed it, you can check out Val and Zendaya's premiere performance in this video clip. They've got the moves, but will we ever get used to seeing them together?

 

Do you think Zendaya and Val have a good shot at winning?

 

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