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Exclusive interview with Val Chmerkovskiy backstage at Z100 Jingle Ball 2013

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Z100's Jingle Ball 2013 aired tonight Dec. 23 on the CW network. The 2 hour concert event, which featured some of the biggest names in music, was presented by Aeropostale. We caught up with "Dancing With The Stars" dancer Val Chmerkovskiy backstage at Madison Square Garden. Check out what he had to say about his holiday plans and upcoming fashion line.

Tell me about your holiday plans?

To celebrate the holidays with my family.

Do you have a favorite holiday shopping tradition?

I’m not a big shopper, I just find out what it is thqt people want and go out and get it for them.

So they give you a request?

I’m a little bit sneakier than that- I ask their friends to find out. I take care of it, basically.

Who are some of your favorite musicians right now?

I really like Lorde; I really like my friend Alex’s sound cloud and whoever he puts on there. But Lorde and Drake. Drake cannot do any wrong by me. He knows the formula, he’s talented and he knows how to make records.

What are you looking forward to in 2014?

I’m excited for a bunch of projects I’m involved in.

Anything you could share?

I have a clothing line that I started, Valentine. It’s a “street-couture” brand. I’m very excited. We’re meeting with buyers and we’re designing the fall collection. We already have a spring collection ready. I’m excited to enter that world and be a little more respectful of it than Kanye has. There’s certain tradition and there’s a stature to it. There’s an elegance about it and so I’m very interested in the creativity of it and the culture of it. So I want to travel, go to Japan and get inspired by their fashion because that’s more along the lines of what I’m going by and just work on that.

Are you wearing your collection today?

I’m not, but I have been wearing that for a long time. I’m wearing these Christian Louboutin shoes.

We also spoke with NFL star Prince Amukamara backstage!

Tell me what your holiday plans are.

Just to eat a lot and go to church for Christmas.

Are you going to visit family?

I’m currently working right now- we have our season going and so I don’t plan on doing that until after the season.

What do you like to do for holiday shopping?

I’ve been a huge fan of Amazon, lately. I like going on Amazon, I like receiving mail, so that’s what I do the most.

Tell me about your personal style?

I’m from the West coast, I’m from Arizona, so ever since I’ve moved here, maybe I’ve been geared towards more hippie and very formal. I like being black shoes and black ties and then I like being in camo pants, boots and a jean jacket.



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