Heather Morris has a major advantage heading into Dancing With the Stars, but she and her partner are ready to be judged differently.
Morris has years of performance training from Glee on top of being a former backup dancer for Beyoncé. It's safe to say that her past experience should give her a big advantage over other stars that may not have any dance experience at all. Morris and her pro dancing partner Maks Chmerkovskiy aren't too worried about this perception, though.
"I hope so," Chmerkovskiy told E! News recently. "I'm excited. No, why not? Listen, I'll take it."
"Take it for what it's worth," Morris added.
You definitely won't see Chmerkovskiy complaining, considering how intensive Dancing With the Stars can be from week to week.
"I'll take whatever I can get," he said. "It's a hard show. It's a difficult production. It's going to be non-stop, full-on."
Chmerkovskiy also admitted that he's prepared for their dances to be judged a little differently than others who don't have that experience.
"To say that we just have this massive advantage, I think so, but I don't think we're the only ones that could pull off beautiful, beautiful numbers," Chmerkovskiy revealed. "I'm ready for us to be scrutinized a little different and judged a little different and rightfully so, we'll do our best."
One aspect Morris is a bit nervous about is the live performance of it all. "I'm just not totally used to it," she said, of live performing. "I've done a couple here and there but it's gonna be exciting to have all those millions of people at home watching."
Other young stars with some advantages of their own include Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei. Kordei has similar performing experience as Morris, while Biles may follow in the footsteps of her Olympic teammate Laurie Hernandez, who won season 23 in the fall. Numerous Olympic athletes have won Dancing With the Stars in the past, including Apollo Anton Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson and Meryl Davis.
Dancing With the Stars season 24 premieres Monday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.