‘Dancing With The Stars’ Finalist Cody Simpson Going ‘Inside The Mind Of A Latin Dancer’

Aussie pop star teases the tango before tonight's (March 24) episode.

Cody Simpson is taking a break from his “Surfboard” to get back in the ballroom.

On Monday night (March 24), Simpson takes center-stage for his second week on “Dancing with the Stars,” where he’s performing alongside partner Witney Carson.

“I have to learn the tango this week and the challenge for me is going to be to get inside the mind of this Latin dancer or ballroom dancer; it’s not me at all,” Simpson recently told MTV News of his routine during week two. “I’m very flat-footed because I surf and I’ve been trying to get on my toes and move my hips.”

Simpson certainly moved his hips during the first week of competition as he impressed fans and the judges, scoring 22 out of 30 points. His score landed him in the middle of the star-packed lineup and should put him in a good position as tonight marks the first elimination of season 18. (The hit ABC show combines scores from the judges and votes from fans, with the lowest-scoring couple going home.)

Simpson’s opponents include Olympic gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis; former child stars from “Full House” and “The Wonder Years,” Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar, respectively; and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes. But after seeing the competition, Simpson told us there’s “no one in particular” he sees as his fiercest rival.

“I would say there are some amazing dancers. Tt was crazy to see after just a couple weeks everyone dancing so great,” he said. “We will see as the competition goes on who ends up being that competitor.”

It could very well be a former tourmate (and MTV News’ #Man Crush Monday) James Maslow of Big Time Rush, who finished just one point behind Simpson in week one.

“It was cool. I saw him for the first time a couple days ago at dress rehearsal, and he’s awesome,” Simpson said. “I haven’t seen him in a couple years because our tour happened when I was pretty young. But it was great; it’s all friendly competition.”

Between “DWTS” rehearsals, Simpson has been working hard on his upcoming third album. The Australian singer just released his latest single, “Surfboard,” and said there’s a very good chance his music and the TV show will collide.

“I don’t know if I’m allowed to do musical performances this season [but] I’m allowed next season,” Simpson said of performing the song on the show. “But hey, I may dance to it. I’ve brought up the idea and they are definitely not mad at it.”

Christina Garibaldi has been an on-camera reporter for MTV News since 2011. When not interviewing or writing about her favorite stars, she keeps herself busy with baby animal videos and boy bands.
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