Peta Murgatroyd

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Peta Murgatroyd
Peta Murgatroyd 2013.jpg
Born Peta Jane Murgatroyd
(1986-07-14) 14 July 1986 (age 28)
Auckland, New Zealand
Occupation Professional dancer/choreographer
Years active 2009–present
Website
http://www.petamurgatroyd.com

Peta Jane Murgatroyd (born 14 July 1986)[1] is an New Zealand/Australian professional dancer. She is best known for her appearances on the American edition of Dancing with the Stars.

Early life[edit]

Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but moved to Australia at age 18 months; as a result, she considers herself more of an Aussie. She was raised in Perth, Western Australia, and started studying classical ballet at age 4. According to ABC, she trained for 12 years under former principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet, Madame Lubov Nikonorenko.

Career[edit]

Within three months of beginning ballroom training, Murgatroyd became the Australian State Champion and placed second in the Great World City Championships. Success at other competitions followed quickly; she was a semi-finalist in the Lion City Championships in Singapore and was a finalist in the Australian Open Championships. She placed 3rd in the world at the British Youth Latin Championships in Blackpool 2006.

Burn the Floor[edit]

Murgatroyd joined the cast of Burn the Floor in 2004, touring with them around the world for six years. When Burn the Floor landed on Broadway in August 2009, Murgatroyd was the lead female dancer.[2]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

Murgatroyd joined the cast of Dancing with the Stars in 2011 as one of the troupe members in the 12th season. She became a regular member of the professional cast as of the 13th season, won Season 14, and was a part of the 15th season, the all-star version of the show.

Season Partner Place
13 Metta World Peace 12th
14 Donald Driver 1st
15 Gilles Marini 6th
16 Sean Lowe 6th
17 Brant Daugherty 7th
18 James Maslow 4th
19 TBA TBA

Dancing with the Stars (Season 13)[edit]

In season 13, she competed on the show as a professional with basketball player Metta World Peace. They were the first couple eliminated off the show.[3]

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Krazy" 5 4 5 Eliminated

Dancing with the Stars (Season 14)[edit]

In 2012, Murgatroyd was again featured as a professional dancer competing on season 14 as the partner of football player Donald Driver. On 22 May, it was announced that the couple was the winner of the competition. She is the second professional to win after finishing last the prior season, after Kym Johnson.

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Dedication to My Ex (Miss That)" 7 7 7 No elimination
2 Quickstep / "Stay the Night" 8 8 8 Safe
3 Rumba / "One Sweet Day" 9 8 9 Safe
4 Paso Doble / "Purple Haze" 9 9 9 Safe
5 Argentine Tango / "Sin Rumbo" 10 8 9 Safe
6 Foxtrot / "The Way You Do the Things You Do"
Motown Marathon / "Nowhere to Run"
9
Awarded
9
7
9
Points
Safe
7 Viennese Waltz / "La Donna è Mobile" /
Team Paso Doble – "O Fortuna"
9
9
9
8
9
9
Safe
8 Tango / "Higher Ground"
Jive / "Rip It Up[disambiguation needed]"
9
10
9
9
9
9
Safe
9 Waltz / "Kissing You"
Samba / "Mr. Big Stuff"
9
10
9
9
10
10
Last to be Called Safe
10 Argentine Tango / "They"
Freestyle / "I Play Chicken with the Train"
Cha-Cha-Cha / "Beggin'"
10
10
10
9
10
10
10
10
10
Winner

Dancing with the Stars (Season 15)[edit]

For season 15, Peta is partnered with actor & season 8 runner up Gilles Marini. They ended up in sixth place.

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Call Me Irresponsible" 8 8 8 Safe
2 Jive / "Don't Stop Me Now" 8.5 8.5 8.5 Safe
3 Tango / "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)" 8.5 8.5 8.5 Safe
4 Bollywood / "Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)" 10 9.5/10 10 Safe
5 Rumba / "I Will Always Love You"
Team Freestyle / "Gangnam Style"
10
9
9.5
9
10
9
No elimination
6 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"
Group Country Western / "Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)" & "I Play Chicken With A Train"
9
No
9
Score
9.5
Given
Safe
7 Argentine Tango & Samba Fusion / "When I Get You Alone"—Robin Thicke
Swing Marathon "Do Your Thing"—Basement Jaxx
9.5
Awarded
9.5
5
9.5
Points
No Elimination
8 Quickstep / "Danger Zone"—Kenny Loggins
Salsa / "Rebelión"—Joe Arroyo
9.5
9.5
10.0
10.0
10.0
9.5
Eliminated

Dancing with the Stars (Season 16)[edit]

In 2013, Murgatroyd was again featured as a professional dancer competing on season 16 as the partner of The Bachelor star Sean Lowe. They landed in sixth place.

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "The Power of Love" 7 6 6 No Elimination
2 Jive / "(Let's Get Movin') Into Action" 7 6 7 Safe
3 Prom Group Dance / "The Rockafeller Skank"
Cha-cha-cha / "YMCA"
No
7
Scores
7
Given
7
Safe
4 Viennese Waltz / "I Won't Give Up" 6 7 7 Safe
5 Quickstep / "Go Get It" 8 8 8 Safe
6 Samba / "I Wish[disambiguation needed]"
Team Samba / Superstition
7
8
7
9
7
8
Bottom Two
7 Rumba / "Hero"
Rumba Dance Off / "Apologize"
8
Lost
8
This
8
Event
Safe
8 Tango / "Hot n Cold"
Jazz (Trio Challenge) / "Magic"
7
7
7
7
7
7
Eliminated

Dancing with the Stars (Season 17)[edit]

For season 17, she was paired with Pretty Little Liars actor Brant Daugherty. They were the sixth couple eliminated on November 4, 2013.

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Tonioli
1 Cha-Cha-Cha / "Blurred Lines" 7 8 7 No Elimination
2 Rumba / "Underneath Your Clothes" 8 7 8 Safe
3 Quickstep / "Crazy in Love" 9 9 9 Safe
4 Salsa / "Shake Señora" 7 7 7 Last to be called safe
5 Contemporary / "Your Song" 9 9 9 Safe
6 Tango / "The Night Out"
Switch-Up Challenge / Various
9
Awarded
10
3
9
Points
No Elimination
7 Jive / "Tutti Frutti"
Freestyle Team 1 / "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)"
9
10
9
10
9
10
Safe
8 Foxtrot / "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)"
Dance Off / "I Found Someone"
9
Lost
9
The
9
Event
Eliminated

Dancing with the Stars (Season 18)[edit]

In 2014 Murgatroyd was again featured as a professional dancer competing on season 18 as the partner of Big Time Rush member James Maslow. They made it to the finale but ended in fourth place.

Week # Dance/song Judges' score Result
Inaba Goodman Guest1 Tonioli
1 Foxtrot / "Story of My Life" 7 7 7 No Elimination
2 Salsa / "Follow the Leader" 9 8 8 Safe
3 Jive / "The Middle" 9 9 9 9 Safe
42 Tango / "Dark Horse" 9 8 9 9 No Elimination
5 Contemporary / "Let It Go" 10 10 10 10 Safe
6 Quickstep / "You're the One That I Want" 9 8 9 9 Safe
7 Samba / "Gasolina"
Team Freestyle / "The Cup of Life"
9
8
8
8
9
10
9
9
Last to be called safe
8 Viennese Waltz / "6'2"
Celebrity Dance Duel (Jive) / "Ain't Nothing Wrong with That"
8
9
9
10
10
10
9
10
Last to be called safe
9
Semifinals
Cha-cha-cha / "Love Never Felt So Good"
Rumba / "Islands in the Stream"
10
9
10
9
10
9
10
9
Safe
10
Finals
Tango / "Adore You"
Freestyle / "Original Don"
9
10
10
9
10
10
Eliminated

1The Guest judges were Robin Roberts (Week 3), Julianne Hough (Week 4), Donny Osmond (Week 5), Redfoo (Week 6), Ricky Martin (Week 7), Abby Lee Miller (Week 8) and Kenny Ortega (Week 9).

2For this week only, as part of the "Partner Switch-Up" week, Maslow performed with Cheryl Burke instead of Murgatroyd; Murgatroyd danced a rumba with Olympic ice dancing champion Charlie White, scoring a 33 (7, 8, 9, 9).

Personal life[edit]

Murgatroyd dated Australian professional ballroom dancer and former DWTS cast member Damian Whitewood for five years. Their romance began while she was a member of the cast on Burn the Floor on Broadway. They eventually lived together in Los Angeles before breaking up in 2012.[2]

In 2012, Murgatroyd revealed that she and fellow DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy were dating.[4] The couple split after nearly 10 months of dating.[5]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
Dancing with the Stars (US) winner
Season 14 (Spring 2012 with Donald Driver)
Succeeded by
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani
Preceded by
Bill Engvall & Emma Slater
Dancing with the Stars (US) semifinalist
Season 18 (Spring 2014 with James Maslow)
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
Mike Catherwood & Lacey Schwimmer
Dancing with the Stars (US) last place
Season 13 (Fall 2011 with Ron Artest)
Succeeded by
Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani

References[edit]