first deaf male contestant, and he is vlogging about his experience on the reality dance competition’s 22nd season exclusively for PEOPLE. Follow DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd on Twitter!
“This week, Peta and I are going to be doing the pasodoble. I’m looking forward to it. It’s a very powerful dance,” DiMarco tells PEOPLE via his translator of working with
this week. “Something special that we’re going to be hiding under our sleeves – we’re going to be doing some of the dance without sound. For three counts of eight, they’ll be no sound.”
DiMarco, 27, notes that it will give hearing members of the audience a chance to better understand how he works.
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“I think a lot of people in the audience, the hearing audience, are very impressed and look up to me about how I’m dancing, but it’s time to invite them into getting an insight into my world,” says the
America’s Next Top Model
winner. “What it’s like to be deaf and how I’ve been dancing without sound.”
DiMarco and Murgatroyd, 29, will be joined on stage by four members of the
troupe – and he admits the silent section posed a special challenge.
“They were dancing on different counts,” DiMarco says of the pros, adding, “We’re making it work with all of us.”
Season 22 of
Dancing with the Stars
airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC; to vote for DiMarco and Murgatroyd, dial 1-800-868-3409.