JAMES MASLOW, PETA MURGATROYDOn Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars, James Maslow’s salsa routine with pro partner Peta Murgatroyd had judge Carrie Ann Inaba all hot and bothered—she even placed James in the DWTS Sexy Hall of Fame.

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So can the gorgeous duo up the ante for next week’s show when they dance the jive?

“To be fair, I didn’t really fully go shirtless (for the salsa),” laughed James backstage after the show.

When asked if he did any extra sit-ups to get ab-ready for his performance, the Big Time Rush heartthrob said, “I wasn’t going quite for the hall of fame. But, yeah, you can be in good shape without trying if you work out every day and eat pretty well. But then to get into great shape, and I’m trying to do that for Wednesday actually because I’m doing the cover of Fitness Rx, you definitely have to diet and it sucks and I hate it. I love carbs, I love burritos, I love burgers but before a shoot and before something like this, yeah, you’ve got to cut that stuff out.”

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James admits fitting in gym time between DWTS rehearsals and his other work obligations is tough, but he makes it happen.

Fans of Team Jeta can catch them this Saturday on Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards.

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“We’re going to be presenting some of the awards that don’t make the air so we’re going to be partially presenting for online and partially presenting for the live (show),” says James. “I’m sure they’ll tell us the specifics once we get there but it should be fun. It’s always fun at the KCAs.”

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