How did I miss this interview this morning? This week is starting to catch up with me. I’m relieved it’s over and it’s the weekend. Anyway, don’t miss Nancy and Tristan on Good Morning America talking about the ‘scary’ instant Jive and the Tango. Nancy says she’s lost 23 pounds since she started dancing. It’s all because Tristan ‘won’t give her a break’. LOL More below. You’ll also be able to see her and Tristan talking about dancing tonight on her show with Lacey Schwimmer, Sasha Farber, Chaz Bono, Holly Madison, Melissa Joan Hart, and Monique Coleman. Be sure to tune in on the HNL channel at various times tonight. Check your local TV scheduling for times.
Access Hollywood went inside Ricki and Derek’s rehearsals today. They talk about their return to the top of the leaderboard this past week and how that isn’t their focus. Ricki says the competition is less about scores and winning and more about building and getting better each week. Everyone has the “game face” and wants to win since they’ve reached this far in the competition. Ricki’s body is taking a beating, but, in a “good way”. Her rib injury is doing a little better. Derek also shoots down the rumors that he is feuding with Maks. Him and Ricki laugh and say it’s so not true. Derek says he went out with Maks last night.
You can listen to the new interview in two videos at Access Hollywood HERE and HERE (sorry, I couldn’t embed them this time).
Also regarding the Maks/Derek Hate rumors, there is this new little jewel too if you haven’t seen it yet. Be sure to click on the link inside the tweet….
In a new interview with InTouch Weekly Magazine, Tony Dovolani talks of Chynna Phillips and their elimination. He also makes a prediction for who will win Dancing With The Stars Season 13 and more. Thanks to @DWTSgossip for the heads up on this video.
Also, be sure to pick up a copy of InTouch Weekly Magazine this week if you are a Ricki Lake fan. Ricki talks of her “soul mate”.
For talk show queen-turned Dancing With the Stars darling Ricki Lake, finding true love didn’t come easy. But after a 10-year marriage to artist Rob Sussman — they had two sons before splitting in 2003 — Ricki, 43, is now happily engaged to jewelry designer Christian Evans. “He’s amazing!” Ricki gushes to In Touch in an exclusive interview. “It took me 42 years to find the right one.”
In a new article with Westlake Magazine, Mark Ballas tells them how Dancing With The stars has a way of sucking you in as a fan. “It keeps getting bigger and better each season,” says Mark. He explains how reluctant he was to do the show at first and why. He spills on his life, family, his whole dance career as well as how he got into music. Before reading below, would you like to guess what Mark’s biggest challenge so far in doing Dancing With The Stars? If you guessed dancing with Bristol Palin, you are correct. Informative, touching article with Mark at his rawest. Be sure to read it in full at the link as well as seeing another picture.
Ballas was in London at the time he first heard of the show. Born in Houston, he relocated to London as a child. He didn’t move to Los Angeles until he got the job with Dancing With the Stars at age 21.
He began dancing at a young age. He was inspired by his parents, Corky and Shirley Ballas, champion ballroom dancers. “I loved music and I’ve loved to move and perform ever since I was real little” he says. “Once I showed a little potential my mom got me in classes. She always kept me in class.”
No one dared make fun of him. “If guys tried to say , Oh you dance,” I would say, ” While you’re out in the field with a bunch of dudes, I’m in the studio with a load of chicks! No one bullied me and if they did, I was always that kid that didn’t care if people made fun of me. I love dancing and being in class with kids that share the same passion. We were always in it together and were always supportive. Derek (Hough) is my foster brother and we did everything together since we were 11 years old, so I’ve always surrounded myself with those kinds of people.”
He had been doing musical theater when he was offered the job with DWTS.
“The dance world is very small. When they heard I was finished competing and I had sort of won everything possible in my division, they offered me a space. I was a little reluctant at first, but it was a wonderful opportunity to move to Los Angeles and start a new path and then my foster brother Derek was called five minutes after I was, so that was a sign and I thought we should go, and off we went.”
The reluctance, Ballas says, stemmed simply from the fact he was leaving home. Hough and he arrived in LA with no money, no car, and nowhere to live, but as soon as they found an apartment the following day, they set about to adjust to a new life.
“It was a culture shock” Ballas admits.
He definitely rose to the challenges of his living circumstances and faced new ones, with the partners he was given. His greatest challenge on the show thus far, he says, was working with Bristol Palin. “And finding something different to do every week,” Ballas says. She had never done acting or dancing or anything like that. The difficult thing was to do something to change it up week by week, but to still keep it in her comfort zone”.
Also, if you didn’t see Mark on the Nancy Grace show last Friday night, be sure to watch him below. He gave her some great advise.
This weekend, Jennifer Grey is appearing on the UK version of the show as a stand-in judge for Len Goodman. She’s hopes to “bring honesty” to the panel. In a new promo interview with the BBC, Jennifer talks of what it was like to do Dirty Dancing and how Patrick Swayze got her the role. She also speaks about doing Dancing With The Stars in the US and a little of what she went through with her partner, Derek Hough. Great article. You can read more in a take from Film News below.
Jennifer says despite her starring role in Dirty Dancing, she is not a natural performer.
“Derek was frustrated because I’m not a dancer. I was only a weekend one. I put on Michael Jackson on my boom box,” she smiled. “I was a lover of dance.”
Jennifer confessed the show was hard work. The Golden Globe-nominated star says rehearsals were gruelling and often left her feeling vulnerable.
“It’s about embracing the opportunity and facing your fears. You have to dig so deep,” she recalled.
“Each week I didn’t feel ready. I could not get through a dress rehearsal without crying or some sort of drama. It’s very intense.”
Jennifer is appearing on the UK version of the show this weekend as a stand-in judge. The 51-year-old hopes to bring honesty to the panel of Strictly Come Dancing.
“I’m a really judgemental person!” she laughed.
“I have so much compassion, and I’m going to be really honest.”
Picture above is of Jennifer and Kenny Ortega at the 2011 Rising Stars Gala on Oct. 29th. You can view more pictures of her at this event at Zimbio.com.
Adding: Thanks to @ElmariL, here is the BBC interview;
Maks and Hope visited Extra’s Mario Lopez at The Grove in Hollywood yesterday. CELEBMagnet.com was there to cover the interview. Maks comments on the recent article that he and Derek hate one another. Maks said he “has no idea what is going on. He just gets texts from his friends telling him of stories they read in the media.” He also mentions the intensity he’s had with Hope and all of his dance partners in the past and that’s the way it’s always been regardless of the comments he’s getting about his partnership with Hope. You can’t make him out very well, but, you can hear part of the interview below as well as reading about it at the link. They have some nice pictures of Hope and Maks as well. As soon as Extra posts this interview at their site, we’ll post it here too.
Thanks to @DWTSMaksimFans for the heads up on this interview today. If you are a Maks fan, she’s a good one to follow.
ADDING: Maks also addressed the Derek hate rumors in this new paparazzi video. He says none of the rumors are true. Him and Derek are “good”. Derek was sitting at his table inside the Sayer’s Club.
Derek also addresses the rumors at this iTunes Podcast link (#11) saying they aren’t true and he doesn’t hate anyone. Thanks to Gitte!!!
And then there is the new tweet with a picture in it of the two. LOL!!!!