Mark Ballas Getting In Shape For Next Season Of Dancing With The Stars And More

Mark Ballas tells CBS that it’s time to head back to camp. He plans to spend the next six weeks shedding 12 pounds that he gained during the holidays in preparing for the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars. CBS reports, “He has no idea which professional dancers will be asked back or which celebrities will take a turn on the dance floor for season 18. That call will likely come in mid-February. But he’s getting ready regardless.” Here is a take where Mark talks about the next season, but, be sure to see CBS to read more.

Looking ahead to next season, Ballas hopes the “DWTS” producers continue to push boundaries and toss in new twists. “I always love when they switch it up,” he said.

When asked who he’d like to see join the show, Ballas said, “Jennifer Aniston, though I don’t think she’d ever do it,” he said. “I’m a huge Ellie Goulding fan. She can move. I went to her show and she’s really good. And she’s in really good shape…She might be awesome if she’s got some time off of tour.”

Now on television for nearly a decade, “DWTS” has features a host of celebrities over the years and still pulls in decent ratings. Ballas says he thinks the celebrity contenders’ “genuine struggle and overcoming of obstacles” is what keeps the show on the air.

“You see these people that you’re already familiar with do. In this society, people put celebrities and athletes up on a pedestal because you see them in one light – you see them onstage doing art, on TV, or on the field playing sports. Then when you see them [on 'DWTS'] and they’re like, ‘I may have bitten more off than I can chew here.’ People find that fascinating,” he said.

ETA: Mark talks about getting back into shape with KKLZ. He also talks about how he was approached to do Dancing With The Stars, his former partners, chemistry, and more.