Not sure what this Dancing With The Stars pro is up to, but, he sure is looking handsome….
So who is watching Strictly Come Dancing? If you tune in, let us know your thoughts and rank the couples in comments if interested. If you can’t watch it LIVE, let’s hope they will post videos at their Official You Tube page. More later and have fun!! We look forward to reading your comments as always.
It’s official!!! Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas married BC Jean on Friday afternoon in Los Angeles, California and we couldn’t be happier. Below are some details from People. For more, be sure to pick up the next issue of People Magazine. CONGRATULATIONS Mark and BC!!!
“It’s a wild feeling,” Ballas tells PEOPLE of marrying Jean (née Brittney Jean Carlson). “Your wedding is something you subconsciously prepare for your entire life. You wonder who it’s going to be with, where it is going to be and how the ceremony and reception are going to be. Now it’s finally here and happening. It’s surreal. I just want to soak it all up because I just know I’m going to click my fingers and the whole evening will be over and I want to make sure I enjoy it.”
For more details from Ballas and Jean’s wedding — which was planned by celebrity events planner David Tutera — check out the next issue of PEOPLE, on stands next Friday. Special video of the couples’ journey to the alter will begin streaming on People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN) Wednesday. Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the app for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, Xfinity, iOS and Android devices.
Ballas, 30, and Jean, 29, became engaged a day before Thanksgiving last year. They celebrated the holiday this year with a dinner and beach party with family and friends on Thursday.
Approximately 160 guests — including Ballas’ best man Derek Hough — attended the ceremony and reception Friday.
“I’m so grateful so many family and friends were able to travel here to celebrate our wedding,” says Ballas, who is starring as Frankie Valli in Broadway’s Jersey Boys. “It’s going to be a night of amazing moments.”
— People Magazine (@people) November 27, 2016
Mark Ballas, BC Jean — Malibu Wedding … Cake By the Ocean (PHOTO GALLERY) https://t.co/o2lV8adH2a
— TMZ (@TMZ) November 26, 2016
Ok Guys! Time for a new “End of the season” Questionnaire for Dancing With The Stars Season 23. This is when you can tell your most honest thoughts and feelings for how you feel on the show (good and bad). Answer the questions below in comments to your best ability. See you there and thanks for participating.
1. Who were your favorite 5 couples from Dancing With The Stars Season 23? You can name a few more if you like.
2. From all the celebrity contestants on Dancing With The Stars 23 and if there was a Congeniality Award, which one celebrity deserved it the most? (pick only ONE)
3. My 5 favorite pros on Dancing With The Stars Season 23 were __________________________. You can pick a few more if you like.
4. From the couples dances, were your most favorite THREE dances on Dancing With The Stars Season 23? You can name more if you can’t stop at three.
5. From an “A” to an “F”, how would you grade the Pro Numbers this season?
6. If you were to give a “Choreograph Award” to THREE pros on Dancing With The Stars Season 23, who would they be?
7. From an “A” to an “F”, how would you grade Dancing With The Stars Season 23 overall?
8. True or False: I love Theme Weeks. (please elaborate on anything you’d like to change, add, or any new ideas)
9. From the Theme Weeks this season, which was your favorite?
10. Are you satisfied with the direction of the show? If not, how can ‘the powers that be’ improve Dancing With The Stars in the future?
Were you all able to see Derek Hough perform with the cast of “Hairspray Live” in the Thanksgiving Day Macy’s Parade? If not, you can watch the fun performance below (thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording). “Hairspray Live” is going to be a blast to watch on December 7th. Derek and Julianne also hosted the Disney Holiday Christmas last night. Teaser below. For more coverage including more performance videos, screen caps, and more, see Pure Derek Hough. Miss Heidi was one busy girl yesterday and Pure Derek Hough is Christmas candy to get our holidays started
— Al Kahn (@idolxfactor1) November 25, 2016
Sad news this morning on Florence Henderson….and this beautiful tv legend was just at Dancing With The Stars this past Monday night. What hours and hours of entertainment she’s given us all. *RIP Carol!! Thanks for being a second Mom to America.* From Fox News…..
LOS ANGELES – Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful matriarch of “The Brady Bunch,” has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82.
Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Henderson had suffered heart failure, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement.
Family and friends had surrounded Henderson’s hospital bedside, Pressman said.
On the surface, “The Brady Bunch” resembled just another innocuous TV sitcom about a family living in suburban America and getting into a different wacky situation each week.
But well after it ended its initial run, in 1974, the show resonated with audiences, and it returned to television in various forms again and again, including “The Brady Bunch Hour” in 1977, “The Brady Brides” in 1981 and “The Bradys” in 1990. It was also seen endlessly in reruns.
“It represents what people always wanted: a loving family. It’s such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there’s always an audience for that,” Henderson said in 1999.
ETA: Below Tom Bergeron Tom talks on Florence and her passing….
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) November 25, 2016
— JustJared.com (@JustJared) November 25, 2016
— Wendy (@Wendys_Garden) November 25, 2016
This statement by Gleb Savchenko to his wife Elena Samodanova warms my heart so much, I had to post. See if it warms your heart too. I love these two. If interested in seeing this show in the UK, see this link.
Another #DWTS season is over and I've thanked lots of people for sharing unforgettable moments with me, but now I wanna thank the most important person without who I wouldn't be able to do what I love to do @elenasamodanova thank you for your creative mind and great ideas we develop through the whole season, your love and support, you make me a better dancer and now I'm really looking forward to our new show @onemoredancelondon can't wait to start rehearsals with you!!! ❤️
Not only were the Dancing With The Stars finalists on Good Morning America today, they were also on The View. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording.
In the many years since I first created Pure DWTS, there is one message I get on the Pure DWTS “Contact Us” form (Note: Many people confuse us as the show or the producers of the show even though it clearly states that we’re not either and have no affiliation with the show) than any other. That message is that some “normal” person (That’s the term they usually use, not me) would like to be on the show even though they’re not a star. It often is stated as a groundbreaking idea and includes some story of why being able to be on the show would be an extraordinary thing for that person.
Here’s a sample of one from Mandi that she said I could share. It illustrates how passionate and excited people are just thinking about what it would be like to be a contestant on DWTS.
Hi my name is Mandi I am from Louisiana. I am a huge fan of the show and the thought of sending this is the most terrifying and exciting thing I’ve ever done, I know I am taking a HUGE shot in the dark and no one will probably ever read this but here goes. I am a person who never takes chances because of fear, but not today, today I’ll be brave and take a chance! I have watched the show over the years and I’ve noticed over the past couple of seasons that DWTS has taken some amazing chances in putting people on the show that may not be your typical dancer or “star” for that matter and turning them into amazing dancers while helping them grow as people. I am not a star by any means, most of my days are spent in carpool and running around after my two rambunctious boys 😉 I figure that if your pros can teach an army veteran with one arm and leg to dance or a completely deaf person can win the mirror ball or even a little person who has the cards stacked against her to succeed in this kind of competition then they can certainly teach a regular ordinary stay at home mom to dance.
August 2016 was a month I’ll never forget! As I stood in my living room with the water rising in my home I felt like I was in a dream, everything my husband worked so hard to give us was about to be destroyed and there wasn’t anything he or I could do about it. We climbed out of my youngest son’s bedroom window into our fishing boat and drove around our neighborhood in total shock, we couldn’t believe what was happening it was all too much! If I have learned anything through this it’s that my life can change in a second! Don’t waste time! So this is my step of faith, I want to be on dancing with the stars to prove that anyone can overcome whatever is happening in theirs lives and to prove to myself that I can do anything I put my mind to! It’s so easy to get lost in life, feeling like “just a mom” or “just a wife” especially being a stay at home mom like me and not getting that gratification from your job or the social interaction with someone other than a 5 year old 🙂 Like I said before I don’t even know if anyone will read this but had to try!
(Note: I love that Mandi took this risk even if it was to us and not the producers of the show. I hope she keeps taking risks.)
Why This Is A Longshot
Let’s all be honest. Most of us “normal” people would love to be on the show. How incredible would it be to have an opportunity to learn from all of the incredible pros on the show? For most people in the world, it would be the experience of a lifetime. I also think it’s unlikely to happen and that’s too bad.
I say that it’s unlikely because it would cause some serious challenges for the producers of the show. First, the show is literally called Dancing with the Stars. If they bring someone who isn’t a star, then it kind of goes against the whole premise of the show.
Plus, would anyone be surprised if some of the stars that are selected for the show might be upset if the cast wasn’t full of stars? I could see some of the arrogant ones getting really pissed if a show called Dancing with the Stars included a contestant that wasn’t a star. As if some of these B, C, D … list stars are really a huge draw for the show themselves, but I digress. I could see some stars egos having a problem with a non-star being on the show. That’s not something the producers likely want to deal when casting the show.
I think the show also benefits from many of the stars bringing their fan base to the show which can help ratings. Of course, a normal person wouldn’t bring a fan base that would do anything for ratings. Although, it would be quite a story that many media outlets would want to cover if the show to put a normal person in the cast.
How It Could Work
While I think it’s unlikely that they’ll put a regular person on DWTS, that doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t do it. I don’t think you’d want to do it every season, but to do it for one season could be a tremendous boost for the show. So many people would be interested in how this regular person did on the show.
We already saw this once. Alek Skarlatos was about as non-star as you can find. Notice that I didn’t call him a regular person. He’s an extraordinary person, but before the show very few people knew him. They knew of his act of heroism, but they really didn’t know him. It’s not like he brought a big fan base to the show. The analogy isn’t perfect since so many people in the US are fans of the military and heroism. However, Alek is the closest to a “normal” person being on the show that they’ve come and he did tremendously well.
I think if DWTS did want to include a normal person, they’d just need to create a process where the person who gets selected to do the show essentially becomes a star in the process. It’s a pretty amazing concept if you think about it. If you create some sort of contest and exposure for the people in the running to be on the show, you could access the stories of millions of ordinary people and out of that contest could create a star. At least as much of a star as Alek or any of The Bachelors.
Can’t you just see the 10 finalists on GMA telling their story of why they want to be on DWTS? It could get really cheesy if they’re not careful, but it could also be incredible TV with everyday heroes like Mandi above who spends her days in carpool and raising 2 kids.
One of the amazing things that reality TV like Survivor, Amazing Race, and even shows like America’s Got Talent, American Idol, etc have tapped into is that those watching at home can sit back and dream about being on the show themselves. There’s an incredible power in that which makes watching the show even better for the viewer. Having a regular person on DWTS would do the same for the show.
Like I said, I’ll be surprised if the show actually did this, but I also think it would be a great thing if they did. Can you imagine how many people would apply to be on the show if they opened one slot up for a non-star? I know a blogger that would be interested. I won’t even be picky about which pro I get, but if they want feedback I think Edyta or Emma would be best for me 😉
Until then, at least I now can point people to this post when they send me their “great idea” of having a regular person be on DWTS.
What a party on Good Morning America today with the Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Finalists And Pros! Don’t miss watching all the dancing and fun interviews below. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for all of his recordings and help with this post.
— Al Kahn (@idolxfactor1) November 23, 2016
— Al Kahn (@idolxfactor1) November 23, 2016
— Al Kahn (@idolxfactor1) November 23, 2016
— Al Kahn (@idolxfactor1) November 23, 2016