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Mark Ballas Says DWTS Season 21 Is “Going To Be An Interesting One”

Mark Ballas says the new season of Dancing With The Stars is “going to be an interesting one”. He remains quiet on his new partner, but, he said he met her “on location”. Below is more from E Online. He also talks on his dream partners and the selection process.

Although we won’t know Ballas’ partner for the new season until Wednesday when the full cast of celebs and their pro partners is announced on Good Morning America, he predicted that this season is “going to be an interesting one!”

Ballas remained tight-lipped on who he’s partnered with, but said he found out who it was when he showed up to a location and there she was! (So those behind-the-scenes reels showing the moment of truth are real!)

We wondered who his dream partner would be, now that he has 17 seasons (and two titles) under his belt, and Ballas does still have a few celebs in mind.

“Shakira is always one of my top picks, Jennifer Aniston is one, Ellie Goulding is another,” he revealed. “Those are a few picks. Probably will never happen, but in a dream world!”

The 29-year-old dancer-musician also quipped, “Taylor Swift maybe? Taylor Swift would be a great one. I think I would need some really high shoes for myself, but if Taylor Swift did the show, I think this is the one time the height doesn’t matter.”

So make that his “Wildest Dreams” partner.

The stars and the pros don’t get a say in the selection process; rather, the producers choose the pairings based on myriad factors, including height, size, and personality.

More at E Online including his thoughts on Julianne Hough and her recent engagement.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Allison Holker Says Her New Partner Could Do Really Well On Dancing With The Stars

Thanks to @DWTSgossip for this find! Allison Holker talked with the LA Times about the new season of Dancing With The Stars. She doesn’t tell us who her new partner is, but, she says she’s really enjoying him. Here is more….

“I really enjoy my partner. I think he could do really well on the show,” she raved. “There’s a lot of fight in me this season. I really hope that this year’s ours. We’re definitely going to get up in the finale and we’re going to win the Mirror Ball Trophy this year!”

One of the biggest challenges as a professional dancer on the show is the uncertainty of who your partner is.

“You have to grow a connection with this person. That is your first and foremost job before any of the dance steps before any of the choreography. You have to really understand this person that you’re creating all that beautiful work for and make sure that they feel comfortable,” said Holker.

The 27-year-old explained that one of the hardest parts of the show is to open up and be vulnerable with your partner.

“They become your friends. It’s not faking a friendship—it’s really being genuine and figuring out how you can really grow together as a team,” she said. “For me, you’re kind of a psychologist, you’re a trainer, you’re a mother to someone sometimes and you really take these people into your life.”

To read the full article, see the LA Times.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Rob Wade, Deena Katz, And Mark Ballas Weigh In On How The Pairs Are Selected

How does Dancing With The Stars decide on the 12 couples prior to each season? E Online talked with Executive Producer Rob Wade, casting director Deena Katz, and pro Mark Ballas about it. Read on….

“It’s based on height, build and personality and compatibility,” Wade tells E! News. “We don’t pair people who aren’t going to get on. It’s too intense. It’s not like The Bachelor or something, we couldn’t do that. That would just be miserable experience for the celebrity, for us and the viewer. You don’t want to see two people who don’t like each other and, quite frankly, we have made that mistake pairing people up who didn’t get on so well.”

Mark Ballas, who says the dancers “don’t get a say in their partners,” echoes Wade’s sentiment, telling us, “They pair us on height and size, so it feels comfortable for the women and vice versa for the women when they’re dancing. They also try and make us compatible based on personality, and what they think will work well. Each one of the pro dancers has a different way of teaching, choreographing, and also just different personalities, as well as time-stamps on patience. They kind of try to pair us accordingly.”

And just because the pairs get along, it doesn’t mean DWTS there won’t be clashes, with Katz explaining, “There’s still the drama. There’s still the fights about their cha-chas that are silly.”

Now that many of the professional dancers have become household names, with some of them more famous than their star, Wade likes to find celebrities that will show a different side of longtime cast members. “You also want to give the viewer something different, there’s some things that you just want the viewer to see a different side,” he says. “So when we put Peta [Murgatroyd] with Tommy Chong, it was really the best thing for her because we saw a whole new side to her. So you want to see the different dynamics of the dancers.”

Some viewers have noticed a trend in pairings, with Tony Dovolani often getting the older female celebs (he was recently paired with Suzanne Somers and Betsy Johnson), Ballas getting the youngest (think Sadie Robertson and Willow Shields) and so on. But Wade says it’s not intentional, saying, “Every dancer gets a different range of type of people…and then they say they only get those people.” Wade acknowledges that some of the dancers may have picked up on some pairing trends, saying, “The hindsight is always very 20/20 for the dancers, but actually, they get a variety of different people!”

More at E Online. This is getting me even more excited. Here’s to the Good Morning America Pro and Celeb announcement tomorrow.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Roseanne Barr To Dance On Dancing With The Stars Season 21?

Hmmmm, things just got very interesting again. Check out this coverage from Got Pap! Uhhh…I think Roseanne Barr just might be dancing in Dancing With The Stars Season 21. Then again, maybe not? What do you think?

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Emma Slater and Witney Carson Head To DWTS Rehearsals – Photos

Just Jared Jr. has some new photos of Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Emma Slater and Witney Carson. They look happy and raring to go. #DWTS #LetsDoThis

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS 21: People Confirms Peta Murgatroyd “Out For the Season”

Damn…this was one partnership I was really looking forward to :-( According to People, Peta has indeed decided to sit this season out after finding out she will require surgery on her ankle that will “sideline her for 6-8 weeks”:

Having just come off a three-month, live DWTS tour, Murgatroyd “felt great” heading into rehearsals with her season 21 partner, Andy Grammer. But one day, after putting on her heels, she says she could tell “something was not right.”

“I wanted to check it out properly and make sure I was good to go for the season,” says the pro dancer, 29. “I Got my MRI results back and it was a really bad diagnosis. It showed I had 4 torn ligaments and a floating piece of bone at the back of my ankle. My doctor said I needed surgery and I knew I needed to put my health first if I want to keep dancing on the show into my 30s.”

I gotta applaud Peta for having the strength to say “I need to rest” – I’ve known too many dancers that have tried to soldier through some injuries, only to end up even more injured…and a few times, with their dance careers ended as a result.

As we mentioned in the main cast reveal post, DWTS360 says that Lindsay will step in to replace Peta as Andy’s partner this season; but Peta assures People that she “will be in the rehearsal studio as much as possible to assist” this season. Here’s wishing Peta a speedy recovery, and good luck to Andy and Lindsay this season! :-)

ETA: Vogue here. Below is a twitter statement from Peta. Awww, I love her. Peta, I just know you will be back to us stronger than ever soon! Lot’s of love and hugs! Get Well Soon!!!

The past three days have been really tough to say the least..I learned that my ankle injury is at a stage that needs surgery immediately. I’m so sorry but I have to step out of Season 21 of DWTS. This is obviously one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever made and I seriously struggled with the idea of not being able to dance, but I know my health does come first, and the sooner I get this done, the sooner I can be back in the ballroom for all of you! 6-8 weeks is nothing in the grand scheme of things and I hope to be back before the season ends, doing group numbers and of course cheering on Andy and my friends in audience. It killed me to let someone else take care of Andy, who is such a genuine loving guy. But I know he will be in good hands. I will miss the show so much but just know that I will come better back than ever, and with a brand new ankle :) Thank you for all the love today, I loved reading all of your supportive tweets, even though I couldn’t say anything until now. I will also keep you all up to date on my progress and of course you will see some silly ‘before and after’ surgery pictures 😉 Lastly, I love you all and thank you for always being so positive for me. Peta will return in no time at all 💋💋💋💋

ETA2: Below is a video report from Entertainment Tonight…

August 31, 2015 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Mark Ballas Talks About The New Season of Dancing With The Stars, SELFtember, And More

OK! Magazine chatted with Mark Ballas about the new season of Dancing With The Stars. They also talked on SELFtember, Julianne Hough’s wedding, and more. Here is a take from the link about Dancing With The Stars…

OKMagazine.com: Bindi Irwin is one of the celebrities to be confirmed this season. Are you excited to dance with her/compete against her?

MB: I was a massive fan of her father. I think she’s going to be incredible. Her energy is beautiful. I think whomever she ends up with it’ll be a really great partnership for her. I hope at some point she can take us out to meet some of the animals because I’m a huge animal lover!

OKMagazine.com: If you could pick any celebrity to be your partner this season, who would it be?

MB: I usually say Shakira. Ellie Goulding I think she would do really well too. And Jennifer Aniston!

OKMagazine.com: Your co-star Julianne Hough just got engaged to Brooks Laich! What do you think about her engagement?

MB: I’m very happy for her! I’ve seen them interact with each other a little bit, being very much in love. I wish them a very happy and prosperous engagement and marriage.

More at OK! Magazine.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Official: Andy Grammer To Dance On Dancing With The Stars Season 21

We’re awaiting an official announcement of Andy Grammer to dance on Dancing With The Stars Season 21. Stay tuned.

ETA: Thanks to @Idolxgactor1, here is Andy on KIIS.FM…

ETA2: Awww, I’m loving this instagram by Andy and what he wrote….

When I performed 'Honey, I'm Good' on @dancingabc last season, it was obviously exciting and a thrill, but there was something extra and deeper about being there. Anyone who knew my mother, knows she LOVED dance. Anytime it came on the TV her eyes would light up and would get lost in the screen. I remember countless times sitting with her and listening to her say, "My one regret in life is that I wish I had been a dancer." If you have lost someone close in your life, you know that it can be tough to stay/feel connected to those who pass on. Maybe you hear a song and it reminds you of them, or every time you eat a certain dish you feel their presence somehow. These things become really important in ways others might not understand. All I can say is that when I went in to do a rehearsal for DWTS last season, I was overcome with emotion and just barely kept my shit together. She would have completely lost her mind to sit front row at Dancing With The Stars and I could feel that in my chest loud and clear. So this one is for you mom. I don't know how to dance, but I'm pretty sure that wherever you are it's going to make you very happy to see me try. I miss you, I love you, and I will be stretching my hammies to make you proud. Game on. #DWTS

A photo posted by Andy Grammer (@andygrammer) on

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Witney Carson, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough Attend 2015 Emmy Choreographers Reception – HQ Photos

Last night, Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson, Derek Hough, and Julianne Hough attended the 2015 Emmy Choreographers Reception. Photos below courtesy of Getty Images. Click any of the photos to see more. More coverage at Pure Derek Hough as well.

2013 Emmy Reception by derekhough

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Bindi Irwin and Hayes Grier Nae Nae for DWTS Season 21

These are fun little videos although neither of them look particularly comfortable doing it. That’s okay – most humans aren’t. :-) Especially on camera. Derek and Emma might have their work cut out for them. 😉

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)