Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy were on The View today!! They talk about taking a shower together for Dove (what? lol), Val’s new clothing line, Dancing With The Stars (Maks will say “yes” if he’s ever asked to judge full time) and much more. To watch a clip and the full episode, see this link at the official site of The View.
DWTS Mark Ballas Discusses His Guiltiest Pleasure, What He Dreams Of, And More With The Huffington Post
First, the chat with Extra and Stuart Brazell, and now Mark Ballas answers a few questions from the Huffington Post in a new “#nofilter quick-fire question-and-answer series”. Below are a few questions on the last the time Mark cried, his guiltiest pleasure, and the silliest thing he’s lied about. Lots more at the link and thanks to Lori for the heads up!
When’s the last time you cried?
Two times actually. Once during “Les Mis” the movie. Like, sobbing! Sobbing, during “Les Mis.” And then when I went to see Celine Dion. [Laughs] I went to see Celine Dion in Vegas and it was ah-mazing. She started singing the “Beauty and the Beast” song and it was a wrap. Yeah, it was really incredible.
What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
I’m a horrible TV junkie. I finished “Breaking Bad,” I’m caught up on “Walking Dead,” I finished “Game of Thrones” and I started “Homeland” like two weeks ago and I just finished Season 1. I’m behind, I’m catching up.
What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever lied about?
When we were living in London, Derek [Hough] and I stole my mom’s car when he was 15 and I was 14. And in England you have to be 17 to drive, and we stole the car. And my mom wasn’t in town so we thought, “We are not getting busted.” But when she got back, she went to the local dance store to buy shoes and the guy who sells the shoes — they’re friends — and he was like, “I didn’t know your boys passed their driving test?” So that night she came home and she was like, “Did you steal the car?” And we were like, “No.” And then Julianne [Hough] did us in, she totally told her what we did. [Laughs]
Awwww, it’s so fun to see Stuart Brazell again. In the spreecast for Extra below, she interviews Mark Ballas. Fans asked some cool questions too. They ask him about his career, Dancing With The Stars Season 17, the new format, who he wished he could have danced with besides Christina and more. Check it out if interested. Also, if the chat doesn’t work below, see this link.
In case you haven’t heard, Kirstie Alley’s new sitcom called “Kirstie” starts tonight on TV Land. Last night, Dancing With The Stars Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy attended a premiere party for it. You can see some fun pics of them at Getty Images if interested. Below is a preview for Kirstie’s new show. Don’t forget to watch if interested!!
This past July, we posted about an up and coming “Dancing With The Stars At Sea “Champions Cruise” to take place after the first of the year. Now more dancers and celebrities have been added to the show including Derek Hough, Emma Slater, Sharna Burgess, and Carson Kressley to name a few. Below is More from Market Watch.
Derek Hough, the Emmy® Award-winning dancing professional best known for his role on the hit ABC television show “Dancing with the Stars”, is scheduled to perform on the Jan. 12, 2014, “Dancing with the Stars: At Sea” Champions Cruise on ms Nieuw Amsterdam.
Hough will join fellow professional dancers Tristan MacManus and Kym Johnson and actress Sabrina Bryan, who were previously announced to sail on the Champions Cruise as well as the Jan. 5, 2014, theme cruise departure aboard Nieuw Amsterdam. Both seven-day Caribbean sailings will also now feature singer Joey Fatone, television personality Carson Kressley and professional dancers Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater.
“We are thrilled to have superstar and Emmy® Award-winning dance pro Derek Hough bring his talents to Nieuw Amsterdam’s stage on the ‘Dancing with the Stars: At Sea’ Champions Cruise,” said Richard Meadows, executive vice president of sales, marketing and guest programs for Holland America Line. “This will be an incredibly exciting cruise, with a stellar line-up of dance pros and stars from the hit ABC show, along with the guest dance-off Champions competition featuring winners from previous dance-offs held this year onboard our 15 ships.”
While onboard, the dance pros and celebrities will perform for guests, dazzling the audience with routines from the television series in the ship’s main show lounge. Additional events on the theme cruises include dance lessons with the shipboard professional dancers, a special fashion show featuring the glamorous show costumes, and a chance to meet the dance pros and celebrities, ask questions and take photos with them.
To read more details and how you can book a trip on this cruise, visit Market Watch.
Be sure to read about some “backstage” details of the Dancing With The Stars finale at JC Rubio’s official site here. Below is some video too. This is too fun. THANKS JC!!
It’s that time again. Time to put on your dancing thinking caps for you new cast wishes. Question: Which celebrities would you like to see do Dancing With The Stars Season 18? Let us know in comments. Then in a couple of weeks (or when this post dies out), we’ll send this post to ABC. Note: this isn’t a Pro wish list…not yet. We’ll do a new post on them later.
Ok, here are a few of my choices. It’s the same as last season with a couple of more added….
Kate Hudson (yeah right, but, I had to post her anyway)
Any of the Backstreet Boys
Melody Thomas Scott
Ok, your turn!!! We can’t wait to read your choices! Thanks everyone! xxx
Give it up for Mark Ballas! He’s now been an “ex-smoker” now for 6 months. Below is more from CNBC for how he accomplished it.
Emmy-nominated choreographer, Dancing with the Stars® professional dancer and recording artist Mark Ballas, can now add “former smoker” to his credits thanks to Blueprint to Quit. The multi-faceted star has been smoke-free for more than 6 months thanks to the comprehensive, two-part quit-smoking resource, Blueprint to Quit, available exclusively at Walmart. Now, Ballas is telling his story and sharing his personal “Quit Steps” in hopes of helping others find a way to quit smoking and live a healthier lifestyle.
Ballas, who began smoking as a teenager, can relate to the everyday struggle millions of Americans encounter when trying to quit smoking. Triggers like stress and being around other smokers always pushed him to light-up another cigarette, but when smoking began impacting his stamina and endurance – traits at the cornerstone of his career – Ballas turned to Blueprint to Quit, which combines two resources for quitting smoking: online behavioral support through QuitNet and nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) to address the physical dependence on cigarettes.
“Practicing the utmost discipline in so many parts of my life, I didn’t expect quitting smoking to be a struggle,” said Ballas. “Day in and day out, I juggled dance rehearsals, tapings, long nights at the studio writing and recording music, and yet quitting smoking was an ongoing fight until now, thanks to Blueprint to Quit. The program allowed me to tackle tough cravings, stick to a plan that worked for me and seek support when I need it. Now, I’m proud to say I’m smoke free – my days are easier and more enjoyable as a result. I hope I can help inspire other smokers who face the same obstacles start their quit journey.”
To read more and catch some video links, visit CNBC.
ETA: And below is Mark talking to GMA about kicking smoking. He also dances with Lara….
Steph, one of our readers, sent us some news about Val Chmerkovksiy that sounded interesting and something we may need to keep a watch on. Is it possible he is trying to recruit Shay Mitchell of “Pretty Little Liars” or could something be in the works for her to dance? We’ll let you read on further for what she sent us.
He did a twitter Q&A on Friday and someone asked his ideal partner, and Val being Val was of course a little cheeky about it and said: “She pretty, little, and don’t tell the truth ” AKA Shay Mitchell from Pretty Little Liars. Backtracking slightly, he tweeted to Shay a few weeks ago “It’s already choreographed”. He wasn’t responding to her and she never replied so there is really no context for what his tweet meant. I know he started following her on Twitter after she came to see Brant perform though.
From her side, she posted on IG after her season wrapped that she had something new in the works she was excited about and the comments were all about her doing DWTS. Shortly after she took it down from IG.
It could be nothing, it could be Val trying to recruit her, it could be Val has a celeb crush (lol), but still, just wanted to let you know to be on the lookout. I honestly don’t think she would be able to do it with her shooting schedule but who knows.
THANKS Steph and good eye!!x