Ok, you’ve made your selections in our first round in the “Battle of the 3rd Place Finishers! Laila Ali & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas, Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy won! Now it’s time to VOTE and determine who is the final winning couple from the three! VOTE in the new poll below and then let us know who you voted for in comments. Thanks All!!
Let’s hope and do some praying Mark Ballas will be ok as today he was in a car accident and taken to the hospital afterwards. TMZ reports that Mark “was driving on an L.A. street, in the process of turning right, when another car was speeding in his lane.” Mark couldn’t stop in time and the car slammed into his back right side. Below is more. For the full story see TMZ.
Mark complained of whiplash and back pain. His girlfriend took him to Cedars-Sinai Medial Center where doctors examined him and prescribed some pain meds. Doctors told him the pain would get worse tomorrow, which isn’t great news because Mark is scheduled to perform this week where he’ll have a guitar strapped to his body as he sings and dances.
Mark’s car was towed away. We’re told 5 guys in the car that hit him jumped out and accused him of causing the crash, but an eyewitness came forward and told cops it was not Mark’s fault … the other driver was speeding.
UPDATE: No word on Mark Ballas’ condition after his accident for what was reported from TMZ, but, late last night, Shirley Ballas tweeted this picture that was taken of the two of them on Sunday. Keep them in your prayers all.
ETA2: We have a report from a fan in comments (thanks lana!) that Shirley tweeted Mark was going to be okay a couple of hours ago. She also thanked the fans for the concern. However, now the tweet is gone. Not sure what’s up?
ETA3: Mark Ballas tweeted that he is ok. Thank goodness. Below is his tweet….
Know y’all heard about the accident, thanks for all of the love and concern. I’m doin ok. No events will be affected.
Mark Ballas did a segment on Access Hollywood Live this week. He talks on Dancing With The Stars hook ups and his new single “Get My Name”. He also performs. Check him out!
Mark Ballas released Part 1 “behind the scenes” coverage of his “Get My Name” video auditions last week. Now here is part 2 where he shows the filming the video. You can see Derek Hough in this too since he was the Director. Too fun….
ETA: There is a fun interview with Mark at The Bustle. Mark talks of how he created “Get My Name”, Dancing With The Stars, and more. Here is a take….
“Get My Name” is a catchy pop tune that has the flavor of a Justin Timberlake track with the soul and likability of Pharrell’s “Happy”. And the music video for the song, which boasts a glut of Ballas’ dancing peers and some retro costumes to boot, features a dance break not originally in the single version. And let’s be honest, watching Ballas cut a rug is half the fun of the single.
“Usually when we do records I come in [to the studio] with guitar riffs or a melody or a concept idea for a song. The day we hadn’t come up with anything for two days. We’d been in the studio, hanging out, thinking something would come organically. If it doesn’t come, don’t push it,” he said.
Cheryl Burke Hosts 70′s Style Philippines Fundraiser To Help Homeless Children, Mark Ballas Special Guest
Aren’t these some fun pics? This past Friday night, Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke hosted a special 70′s Style fundraiser benefiting a scholarship program for children in the Philippines left homeless by the recent tsunami. Mark Ballas was a surprise guest. As you can see, he dressed up for the event as well. lol More on this event at Cheryl’s facebook. If you’d like to help donate to this charity as well, see PhilDev.
So you’ve seen the results for the best guest judge voting – now onto the results for the crappiest song of the season!!!
“All of Me” by John Legend (Meryl’s foxtrot) – 2
“Girl” by Pharrell (Amy & Mark’s salsa) – 1
“Can’t Remember to Forget You” by Shakira feat. Rihanna (Nene’s Argentine tango) – 1
“Dare You” by Hardwell (Amy’s freestyle) – 1
“Islands in the Stream” by Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers (James’ rumba) – 1
Votes omitted due to failure to follow the format – 2
Courtney: The two songs I thought would garner the most votes, did – and while “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” probably didn’t do Charlie any favors…it actually started to grow on me after a second viewing Maybe it was just the enthusiasm with which he attacked it, but he made the most of a crummy song. The same cannot be said for “I Luh Ya Papi” – which the two couples dancing to clearly disliked as much as we did. It drives me nuts when J. Lo does songs like these – they just make her sound downright unintelligent, and make it seem like she’s trying to remind everyone that she’s hip and has chola street cred because she talks like this. The song is bad, no doubt – but I also don’t think Val or Maks really put their all into choreographing that duel, and thus the end result was even more lackluster. I have to roll my eyes a bit at “I Wan’na Be Like You”, because I really only added that because I saw so many Meryl fans griping about how “terrible a samba song” it was. Boo hoo, poor Princess Meryl gets saddled with one mediocre individual song the entire season – go ask Charlie how it feels to get screwed over every other week, with “Sail”, “Mo’ Money, Mo Problems”, “Wildest Moments”, etc. And James has more to gripe about with that gadawful “Gasolina” than Meryl dancing to a song from The Jungle Book. As for the write-ins? Once again hard for me to say that Meryl got screwed with her foxtrot song, because even though it wasn’t really a foxtrot, it was still one of the top 10 songs in the country at the time and the shippers (and judges) ate it right up. And anyone wanna make a bet that whoever wrote in “Dare You” was an insecure Meryl fan?
Heidi: I ain’t takin’ that bet, Courtney. Same kinda idiot who haunts Amy’s instagram to scream “Meryl and Maks!!” on every single photo that Amy posts. :::rolls eyes::: Must protect Princess Meryl at all costs!! My nickname is an inside joke…wish I could say the same for Meryl’s. But no…the pedestal is still very, very high. Meryl overcame so many obstacles on her path to victory…horrendous song choices…mean judges picking on the stellar choreography…oh, wait. ANYway, JLo was getting a lot of crap on the radio this morning for pretending to be “Jennie from the block” while staying in Manhattan. Apparently she gave 25k tickets to people in Brooklyn for her concert and half of them didn’t show up? With songs like “I luh Ya Papi” can anyone really blame them?? Yes, the song was bad (it got my vote)…but the choreographers did not help at ALL. Lord what a whimpy assed dance. The difference between “Mo Money, Mo Problems” and the “I Wan’na Be Like You” is also totally in the choreographer, IMO. Neither song is a REALLY terrible song choice (but Charlie definitely got the short end of the stick in this instance), but Sharna made the best of it while Maks couldn’t get past it. I can’t help thinking that if Derek or Mark had been handed Maks’ samba song (or JLo’s song), we would have seen some pretty creative choreography. Ah well.
Vogue: It’s so funny as when I first heard Charlie had “Sail” for a Paso Doble, I didn’t think it would work, but, it actually didn’t bother me. Give it up to Charlie and Sharna making the best of it….again as they did through out the season. Another song that just annoys me to no end anyway is “I Love Ya Pai”. I cringed through out Danica and Meryl’s Samba duel with that song. However, another song I didn’t like was “I Wanna Be Like You” for Meryl’s Samba. Awful song with a lack luster dance too. In the end, I voted for “I Wanna Be Like You” for the worst song.
This week, Mario Lopez interviewed Mark Ballas about his new single “Get My Name” and video. Mark talks of why he hired Derek Hough to direct the video. He also talks of wanting to release a second single soon. Currently, Mark is also trying to decide whether he will release an EP or a new album. Lot’s more below including a new “Get My Name” performance and talk on Dancing With The Stars.
This is so good!! If you haven’t purchased this snappy and fun dance single yet, you can do so here:
The fun in Las Vegas continues! Over the weekend, not only did they have a birthday celebration, Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke attended the Simon G Soiree at the Four Seasons Hotel. For more pictures of this event, see Getty Images. Note how former Dancing With The Stars contestant Gilles Marini was also in attendance.
I was hoping Getty Images would post some pro shots of Cheryl Burke’s 30th Birthday Party at the Tao Beach in Las Vegas yesterday and they did!! Below are Dancing With The Stars pros Cheryl, Sharna Burgess, and Mark Ballas posing (and dancing!) on the red carpet. Be sure to see any of the Getty links for more fun photos.