CJOnline is reporting that Miss Kansas 2009 won Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas’ video contest for “Miss Incredible”. What a cool pick!! I’m loving the idea behind this video. Here is more and be sure to visit the link for more.
Becki Walenz has been living a relatively quiet — or, rather, musical — life since she was Miss Kansas in 2009.
But the Kansas State University trumpet instructor will be putting her musical talent back in the public eye in the music video for “Dancing with the Stars”-famed Mark Ballas’ latest single, “Miss Incredible.”
A news release from Walenz, 26, said she saw a contest on Twitter called “I’m Miss Incredible.” The contest, open to any U.S. woman that was “doing amazing things to enhance their lives and the lives of others,” was a casting call for Ballas’ music video. The singer-songwriter’s video will feature multiple women in their roles as “Miss Incredible.”
In his video call for auditions, Ballas said he was “raised by an incredible woman,” inspiring him to recognize other incredible women for what they do.
Walenz’ audition video was confirmed as a winner a week after submission. Walenz plays trumpet in the KSU Faculty Brass Quintet and Salina Symphony Orchestra in addition to her work as an instructor at Kansas State University and Kansas Wesleyan University.
I know that Vogue and I did posts about the new TV Show with Mark, and Derek’s movie has been mentioned in the past, but I thought I’d give a little update. The DVD for “Make Your Move” is out and got a pretty great review which you can read part of on PureDerekHough.
Vogue and I are continually updating purederekhough.com, so head over there if you need or want more info.
If you head to Direct Lyrics, you can read the lyrics to Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas’ new song “Miss Incredible”. You can also view the single cover (which we previously reported on) and another new photo from the same series. Also note that the single release on iTunes has been moved up to Sunday, August 3rd!! You can pre-order it here.
Just a few more things from the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards. First, and in case you weren’t able to watch them on The CW Network last night, check out Pure Derek Hough. We’ve added some video of Derek Hough dancing with his Move Live On Tour dancers. It’s awesome. They killed that stage. Heidi added some more HQ photos too. *sigh*
Also don’t miss Kristyn Burtt’s interviews with Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, and Amy Purdy at the Red Carpet Closet. They talk on their summer and current projects. Mark and Derek also talk on Dancing With The Stars and if they are returning. Kristyn also has a summary of her interviews at She Knows. Here is a little take….
Ballas was asked about his inspiring new single and said it was an awesome song for all women. “I want them to feel sexy no matter what shape, race or color.” The dancer-singer-songwriter added that he just wants all women to feel empowered when they hear his tune.
“All women that’ll hear this song will feel sexy and confident,” Ballas continued, “They’ll be like ‘That’s my song!’”
Derek talked about the success of his sold-out tour and how happy he’s been with the response. “It was amazing. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”
As far as coming back for Season 19 of DWTS, Hough joked he “may come back as a curtain.” But, as there are still many challenges left to be accomplished on the dance competition series, the blond dancer may just come back for one more go.
Lastly, Glamour interviewed Mark, Derek, and Amy Purdy. Below is more for what they found out out about their projects and future on Dancing With The Stars. Be sure to read the link for more. Note the mentions on Oprah….
Here’s the thing: Every season on DWTS, Derek wants to be inspired. Rightfully so. He is the choreographer of our generation. Even though Derek didn’t take home Mirrorball number six last season, it was probably his most rewarding season to date, thanks to his partnership with Amy. So is there anything left? “I don’t know yet,” he admitted to me at the Young Hollywood Awards (airing tonight on the CW). “I have a few weeks [to decide].”
The rumor is that after a grueling tour schedule (Derek and sister Julianne finished their Move Live tour in Los Angeles on Saturday night), an upcoming book launch (Taking the Lead: Lessons From a Life in Motion), and numerous other projects, the Emmy-winning choreographer is ready for a break—or a new challenge. “I just want to be inspired,” he stated quite matter-of-factly.
If there’s anyone to inspire him to sign up for more Dancing, it’s Oprah. In fact, Derek and Amy are finally planning their much-talked about lunch with Lady O. “I’m seeing her in two weeks,” he revealed. Amy is actually going to team up with Oprah on her “Life That You Want” tour, and Derek has been invited to perform with Amy. Does all that bonding time with Oprah mean something more? Could Oprah actually join DWTS and partner up with Derek? “That would be amazing! Or we could just start up a whole new dance show on OWN and call it Own the Dance Floor!” he joked. “OK, that was awful. [Laughs]”
Meanwhile, Derek’s best friend, colleague, and all-around “package deal” (his words, not mine) Mark Ballas revealed a little bit of insight into DWTS negotiations. According to Mark, the reason that none of the pro-dancers have committed yet is that none of them has actually been offered a deal. “We usually don’t get the call until about five days before,” he revealed. “It’s usually that late, so we’ll see.”
Wow, Oprah doing Dancing With The Stars would be amazing, but, I doubt she’d do it. And let’s hope we find out more soon on whether Mark and Derek will be back for Dancing With The Stars Season 19!! *keeping my fingers crossed*
I’ve been saying for years that Derek has all kinds of irons in the fire on a variety of projects. It seems this is the year where a bunch of them come to light. Tour with Julianne. Check. Write a book. Check. Flip a house with Mark??? Ummm…Check?? Knew he was flipping a house, didn’t know it was going to be a TV Show. Only four episodes, but it should be interesting….from EON:
Instead of dancing a perfect paso doble, champion dancers Derek Hough and Mark Ballas from ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars will be kicking up dust on their latest project — a home renovation series on HGTV. Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip, a four episode series, will follow along as the multi-talented entertainers who recently co-purchased a house in Southern California completely gut and rehab the property before flipping it for profit. Currently slated to premiere on HGTV in early 2015, the series will be produced by Scott Sternberg Productions.
“At the end of the day, this house is a significant investment in more ways than one, so we have to make this flip work. We’re putting our own blood, sweat and money on the line.”
Hough and Ballas are ready to tackle the challenge of a total home renovation and say the finished residence will be a stunning showcase for the property’s amazing mountain views. Each will play an active role on the work site — participating in everything from demolition to décor.
“Mark and I have worked together for years, but flipping a house is uncharted territory for us,” said Derek. “At the end of the day, this house is a significant investment in more ways than one, so we have to make this flip work. We’re putting our own blood, sweat and money on the line.”
Mark added, “When we bought this house Derek and I both had BIG ideas. Since I am not much of a DIY guy, I’m really grateful that HGTV has stepped in to lend some expertise. We have good creative vision within several areas of the rebuild and I am really looking forward to seeing some of these ideas come to fruition. It’s an important summer project for both of us!”
What an incredible night at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards. Don’t miss heading to Pure Derek Hough as soon as you can as Derek Hough and his dancers took center stage. Also, Derek won an award for “Hottest Body of Work”. You can view video and see more pictures.
Below are more pictures and some video too of Cheryl, Derek, and Mark. I had to throw in our 2nd place winner from Dancing With The Stars from last season too…. Miss Amy Purdy. Beautiful!!
The Young Hollywood Awards are being taped in Hollywood as I type. They won’t air until tomorrow night at 8:00pm ET on The CW Network. Until then though, Getty Images is coming out with Blue Carpet arrival photos of Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, and Mark Ballas. Derek Hough’s “Move Live On Tour” dancers are also pictured being they are performing with Derek. Here are just a few of the pics coming out. Be sure to watch this link as it’s being updated continually.
Awww, there are some great photos of Mark Ballas at Getty Images. Yesterday, the Dancing With The Stars pro performed at ’5 Towers’ stage for National Dance Day at Universal CityWalk in Universal City, California. According to some fans at twitter, he “slayed” the vocals. Don’t forget, his new single for “Miss Incredible” will be available to download at iTunes on July 29th (I hope that date right as it’s changed again I think?).