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.
DWTS Mark Ballas Performs “Get My Name”, Talks About His Shoulder Injury On The Home And Family Show
Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas has been making the rounds promoting his new “Get My Name” single this week. Yesterday, he did the Home And Family show on Hallmark. You can watch him perform a stripped down version of his new single “Get My Name” at this link (does he not have an awesome falsetto or what?). He also gives them an update on the shoulder injury that he sustained while rehearsing for the finals with Candace Cameron Bure. He also discusses the mental and physical strength required to be a serious contender for the mirror ball trophy. Don’t miss it!
PureDWTS reader Madison Taylor has written us a blog on seeing the finalists of Dancing With The Stars Season 18 in New York City on Good Morning America. She takes up close and personal…and sent us pics as well. This is a fun exciting (and “surreal”) read to say the least. Check it out. THANKS Madison!! Wonderful blog!xx
The DWTS Season 18 After Party On GMA
by Madison Taylor
Times Square was certainly buzzing with excitement as the flatbed float carrying the four final couples and dance troupe from DWTS season 18 pulled up to Good Morning America for the traditional after party! Suddenly the buzz turned to screams that could wake late morning risers in Brooklyn and then Boom! There was a confetti explosion…then there they were…
Now, I hate to sound cliché, but the only word that can truly describe what it is like to be there is ‘surreal’. After watching DWTS all season, partaking in the social media aspect of it and discussing it at work-it becomes more than just a “reality TV show”. You become attached to your favorite pros, passionate supporters of your favorite teams and truly touched by all the couples’ journeys which they share with the world on live television. Then you go to this after party and reality TV literally crosses your path in reality. Mark is taking what becomes the famous “group arrival selfie”. Meryl & Maks positively glowing, carrying their Mirrorball trophies, lead the victory walk. As they pass by, Meryl seems to be pinching herself to confirm that it’s not a dream- as am I after Maks (my favorite pro since I first saw him set foot on the dance floor in season 2) comes over and gives me a surprise kiss on the cheek!! OMG!! It’s been a week…and I’m still smiling=) Being able to congratulate Meryl and Maks in person and share this moment is almost unbelievable and absolutely fantastical! Derek is recording the entire red-carpet experience. Amy & Candace are all smiles greeting a full-house of fans. For many it was a big-time rush to see James & Peta arm in arm saying their hellos! It’s also quite moving to see the looks on their faces matching the look on the faces of the fans. It’s like everyone is for a split second on the same “Enjoy this Moment Team”. At the same time however, the dancers are doing some major mingling. Everyone was so real and so nice. You honestly needed a few minutes to absorb the realization that you just met Olympic champions, pop culture icons and some of the best dancers in the world. You just met twelve people that not only have you rather star-struck but that you genuinely respect and admire their talent, perseverance and example. Many autographs were given, pictures taken and memories made! It was great to see them all genuinely having fun together. There was no drama-just celebrating an exceptional season of hard work and outstanding dancing! At this point the four finalists go inside and talk with the GMA hosts. Outside, Artem, Jenna, Lindsay & Sasha entertained the crowds with some fancy footwork. The one song from the morning that sticks in my mind was “I’m so excited”. It was very apropos and a good anthem for the day. Every face of every person I saw was smiling and most of them were also on their phones sharing their good-morning-experience (I was guilty of that too). “Team clusters” could be identified by an assortment of creative posters that were made to showcase well wishes and congratulations! However, the true beauty was that there were no rivalries, no haters and no negative comments. It was also impressive to see members of the ‘Dance with Me’ family throughout the city excited and proud to be celebrating the big win and greeting and meeting “fellow fam”. While waiting for the final four to dance, the excitement in the air provoked random people to just start talking about DWTS or swapping pictures. Once the dancing began, although the stage was small and the moves were refined, the crowd was mesmerized. Every camera in Times Square was raised to catch every angle of every step! By the end, even the GMA hosts were grooving on the dance floor! It was truly a GREAT morning=)
Mark Ballas talked with Ralphie Tonight about this past season of Dancing With The Stars. He puts the rumors to rest about Maks and Meryl dating and how and why they dodged the question saying, “They’re just intelligent. They know how to play the game” (if only they knew how much respect they lose when they play games with fans like that). Mark also discusses his new album and his new “Get My Name” single below. More at the link including how he’d liked to jump on tour with a major artist. There is also an audio link of this interview at the link. Also, be watching TMZ LIVE as they should be posting a new interview soon.
“The day we put it out, it debuted at No. 24 on the iTunes Pop Chart,” Ballas recalled proudly of May 5. “I’m doing this all independently: no (record) label. So considering that, I’m really excited.”
The song is a fun pop track – Ballas croons over a bouncy beat infused with a bit of jazz. His “DWTS” cohort Derek Hough directed the song’s music video, a total throwback to the era of the ‘50s and ‘60s. “Get My Name” is the first single from Ballas’ forthcoming LP.
“This is the first full studio album I’ve done,” the singer said of the project. “I’ve done acoustic EPs and I’ve done acoustic stuff before, which has been a little more stripped back because I hadn’t had the resources or the access to amazing producers in the genre that I wanted to go into.”
That changed when Ballas signed a music publishing deal with Nashville-based BMG.
“(BMG) put me in the studio with some great producers like Jim Beanz, The Stereotypes, and then the producer that’s done a majority of my record’s name is Wizz Dumb,” Ballas revealed. “He’s Timbaland’s protégé; he works in that camp.”
ETA: To see Mark interviewed by Z100, go here. He also performs “Get My Name”.
“Makes your soul feel good” ~ Mark Ballas
Dancing With The Stars and singer Mark Ballas talked with 95.5 WPLJ FM about his new music and new album coming at the end of the summer. He says it’s finished, but, he wants to put out a couple of singles first. He’s also hoping to tour after the album comes out too. I’m excited for him. If the rest of the songs are anything like “Get My Name”, it’s going to be a winner in my opinion. Go Mark!
DWTS fan Haley went to GMA after the finale and very graciously provided a blog and some photos so we could all share in the experience. Thanks Haley!! If you want to see additional pictures of Derek and Amy from Haley’s day, hit up PureDerekHough.com
I arrived to the GMA studio at about 1:15 AM. I thought a lot of people might be there, but I was the first one by a long shot. There were a lot of crew members setting up the dance floor area and the float that the cast arrived on, so I had people to talk to. They were all really nice and complimented me on the sign I made and my dedication to attending the taping. They all seem like really happy people so it was nice to hang out with them and talk to them for a few hours. The majority of the people showed up at about 5:30am, but I already took my place against the barricade. I found out from the crew that no fans were going to be let inside the studio, so I figured that the next best place to be was the outside dance floor area. It was really uneventful until about 7:45 when the cameras were turning on outside and more people showed up just before the cast arrived on the float. We saw Derek shooting his instagram video and everyone was screaming and going crazy. Lindsay, Jenna, Artem and Sasha came outside very quickly and rehearsed a bit and took pictures with anyone who asked. They all looked like really close friends and Lindsay has the cutest laugh I’ve ever heard. We got to watch the cast interviews on a monitor outside, and the troupe watched along with us. Lindsay and Jenna were ‘awww’ing a lot at Charlie’s message to Meryl. Read more..
What a fun interview with Mark Ballas and the Huffington Post. He talks about the finale of Dancing With The Stars, his injury, and his “Get My Name” single. Speaking of “Get My Name”, Pure Derek Hough has a “behind the scenes” interview with George Pennacchio if you want to check that out too.