Let’s get straight to the media today! Though before we begin, know that we don’t go away in the off season of Dancing With The Stars. We have new “end of the season” Questionnaires coming. We want to ask you on which Pros and Celebs you’d like to see dance next season and much much more including RUMORS and special blogs from Heidi and Courtney. So, don’t go away.
Ok, onto some Media. First, see Stormy’s Tumbler Page for all the DWTS All Access coverage last night if you missed it. A huge thank you to her for working early in the mornings to get it all up as soon as possible for everyone. Afterwards, read People for all of their coverage including news that Peta might be expecting (WHA?? Be sure to read the link if your eyes are falling out like mine. lol). Then head to Glamour. Below is a take for what happened behind the scenes after the show was over. Be sure to read the link for lots more.
The ballroom cleared out pretty quickly after the show ended (both to get the final contestants on a flight to New York, and to get everyone else to the wrap party), but runner-ups Mark Ballas and Paige VanZant graciously came over for a chat. “It is bittersweet,” said Paige of last night’s outcome. “I’m upset of course. I wanted to take that mirrorball home, and I wanted [Mark] to win it for his birthday.” Still, “I’m really blessed for the opportunity. I feel like I haven’t lost anything, and I’ve only gained momentum, and a platform to speak out against bullying. It’s been amazing.”
Although it wasn’t the same as winning the mirrorball, head judge Len Goodman did say that if the finals were solely judged on dance, Paige was the best dancer. “It’s lovely to hear that,” noted Mark. “I’ve known Len a long time, and have a lot of respect for Len, so when he gives you that kind of a compliment, it’s very nice. But I know that [of Paige]. I knew that. So, you know…” he trailed off. Still, it’s not the end of the journey for the pro dancer and the UFC fighter, who have become close friends since early March. “I’m going to be in L.A. a lot,” revealed Paige, “so he won’t be able to get rid of me!”
Looking back to the very beginning of their journey, there’s not much Paige would change, expect for maybe one thing. “Maybe [I’d tell myself] to listen to Mark more right away,” she laughed. “And just completely embrace myself in this competition and not worry so much. I was so worried at first what I was going to say and if people were going to like me, but you know what? Just go for it and be yourself.”
As for Mark’s 30th birthday, the celebration will have to wait, as he and Paige will travel from L.A. to N.Y.C. and back again within 24 hours. It’s a hectic time for all the couples, who traditionally not only visit GMA, but Live with Kelly! and The View as well. After DWTS ended last night, season 22 champs Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd were trying to take as many photos with friends and family before publicists literally ushered them out of the studio to change and get on their flight. Peta’s fiance, Maks, was seen taking photos and sharing hugs with Nyle’s mom and twin brother. For more behind-the-scenes access, check out our Snapchat backstage!
Here’s a Glamour snapchat as well…