What a wake up call today. Derek Hough, Gleb Savchenko, Mark Ballas, Shirley Ballas, Witney Carson, and Lindsay Arnold attended the OK! TV Awards Party at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles, California last night. Also, Amy Purdy, Sasha Farber, and Emma Slater were there as well. Mark Ballas also performed. Be sure to see Getty Images for lots more pictures of them all. Looking over that link makes me wonder if there are some celebs there who will be on the new season of Dancing With The Stars?
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our beautiful Mothers out there. Below are just a few Dancing With The Stars things floating around for the holiday. First, check out the flowers Shirley Ballas received from Derek Hough. Beautiful…
And isn’t this another beauty? Gleb Savchenko posted this photo of his wife Elena and his daughter Olivia. He called Elena the “best Mom in the world”. *awww*
Also, Team USA talked with the Moms of Charlie White and Meryl Davis about Dancing With The Stars. Check out the part about the reunions that have taken below. More at the link on their skating and their tour.
“I really believe they’re in this together,” Cheryl said. “They both want each other to do well and are happy for each other. You don’t spend 17 years together and not support each other.”
A TV show likely isn’t going to change that for The Moms, either. Recently The Moms were together when the Stars on Ice tour stopped in Joe Louis Arena in their hometown of Detroit, and they enjoyed the fact that they were able to see each other for a bit there.
“Everything has been so chaotic and so crazy that we kind of gravitate to each other for our own comfort zone,” Jacqui said. “I guess there is a still a feeling of competition now (with “Dancing with the Stars) but it’s in a different way. Technically, we’re competitors, but honestly, I feel like having Meryl and Charlie on the show just doubles my chances of winning.”
The “Dancing with the Stars” shows have served as skating reunions as well. Each week it seems there has been a who’s who of skating stars in the stands. Charlie has had his longtime girlfriend, Tanith Belbin, (a 2006 Olympic silver medalist herself) there for support. Others who have popped in include Kristi Yamaguchi, an Olympic skating gold medalist and a “Dancing with the Stars” champion and Olympic champion and show runner-up Evan Lysacek.
Ok, more in a bit!
PureDWTS Media Round-up: A Birthday Bash, Across Grace Alley Stills, A Floor Show In Australia, And A Benefit Gala
Just a little Dancing With The Stars media round-up!!! This weekend, Dancing With The Stars pros Derek Hough and Karina Smirnoff attended a big birthday bash for dancing alumni Maria Menounos. Julianne Hough and Shirley Ballas also attended the fun event as well as a total of 800 guests. Derek’s sister Katherine and baby were also there. It started at noon with a pool party and ended with a Hawaiian party. Below is Derek and Karina dancing together during the festivities.
You can see more coverage at Pure Derek Hough!!
Speaking of Karina, have you seen this instagram photo yet? The photo features some beautiful stills of Karina from her first movie role “Across Grace Alley“. With an exception to some sound adjustments from Ralph Macchio, it sounds like the movie is almost finished and ready to go. Well, we hope?
And moving down under! Pros Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samodanova are currently in Australia. This weekend they gave a floor show and lecture. Below they Cha Cha and do a Paso Doble for the audience. Nice!! I need to add Elena to my Pro Wish List.
Lastly, remember dancer and ballroom instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis who was tragically hurt and lost her leg in the Boston bombings? Dancing With The Stars plans to help and follow her on her journey of recovery. Well, on June 15th, you can help too. There will be a Fundraising Gala for her and her husband Adam Davis in Boston. If interesting in attending and helping them, visit Aurthur Murray Facebook and Authur Murray Event Bright for details and ticket information. Thanks to Tumbles for the heads up on this news.
And that makes this post a wrap for now! More later! xxx
Just a heads up for Mark Ballas Fans! He along with his mom Shirley will be guests on The Ricki Lake Show on November 9th. They will talk about how suicide has effected their family. Below is a teaser from Ricki Lake and thanks to MarkBallas.com for the heads up on this news. This will in no doubt to be a touching episode. Be sure to tune in.
Dancing champion Shirley Ballas was a guest on After Buzz to critique this past week’s dances from a “professional” perspective. As some of you pointed out in comments, she feels much like we do. For starters, she felt Tony and Melissa’s individual dance could have used more difficult choreography, passion, and chemistry. Louis Van Amstel and Sabrina were interviewed and joined in to critique the dances as well from a “dancing” perspective. Louis thinks Tony should push Melissa more too. As for Derek and Shawn, Shirley says Derek is “creative beyond belief”, but, he and Shawn’s dance missed a few technical elements. She has some choice words to describe Gilles Marini which aren’t far from our own this season. He’s too “self absorbed” and not as “sincere” in his dancing like he should be. Lots more below on each couple including Shirley’s thoughts on who she thinks will be in the Finale: Shawn and Derek, Louis and Sabrina, Emmitt and Cheryl, or possibly Apolo and Karina if they can get their chemistry in check. This interview is 45 minutes long, but, so well worth a listen when you get a chance. Let us know what you think and if you agree with Shirley? Can I just say? SHIRLEY SHOULD BE A JUDGE! I’d love to see her more involved with the show every week somehow and even possibly replace Carrie Anne!! Can you imagine?
Mark wrote his last blog for the season at USA Today. He talks of how proud he is of taking an “unknown” to the finals and how thankful he is for all the fan support for he and Katherine Jenkins. They had a great time in New York City making the press rounds after the show. He also took some time to celebrate his birthday and spend time with his mom Shirley Ballas (pictured above). You can read on Mark’s summer plans below of working on a new album and working with music moguls and producers like Timbaland, Bangladesh, and the Beamer Boyz. He hopes to be back for the All-Star season of Dancing With The Stars.
This summer, I will be working on a new album. I recently signed to BMG as a writer/artist and will be working with some amazing producers like Timbaland, Bangladesh and the Beamer Boyz. I’m really looking forward to resting my body for a little and focusing on music and other things. Make sure to keep up with me on twitter @markballas for more updates during the break.
Until then, this wild animal is going to take a break and hopefully they will let me back out of my cage for DWTS’ All-Stars season! Hope to see you there!
Well it looks like last week’s edition was pretty popular, and got some of your questions answered (as well as some of ours :-)). Hopefully this week’s edition will be equally as amusing and informative…
…it looks like a lot of the top search terms this week were either pretty mundane (“pure dwts”, “pure dwts music list”, “cheesecake awards”, “who wore it better”, etc.), or were ones we had already addressed in last week’s edition (No, Hines is not married; and I am not going to further gratify any inquiries about “mark ballas girlfriend”). So this week, I picked out some of the more unique ones – they may not have gotten a huge number of hits, but the very fact that even ONE person was searching for some of these and somehow ended up here is amusing to me
Kym Johnson height
She’s between 5’6″ & 5’7″, depending on what Kym Johnson fan page you consult. Definitely one of the taller female pros – I pretty sure she’s the tallest current female pro, and the 2nd tallest female pro ever to do the show (she’s tied with Edyta, who is also 5’6″-5’7″; Anna Demidova is a willowy 5’10″!). Personally, I’d rather know the cup size of her Awesome Boobage(TM) or what bra she wears to get them to look so awesome, but that’s just me.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy salary
The answer: substantial The salaries of the pros on DWTS are a pretty well-kept secret that we only really hear speculation about - I’ve heard everything from $6K per week that they remain in the competition, to $5200 per episode, to a few hundred bucks extra for pro dances. Who knows what the real amount is, without consulting the IRS. However, we did do some speculating of our own after Maks appeared on Million Dollar Listing on Bravo…and we decided that he’d make one pretty damn good sugar daddy
John’s Comment: Related to this is how much the stars make. Here’s the info on what Shawn Johnson made on DWTS. Pros likely don’t make as much as the stars, but it’s another point of reference.
Shirley Ballas boobs
LOL!!! Glad I’m not the only one that admires them so much I couldn’t figure out why these searches were directing here…until I googled it myself and realized that we were the #1 link, thanks to a comment I made about Shirley’s great cleavage in the comments section of one of last week’s posts. However, I’m a bit saddened that no one else on the net is discussing them…maybe everyone else is just more entranced by Kym’s Awesome Boobage(TM)
Do Kirstie & Maks get along?
Quite well, I think. I can’t speak for everyone, but I daresay I haven’t seen Maks this happy & having this much fun since Mel B! They seemed to have a minor stumble in rehearsal this week, but they managed to pull it together and give two great performances nonetheless. No love lost between them Check out their appearance on Ellen last week – these two are just too charming together. Kirstie may not be the best dancer this season, but she’s certainly one of the most entertaining…on and off the stage
Chelsie Hightower Mormon
Erm…yeah, she is one. That’s about all I know, I’m afraid…John, care to interject anything? You’re the expert opinion on these two topics in question: blondes and Mormons
John’s Comment: Definitely mormon. Although, so are Lacey, Derek, Julianne and Ashly (to name the regular pros). I want to say that Chelsie’s brother was going on a mormon mission, but my memory could be off on this. Ashly even just tweeted about enjoying church on Sunday. Plus, her child’s name is Ammon which is a famous mormon name that comes from the Book of Mormon. Needless to say, ballroom dancing is very big in Utah and within the mormon community in general. The World Ballroom competitions are often held at Brigham Young University in their basketball arena so it can fit all the people. Imagine 8,000-10,000 ballroom fans enjoying the World Ballroom competitions. It’s a great experience. Although, I’ll admit that when they started the wave it might not have fit “ballroom” very well, but fun nonetheless.
Lacey Schwimmer white jive costume
Hahaha…someone is really in search of the crotch doily costume? I’m hoping it’s for laughs, and not with the intent of purchasing it Anywho…here’s a link to the edition of Who Wore it Better in which it appears, and also the Cheesecake awards where Heidi & I marveled at its tackiness. Just say no to crotch doilies, kids.
Derek Hough barefoot pics
Crazy kids & your foot fetishes! :-P I mean, I wouldn’t bat an eye at “Derek Hough shirtless” or “Derek Hough chest”, “Derek Hough abs”, or even “Derek Hough hair” searches…but feet? *shrugs* I guess it takes all kinds to make the world go ’round…so anyway, here ya go. Heidi even balked at this request…she wasn’t sure SHE even had one. Now THAT’S saying something! But you guys asked, and she delivered – but maybe in the future, try PureDerekHough for pictures of various parts of Derek’s anatomy
So last night, John & Heidi taught me how to check the site stats and see what the top search terms were for the site this week. And boy – is it interesting just what you kids are wanting to know So as a new feature, I’m going to go through top search terms at PureDWTS and answer your burning questions – and also some not-so-burning ones that I just find amusing So just what did you guys want to know about this week?…
Is Hines Ward married?
This was the top searched term for the site this week – and it only cropped up yesterday, after the story broke about Hines & a lady friend getting handcuffed under suspicion of grand theft auto. Unfortunately, the answer to this question seems murky at best. First I tried searching for a marriage license or a divorce decree in Fulton county, GA (Hines’ county of residence), and it did show some public records for Hines, but I didn’t feel like shelling out the $19.95 fee to see them in their entirety…sorry guys So I had to go the gossip route on this one. According to Player Wives (which I would take with a grain of salt), he was allegedly married at some point to Simone Ward, the mother of his son Jaden. However, rumors started swirling of their separation back in late 2008, after Hines was spotted spending some time with another lady. That same article references a claim from Gossip Online (which of course I cannot find) that they’ve either been separated or divorced for at least a year now. So due to the lack of mainstream speculation about whether Hines was creeping around on wifey, I would venture a guess that they are probably no longer romantically involved, at the very least. We all know that the gossip mags would just jump on that one if they thought they had something solid to go on ;-) But I must say – Simone is quite striking. Very pretty lady.
Mark Ballas hand gesture/obscene gesture/rude gesture
I don’t know why I find this slightly funny, but I do Maybe it’s just funny out of context. Anywho…this one was discussed at length by our readers in the comments section of Vogue’s post about whether Mark & Chelsea’s risk-taking was hurting their chances of winning. Many believed it was obscene; others insisted it was benign. According to Mark’s mom Shirley’s Facebook, it was meant to be a “rolling the dice” gesture for a risky paso. Tom Bergeron also weighed in on the gesture in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, and of course added his own brand of Tom humor to the explanation The official word: it was meant to be “rolling the dice”. The Courtney opinion? Glad it wasn’t obscene after all, but maybe next time don’t pick a gesture that could be so easily misinterpreted within context.
This one definitely came out of left-field – we first reported that jockey Chantal was a possible contestant for season 11 back in August of last year. Obviously, that has yet to materialize into anything solid. So I’m wondering if horse racing fans just have Chantal on the brain, with the Kentucky Derby upon us…or maybe you guys know something we don’t?
I’m hoping & praying that you guys are searching this in order to find my post that explains why Dial Idol doesn’t work for DWTS, because as of last week this has been declared a 4-letter word here at PureDWTS If so, please – feel free to refer any renegade believers freaking out over so-and-so being in the bottom on that blasted site to my post to show them they probably shouldn’t put too much stock in what it says :-D Once again, if it just happens to be correct – pure coincidence. Not a genius prediction.
DWTS Music List
Glad you guys come to us for the rundown on the tunes you’ve heard on the show As always, you can find all the music from the show right here, or by clicking on the “DWTS Music” link on the top right-hand side of the page. John usually posts each week’s music on Monday after the show wraps in the Mountain time zone.
How old is Shirley Ballas?
The answer: cougar Just kidding! According to Shirley’s facebook page, she was born in 1960…and I know for a fact that she’s a Virgo (long story short – Corky jokingly blames their divorce on her zodiac sign), so she hasn’t had her birthday yet this year…so Shirley is 50. And looks fabulous!
Mark Ballas girlfriend
*sigh* Seriously guys? You’re gonna make me utter not one, but TWO forbidden words in one post? Alright, just this once…for those of you who have either been living under a rock or are fortunate enough to NOT have the ground-breaking Mark & Pia performance on last week’s results show rammed down your throat, Mark has allegedly (and I say allegedly because they both have elected to be uber-coy about the whole thing, despite some pretty incriminating media coverage *eye roll*) been spending some quality time with ousted Idol contestant Pia Toscano. She was in the audience next to Corky on Monday night’s show this week. Alright, no more P-word. Man, you guys really had Ballas on the brain this week!
Louis Van Amstel boyfriend
Ooh…this is a tough one. He publicly admitted having one on the Chelsea Lately show in 2009, and allegedly pointed him out in the audience on the Ellen show, but of course, I can’t find a clip. But hey, he’s a pretty enthusiastic (and verbose) Tweeter…what’s to say he won’t spill the beans if you ask nicely?
DWTS 12, Week 7 – Nicki Minaj, James Blunt, Shirley Ballas, Val Chmerkovskiy & More On “Ballroom Greats Week”
The theme for week 7 is “Ballroom Greats”. Lots on tap!! The entertainment includes Nicki Minaj, James Blunt, Wayne Brady, and the Macy’s Stars of Dance. Former Ballroom Champions Shirley Ballas (Mark’s Mother) and Luca Baricchi will make special appearances to help teach the couples. Donnie Burns MBE (the most decorated Latin dancer of all time) will be a guest judge. Val Chmerkovskiy (Maks’ brother) and his professional partner, Daria Chesnokova, will dance on the Results show (see a new fun video of them dancing and Val talking with he and Maks’ Dad here.). More below and at ABC Medianet.
“Episode 1207″ – “Dancing with the Stars” celebrates “Ballroom Greats” week, MONDAY, MAY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET/PT), on The ABC Television Network. Serving as guest judge, alongside Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno, is Donnie Burns MBE, the most decorated Latin dancer of all time and head of the World Dance Council. Each couple, who will dance a style they have yet to perform, will have received a “master class” from one of ballroom’s best, either former Latin World Champion Shirley Ballas or Luca Baricchi, former Ballroom World Champ.
Monday is also the first time that the couples perform two dances, the second, the Team Cha Cha Competition. Captains Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane lead their teams, Kirstie Alley & Kendra Wilkinson and Ralph Macchio & Romeo, respectively, each to be scored as a group by the judges.
On TUESDAY, MAY 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), the evening begins with “Dancing with the Stars: The Encore,” which will show highlights from the previous night’s performances. Then on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show: Episode 1207A” (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), another couple will be eliminated from the competition, and musical guests James Blunt and Nicki Minaj perform. James Blunt will sing “I’ll Be Your Man” and, in honor of “Ballroom Greats” week, Amateur U.S. Latin champions Val Chmerkovskiy and his partner, Daria Chesnokova, will dance. Nicki Minaj performs “Moment 4 Life” — Lacey Schwimmer, Chelsie Hightower, Kiki Nyemchek and Sonny Pederson dance.
This week’s “Macy’s Stars of Dance” is a special tribute to the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, in celebration of his birthday. The multitalented Wayne Brady stars in the number and is choreographed by creative directors Kevin and Marcel Wilson.
In the first “Spotlight Segment” of the season, the spotlight shines on 17-year-old ballerina Patricia Zhou. Patricia currently studies at the prestigious Kirov Academy of Ballet and has just been accepted at the Royal Ballet. In the weeks to come, “Spotlight Segments” will feature people whose lives have been changed by dance.
This is going to be fun. I can’t wait to see Val dance again! Who’s with me on this?
The DWTS fun continues. First up, Erin Andrews was interviewed about the finale this week by Movie Line. She discusses the judges’ weird scoring, Jennifer Grey’s pain tolerance, and the best moments of the season. Here is a take.
Did you think Bristol stood a shot of winning throughout the episode?I didn’t know because of the way it had gone all season. It was so unpredictable. The only thing I thought that was very telling was just how far apart the scores were. Jennifer had really separated herself and I was just thinking to myself, I remember sitting in the audience after I got the boot last year — I remember Evan was probably five points away from Nicole, and I was sitting next to Cheryl [Burke] and she was like, “It’s too much. He’s not going to be able to make it up; Nicole’s going to win.” I remember looking at Kyle and Bristol’s scores and thinking, “It’s too much of a lead. I don’t think Kyle’s going to win and I don’t think Bristol’s popularity votes will matter.” But then I kept saying to myself, “It can’t be this predictable, right? It can’t be this predictable. Something’s going to happen.” So I wasn’t surprised Bristol got there. In all honesty, of all the dancers left, I think third was the best spot for her. I don’t think she danced better than Kyle or Jennifer, but I congratulate her and think third place was a huge accomplishment for her.
Watching Kyle’s freestyle, I thought, “This is something Erin will love.”I loved it. I just really love his personality and was cheering for him. The one thing I will say about Kyle in the finale — I don’t agree with his scores. I don’t think he was scored correctly at all. I thought a lot of the stuff he did in the finale was right up there with Jennifer. I do agree with Jennifer’s scores though; I thought hers were perfect. But I don’t think he was scored high enough. That bothered me.
I thought the scoring was downright mysterious. Bristol was scoring straight 9s again? What?Oh, her freestyle? She got better scores on her freestyle than I did. I said, “Wow. That’s amazing.” It’s very interesting. I would love to know from the judges where they were coming from with the scoring. Even last night, the dances they did — Kyle got an 8 from Len, and Bristol got a 9 from Len. I was just curious where he was coming from. But that’s part of the whole thing; the [producers] don’t hold the judges accountable. They don’t need to explain their scores. I just don’t think Kyle was scored high enough.
There was plenty of ridiculousness in the finale. Any particularly cuckoo moments you liked most?I thought the finalists didn’t have any ridiculous moments, but I thought the skits were hysterical. I thought the David Hasselhoff thing was great. Nothing else struck me as, “Oh my gosh, this is ridiculous.” I did love the part — once I figured it out — the watermelon thing with Jennifer Grey. I thought it was perfect. “I carried a watermelon.” That came up again and again in my mind. I loved that Kyle and Lacey did the Tootsie Roll. It was phenomenal. He’s so stinkin’ cute. I think if anything, I’m bummed out. I mean, I’m happy with Jennifer winning, and I thought she was phenomenal — particularly for someone who ruptured her disc? That must’ve been some major drugs she was on. My dad has two herniated discs in his back, and he said, “Ruptured discs? How do you even walk right now?” I give her kudos for everything she put her body through. I just don’t think the scoring difference between her and Kyle should’ve been as great as it was. But I don’t mean to take the mirror ball trophy away from her — she was phenomenal.
Mark updated his blog on USA Today. Here are his thoughts on the finale. He also speaks of his future plans which you can read more on at the link.
I think I’m ready to sleep. For a week!
After the exhaustive 14 weeks of the show, which included not one day off, I didn’t know what to do with myself on Thanksgiving. Fortunately, I was able to sleep in and spend the day with family and friends. After a nice meal, I went to see a movie with my mom and Derek (Hough). It’s great to have the time again to spend with family!
The whirlwind of Tuesday night’s finale lasted for 24 hours. Immediately following the end of the show, we did press in the ballroom. Then we hopped a plane for a red-eye flight to New York. As you can imagine, we really didn’t sleep much on the plane because of the excitement. With bloodshot eyes, we arrived and went directly to Good Morning America for our live segment. That was followed up by a visit on The View, then straight back to the airport to fly back home. I was only gone for 21 hours. That’s crazy!
When I was headed to the airport in NYC, I said goodbye to Bristol. It played out like a sad movie scene: The door closed to the car and she placed her hand on the window after we waved goodbye, and the car sped away with me looking back, Bristol getting smaller and disappearing in the horizon.
Sure that’s a little dramatic, but I’m really going to miss my time with Bristol. It’s not possible to live and experience what we went through and not remain close or miss each other afterward. This really was the most memorable season for me and I’m sad that it’s over.
Mark also posted this fun picture of himself and Derek for their “annual Christmas card noting how many championships their extended family has to its name”. He also posted a picture of his Mom, Shirley (who has helped 9 of the current DWTS pros). Be sure to see it too at the link.
Speaking of pictures, here’s one Brandy posted on her twitter of her and Maks where she said, “You will forever be my champion!! Love you so much:) ” (a little “awww” moment there )
Zap2it has a fun Photo Gallery up of all the best and worst moments on the show this year. Be sure to see it HERE !!!
Jennifer was also interview by Zap2it. Here is take of her talking about her injuries this week before showtime.
“I think it might have been one of those flips or kicks or splits,” Grey says, with a blue icepack slid behind her tasseled pants. “When you dance with a 25-year-old, it’s a risk you take.”
But now that show is over, so is any anxiety over the toll on her body. Thanking Derek, her family and the fans, Grey is quick to point out the small group who really kept her in the game. “My doctors kept putting me together,” she says.
Looking back on the experience, Grey says that, win or lose, she got what she wanted from the series. “The destination for me was the journey,” she says, “and in the truest since of the word, this journey was the gift… It’s so much fun, glamour and sillyniess. It’s a great gift to be part of a show that gives people so much joy.”
Lastly, don’t miss seeing this funny skif of Tom Bergeron on the Jimmy Kimmel Show this week if you missed it. “The Burden of being Tom Bergeron”. lol ;
Ok, that is all for now! Dance the day or night away whichever is best!! xxx