Thanks to @idolxFactor for this Good Morning America segment today. Val Chmerkovskiy makes a 14 year old’s dream come true. More below. Note we might see these two do a performance on Dancing With The Stars in the future….
This is a little dated (and I can’t remember if we posted this), but, it’s fun to watch in case you missed it. #DWTSOffSeasonFun Thanks to Lois for the find.
Mark and Shirley Ballas Interviewed On DWTS Season 20 And Decisive Factor To Win: “Votes and talent or family connections?”
Mark and Shirley Ballas talked with Radar Online about Dancing With The Stars Season 20. Mark was disappointed he and Willow got eliminated too early. He thought Willow “got the short end of the stick”. I couldn’t agree more.
Votes and talent or family connections? Mark Ballas tells RadarOnline.com he’s not sure what was the decisive factor in Rumer Willis winning Dancing with the Stars.
When Ballas and Willow Shields were eliminated in the seventh week of Dancing With the Stars, fans were shocked, but no more than the professional dancer himself, he said.
“We just stared at each other. I was beside myself,” Mark told Radar in an exclusive interview while promoting the big “Smoke Out” day event in Times Square with his mother, Shirley Ballas. The mother-son duo have quit smoking together and dished on that feat, along with his crushing elimination on DWTS.
“I thought Willow got the short end of the stick,” Mark said. “It wasn’t fair.”
Fast-forward to a few weeks later and Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy took home the coveted Mirror Ball, with the help of her movie star parents, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis, along with a major push from their Hollywood friends.
“I guess when people vote they thought since we had such high scores from the judges that they thought ‘she’ll be alright,’” Mark surmised.
His mother concurred, and told Radar: “They networked. The whole family did their homework. It was great and amazing for them. And they got all their A-list friends to help. She definitely deserved it.”
Indeed, Ashton Kutcher and Gwyneth Paltrow both showed their support for Rumer, taking to their social media accounts to try and boost her numbers.
“People love the show, watch and root for people but they don’t vote,” Mark said about his experience being partnered with Shields.
“She should have been in the finals. She had the skills and the personality.”
But there are no bad feelings he told Radar, and complimented Rumer, saying: “She was awesome.”
To read the full interview including how they are helping others to quit smoking, see Radar Online.
Do you remember when Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy, Rumer Willis, Sharna Burgess, Noah Galloway, Alison Holker and Riker Lynch visited the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital in May? Well below is some video footage. You can also read a special report on at this link. Thanks to Lois for the heads up.
A TV Heads Up: In case you missed it the first time, ABC is re-airing the Dancing With The Stars 10th Anniversary show on Sunday, May 31st. Be sure to tune in. It’s a great show. Thanks to Jennifer for the heads up.
Ali Lanyon, Pennsylvania Co-Anchors the very early Morning News show from 4:30 am to 7 am on WHTM TV, ABC27, Harrisburg, PA. She also wears a Reporter’s Hat for the station. She filed Backstage Reports from The Monday and Tuesday Finale shows. Also, seen commenting on the video clips are her Morning News Co-Anchor James Crummel. And the Morning News Weather Anchor, Brett Thackara.
She interviewed Tom Bergeron, Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess, Riker Lynch, Allison Holker, Val Chmerkovskiy, Rumer Willis, and Carrie Ann Inaba. She also did a fun segment on those with tickets waiting outside the studio to get in. Even if you have a ticket, there is a chance you will be turned away.
Please check out Ali’s reports at the following links:
By Lois A Troutman, May 23, 2015
Finale – Part Two
The Perfect 10 Tenth Anniversary, Season 20, came to a close. From start to finish, an air of celebration permeated inside and outside of the Ballroom. Champagne was sipped, the bubbly flowing freely! The show was vibrant, jam-packed with dancing, singing, remembrances, Ike a non-stop party! A brand-new pristine white outdoor stage was debuted! A highlight was a Rehearsal Blooper Reel with the cast being their playful selves! Tony Dovolani and the Pros spoofed a Bruce Willis movie Die Hard. Their version was Dance Hard! It was a cute, clever concept! A trip through the season was taken highlighting theme weeks, a double elimination, Trios, Team Dances, and the Semi-Finals. Stars talked about their fellow Finalists.
The Road to The Mirror Ball was paved with Gold! A brand-new, blinged-out Trophy awaited the winners at the Finish Line! The Finale was: Read more..
Sharna Burgess has written a last blog for Dancing With The Stars Season 20. She and Noah may not have won the Mirror Ball, but, she feels they won in another way. Sharna also thanks fans for their support. Below is more from Closer Weekly.
We may not have received the Mirror Ball Trophy, but Noah and I won this competition in so many other ways! He inspired me every minute of our journey together, and I’m so thankful he trusted me to tell his inspiring story through dance.
It takes an extremely brave individual to overcome what Noah has gone through. Noah gave me his all on the dance floor each and every week, and I could not be more proud of him. He pushed me creatively and it has been incredible to choreograph his routines. Noah is and will always be my hero.
Thank you to our Team Shway fans for your support throughout this DWTS season! We are beyond grateful for your part in our journey and adore each and every one of you! I hope to see you at my newest venture, Dance Fuzion, a three-day weekend dance convention that gives people from all experience levels the opportunity to learn from choreographers and celebrity dancers from around the world. Much love!
Awww, I love her so much and what an unforgettable pairing not only for their inspiration, but, for their amazing lines and lifts. To read Sharna’s last blog of the season in full, see Closer Weekly.
Val Chmerkovskiy Coming Back For Dancing With The Stars Season 21, Rumer Willis To Tour, And More – New Interviews
Just a few new interviews with Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy. First, check out TV Guide as they talk about winning Dancing With The Stars. Though were they “pretty much the front runners” all season? I guess it depends on how you look at it. Nastia and Derek were the front runners all season in my opinion. Anyway, I was surprised to see how Val gave Riker and Nastia some props. Though not sure this would have happened during the season?
Val, you and Rumer were pretty much the frontrunners all season. Was that a double-edged sword in a sense?
Chmerkovskiy: Yes and no. Even though we were frontrunners, I didn’t feel like it was necessarily because of the fact that it was coming so easy to [Rumer]. I think, if anything, when it comes to logistics of the competition and the skill set that you need to have a successful dancer, I would say Riker [Lynch] or someone like Nastia [Liukin] had way more elements in their repertoire coming into the show that would make them a frontrunner in that sense. … I feel like she was a frontrunner in the way she was able to connect to the audience. And that, I actually felt, was a strength that kind of put me at ease a lot of times. … It did add pressure, but it added a beautiful pressure of trying to exceed those expectations, and motivation. But the fact that she was able to connect to our audience so well eased that pressure, because I knew that no matter what she would do, she would do it wholeheartedly and she would do it passionately and with her entire spirit, and people were going to love it regardless.
Also, note that Val says he will be back next season for Dancing With The Stars. Rumer will not only be in “Sway” (as we learned on Wednesday), but, she might be making a few appearances in the new Dancing With The Stars tour.
What’s next for both of you? Val, are you coming back next season?
Chmerkovskiy: Yeah, for sure. Just don’t tell Rumer I said this, but I’m very excited to be back next season and hopefully do it again. Before that, I’m going on Dancing with the Stars tour this summer.
Willis: I’ll be there for a few days too.
Chmerkovskiy: Yeah, Rumer’s going to come on for a couple of shows. It’s a 40-city tour. I believe we have close to 60 shows for the next two months. It starts June 3 in Atlantic City and goes until August 10.
Willis: I’m going to obviously keep dancing a little bit, but also I’m going to try and work on music a little bit more. I’d love to be able to possibly do some Broadway in the future.
Below is also an interview with The Chew…
Kristyn Burtt, Dava Darv, and Suri Serano review the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale. Let us know what you think as always….