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Posts Tagged ‘DWTS All Stars’

Mark Ballas: Our rehearsals have been a million times better since that first-ever argument with Bristol

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 14, 2012

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From Mark Ballas’  DWTS blog at USA Today:

All in all, I think it was a successful week, jumping up 4.5 points from last week. Even though we’re still at the bottom of the leaderboard, I was happy with that.

Monday’s episode showed the first-ever argument between Bristol and myself. It’s really hard to capture the full breadth of a 45-minute conversation in a 90-second recap.

TWITTER: Follow Mark Ballas at @MarkBallas

CATCH UP: Read Mark’s previous post

A lot of people have been asking why I “missed a rehearsal.” I had a family matter involving my mom that morning, and I did everything a cast member is supposed to regarding a rehearsal cancellation or a time change. I called production and told them I wouldn’t make it and that we should reschedule for that evening. We did make up the lost rehearsal time that night. And thankfully, my mom is doing much better.

On the upside, our rehearsals since then have been a million times better. We are much stronger as a team, and ready to push forward. I love what I do and love doing it for the fans. I always give 100% and am proud to be a member of this cast.

This week’s theme is “Rock ‘n’ Roll,” which is one of my favorite styles and favorite genres of music. In terms of dance style, it calls for a mix of the Lindy Hop, jitterbug and the like. Bristol, however, is finding the speed and over-the-top personality of the dance challenging.

I had to completely change the creative approach and choreography, which is hard because this season is “All-Stars” and the bar has been raised that much higher. I just hope we can push through and make this routine as great as it should be.

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Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas to dance “rock and roll” for Week 4 on DWTS All Stars

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 9, 2012

Bristol and Mark were declared “safe” during the second elimination on Dancing With The Stars Tonight!  They will be going on to the Week 4 competition.  Congratulations to both of them on a job well done!

Please be sure to tune in next week and vote, vote, vote to help Bristol and Mark go on to Week 5 DWTS and beyond!  We hope they win that mirror ball trophy!

From article by Ann Oldenburg at USA Today:

Time for the first elimination. Would it be Drew or Kirstie?

Season 2 champ Drew Lachey.

“I can honestly say I would not change a thing,” Drew said of his experience on the show. “Everybody questioned why I would come back. I came back because this is fun. I had an amazing partner.” Tom Bergeron gave his “buddy” a hug, while the crowd cheered them.

The dance styles for next week were then revealed. Each couple had 10 seconds to pick a dance for another team.

Here’s how it went:

Bristol and Mark picked for Bollywood style for Gilles and Peta.
Kirstie and Maks, who Brooke casually mentioned were “safe,” picked disco for Sabrina and Louis.
Helio and Chelsie picked Mambo for Shawn and Derek.
Kelly and Val picked Bolero for Emmitt and Cheryl.
Melissa and Tony picked Hip Hop for Apolo and Karina.
Apolo and Karina picked Jitterbug for Melissa and Tony.
Emmitt and Cheryl picked Contemporary for Kelly and Val.
Shawn and Derek picked Broadway for Helio and Chelsie.
Sabrina and Louis picked Charleston for Kirstie and Maks.
Bristol and Mark got Rock and Roll.

But one celeb would not be dancing their chosen dance. Someone was still going home.

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And finally, the second elimination.

Bristol and her partner, USA TODAY blogger Mark Ballas, were safe!

Who was going to get the boot — race car driver Helio Castroneves or Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan?

Helio Castroneves. Aw.

He thanked the racing league for letting him take time off to participate, his family, America and partner Chelsie Hightower. “I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “Thank you.”

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Bristol and Mark dance a futuristic Paso Doble for Week 3 of DWTS All Stars

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 9, 2012

Video retrieved from MamaBarracuda

Andrea Rieher at ZAP2it reports:

It was Iconic Dance Week on “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” and Bristol Palin andMark Ballas chose to do the futuristic paso doble that Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough did during Season 9.

The dance was very dramatic, but the big drama was happening behind the scenes. Bristol was upset after last week’s critique and started accusing Mark of wanting to be paired with Shawn or Sabrina.

“I feel like you’re bummed that you have me as a partner … you’re like ‘Oh dang, I got paired up with Bristol,'” says Bristol. She also says she thinks Mark wants to go home already.

But they patched things up and were able to channel their energy into their dance, which the judges were very complimentary about.

“The most content I’ve seen in any dance you’ve done and without a doubt the best dance you’ve done,” says Len. And Bruno says, “Bristol, the ice queen with the killer streak. Your lines were better than ever. I liked the concept, your best dance to date.” Carrie Ann adds, “You’re proving yourself a worthy competitor.”

They ended up getting three 7.5s for a total of 22.5.

Governor Palin posted this photo and comment on her Facebook page after the show:

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Backstage in Bristol’s trailer at #DWTS. You can call 800-868-3409 to vote for Bristol & Mark. Here are instructions on the other ways to vote: http://is.gd/16SJeU

 

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Bristol Palin: Four Ways to Vote for Team Ballin during DWTS Double Elimination Night

Posted by Dr. Fay on October 8, 2012

Posted on Bristol’s Blog today:

Four Ways to Vote for Team Ballin during DWTS Double Elimination Night!

October 8, 2012 By  5 Comments

Did you know that tonight is a special “double elimination night” for Dancing with the Stars? That means two “all star” couples are going home, no matter what.  Mark and I don’t want to be one of them!

If you think Mark and I are the best dancers tonight, then there are four ways to vote.

1. Phone

Please use this official telephone number.  It is:

800-868-3409

Phone lines open as soon as the show starts and stay open for 1 hour after the show.  Fans should try to phone vote as soon as the show starts.  After they dance and at end of the show are the hardest times to get through and we want every single vote.  You can vote on as many phones as you have access to.  For the first half of the season, voters will be allowed the same number votes as the contestants.  For example, this week there will be eleven contestants, so each type of account gets 11 votes.  Once they are down to 5 contestants or less, the fans still get 5 votes per account.

2. Text

AT&T users can text the word “vote” to “3409″ as well.  Once again you get the same number of votes as contestants.  You can text votes and call votes from the same phone.

3. E-mail

You can also e-mail votes online here.  On show nights there will be a vote tab.  You have to have an account to vote online.  You should make your accounts before the show starts because when the show is going the site crawls.  You can vote with as many accounts as you make.

4. Facebook

The final way to vote is by going to the DWTS Facebook app and casting your voteshere!

Spread this information far and wide! Thank you for your support!

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Bristol Palin Will Guest Blog at Access Hollywood and Hold Weekly Interviews with SarahNET Radio About Her DWTS All Stars Experience

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 25, 2012

Bristol posted this announcement at Bristol’s Blog this morning:

Guest Blogging at Access Hollywood

September 25, 2012 By  2 Comments

Hey Guys!  Just wanted to let you know to watch out for this on Access Hollywood:

LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — CaptionAs she gets ready to do battle in the ballroom, Bristol Palin will join AccessHollywood.com as a guest celebrity blogger for the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars.”

Each week, Bristol will share an exclusive inside look at the highs and lows from her “Dancing” journey, as well as her take on the behind-the-scenes action and what the cameras didn’t capture from the ABC reality series’ upcoming season.

“I am so excited to be a part of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ again. When I was on the show the first time, I kept thinking, ‘This is a once in a lifetime adventure.’ Well, I’m happy to say that I was wrong!” Bristol shared.

“I’ll be keeping you up to date about my dances, and — yes — whether I’ll be able to do the two step as well as the rest of them,” she added.

Read more here.

Here is Bristol’s first installment in that series:

Bristol Palin’s Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars Blog: Two Left Feet, But Dancing Anyway!

On September 10, she announced her upcoming weekly appearances at SarahNET Radio during the DWTS All Stars season.

Introducing a Weekly Interview with SarahNet Radio!

September 10, 2012 By  34 Comments

Recently, I sat down with Kevin Scholla, who operates SarahNET Radio.  (You should follow him on Twitter here and the radio program here!)  We talked about Life’s a Tripp, Dancing with the Stars, and — of course — Tripp.  Also, he’ll be broadcasting a special interview with me each week called “Breaking It Down with Bristol,” to go over my Dancing with the Stars adventure!  Listen to the show below — and thanks, Kevin!  This will be fun!

Bristol reported on her first ‘Breaking It Down With Bristol’ interview here:

“Breaking it Down with Bristol”

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Bristol Palin: How to Vote for Team Ballin on DWTS

Posted by Dr. Fay on September 21, 2012

This season’s DWTS All Stars starts next Monday night on ABC.  Bristol posted these suggestions for voting on her blog this morning.

How to Vote for Us on DWTS

September 21, 2012 By  1 Comment 

Mark’s website has some helpful information!  If you are one of my amazing voters, please read this carefully, because the rules have changed since the last time I was on the show!  Thank you guys for all of your support!

The couples dance on Monday nights for a score from the judges.  Then the fans vote for their favorite.  The judges score counts 50% and the fans 50%.  The key to the judges score is that they convert it to a percentage.  They take all the scores from the judges and add them together.  Then that number is divided into the score for the individual couple. That gives the 50% that counts as the judges scores.  Same thing with the fan vote.  All the votes are totaled and that number is divided into the couples fan vote.  The lowest combined judges scores and fan scores send a couple home.

There will be three ways to vote:

The first is by phone.  We will not know the phone number for Team Ballin until show time on 9/24.  The number will remain the same throughout the competition.  Phone lines open as soon as the show starts and stay open for 1 hour after the show.  Fans should try to phone vote as soon as the show starts.  After they dance and at end of the show are the hardest times to get through and we want every single vote.  You can vote on as many phones as you have access to.  For the first half of the season, voters will be allowed the same number votes as the contestants.  For example, the first week there will be thirteen contestants, so each type of account gets 13 votes.  The second  week it will go down to 12.  Once they are down to 5 contestants or less, the fans still get 5 votes per account.

ATT users can text their votes by texting the word “vote” to the last four digits of the voting number.  Once again you get the same number of votes as contestants.  It is my understanding you can text votes and call votes from the same phone.

The final way is online.  Go to http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/.  On show nights there will be a vote tab.  You have to have an account to vote online.  You should make your accounts before the show starts because when the show is going the site crawls.  You can vote with as many accounts as you make.

Dancing with the Stars is definitely a team effort.  Bristol and Mark will do the dancing-the fans have to do the voting!  Please be sure and support them with your votes on September 24!

 Be sure to tune in and vote for Bristol and Mark!   Information about the show can be found at the DWTS website.

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Bristol Palin Will Dance With Mark Ballas Again on DWTS All Stars

Posted by Dr. Fay on August 13, 2012

Bristol made this announcement on her blog today:

Announcement: My Professional Partner on DWTS is…

August 13, 2012 By  69 Comments

Drumroll, please!

I am so excited to announce that I am being paired up with a professional dancer named Mark Ballas again!  I couldn’t be more thrilled with this news!

As you may remember from my last season, Mark and I were a pair before.  By the time I met him, he had already won Dancing with the Stars twice—with Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi in Season 6 and Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson in Season 8. No pressure!!

Back then, I feared he’d be upset at being paired with such a newbie.

“I hope you have a lot of patience,” I said, “because I don’t know how to dance.”

That’s when he showed me a tattoo on his forearm. It said, simply, “patience.”

Immediately, I knew the producers had matched me with the right person in terms of personality. Mark was awesome! He wasn’t frustrated because I had no experience. Instead, he just took it from the top. I honestly think he could sit there all day and explain things to people, over and over again. He didn’t lose his temper, he didn’t make me feel stupid, and he really made it fun. If I ever got too upset at not “getting” a move, we’d take a break.

It was a pretty successful pairing, because we made it all the way to the end.  Mark, I am honored to be paired with you again!  I love you like a brother, and I can’t wait to see if we can’t bring home that mirror ball trophy this time around!

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