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Season 22 crowns a new champion

May 25th, 2016

The finale of Dancing With the Stars was a two hour event bringing back the entire cast to celebrate the naming of the new champion.  Each of the contestants from season 22 danced either a favorite routine or a new number.  The three finalists selected their favorite dance to reprise.  Mark and Paige selected their paso doble, whose unique choreography featured them simulating a fight in the octagon.


The men of Dancing With the Stars also performed a crowd pleasing routine to Badman by Pit Bull.



During the second half of the evening, each of the finalists danced a final fusion dance for one more set of judges scores.  Paige and Mark danced a jive/salsa fusion to Little Bitty Pretty One.  Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said Paige had set the standard for the entire competition.  Judge Len Goodman said that if the competition was based on dance only, Paige would be the one to beat.


Paige and Mark received a perfect 30, landing them at the top of the leaderboard with 89.  Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy were named in third place, and then Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd were named the winners, giving Mark and Paige second place.

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas Top the Leaderboard at DWTS Finale

May 24th, 2016

The long anticipated finale of Dancing With the Stars featured the three remaining celebrities vying for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.   Round one was the redemption round, where each couple selected a dance style which they felt they could improve on from their original dance.  Mark and Paige selected the salsa.  In week two they were doing the salsa when Mark was injured and unable to perform.  Alan Bersten stepped in for him.  They elected to do this style because they did not previously get to dance it together.  The fiery routine to "FireBall" by Pitbull earned perfect scores from judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, but judge Len Goodman said it lacked hip action and gave it a 9.  They ended the first round of competition at the top of the leaderboard.


For their freestyle, Mark was inspired by Paige's story of how she has dealt with the severe bullying she faced in high school.  The contemporay routine was performed to Over the Rainbow, which was sung by Mark's fiancee BCJean.  After the stirring routine, several of the judges, as well as Mark, were moved to tears. The routine earned a perfect 30 from the judges.


The scores from week 9 were added to the scores from last night resulting in Paige and Mark being on op of the leaderboard with 118, and Nyle and Ginger each having 114.  The finale of Dancing With the Stars will feature each couple doing a 24 hour fusion dance for more points and the season 22 winner will be announced!

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas Are Finals Bound!

May 17th, 2016

The quarter final round of Dancing With the Stars brought great dancing and the toughest eliminations of the season.  Each of the five remaining couples was assigned a dance form they had yet to dance, then a second dance as a trio-adding an eliminated pro dancer or troupe member to the routine.

The trio dances were first, with Mark and Paige being assigned the samba.  They chose troupe member Alan Bernsten, who filled in for Mark when he was injured early in the season.  Their samba to Hip Hip Chin Chin by Club Des Belugas featured Paige as a bird of paradise and Mark and Alan competing for her favor.  The detailed routine featured Paige in several solos.  The dance impressed the judges, resulting in a perfect 30 to start off the night!


Their second dance was the Argentine Tango to One Time by Marion Hill.  The sensual and perfectly pitched dance had everyone feeling a little warm in the ballroom.  It received perfect 10's from judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, but Len Goodman felt the dance was too sensual for his personal taste and he gave them a 9.  


The painful part of the evening arrived, where two of the couples had to be eliminated.  Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy were called safe, followed by Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd.  The final couple named to the final was Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas! 

Next week will be the DWTS finale, with the final dance being on Mark's birthday!  Get those votes in so it can be one of his best birthday's ever!

Mark Ballas and Paige VanZant Get Cold During Dancing With the Stars Semi-Finals

May 10th, 2016

Week 8 of Dancing With the Stars brought a new dance form for each team, as well as the judge's team dances.  Mark and Paige were assigned the Viennese Waltz to Stone Cold by Demi Lovato.  Mark created a theme to the two of them together in a blizzard, turning the ballroom into a winter wonderland.  The couple received positive comments and a score of 28 from the judges.


The second round the judges selected two teams to work with on a dance created by the judge.  Carrie Ann Inaba selected Paige, Mark, Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess as her two teams.  They danced a powerful paso doble to Everyone Wants to Rule the World by Tears For Fears.  The athletic dance received 10's from fellow judges Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman, and a 9 from America, who served as the third judge.


Mark and Paige were called safe before they danced their first dance.  Jodie Sweetin and Keo Moetspe were eliminated at the end of the night.

New week is the quarter finals with a new dance form and the return of the trio dances, as well as a DOUBLE elimination!

ET talks to Paige Van Zant and Mark Ballas

May 9th, 2016

Cameron Mathison caught up with Paige Van Zant, Mark Ballas, Ginger Zee, and Val Chmerkovskiy after they scored perfect 30's during week 7 of Dancing With the Stars!


Paige Van Zant and Mark Ballas land a perfect score!

May 3rd, 2016

Icon week on Dancing With the Stars brought a new dance for each remaining couple, as well as the team dances.   Paige Van Zant and Mark Ballas danced a jive to Proud Mary by Tina Turner.  The fast and furious routine had the judges giddy with praise and the couple earned a perfect 30!


Round two had the men celebrities teaming up for a James Brown themed dance, then the women danced to the music of Beyonce.  There were a few errors in the routine and the dance was given a 25.


The end of the night was the dreaded DOUBLE elimination.  Kim Fields & Sasha Farber, Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold, and Von Miller & Whitney Carson were announced in jeopardy.  Morris was declared safe, with Kim Fields and Von Miller having danced their last dance.