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Dancing With the Stars Crowns a New Champion

November 22nd, 2017

The season finale of Dancing With the Stars reunited the entire cast for one more show.  First up was the favorite dances of the three finalists.  Lindsey and Mark elected to dance their jive to Wake Me Up Before You Go by Wham!  The fast and furious dance was a hit with the audience and the judges, earning Team Stark their 3rd perfect score of the final competition.


The final round of dances was the dance fusion challenge, where the teams had to fuse to dance styles into one dance.  Lindsey and Mark were assigned a cha cha/Paso Doble fusion to Hot2Touch.  Once again Lindsey and Mark nailed it, getting a standing ovation and effusive praise from the judges.  They earned three more 10's, giving them a perfect 140 score for the final competition.


After the fusion dances the fans had 5 minutes to vote for their favorites, then the final placings were announced.  Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson received third place and then Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold were announced as the winners.  Lindsey and Mark received second place for the competition.

Congratulations to all the couples and thanks for an amazing season!

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas Earn Perfect Scores in the Finale

November 21st, 2017

Night one of the Dancing With the Stars finale brought two more rounds of dance for the four remaining couples in the competition.  Round one was the Redemption round.  Each couple was assigned one of the judges, who worked with them to improve on a dance they had done earlier in the season.  Lindsey and Mark were with guest judge Julianne Hough, who assigned them the quickstep.  After some work on Lindsey's posture the couple were ready for a long dance that involved staying in hold nearly the entire time.  They danced to Barflies at the Beach by Royal Crown.  The couple received rave reviews from the judges, including a Lindsey is the most improved dancer comment from judge Cari Ann Inaba.  They also received a perfect 40!


After all the round one dances, the show told the story of Marinda Davis, a choreographer who has received a terminal diagnosis.  She choreographed a dance about her life, which was danced by Julianne Hough.  She danced to Wouldn't Change Anything by Alexander Jean, and the performance included Mark Ballas and BC Jean performing the song live.


The final round of performances is the much anticipated freestyle round.  Mark choreographed a routine to represent Lindsey and her journey.  The story was of a conductor being swept away by the music, and included Lindsey playing her violin while still dancing with Mark.  The performance brought down the house and was given a perfect 40!


Team Stark ended the night with a perfect 80, tied with Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold for first place.  Tuesday night will be two more dances, one last chance for the fans to vote, and then the awarding of the Mirror Ball Trophy.

Lindsey Stirling-Mark Ballas Set Their Sights on the Mirror Ball Trophy

November 16th, 2017

Lindsey Stirling  and Mark Ballas  are In New York with her winter tour and they stopped by Access Hollywood to talk about their road to the finals of Dancing With the Stars.


Team Stark Is Finals Bound!

November 14th, 2017

The semi finals of Dancing With the Stars brought two new challenges for the five remaining couples.  In round one, the professional dancer selected a song that they felt represented their celebrity best.  Mark Ballas selected the song "Head High" by Alexander Jean (otherwise known as Mark Ballas and his wife BC Jean).  The contemporary dance represented Lindsey's journey to be herself and to succeed in her own way, despite being told no multiple times.  The emotional dance pleased the judges, who gave them a score of 29.


The second round found each couple assigned an iconic dance from previous season to reimagine.  Mark and Lindsey were assigned Maks and Meryl's tango to Feel So Close by Calvin Harris.  This dance also received praise from the judges and a score of 27.


The end of the night found Lindsey and Mark in second place behind Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold.  The announcement of the four couples moving on to the final was made, with Lindsey and Mark being named first.  Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy were eliminated just short of the finals.


Next week the winners of season 25 will be announced after two nights of competition.

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas Dance Their Way Into the Semi Finals

November 9th, 2017

Week eight of Dancing With the Stars had the six remaining couples dancing two new dance forms.  In an added twist, a former celebrity contestant joined each couple for a trio dance.

First up the couples danced a new dance form.  Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas were assigned the samba.  They did a circus themed dance to Morning Drums by Gregor Salto.  The dance received good reviews from the judges, although head judge Len Goodman felt she Lindsey had been slightly off.  He gave the team an 8 while the other two judges gave them 9's for a total of 26.


Next up were the trios.  Team Stark were joined by Mark's partner from season six Kristi Yamaguchi.  They did a jazz routine to Let's Face the Music and Dance by Seth MacFarlane.  They received rave reviews from the judges and a score of 28.  


Team Stark landed in second place for the night.  During the elimination, they were called safe.  Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke were eliminated.  Lindsey and Mark move on to the semi finals and two more dances!

Team Stark Survives A Double Elimination

October 31st, 2017

The Halloween Dancing With the Stars show brought thrills and chills, highs and lows, treats in the form of great dances and tricks courtesy of Sasha Farber.  The final trick of the show was an unannounced double elimination.  Each team did a new dance style, and then performed with 3 other couples in the team dance.  Adding drama to the night was the news Lindsey Stirling had suffered a rib injury and it was unknown whether she would be able to perform.

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas were assigned the paso doble.  They danced to Lindsey's song Roundtable Rival using a combination of paso doble and river dancing and celebrating the Mexican celebration the Day of the Dead.  While there were moments that showed that Lindsey was in pain, she powered through the dance which included side by side knee walks with Mark.  The judges praised the performance and gave them a combined score of 27.


For the team dances, Mark and Lindsey joined Terrell Owens, Cheryl Burke, Jordan Fisher, Lindsay Arnold, Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev in performing a routine to The Monster Mash.  The judges were underwhelmed and criticized their movement as a group, giving them a score of 24.  


This gave Lindsey and Mark a total score of 51.  For the first time this season, Team Stark is close to the bottom of the leaderboard, landing in 5th place.  They survived the double elimination of Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev and Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy.  

Next week the teams will have two new dances, one of which will be a trio dance with a former DWTS contestant.