Team Baega does Switch Up week

October 13th, 2015

Switch up week means literally that-the couples switch partners for one week.  Mark Ballas was paired with Paula Deen to perform the jive.  While showing initial hesitancy with the partnership, Paula went for it with this fun dance to Otis Redding's Shake.

The judges called it Paula's best dance and gave her a combined score of 26.

Meanwhile, Mark's original partner Alexa PenaVega was paired with Derek Hough.  They performed a tango to Pompeii by Bastille earning rave reviews from the judges and the first perfect score of the season.

There was not an elimination this week.  The scores and votes from week four and five will be combined to determine who will be eliminated in week six. The couples will return to their original partners for the remainder of the competition.

Ballas Switch Up Partner Revealed

October 12th, 2015

Week 5 of Dancing With the Stars is the much talked about "Switch Up" week.  All the couples are required to change partners for this week based on twitter votes cast by fans,  This week Mark Ballas will be dancing with Paula Deen.  Paula had quite the reaction on learning her partner for the week, including statement such  as "You can't take me" and "You're too edgy"

The couple will dance a jive to Otis Redding's "Shake".  Mark's regular partner will dance a tango with Derek Hough.  There will not be an elimination tonight.  The votes and scores from last week and this week will be combined to determine who leaves next week.

Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas dance the Foxtrot

October 6th, 2015

Week four of Dancing With the Stars was the always emotional Most Memorable Year of Life episode.  The week gives the fans a chance to learn more about the celebrities and their individual journeys.  Alexa chose 2000 as her most memorable year.  That year she booked the Spy Kids movie and moved with her family to Austin.  She reflected on how her family stuck together, and that the song Mama Said was played often during this time.  She performed to The Shirelles song as a tribute to her mother.  The routine was praised by the judges, but she did have a mistake in her footwork, which lowered her score.  She was given a 21 by the judges.

Mark and Alexa were called safe and will move on to week five of the competition, which will be Switch Up week.  For the one week, they will each dance with a different partner, determined by a fan twitter vote.

Mark Ballas Channels Walter White

September 29th, 2015

This week on Dancing With the Stars was Television themes week.  Mark and Alexa performed a jazz routine to the theme from Breaking Bad, complete with Mark looking like Walter White and hazmat suits!  The couple got rave reviews from the judges, which included guest judge Alfonso Riberio, and a total score of 36.  This was the highest score of the season and propelled them to the top of the leaderboard along with Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess.

Kristin from E Online wrote:

We're also now totally obsessed with the total masterpiece that was Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas  jazz routine to the Breaking Bad theme. It's a thing we never knew we needed until we got it, and now it's our favorite thing of all time, on par with Riker Lynch's Jack Sparrow routine from last season.

John Kubicek from Buddy TV online wrote:

He's Walter White (with a bald cap) and she's Jesse Pinkman (yeah, bitch!) in their yellow meth-cooking suits. This is right up Mark's alley with his creative concepts. He's a full-on method actor about it, steaming their costumes in an RV while wearing tighty whities. It's avant-garde and creepy, but so cool. This is pure, uncut Mark Ballas genius.

Due to illness, Kim Zolciak and Tony Dovolani had to withdraw from the competition.  No one else was eliminated, so the remaining 4 couples will move on to week four of the reality dance competition.

Mark Ballas and Alexa PenaVega Talk with JC Rubio After Their Rumba

September 25th, 2015

Mark and Alexa talked with JC Rubio from AfterBuzz TV during the post show interviews.  They discuss how emotional this dance was for Mark, and how they as a team got through the dance.

Mark Ballas and Alexa PenaVega appear on Access Hollywood Live

September 25th, 2015

Mark and Alexa talk to Access Hollywood about the experience on DWTS so far, including wardrobe, how it feels to compete against your spouse, and wardrobe precautions.  They will be dancing to the theme from Breaking Bad next week.