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.

Sci Fi Argentine Tango Tops the Leaderboard on Dancing With the Stars

October 24th, 2017

Dancing With the Stars Goes to the Movies had each of the remaining couples dancing a tribute to different genres of movies.  Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas were assigned an Argentine Tango which paid tribute to the science fiction movie.  They were assigned the song "Human" by Sevdaliza.  They chose a theme of Mark as a mad scientist striving to create the "perfect" partner, portrayed by Lindsey.  

The dance received a standing ovation from the audience and raves from the judges.  Head judge Len Goodman said he gave them a 10 last week because they deserved it, and this week they deserve one too.  Judge Cari Ann Inaba said Lindsey "slayed" the performance and Judge Bruno Tonioli said Ballas created a work of genious and that it was the best dance of the season!  Guest judge Shania Twain was also impressed, and joined the judges panel in unanimously giving the duo a 10, resulting in a perfect score of 40!

Lindsey and Mark topped the leaderboard for the week and were called safe.  They will move on to week 7 of the competition.  Singer Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd were eliminated.

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas Go Classic for Disney Night

October 17th, 2017

Week 5 of Dancing With the Stars brought one of the happiest shows of the season-Disney night.  The 10 remaining celebrities and their pro dancer partners danced various dance forms to music from Disney movies throughout history.  Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas danced a classic foxtrot to When You Wish Upon a Star.  The iconic song is from the movie Pinocchio and synonymous with the Disney brand.  The dance had no props except to have Mickey Mouse play the song on the piano.  The judges raved on the posture, hold and form of the dance and  Team Stark received the first 10 from head judge Len Goodman.  They received a total score of 28 and landed in third place for the night.

The end of the show brought one more elimination.  Sash Pieterse and Gleb Slavencho were eliminated, so Team Stark moves on to week six of the competition!

Most Memorable Year Night Brings the Tears and Another Elimination!

October 10th, 2017

Week 4 brought the always emotional Most Memorable Year of your life night to Dancing With the Stars.  Each star picked a year that was pivotal to making them  the person they are today.  Lindsey Stirling chose 2017, the year she lost her beloved father to throat cancer.  Lindsey and Mark danced to Anchor by Mindy Gledhill and included Mark wearing her father's hat and scarf.  The beautiful dance had the room in tears and received great reviews from the judges, although judge Len Goodman would have preferred more Viennese Waltz content.  The dance received a score of 26 and the couple landed in third place for the night.

The end of the night saw Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess eliminated, so Team Shark move on to the always popular Disney night!