Hey TWIST girls,
Mark Ballas is best known for his stellar performances on Dancing with the Stars, but there's plenty you don't know about this ballroom dancer extraordinaire! TWIST caught up with Mark to chat all about his big break, his most recent DWTS partner (and music video leading lady) Chelsea Kane, and his budding music career! Read on for more!
TWIST: First things first: how did you get started with Dancing with the Stars? Mark: They actually called me to see if I was interested in taking an interview. At first I wasn't too sure because I had sort of stopped dancing but then I was like, "Why not!" So, I took the interview and they offered me the job.
TWIST: We're so glad they did! Okay, spill: favorite dance partner you've had so far? Mark: I've had so many good ones! But I loved the Viennese waltz I did with Chelsea Kane to the Harry Potter song. It was a really creative routine. Everything I did with Chelsea was just really fun and different!
TWIST: Tell us something that no one knows about Chelsea Kane! Mark: She pulls the most face when she's looking in the mirror - and she's always looking in the mirror! She purses her lips with her mouth slightly open and opens her eyes really wide and drops her chin. I would catch her all the time!
TWIST: That's hilarious! If you could dance with anyone in the world, who would you choose? Mark: I have three: Jennifer Aniston, Ellen Degeneres and Pippa Middleton. I've always been a huge fan of Friends and Jennifer seems like such a nice person. Ellen Degeneres is just hilarious. And I grew up in England, so I grew up always watching the Royal Family news. Pippa seems like a rebel. I think she'd dig it.
TWIST: Those are great choices! We heard you're also really into music. Tell us about that! Mark: I've been playing since I was 9 years old, so for about 16 years now. It's something I've been doing longer than dancing! My sound is very pop-rock, singer-songwriter kind of stuff but with some R&B. It's very honest, very real music. And all the instruments are live. You can download my album Hurt Love Box on iTunes now and actually Chelsea Kane was in the music video for my first song, "Hotwire!"
TWIST: That's awesome! Hopefully we'll see you on tour soon! Mark: Yeah! It's a great live show! I'm on my acoustic guitar, my electric guitar and I sing and I move around. If you're into live music, it's the show for you!
TWIST: Looking forward to checking it out - and seeing you back on DWTS next season! Thanks Mark! Mark: Thanks TWIST!
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