Mark Ballas is a fan-favorite “Dancing With the Stars” professional dancer who was absent from the show for half a decade. Now the star has returned to the ballroom.
Ballas first joined “Dancing With the Stars” during season five of the show and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography in 2011, and it was a surprise to fans that he would return after a five-year absence.
For Season 31, Ballas is teaming up with TikTok superstar Charli D’Amelio.
Ballas and D’Amelio danced to ‘Savage’ and they performed a Cha Cha. The dance put them at the top of the standings, earning 8s from each of the judges. The two had a lot of energy in their dance and fans were excited to see Ballas’ choreography in the ballroom again.
When asked what it felt like to be in the ballroom, D’Amelio had nothing but kind words.
“It feels incredible. I’ve seen this show before I could even form memories, let’s face it, this has been a big part of my life, so to just be able to dance again… is incredible,” said D’ Amelio after her dance.
She also said she was proud of her mother, Heidi D’Amelio. And as a fun fact, Alfonso mentioned that D’Amelio was only 4 years old when Ballas won his first Mirrorball in 2008.
Conrad Green was an original executive producer on “Dancing With the Stars”, and he returned for season 31.
Ballas said he was there when Green called him to come back.
“I got a call from Conrad Green,” he said in an interview with Us Weekly. “I was working with Conrad when I came in, back in the day, and he was like, ‘Would you like to do it?’ and I was like, ‘it sounds nice’, and that’s why I’m here.”
From Green’s perspective, he wanted someone to actually come back and challenge D’Amelio.
in a interview with Entertainment Weekly ahead of the season premiere, Green revealed that he wanted Ballas back because he wanted his creativity in the ballroom, but he also wanted someone to really challenge TikTok superstar Charli D’Amelio.
“Charli has a lot of potential,” said Green. “She has a lot of dance background. So we wanted to make sure whoever was working with her really pushed her and was imaginative and I can’t think of a dancer more imaginative than Mark. I reached out to him and said, “Are you interested?” and he thought about it and said, ‘Yeah, let’s go for it.’ He loves the show.”
He added: “He clearly has his music and acting and all the other things that he does. But he just thought, ‘Why not? Let’s try.’ I can already see the competition in his eyes. You can take the boy out of the ballroom, but you cannot take the ballroom out of the boy.”
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