Mark Ballas Tells Us Democrats Love Bristol Too & 'All The Hard Work Has Paid Off!' EXCLUSIVE!

Wed, November 17, 2010 1:02pm EDT by 13 Comments

The DWTS finals are here! And after a shocking elimination episode, we talked to the dance partner of the contestant that everyone has their eyes on!

All the boos in the world could not ruin the night for Mark Ballas and Bristol Palin and their advancement to the final three couples on Dancing with the Stars Nov. 16. When we chatted with Mark about the results, he had some surprising theories about Bristol’s voters!

After congratulating the 24-year-old dancer for waltzing into the semi-finals, we asked him who he thought his team’s biggest competitionwas going into next week. “Ourselves,” he tells us simply. “We can’t control what the other couples do, so we only focus on doing our best.”

Speaking of control, Mark doesn’t believe that Bristol’s mom has “anything to do” with the outcome of the votes.  Despite speculation that Sarah Palin and her Republican devotees was a huge factor in Bristol, 20, making it this far, Mark refuses to see it that way. “I’ve had many democrats tell me they find Bristol relatable,” he says. “They appreciate her being out of her element and find her journey as a non performer inspiring.”

Not only does America find “Bristol The Pistol” inspiring, but her own dance partner shares those sentiments.

“[The most rewarding moment of the season was] taking someone that has zero performing experience and taking her as far as she’s come,” Mark reveals proudly. “All the hard work has paid off!”

When Mark wasn’t molding Bristol into a talented dancer, he’s been busy choreographing “Cinderella: a Modern Musical Extravaganz” by Lythgoe Family Productions, Magic Pictures International and Jason Haigh-Ellery, which will take place at the historic El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood from Nov. 27-Dec.19. For more information & tickets, click here!

–Jenna Mullins, with reporting by Kirstin Benson

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