One of our favorite dynamic duos on ‘DWTS’ has got to be Mark Ballas and Sadie Robertson! The partners took on the famous couples week with an Adam and Eve inspired contemporary routine, and they seriously impressed. Mark tells HollywoodLife.com all about the dance in his Week 8 blog!
Mark Ballas and Sadie Robertson had one of their best weeks ever on the Nov. 3 episode of Dancing With The Stars! The couple scored a grand total of 38 and even nabbed two perfect 10’s from the judges, but Mark admits that he didn’t agree with the panel’s commentary! Click for EXCLUSIVE behind-the-scenes pics with singer BC Jean, plus Mark reveals the secret to their success! (It involves a very tricky move in rehearsals!)
‘DWTS’: Mark Ballas’ Week 8 Blog — His Tricky Rehearsal Move With Sadie Robertson
Hey Hollywood Life!
Another amazing week this week! It was such an honor to be able to portray Adam and Eve through contemporary dance.
I felt that everything came into play the way we wanted it — from the costumes, to the staging, to the song “Uninvited” by Alanis Morrisette, and having the wonderful BC Jean singing it live for us — everything was perfect!
I was so proud of Sadie’s performance. This is very difficult movement and a difficult style, and I thought she did an incredible job with it.
What really made the routine fun for me was doing the passing of the apple. The fact that we incorporated the apple into the whole dance, without it being attached to anything was super cool and added a danger element, in case anyone dropped it. During rehearsals, we played a game using a softball to get used to a prop. Throughout rehearsals, we would pass the ball to each other without telling the other, and you HAD to catch it! (It also had to be a good throw!) If you dropped the ball, you would have to drop and do 20 pushups and plank for 10 seconds. In five days of playing the game, I only dropped it three times and Sadie dropped it four times. So I ended up winning the game, but that’s how we trained ourselves to be aware of the apple. When we got to the set on Sunday we changed from the softball to the apple, which was a bit more challenging because the apple isn’t as round, but we did a great job adjusting!
I thought Sadie did a fantastic job this week! It felt like emotionally, she was into the dance and in character. She looked stunning! Again, I still didn’t agree with the judges’ comments — I thought that the scoring was going to be a full house for her! But you win some, you lose some. You have to keep chuggin’ along. That dance felt so good when we walked off stage, so it didn’t really matter what the scores were because I know that Sadie killed it and looked beautiful doing it!
It was such an honor to have BC Jean sing for us, and such an honor to tell a classic, beautiful story and honor The Bible and The Creator.
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I’m really looking forward to next week’s dance — the trio!
We’ve chosen Emma Slater to work with us because we’re doing the Foxtrot. We were originally going to choose a male for the Foxtrot so we could have Sadie dance with two guys, but the other pro that we wanted was taken. That was such a bummer! But I’m very excited to work with Emma, and it’ll be great for Sadie to learn from a pro female all week.
We’ve picked one of my favorite songs of all time for the Foxtrot, and I think everyone’s hearts will melt when they hear it! It’s going to be a really great week!
Huge thank you to all of the fans for voting for us! And I also want to thank hair and makeup, set design and wardrobe for really bringing my vision to life! It took ages for them to glue all of the leaves to me for the costume, and I really appreciate their time and patience! And last but not least, I want to thank the beautiful BC Jean for singing for us!
Until next week,
HollywoodLifers, did you love Mark and Sadie’s contemporary routine? Let us know what you thought!
— Mark Ballas