‘Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars’: Mark Ballas happy to have Bristol Palin

As we said recently in our “Dancing with the Stars” spotlight article, Mark Ballas is in a different position with Bristol Palin than many other pros are for this upcoming All-Stars season — while most people are paired with someone best known for their dance ability on the show, he is instead working with a woman known for being one of the most controversial contestants in the show’s history. Despite having an average score lower than many of her other contestants, she made it all to third place and the final episode of season 11.

So is Ballas in any way upset about the show’s choice in partner, or worried that she may struggle against some of the competition? It doesn’t really sound like it at all. Rather, the pro dancer told Entertainment Weekly in a new interview that he is excited to be back doing what he does best — helping celebrities try to become the best dancers that they can be:

“I am awesome with Bristol. She is an awesome friend. I went on a great journey with her last time. We were the dark horse, but we kept making it through. People said the Tea Party helped us, but we still worked 10 to 12 hours a day like everybody else. There was something about that journey that I found endearing. I’m not in politics and they were voting for me as well. Together we had a good rapport. I understand her. I know how to make her laugh on cue, make her comfortable.”

Ballas also said that he has a “responsibility” to try and distract Bristol from the press that is going to inevitably end up following her no matter where she goes, and keep the focus instead squarely on the dancing. He does think that she is in better shape than she was last time, and hopes that she will be more willing to show off more of her “sexy” side on the ballroom this season.

Do you think that Mark has the right attitude here, and that some of us may be analyzing his and Bristol’s chances on this show a little more than we should? If you want to check out more of our spotlight series, be sure to head on over to this link.

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