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Dancing With The Stars: Mark Ballas Discusses The Finals

May 21, 2011 08:00 AM by Allyson Wells

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas have danced their way into the finals on Dancing with the Stars.  Mark has been blogging about his dancing experience throughout the season.  His latest entry talks about how it feels to make it back to the finals for a second straight season.  He also talks about Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff’s early departure.  Keep reading to learn what he has planned for the finals.

Mark is thrilled to be in the finals.  He blogged for USA Today, “The finals! It sounds so great to say it, knowing that Chelsea and I will be one of three teams competing on the last week of the season for the mirrorball trophy. Every season starts out with the professional dancers gauging their chances to get to the finals, then with the couples setting the goal of being in the last three. Anything truly can happen in the finals. Getting there gets us over a huge hurdle. Now we just need to dance our best and have no regrets.”

While he is excited to make it into the finals, he has a heavy heart about seeing Ralph and Karina be eliminated.  “While I want to win, I still feel bad for Ralph. He’s the nicest guy and it’s been a pleasure getting to know him. He’s become a great dancer and overcome a significant injury to make a great run. I’m sorry it got cut short, but I’m glad all of us got a chance to see the side of Ralph that we did — he’s a lovely guy. I’ve known Karina my whole life and definitely feel her pain. Working extremely hard for the goal, only to be eliminated when you’re so close is very painful for us, since we’ve been competing our whole lives. We’ll miss you guys.”

What does Mark have up his sleeve for the finals?  He reveals that he has had loads of ideas for quite some time.  “We have three dances next week for the finals. One of the dances is a routine we performed earlier in the season. The second one is a dance we’ve had, so Chelsea is somewhat familiar with the principles of the discipline and that should make it a little easier for her to pick up and for us to get to the polishing stage quickly. The last dance is the freestyle, which is easily my favorite. I’ve had ideas on this one for a long time, and I can’t wait to teach it to Chels. Look out finals…here we come!”

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