Mark Ballas has no problem with the newly introduced “dance-off,” which pits the Bottom 2 couples on “Dancing with the Stars” against each other on Tuesday night’s elimination show.
“I like it,” the ballroom pro, paired with Katherine Jenkins this season, told Access Hollywood on Friday. “I think it’s kind of cool.
“It was always me getting eliminated… It was me and Sabrina [Bryan], it was me and Kristin [Cavallari]. I was up in the skybox going, ‘It’s always me!’” Mark laughed, referring to the package footage recently screened on “DWTS” that explained the new “dance-off,” which is aimed at keeping the best dancers in the competition. “Those people – if they’d had this chance, they’d potentially [have] stayed into the finals[or] a little bit longer.”
Katherine, however, isn’t as excited about potentially dancing for the judges’ save.
“It’s horrible,” she said. “You feel like you’re being picked apart.”
She may be a frontrunner, but hitting the ballroom week after week has been a nerve-wracking experience for the classical singer.
“When I’m singing, I’m never nervous… I’d prefer to be in a little bit more control,” she told Access.
“Katherine likes situations she has 100 percent control over, and this show is the complete opposite. She can’t control anything,” Mark laughed.
The duo is rehearsing a samba for their competition dance, a marathon number for the group round, and a jive should they end up in the “dance-off.”
It’s unlikely the pair, who tied for the leaderboard top spot with William Levy and Cheryl Burke last week, will have to take part in the “dance-off.” Instead, viewers are eagerly awaiting Mark and Katherine getting their first perfect score of the season.
Mark, however, said they just want to do a great job.
“We try not to worry too much about the scoreboard,” he said. “As long as we walk off thinking, ‘We couldn’t have done it better,’ then that’s when I’m usually satisfied,” he said. “It would be nice to have three 10s at some point, but getting that 10 out of Len is not an easy task.”