Our inner (and often outer) fanboy was thrilled when Mark Ballas and partner Chelsea Kane briefly turned the “Dancing With the Stars” ballroom into the Hogwarts discotheque during their April 11 performance.
Dancing the Viennese Waltz to the John Williams‘ original “Harry Potter” theme, Chelsea and Mark gave the 300-year-old number a new spin — and while it certainly pleased the crowd, everyone was a little nervous about what the judges would have to say. (It was only two weeks ago that the duo got slammed for playing their Jive too fast and loose.)
But they took home the night’s highest score, a 26 — something Ballas is quite pleased with.
“The judges comments were fair,” he told press, including Zap2it, backstage after the show. “Bruno and Carrie Ann loved it, and Len loved it too. He shook my hand after the show and said, ‘I really liked it. Good job.’ He likes things a certain way, and as a choreographer, I like things a certain way. It’s about finding a happy medium. I still incorporated traditional moves…”
Ballas listed those specific moves while partner Chelsea rolled her eyes, laughing at his he geeked out.
“Listen, you have the Harry Potter song,” he says. “You might as well have fun with it.”
The subject of fun led to the inevitable subject of Ballas’ rumored romance with recent “American Idol” eliminee Pia Toscano, when one reporter asked if he had any trouble finding time to date.
“Is that an indirect dig?” he asked, laughing. “Apparently not.”
“She’s lovely yes,” Ballas says, referring to Toscano. She’s very nice. We had a very pleasant evening. She was my favorite on the show. I was really pulling for her and Casey [Abrams]. And I was bummed she got eliminated, but she’s awesome. I think she’s going to do just fine.”
So there you have it. Hardly a confirmation… but not exactly a denial.
As for Kane, she’s just excited about next week’s Samba. “I’ve already called dibs on several outfit options,” she says. “I’m a 22-year-old chic, my first thought is going to be how many rhinestones can I have?”