Dancing with the Stars: Mark Ballas Talks about Sabrina Bryan
As we reported earlier, eliminated Dancing with the Stars partners Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas have taken their chemistry off the dance floor and into real life, with a first official date last weekend.

As a professional dance partner and now close friend, Mark is still stinging from their unexpected elimination, and he is already looking forward to the chance to come back and show America what the two can do one more time on Dancing with the Stars.

He recently spoke with TV Guide about his partner. He said that he feels the complaints from viewers that Sarbina's dance background gave her an advantage missed the mark.

“[I]n the beginning, when I first met her, she was clueless,” he said. “She could stand with her knees bent and go ‘Yeah, yeah, boom, boom, hip hop.' But as far as having your feet turned out properly, your hair in a wonderful beehive hairdo and a ballroom gown with feathers at your feet? She didn't know how to do that. It's a totally different kettle of fish."

But, he continued, she worked hard to transition to the more elegant and structured style of ballroom, becoming, Ballas said, like his “protégé.”

He said, "I've never worked with someone who wanted it so bad and was clinging onto every word I said. And so for me, it was frustrating because she worked so hard. It got very personal."

Don't think, however, it's just the romantic connection that's causing this reaction of loyalty, because the other cast members are having it too. It wasn't just Melanie Brown and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy wearing cheetah paw print tattoos in memory of Cheetah Girl Sabrina – the whole cast had them.

Now Ballas said he's looking forward to the chance to come back and dance in the finale. Usually the eliminated couples only get a brief turn on the dance floor during the final Dancing with the Stars, but Ballas has said he's hearing rumbles the two might do a full dance. There's been no confirmation from ABC, TV Guide notes, but if they are giving the opportunity, Ballas said he's planning on knocking it out of the park.

"She was voted off too early," he said. "She's great, she's lovely, and she was by far the best dancer. No one can take that away from her. So I want to come back to avenge her."

- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide
(Image courtesy of ABC)