The race for the Mirror Ball Trophy is heating up on Dancing with the Stars season 25, but for pro Mark Ballas, it’s another honor he should be looking to receive. This season Mark’s choreography has been consistently praised by the judges, delivering creative and impressive routines every week. He may not win the Mirror Ball, but he should definitely be winning an Emmy for Outstanding Choreography.

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DWTS has a long-standing tradition of picking up Emmy nominations in this particular category, landing at least one nomination every year since the show began. Many pros have been nominated including Derek and Julianne Hough, Witney Carson, Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani and even Mark Ballas once before (for three routines he did with Chelsea Kane back in season 12).

However, with 18 nominations in 12 years, DWTS has only managed to win the Emmy for Outstanding Choreography three times, two for Derek Hough (one of those being shared with Julianne Hough and Tessandra Chavez) and one this year for Mandy Moore. For the 2018 Emmys, there’s a clear frontrunner among the DWTS choreographers with Mark.

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He only has seven routines under his belt so far for season25, but Mark has more than earned an Emmy nomination and maybe even a win. His Guilty Pleasure Jive, with the sections in the upright bed, was inspired. His Disney Foxtrot was simple, elegant and magical. His Most Memorable Year Viennese Waltz inspired by partner Lindsey Stirling’s father was heartbreaking. And his Movie Night Sci-Fi Argentine Tango was a masterpiece of surreal insanity.

For the Emmys, choreographers can submit up to three routines of their work from the year to be considered as one, and Mark already has more than enough content to qualify. Any of those four routines would be excellent Emmy submissions and he still has several more weeks of season 25 and possibly season 26 as well.

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So far Mandy Moore’s opening numbers have been fairly underwhelming and none of the other pros have stepped up their games to Mark’s level. There’s still plenty of time and all it takes is one dance to get a nomination, but thus far it’s clear that Mark Ballas is the most worthy Emmy nominee for Dancing with the Stars this year. The mystery isn’t whether or not he’ll be nominated, but which routines he’ll submit because he’s sure to have plenty of great ones to choose from.

Does Mark deserve an Emmy nomination and a win for his choreography this year on DWTS? If so, which three routines do you think he should submit?

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