Mark Ballas is a popular pro dancer on “Dancing With the Stars,” but his return for season 31 came after a long hiatus.
According to Us Weekly, Ballas first appeared on the show in season five back in 2007 and competed for a total of 19 seasons. He won two mirrorball trophies early on, then left the celebrity ballroom show in 2017 to focus on his career as a musician. Ballas and his wife, BC Jean, perform together as the musical duo Alexander Jean, per Billboard.
For his return to “DWTS,” Ballas, 36, is partnered with TikTok star Charli D’Amelio. The 18-year-old specializes in short freestyle dance videos and comes with a huge social media following – her TikTok account boasts 147 million followers alone — which could translate into a huge “DWTS” voting fan base.
On the “DWTS” premiere, the judges raved about the duo’s cha cha, with veteran Carrie Ann Inaba saying, “Season 31 just got real hot, real quick. The nuances – you are such a nuanced performer … it was kind of amazing. Now I get it. TikTok, welcome to Disney+.”
So perhaps it’s no wonder that Ballas decided to get into the TikTok game by joining the platform himself and posting his very first video.
Here’s what you need to know:
Mark Ballas’ First TikTok Video Featured Charli D’Amelio
Ballas has a way to go to catch up to his “DWTS” partner’s follower count. His recently-opened TikTok account has 4,200 followers as of this writing.
Ballas’ first TikTok was a vlog that he titled, “My life the last few weeks.” A montage of footage showed him and D’Amelio in a rehearsal hall after they first met.
“Hey, it’s me, I’m back,” Ballas said in the clip.
There was also footage of the two at the airport, hanging out in a dressing room, eating pizza – with a cameo by Charlie’s mom, Heidi, who is also a “DWTS” contestant – as well as their view from an airplane. Ballas also shared a night out with friends, a long-haired, bleary-eyed mirror …read more