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Shawn Johnson - ESPN The Party at Westworld Scottsdale at Westworld - Scottsdale, Arizona, United States - Friday 30th January 2015

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Shawn Johnson and Lorenzo Lamas - The latest cast offs of 'Celebrity Apprentice' in New York - Manhattan, New York, United States - Wednesday 21st January 2015

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Shawn Johnson - 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Red Carpet Event - Donald Trump & Fired Celebrities - Manhattan, New York, United States - Tuesday 20th January 2015

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Shawn Johnson and Andrew East - 28th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner to benefit The Buoniconti Fund to cure paralysis held at The Waldorf Astoria - New York, NY, United States - Monday 30th September 2013

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Olympic Gold Medalist, Dancing, Stars and Shawn Johnson - 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and Dancing with the Stars contestant Shawn Johnson Wednesday 28th November 2012 visits the Empire State Building

DWTS Bust-Up: Are Mark Ballas And Bristol Palin REALLY Friends Again?

Tags: Bristol Palin - Mark Ballas - Dancing With The Stars - Sabrina Bryan - Shawn Johnson

Have Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas really put their bust-up behind them? Or are the smiles all for show? Mark Ballas has been pretty chivalrous, as he spoke to the press about falling out with Bristol, behind the scenes at Dancing With The Stars. Palin has hardly been doing well on the show – she’s not exactly a popular character and she’s scored pretty low each week that the show has been on. “We love each other," Ballas explained to People Magazine. "Sometimes people piss each other off. We've swept it under the rug and carried on. We had a rough day out of many, many, many days that we've spent together." Pretty generous behavior, given that she accused him of being mentally and physically absent from some of their rehearsals together.

Palin also accused Mark Ballas of wishing that he had been dancing with his former partners, such as Sabrina Bryan or Shawn Johnson, though he insists that isn’t the case, stressing that whilst he will “continue to support them… Bristol is my number one and I'll always be here 100 percent.” The media, of course, will be looking for the smallest sign of ongoing drama, though Mark insists that the row is behind them. “We're fine," Ballas said backstage after the show. "We've danced together before. This isn't our first season together. The last season we did together, we didn't argue once – nothing, we were just chill. So the fact that we've made it through a season and a quarter and this is now our first fight is amazing.”

Is this just a front from Ballas and Palin though? Bristol herself hasn’t been quite as vocal on the matter – though she’s hardly renowned for being tactful when she’s faced with pressure, so maybe the show’s producers are trying to make sure that Mark does all the talking. It will be interesting to see how the pair get on for the remainder of the series… for however long they remain.


'Dancing With The Stars' Lit Up By Derek Hough And Shawn Johnson

Tags: Shawn Johnson - Derek Hough

They've been waiting a couple of weeks, but the third week of the new series of Dancing With The Stars finally saw the 11 remaining couples seek to expand their dance repertoire and bring in some high flying moves that pleased the crowd no end. The Hollywood Reporter reports that the previous two weeks of the show have worryingly looked like a re-hash both structurally and dance performance-wise of the previous 14 season.

This week however it seems that some of the couples fancied trying something new with pride of place going to Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson, who tackled a quickstep that was pretty far out by Dancing With The Stars standards. The pair flaunted the rule that says they shouldn't break hold, but they more than made up for it with a series of springboard flips and wonderfully well-synced steps. They received unanimous praise from the judges. "One thing I've learned on this show is that I want to have really good dances that I can go back to and enjoy," Hough said backstage. "I don't go home two years from now and look at my sevens or my nines and my eights."

The thinking behind the pair's routine was clear; with judges scores only counting for 50%, some standout moves in an otherwise not-technically-perfect performance could well win over the audiences who vote the other 50%.


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