Mark Ballas Would Be ‘Down’ With Partnering with Ricky Martin for ‘Dancing with the Stars’

In a new interview with Popeater, Dancing with the Stars' Mark Ballas is asked if he'd be up for partnering with Ricky Martin as a same-sex pair in the competition.

Ballas Says Ballas: "I'd be down!"

This, of course, is a purely hypothetical partnership, as there are no reports Martin has been asked to join the show.

Ballas says he'd be fine with being the first guy, in any case:

"I would be totally cool with it. There are other competitions where they have same sex couples. I'd support it. There is a slight inherent disadvantage. Two girls and two men just can't move like a man and a woman. But you can try."

Ballas also reveals that there is only one gay dancer on the show.


  1. hugo says

    you gotta read the comment trail on the original story.. Wow. Never knew that popeater is the gossip website of choice for a bunch of narrow-minded breeders. Yikes.

  2. MacroT says

    This is just silly. The couples are dancing not having sex on stage. There is no reason that Martin cannot dance with a woman, unless they set up a separate category for same-sex couples.

  3. BreckRoy says

    I’m not a big fan of a potential same sex pairing. I saw the female one on one of the international versions (Israel?) and after three or four dances it was apparent they weren’t as good and breathtaking as the male/female pairings, and I’m pretty sure it’s not because they were less talented. Ballas is right that the whole competitive “sport” has been built around the way a man and woman move together. Sure it implies romance, but that’s something we put on it. I was a cheerleader for 7 years and while we joked around with the smaller guys as stunt partners (and used them in pyramids and all-male throws) almost all the stunts are actually designed to be quite impressive when a man hoists and supports and/or throws a woman who is smaller and lighter than he is. It’s gelled that way and gives you the maximum bang for the buck. While it would be neat to see, visually, and happily roil a few arch-fundies, I’d rather see Martin kick ass with a female partner (OMG, the latin dances would SMOLDER with sex, grace, and theatricality) than awkwardly try to “lead” a professional male partner or “follow” another man. It would be groundbreaking, but not necessary, imo.

  4. Jerry says

    @HUGO I read those, but I’m not sure theyre all real. It looks a lot like a blogger trying to pad comments on their own site, or even one mischievous commenter. Pretty silly stuff. And Mark Ballas IS gay and I’m sure he wouldn’t mind dancing with Ricky Martin one bit.

  5. Ricco says

    Mark is right. Two men and two women just cannot move the same as a man and a woman . . . well, sort of right.

    There are men who can move exactly like a woman, or a woman a man, but unless the respective man or woman were willing to make those moves, or the producers of DWTS were willing to “fully” commit to a same sex partnership . . . meaning that the partnership would not back off, one iota, from the sexual energy required of “all” the couples.

    Any compromise at all, any watering down of the implied sexual energy then the viewer, even the gay viewers, are going to be made to feel uncomfortable.

    Still, if they did it, I would have to tune in and squirm like every one else.

  6. Ricco says

    I have seen Vega shows on the Strip where a larger, more muscular acrobat was paired in the routine with a smaller, effete acrobat, performing lifts very much the way a male and female ballet dancer would perform the lift, and while obviously homo-erotic, did not prevent the crowds from packing the theater every night . . . but the dancer/acrobats FULLY committed to the routine.

    I have also seen, as someone said in an earlier posting, to two men doing a tango, and it was hot. The tango works because of all the Latin dances it is the most editorialized. The sexuality is meant more to be implied than explicit. Check out the scene in “Frida” where Ashley Judd and Selma Hayek do a tango.

    But the show is called Dancing With The Stars . . . NOT Tango With The Stars . . . so unless a same sex partnership were willing to do the SAME dances, and not editorialize the content . . . kissing, grinding, lifting, and doing everything that is being asked of the heterosexual parings, everything that a same sex partnership would do in front a of gay audience, then it WON’T work. It will be awkward because it will come across like two men/women trying to make the same sex partnering more palatable to the less accepting hetero viewer.

    ABC will never do this show, not without the awkward editorializing anyway.

  7. Ricco says

    Are you kidding?! Ricky Martin would not be the winner. He would be lucky if he made it past the first vote. I don’t think he would take that risk right not as he is making his come back to do a show that is fir stars who are not really stars.

  8. Randy says

    “Two girls and two men just can’t move like a man and a woman.”

    First, I disagree. But second, why would you want to limit yourself that way? Same-sex dances are a different flavour, and that should be exploited, not bemoaned.

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