Announcement: My Professional Partner on DWTS is…

Drumroll, please!

I am so excited to announce that I am being paired up with a professional dancer named Mark Ballas again!  I couldn’t be more thrilled with this news!

As you may remember from my last season, Mark and I were a pair before.  By the time I met him, he had already won Dancing with the Stars twice—with Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi in Season 6 and Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson in Season 8. No pressure!!

Back then, I feared he’d be upset at being paired with such a newbie.

“I hope you have a lot of patience,” I said, “because I don’t know how to dance.”

That’s when he showed me a tattoo on his forearm. It said, simply, “patience.”

Immediately, I knew the producers had matched me with the right person in terms of personality. Mark was awesome! He wasn’t frustrated because I had no experience. Instead, he just took it from the top. I honestly think he could sit there all day and explain things to people, over and over again. He didn’t lose his temper, he didn’t make me feel stupid, and he really made it fun. If I ever got too upset at not “getting” a move, we’d take a break.

It was a pretty successful pairing, because we made it all the way to the end.  Mark, I am honored to be paired with you again!  I love you like a brother, and I can’t wait to see if we can’t bring home that mirror ball trophy this time around!

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  • Angela R.

    I, for one, am super excited that you have been paired with Mark again! I can’t wait to see what the Lord has planned for the two of you this season!

  • KC

    Congrats Bristol! Best of skill and luck to you and Mark!

  • section9

    Good for you, Bristol! I had a feeling this might happen.

  • KathyDillman

    Bristol this is just wonderful. I was so hoping you would be paired with Mark again. Loved watching you two. God bless both of you and praying you win.

  • Jorene

    Bristol, we wish you the very best!
    We really miss your show, Life’s a Tripp; we were just getting to know you and
    Gino and then it was ripped off the air. How are you guys? Is there anything you can tell us that would have aired on the show? Praying for you all, for wisdom, grace and protection. Take care!

  • Lynda Jeffs

    Way to go Mark and Bristol – good luck!

  • Gary Ernsthausen

    Your first wish came true! Good luck and enjoy it.

  • Peter J. Agnew

    Right on Bristol ~ we’re rootin’ for ya!

  • robhart

    Time to get to work then…GAME ON! 24/7

  • Jilline