Christina Milian and Mark Ballas's fierce Cha Cha earns them the first 10 of the season -- and from Len, no less!
Christina Milian is a multi-talented phenomenon whose resume includes film, television, theater and music. Milian is formally known for her role as the social media correspondent for the hit NBC show The Voice. She was also most recently seen in the television movie The Christmas Cupid, CBS shows A Gifted Man and CSI and recurs as the voice of Esther on Family Guy. Milian also starred in the last installment of the popular Bring It On franchise in Bring It On: Fight to the Finish. Most recently Ms. Milian signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money/Cash Money/ Universal label and is currently in the studio recording her fourth album. Milian’s musical career began when she signed to Island/Def Jam/UMG at the age of 18 and was quickly selected to sing the hook on Ja Rule's No. 1 hit single, "Between Me and You." The enormous success of the song introduced her to the mainstream music world and gave her commercial success. Milian then co-wrote the Jennifer Lopez hit "Play" and Paula DeAnda's popular "Walk Away," and she was one of the co-writers of Justin Bieber's smash "Baby." Her self- titled debut, Christina Milian, produced the hit "AM to PM" which was her break out into pop culture. Several of Christina’s singles charted in top 5 in the states and internationally. Milian's It's About Time, released on Island/Def Jam/UMG, featured the mega-hit "Dip It Low" which she was twice nominated for Grammy awards. Christina is an entrepreneur in her own right. She currently owns an E-Hookah line by the name of Platinum E- Hookah and is also the brand ambassador & equity owner of Viva Diva Wines. Most recently, you can find Ms. Milian on the covers of Rolling Out, Unleash’d, Denim, Hydrogen and Cielo Magazines.
Coming from a family of international dance stars, it's no surprise that Mark has two shiny disco ball trophies at home. He even beat out his dad, Corky, and tied with childhood friend Derek Hough, for the wins.
Mark joined the show in Season 5. Despite their stellar performances, he and partner Sabrina Bryan were eliminated in week six. It was so controversial that various websites voted it 2007's Most Shocking TV Moment.
Despite the Season 5 upset, Mark came back to win the DWTS title in Season 6 with partner Kristi Yamaguchi, and again in Season 8 with Shawn Johnson. In Season 14, he made it to the finals, before ending in second place with Katherine Jenkins.
Born in Houston, Texas, Mark moved to London with his family as a child and joined the Italia Conti Academy of Dramatic Arts Associate School where his training in acting and singing/dancing began.
He grew up with fellow DWTS pros Derek and Julianne Hough, who lived and trained with his parents. He says they are more like family than friends. "We get along like brothers...we fight like brothers." Mark and Julianne partnered to win Junior Latin American and Junior Olympics dance championships.
As an actor, Mark has played the lead in the musical Copacabana. He also took on roles in the UK tour of Maria de Buenos Aires, and was an understudy in the London Palladium production of The Buddy Holly Musical. Plus, maybe you caught his guest star appearance on the 2008 season premiere of Samantha Who?
When he's not dancing, Mark focuses on his other passion, which is music. He rocks out with his band on tour and in the studio, and has released two CD's as a solo artist and one as the Ballas Hough band.
• British Juvenile Ballroom and Latin American dance champ
• US Open to the World, British Open to the World and International Open to the World Junior Latin American Champ
• Junior Olympics Gold Medal Winner
• British Open to the World, US Open to the World, International Open to the World twice, United Kingdom, Youth Latin American Dance Champion
PRIOR CELEBRITY PARTNERS:
• Alexandra Raisman
• Bristol Palin (All Star Season)
• Katherine Jenkins
• Kristin Cavallari
• Chelsea Kane
• Bristol Palin
• Shannen Doherty
• Melissa Joan Hart
• Shawn Johnson
• Kim Kardashian
• Kristi Yamaguchi
• Sabrina Bryan