Strictly’s head judge Shirley Ballas gets emotional after ‘staying up all night’ to see her pro dancer son Mark WIN the US version of the show
The Strictly Come Dancing head judge, 62, couldn’t contain her excitement on Instagram as she revealed she ‘stayed up all night’ to see her son lift the trophy.
Champions: Shirley Ballas became emotional on Instagram as her professional dancer son Mark was crowned champion of Dancing With The Stars on Monday
Shirley gushed: ‘I want to give a huge thank you to Harry who’s kept me abreast everything, and Corky [her ex-husband, Mark’s father] all night.
‘Nanny and I have been here, who just got up now, to have a little brandy, because out nerves have gone.’
The proud mum added: ‘Huge congratulations to Mark for a beautiful season, to Charli for really working hard, and to all the beautiful fans, Courtney and Mark and Charli fans, thank you for keeping me in the loop.
‘You are all superstars. Really appreciate it. Thank you… oh my God!’
Congrats! Mark, 36, was crowd the 31st winner of the competition alongside his celebrity dance partner, TikTok sensation Charli D’Amelio
Talented family: The Strictly Come Dancing head judge, 62, revealed she ‘stayed up all night’ to see her son lift the dazzling Dancing With The Stars trophy
Mark and Charli earned perfect scores for both her Jive redemption dance and Freestyle dance routine during a two-hour live finale on Disney+.
Mark has now lifted the American equivalent to the Glitterball Trophy three times but has yet to decide whether he will dance on the hit show’s next series.
He said: ‘I don’t know [if I’m coming back]. You know the older I get, I try to stay very present in the moment, you know, and I think that was like a big part of creating these dances.
‘Every week I put, I tried to put every aspect of creativity, care, musicality, nuance into each one. I think you can only do that by staying totally in the moment of each time.
Incredible: The pair earned perfect scores for both her Jive redemption dance and Freestyle dance routine during a two-hour live finale on Disney+
‘So, right now I’m in this moment with Charli and … my body couldn’t even fathom a thought of doing this [in] six months, so I’ll let you know down the line.’
The Strictly judge shares Mark with ex husband Corky Ballas who she married following her divorce from first husband Sammy Stopford.
She and Corky split in 2007 and she has now been dating Daniel Taylor – who is 13 years her junior – for four years.
The couple first went public with their relationship in March 2019 after meeting doing panto in November 2018.
All smiles: Shirley was reunited with her son, who she shares with ex husband Corky Ballas, earlier this year after being separated during the coronavirus pandemic (pictured in 2017)