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Mark Ballas Talks
Bristol Palin and DWTS
Elimination

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Bristol and Mark have left the building!

After getting the boot on last night’s Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars, Mark Ballas opened up to In Touch about his dancing partner Bristol Palin and why he thinks they were eliminated.

“Hey, you can drag a horse to water but you can't make it drink,” Marks says of Bristol’s decision to play it safe in last night’s routine. “ So if she wanted to do whatever she wanted to do, that's fine! At the end of the day [the stars] have to be comfortable when they walk onstage”

Despite Bristol wanting to play it straight, the DWTS pro is very proud of his dancing partner.

“This is someone who, compared to the others, has zero dance experience and zero performance experience,” he says of Bristol. “This is really tough, especially when you come on this big of a platform with this much scrutiny. She's got a thick skin and she pushes on through it, and I've been with her every step of the way, so I'm proud of her.”

So how did Bristol handle the news that she wouldn’t be returning?

“It's tough because she's never been eliminated!” Mark admits about Bristol, who made it to the finals during her original season. “But we came so far. I'm very proud of her.”