Mark also choreographed a jive routine for Ruby Castro and her all-star Paul Karmiryan. Ruby was sadly sent home that night.
“So incredibly proud of @rubylcastro she crushed it yesterday. Big things ahead for this little angel… #sytycdnextgeneration,” Mark shared on Instagram later that night.
He added about Tate and Kida, “These 2 blew my mind yesterday. Seeing them step out of their comfort zone & genre & take on a style as demanding Paso Doble & do it with such power & confidence was inspirational.. I was so proud of them.. Keep killin it @tatemcrae & @kidathegreat #fearless #sytycdnextgeneration.”
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The two were partnered up in season 16 and placed fourth in the competition.
“Words can’t describe how proud of this girl I am, I teared up watching her finish her floor routine last night, I remember having chats about her going to the RIO Olympics,” Markwrote. “I got to experience this girls tremendous hard work & dedication first hand, she will never shy away from a challenge or let anything hold her back no matter what obstacle lays ahead of her. Not only is she an incredible athlete & student but has a heart made of pure gold, always kind, always caring & always genuine.”
He added, “I’m so proud of you @alyraisman Congratulations. #YouAreTitanium #TeamRaisNBall #rio2016.”
The official DWTS account also posted its congrats, writing, “We are so proud of #DWTS alum @alyraisman.”
But if he does return, he’s already got his dream partner picked out: “I don’t know. They do a great job of picking people that are entertaining and fun. If I could have anyone it would be Shakira. She’s, like, my No. 1 choice. I think she would be amazing.”
Speaking with People earlier, Paige opened up about returning to the hometown where she was bullied so badly that her family moved.
“I recently got asked to go back to the town and speak at a school my aunt teaches at,” Paige shared. “I’ve been wanting to speak to students for a long time now but I just wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. So what a better place to start than the town where I had my own problems.”
She added, “It happens to everybody, but with social media I feel like it can be even worse now. You can’t change everyone. There’s going to be mean people out there. But no matter what you’re going through, there is a brighter future and the hurt and pain you’re feeling is real but there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Team PowRightInTheKiser were the top scorers of the night on Monday, with 59 points out of a total 60 from their redemption dance and freestyle performance.
Paige and Mark earned 30 points for their salsa and jive fusion set to “Little Bitty Pretty One” by Thurston Harris.
“I just want to write a thank you. To all the people who have been there for me and supported me. To all the amazing emails and messages from all of you telling me that I can do this and I can make it,” Paige wrote a few days before the finals to her fans.
She added, “I have struggled with confidence issues for most of my life and embarking on this journey was very scary for me. I could not have expected so much love. I would not be able to carry on with out all the positive support. Thank you all so much. I am going to push on. All for you! Thank you!”