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Part 5: Behind the Scenes of Dancing with the Stars with #TeamButtercup


Team Buttercup is on a break this week, as I join Mark Ballas on Team Butterball! I’m missin’ Louis a whole lot, but let me tell you—Mark has made this switch-up week so much fun. Until it’s time for y’all to tune in and vote, take a sneak peek behind the scenes!

DWTS BTS Collage 11. We made sure we got a good family shot while my boys were in town visitin’ us!

2. My sons, Bobby & Jamie, actually surprised me with their trip to L.A.! They showed up to support their mama, and it meant the world to me havin’ them in the audience while I danced.

3. I am so lucky to have landed a great partner like Louis.

4. Louis is the newest addition to our family. He fits right in, doesn’t he?

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1. Louis and I danced the Cha Cha last week to Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”. It was such a fun number, and I really let loose.

2. I absolutely adored our costumes this week. They made me feel really sassy!

3. Alfonso Ribeiro did such a wonderful job hostin’ this week, but we sure missed Tom! Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now.

4. I just love that I have had the opportunity to make so many new friends!

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1. This week is switch-up week, and I am partnered up with Mark Ballas. He is just so much fun to spend time with!

2. Mark & I are workin’ hard to perfect all the steps for the Jive this week.

3. Here’s a peek at one of our dance moves! Get ready, y’all!

4. Dance rehearsals are hard work, but they’re a lot of fun, too!

Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars continues on Monday at 8PM EST. Make sure to tune in and vote for #TeamButterball!

Paula Deen - As a young girl growing up in Albany, Georgia, Paula Deen never dreamed she would become an American icon. As a young mother, Paula was living the American dream — married to her high school sweetheart and raising two adorable boys — when tragedy struck. Her parents died, her marriage failed and she began a prolonged battle with agoraphobia. With her boys in their teens and her family near homelessness, Paula took her last $200, reached deep inside her soul and started The Bag Lady, a home-based catering company that marked the start of Deen's professional cooking career. With sons Jamie and Bobby delivering lunch-and-love-in-a-bag, beginning in June 1989, Paula turned her life around by sharing what she knew best, traditional Southern cooking.


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