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Mark Ballas Spends Day at Royal Derby For Queen’s Diamond Jubilee


By Suzanne Zuckerman

Monday June 04, 2012 07:00 AM EDT

Mark Ballas Spends Day at Royal Derby

Mark Ballas

Courtesy of Mark Ballas


Mark Ballas has rocked a gold lamé tuxedo and a matador’s jacket on Dancing with the Stars, but in Surrey, England, for the Epsom Derby – which kicked off celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – a last-minute search for a top hat was enough to cause him serious stress.

“I ended up finding one 10 minutes before the shop closed,” the ballroom pro, 26, told PEOPLE of his day-long hunt around London for the old-school accessory required for the horse race.

Ballas had been invited to Saturday’s event – for which men are also required to wear tails or “morning jackets” – by former Dancing partner (and season runner-up) Katherine Jenkins, the Welsh opera star who sang the British national anthem for the Queen and the 130,000-strong crowd.


PHOTOS: Let the Jubilee Festivities Begin!

“Katherine said nothing will ever compare to the nerves of Dancing with the Stars,” Ballas says. And having been raised in England himself (from age 3 to 21, he lived in Liverpool and then London), Ballas never broke a sweat around her majesty, either.

“I was just standing there, jaw-dropped,” he says of sipping champagne a mere six feet away from the Queen (and other members of the Royal Family, including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie) on the exclusive Paddock. Though royal protocol dictates “You never speak unless spoken to,” Queen Elizabeth did introduce herself to Jenkins, “who did a little curtsy,” Ballas says.

In person, the monarch is “tiny and very extravagant, lovely and gorgeous,” he says. “She looked amazing.”

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Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas

Courtesy of Mark Ballas


And as “honored” as he was to celebrate her 60-year reign in classic royal style, he couldn’t help but observe, “She’s just a super cute grandma!”

So how did he pass time on his flight across the Pond?

Ballas says he has proudly hopped on the book-club bandwagon, reading Fifty Shades of Grey, the mega-popular erotic trilogy by British author E.L. James.

His reaction to the steamy saga? It’s “relatable,” he says.,,20600707,00.html

Chicane Group Launches; A Unique Cross-Industry Partnering to Offer Talent Producing, Artist Management and Full Service Travel Agency


Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 10, 2012—

Rebecca Lambrecht moves from ReignDeer Entertainment and Larry Rudolph
Management (Management Company to talents like Britney Spears and part of Front Line Management) to launch a new company called the Chicane Group. Offices are located in West Hollywood.

Chicane Group is bringing together top industry leaders to offer talent producing, artist management, and full service travel agency including travel management. Consulting for entertainment companies and individuals will also be included.

Through this unique partnering, Chicane Group aims to position and connect specific professionals accordingly to execute strategies for each event, client, and project.

Chicane Group partners include: Opus Beauty, providing impeccable and exclusive career management services to their top stylists; All Celebrity Travel, a top notch entertainment travel agency specializing in live show tours and television production movements, and in2une Music, a premium record label service and music coalition company.

For more information on the Chicane Group, please visit



Andy Cohen (BRAVO) and Giuliana Rancic (E! NEWS)
Return as Hosts of the 61st Annual Competition

New York, NY – March 8, 2012 – NBC, Donald J. Trump and Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization, announced today that the “2012 MISS USA® Competition” will air LIVE on NBC Sunday, June 3 (9 p.m. ET) from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas at the Theatre for the Performing Arts. Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live” and Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of “E! News,” will host the competition.

“The city of Las Vegas, one of the most exciting cities in the world, will once again set the stage for the Miss USA competition, giving 51 of the most beautiful women in the country a chance to win the coveted title of Miss USA,” said Trump. “Planet Hollywood has consistently rolled out the red carpet for our contestants and it is a natural for us to host the pageant there.”

“The MISS USA® Pageant and Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino are the perfect pairing. This is one of the most exhilarating events of the year, being held at the most exciting resort on the Las Vegas Strip,” said David Hoenemeyer, regional president of Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. “We are proud to partner with the MISS USA® Pageant for the fifth year in a row to host this spectacular event.”

Last year, the 2011 MISS USA® Competition on NBC was the #1 show of the night for all key demographics. The 2012 MISS USA® Competition will feature contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Contestants will be judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. The show concludes with one contestant ultimately being crowned Miss USA 2012.

Adds Shugart: “Not only will we have the hottest show on the strip the night of June 3, but we are excited to welcome back Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic as hosts. Andy and Giuliana’s charisma and energy are a great fit for us, and it was obvious they had a lot of fun together at Miss USA last year. We are happy to have them back.”

Andy Cohen is the host and executive producer of “Watch What Happens: Live (WWHL),” Bravo’s late night, interactive talk show now airing five nights a week and features guests from some of Bravo’s most popular series, as well as from the world of entertainment, politics and pop culture. For last year’s 2011 Miss USA competition, WWHL aired live immediately after the telecast making it the first time the show shot outside a studio. When Cohen doesn’t have hosting duties, he is also the executive vice president of original programming and development for Bravo where he oversees the development and production of more than two dozen shows such as “Top Chef,” and “The Real Housewives.”

Giuliana Rancic is a co-anchor of “E! News” and host of E!’s hugely popular “Fashion Police.” She is also the executive producer/star of her hit Style Network reality show, “Giuliana & Bill.” Rancic can also be seen co-hosting red carpet events such as the Golden Globes and The Oscars.

Also returning as executive producers of the telecast are dick clark productions (dcp) led by Barry Adelman. Last year marked the first time the telecast incorporated a fan vote revealing the 16th contestant, along with a new technology enabling viewers to play “virtual judges” from their home.

The program concluded with Alyssa Campanella, Miss California, being crowned Miss USA 2011. During her reign, she represented the USA in the 2011 MISS UNIVERSE® Competition held in São Paulo, Brazil placing in the Top 16. She has been active raising awareness for breast and ovarian cancer as well helping promote the USO Wishbook in support of our troops. Campanella has also made numerous TV appearances; most notably as a contestant on Food Network’s “Rachael vs Guy Celebrity Cook-Off’ and a presenter on NBC’s special “American Giving Awards.”

The Miss USA telecast now reaches approximately 90 countries and territories. For more information, visit