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Many of Julianne and Derek’s fans have been interested to know if Chuck and Shannon were at the Dancing with the Stars finale. Hopefully this post will answer that question for you.

I (John) have been assisting Marriann with this website (read more here) and it just so happened that my wife and I were going to be in Southern California on the night of the finale. Marriann was very gracious and said that we could come backstage on the show and possibly get in to see the finale. The following 2 pictures were taken by Marriann of my wife and I with Chuck and Shannon.

They were both very nice to us. We had a nice little conversation with Chuck and Julianne and Chuck looked very cute together. Shannon Elizabeth looked wonderful. Near the end of Derek and Brooke’s dance at the finale, I glanced over to where Shannon was sitting and she was beaming. It was a very sweet moment that the cameras didn’t catch, but was really quite wonderful.

Sorry to borrow Marriann’s blog for a moment, but I thought that fans of Derek and Julianne would enjoy the pictures and would need to know why my wife and I were in the pictures. My only regret was that I wasn’t able to get a picture of Julianne with Chuck and Derek with Shannon. I’m sure Marriann will post some of those in the future.

Thanks Marriann for giving us a once in a lifetime opportunity to be at the finale.

13 Comments

  1. Love the pictures!

    Comment by Kelsey — December 3, 2008 @ 9:51 pm

  2. Thank you for the blog and the pictures! I’m glad you got to go to the show.

    Comment by ali — December 3, 2008 @ 10:07 pm

  3. Thank you so much, John for sharing the pictures and details of your experience at the finale!! The pictures are great! And thanks for helping out with the blog…I’m sure it is appreciated!

    Comment by Natalie — December 3, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

  4. Thanks for the pics and inside info!! :) How fun for you and your wife! I’m jealous! LOL

    Comment by Steph(Curls) — December 4, 2008 @ 7:23 am

  5. Thanks for sharing. I’m jealous too!!!

    Comment by Jennifer — December 4, 2008 @ 7:35 am

  6. listen, i have a few questions about Julianne. Did she ever date Mark Ballas? I am wondering if what he said to People is true. If it is, when did they date and why did they break up? I know this is a little personal, but I am their biggest fan and this has been bugging me for months. I know sometimes you answer questions on the comments so this is why I am leaving this. Well, thanks.

    A

    Comment by A — December 4, 2008 @ 9:10 am

  7. To the poster who wanted to know if Julianne ever dated Mark Ballas, they were dance partners – and girlfriend and boyfriend for a very short time – when Julianne and Derek lived with Mark and his parents in London. They were both very young at the time.

    Thank you, John, for the blog and your photos.

    Comment by Annalee — December 4, 2008 @ 9:38 am

  8. Thank you for answring my question. But when you say very young, how young is that? That is what has been bugging me for so long. But, thanks

    Comment by A — December 4, 2008 @ 10:55 am

  9. To A – Early teens at the most. Julianne returned to Utah when she was 15. In any event, it was very brief. No big deal, really.

    Comment by Annalee — December 4, 2008 @ 11:21 am

  10. To Annalee – he did refer to her as his ‘first love’. That seems like a sort of big deal, at least to me.

    Comment by Another A — December 4, 2008 @ 11:31 am

  11. I agree with the other A. Calling someone your “first love” is a big deal.

    P.S
    Does any1 know who Aneta Piotrowska is?

    Comment by A — December 4, 2008 @ 12:08 pm

  12. Aneta Piotrowski is a Polish dancer a year younger than Derek who was his partner for two years and won the Junior Latin Championship with. Derek has said once their personal relationship floundered, their professional relationship went rapidly downhill, so they both got other partners, Aneta’s was a pro who was allowed to compete as an amateur, and Derek’s was a true amateur. Derek and his partner beat them! Aneta went on to win the Polish version of DWTS a few seasons ago. You can find at least one of Derek and Aneta’s dances on YouTube, and many other photographs of them at various dance competitions.

    Comment by Annalee — December 4, 2008 @ 12:52 pm

  13. Thank you so helping with the blog and also providing the pictures! I really appreciate everything you and Mariann do to keep the fans updated :)

    Comment by Caroline — December 4, 2008 @ 3:29 pm

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