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Dancing with the Stars judge Julianne Hough and her brother Derek, who was voted off the show May 12, took the stage for the ABC show’s season finale to dance along to a live performance of “Elastic Heart” by Sia, who sang in a corner with her signature wig covering her face.

Julianne and Derek are both DWTS veterans: She’s won the competition twice, and he’s won five times. So it’s not surprising the two siblings were able to nail the chaotic style of dance that Maddie Ziegler and Shia LaBeouf perfected in the “Elastic Heart” music video.

Read our recap of DWTS’ 20th season finale here, and watch the Hough siblings’ performance—which also features pint-sized dancers Emma York and Joey German—below.

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Sia Delivers Emotional ‘Elastic Heart’ Performance on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Every decision Sia makes is the right one, of this we’re certain. Be it her decision to obscure her face with a choppy white wig or opting to feature Shia LeBeouf in one of her music videos, she knows what she’s doing. Her choices are artistic without feeling contrived, even to the most cynical among us. Her latest good decision comes in the form of her performance on the Dancing With the Stars finale last night (May 19). The Australian musician delivered an outstanding vocal performance of “Elastic Heart” as she stood in the very far corner of the set, allowing the audience to focus on Julianne and Derek Hough’s dancing.

The Hough siblings are DWTS alums — Julianne won the competition twice and Derek is a five-time champion. So it should come as no surprise that they would be more than capable of delivering a performance that so closely mirrored the frantic feel of in Sia’s “Elastic Heart” music video.

The choreography also featured some truly impressive movement from a pair of child dancers, Emma York and Joey German. One has to wonder if the performance was to make the general public — or at least those of us who aren’t gifted in the skill of dance — feel bad about themselves. There’s nothing like watching children do something better than you could ever dream of doing that makes you feel like unaccomplished trash. In this case, both pairs demonstrated the often tumultuous sibling relationship that continues well into adulthood with such fluidity in their movements that it nearly brought us to tears.

You can watch Sia’s performance of “Elastic Heart” in the video above.

Watch Sia’s Performance of ‘Elastic Heart’ on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Finale

Tuesday night (May 19) marked the season finale of Dancing With the Stars and not only did viewers find out who the winner of Season 20 is, but Sia also stopped by to give another unexpected performance.

First up, Rumer Willis went home the champ this season, gaining not only bragging rights but also the show’s famed mirror ball trophy. The actress, and her pro dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy partner, beat out musician and Glee actor Riker Lynch as well as former United States Army soldier Noah Galloway.

As for Sia’s performance of “Elastic Heart,” the singer, of course, appeared with her face disguised as siblings Derek and Julianne Hough served up enough dancing theatrics to keep everyone entertained.

Featuring Derek and Julianne mini-me’s, as well as the dancers themselves, the performance was an emotional interpretive dance. While the two sets of dancers performed in mirroring dances, Sia sang in the back of the stage, narrating their on-stage struggles.

You can watch the performance below.

Sia Answers Criticism About Working with 15-Year-Old Dancer Maddie Ziegler: ‘My Goal is to Empower Her’

Sia can hide behind her signature face-obscuring wig, but those get-ups don’t shield her from criticism. On Tuesday (Dec. 5), writer Bonnie Malkin of The Guardian published a piece examining the Australian singer’s apparent double standard in putting the spotlight on her frequent collaborator and dancer, 15-year-old Maddie Ziegler.

Malkin attended Sia’s Nostalgic for the Present tour stop in Sydney, Australia, and from what she saw it raised some questions. “Up on the stage in Sydney on Saturday, with Furler concealed and Maddie in the spotlight, it seemed that the superstar was deploying a child in a way that she herself refuses to be,” Malkin wrote in part.

She continued: “Where Furler was hidden, Maddie was exposed. Where Furler was still, Maddie was moving. Where the singer was in darkness, the child was in the spotlight. Where Furler’s face and body was carefully hidden from the eyes of a stadium full of strangers, Maddie’s face and body was offered up instead.”

Sia saw Malkin’s words and responded rather thoughtfully via Twitter on Wednesday (Dec. 6). Below is the sum of four separate tweets.

“This article poses a question I have asked myself often,” the first of her four tweets begins. “I do check in with Maddie weekly about whether she wants this, and assure her if she ever wants it to stop it stops. It’s a conversation we should all be having. Not just myself but all directors, stage parents and agents with their children, clients, charges. Maddie was already famous when I discovered her, but I have certainly expanded her exposure and feel responsible for that. I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes.

“Some would argue a teenager can’t or shouldn’t be charged with making sound choices for themselves and so I do try to choose the best for her always. But I think this is an important conversation. What I learned from Maddie is that fame affects her differently than how it affected me. I can only trust that she is telling me the truth. If that changes, we stop.”

Check out her full tweets below:

This article poses a question I have asked myself often. I do check in with Maddie weekly about whether she wants this, and assure her if she ever wants it to stop it stops. It’s a conversation we should all be having. Not just myself but all directors, stage parents and agents.

— sia (@Sia) December 6, 2017

With their children, clients, charges. Maddie was already famous when I discovered her, but I have certainly expanded her exposure and feel responsible for that. I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes. Some would argue a teenager

— sia (@Sia) December 6, 2017

Can’t or shouldn’t be charged with making sound choices for themselves and so I do try to choose the best for her always. But I think this is an important conversation https://t.co/0k6bQ8EsvT

— sia (@Sia) December 6, 2017

What I learned from Maddie is that fame affects her differently than how it affected me. I can only trust that she is telling me the truth. If that changes, we stop.

— sia (@Sia) December 6, 2017

Ziegler was discovered by Sia while on reality television show Dance Moms, which Ziegler appeared on from 2011 to 2016. Since beginning work with Sia, Ziegler has starred in videos for Sia’s songs “Chandelier” (which has over 1.7 billion views), “Elastic Heart,” “Big Girls Cry,” “Cheap Thrills,” “The Greatest” and more. Ziegler is (obviously) currently accompanying Sia on tour.

To read Malkin’s full think-piece, click here.

Sia is a very important figure in Maddie Ziegler’s life!

The 16-year-old former Dance Moms star stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday and gushed about her mentor, Sia. The pair met more than five years ago and have since become as close as mother and daughter, so much so that Ziegler sported Sia’s white, lace bridal shower dress during her late-night appearance.

“I’m basically, like, her daughter and so she’s always wanted to dress up her daughter and just, like, put her in different cool clothes and this fit like a glove,” Ziegler mused. “And she’s like, ‘This is epic!’ And she literally, I’ve never seen her turn into a stage mom like that before… she was, like, taking photos. She was, like, sliding on her knees and I was like, ‘What’s going on?’ She was a fan of the show, so she lived her Dance Moms moment.”

Ziegler went on to call the 43-year-old singer “the best person in my life.”

“She’s, I think, my godmom now. Yeah, I think so,” Ziegler, who was on the show promoting her latest book, The Callback, said. “So if anything were to happen she’d take me, which is really cool. The day we met we clicked and we knew that it was a special connection. She’s the greatest person and she’s just nice to everyone. She’s taught me so many life lessons and I’ll never forget that.”

That “special connection” was formed after Sia, a fan of Dance Moms, tweeted the young dancer to have her appear in her “Chandelier” music video in 2014. Despite not knowing who Sia was at that point, Ziegler agreed, something that “changed my life forever.”

“I didn’t expect the outcome,” Ziegler said of the music video that quickly went viral. “People didn’t recognize me at first, but what was the coolest experience for me was… people started recognizing me and being like, ‘Oh you’re in ‘Chandelier.” And I was like, that’s the coolest feeling because people got so confused.”

With all the personal and professional advice Sia has given Ziegler, the dancer has nothing but praise for her mentor.

Ziegler’s gushing over the “Elastic Heart” singer comes a few months after Sia gifted Zeigler a white Audi for her 16th birthday.

“Happy Birthday to my most special noonoo @maddieziegler ❤️,” Sia captioned a post showing off the gift at the time. In her own post, Maddie marveled, “Sweet sixteen <3 can’t believe this car is actually mine!!”

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Happy Birthday to my most special noonoo @maddieziegler ❤️

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sweet sixteen <3 can’t believe this car is actually mine !!

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Performing artist Sia Furler has responded to concerns about her use of 15-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler as a creative partner, saying the use of children in entertainment is “a conversation we should all be having”.

On Thursday the enigmatic singer responded to a Guardian column which questioned Sia’s use of Ziegler as an avatar of herself in her live performances and music videos.

The column asked whether the spotlight-shy artist was exposing a child to the same fame she sought to avoid, writing that “the grown-up who has seen what fame can do and fears it has, perhaps unwittingly, handed it over to the child instead”.

On Twitter, Furler admitted that the article “poses a question I have asked myself often”.

sia (@Sia)

This article poses a question I have asked myself often. I do check in with Maddie weekly about whether she wants this, and assure her if she ever wants it to stop it stops. It’s a conversation we should all be having. Not just myself but all directors, stage parents and agents.

December 6, 2017

“I do check in with Maddie weekly about whether she wants this, and assure her if she ever wants it to stop it stops,” she wrote.

“It’s a conversation we should all be having. Not just myself but all directors, stage parents and agents ith their children, clients, charges.”

sia (@Sia)

With their children, clients, charges. Maddie was already famous when I discovered her, but I have certainly expanded her exposure and feel responsible for that. I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes. Some would argue a teenager

December 6, 2017

Furler began working with Ziegler after spotting her on the US show Dance Moms and the teenager has now appeared in six music videos, live TV performances and a global tour as what Malkin called the “the fury and the face” of Furler’s music. Reviewing the recent concert in Melbourne, Guardian writer Richard S He said: “if JM Barrie, Maddie Ziegler is Peter Pan”.

But Furler wrote that fame “affects her differently than how it affected me”.

“Maddie was already famous when I discovered her, but I have certainly expanded her exposure and feel responsible for that. I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes,” she wrote.

“Some would argue a teenager an’t or shouldn’t be charged with making sound choices for themselves and so I do try to choose the best for her always. But I think this is an important conversation.

“What I learned from Maddie is that fame affects her differently than how it affected me. I can only trust that she is telling me the truth. If that changes, we stop.”

sia (@Sia)

What I learned from Maddie is that fame affects her differently than how it affected me. I can only trust that she is telling me the truth. If that changes, we stop.

December 6, 2017

The Adelaide-born star has just wrapped up a two-date tour of Australia, her first since 2011.

Dancing Prodigy Maddie Ziegler Stars In New Sia Video, Inspires Everyone

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As much as we love Sia’s infectious songs, we really look forward to her music videos thanks to her dancing mini me, Maddie Ziegler. We’ve seen her in videos for “Chandelier,” “Elastic Heart,” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and she stars in the artist’s latest video for “Cheap Thrills,” which dropped today (if this song isn’t already on your workout playlist, we’ll give you a minute to add it). Just as we expected. Ziegler’s dance moves are as innovative as the song is catchy.

But the 13-year-old dancing prodigy has been blowing up the entertainment world for quite some time now. She rose to fame in 2011 at just eight years old, after being selected as one of the original cast members on Dance Moms. And by 11, she was starring in music videos for Sia, where her unique interpretive moves were extremely well-received, gaining over a billion views on YouTube.

In February, Ziegler became the brand ambassador for Capezio dancewear, joining them in their latest video campaign, #DanceInYou. The campaign hopes to encourage young girls to be original and to stand out by embracing themselves for who they are. Ziegler is a natural fit, obviously.

In the video, Ziegler is at the barre with a class of young ballerinas. After momentarily following their moves, she spontaneously breaks out into a dazzling free-form number. She even rocks black and blue attire, refusing to conform to the traditional pink ballet dress code. Her rebellion is viewed skeptically by the other girls around her, but only for a short while. Within moments, Ziegler’s originality encourages the ballerinas to step away from the barre and to dance the way they want-resulting in a can’t-tear-your-eyes-away dance party.

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Here Are the Most Memorable Times Sia Collaborated With Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler, the dance prodigy and “Dance Moms” star, is featured in yet another Sia music video released Tuesday (Sept. 19).

This time, she co-stars with animated ponies that don animated versions of Sia’s signature bob. She splashes around a flooded floor, playfully expressing Sia’s hopeful lyrics, “I can see a rainbow / In your tears as the sun comes out.” The song is featured on the My Little Pony: The Movie soundtrack, which includes tracks from artists like CL, DNCE and Lukas Graham.

Since Ziegler and Sia have such a storied history of working together, here are seven of their most memorable collaborations:

1. “Chandelier” music video (2014)

This is the collaboration that started it all. The music video, which currently has over 1.6 billion views, sealed Ziegler’s place as an up-and-comer and launched Sia into super-stardom. In live settings, the duo concocted several iconic performances, recreating the music video on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (with Sia standing in the corner) and at the 57th Grammy Awards with the help of Kristen Wiig.

2. “Big Girls Cry” music video (2014):

Choreographed by Ryan Heffington, Ziegler emotes in a fourth-wall shattering close-up where her exaggerated expressions add a frenetic energy to a relatively sedated Sia song.

3. “Elastic Heart” music video (2015):

The music video was controversial amid accusations of pedophilic undertones as Shia LaBeouf danced with Ziegler while both were dressed in nude dancewear. However, their Saturday Night Live performance gained acclaim as Ziegler flitted around Sia’s shrouded frame.

4. “Cheap Thrills” music video (2016):

In the performance edit of the music video, Ziegler’s silhouette leads a trio of dancers. She doesn’t need dollar bills to have fun, if her energetic performance is any indication.

5. “The Greatest” music video (2016):

Ziegler smears a rainbow stream down her face at the beginning of a music video that was widely interpreted as a tribute to the LGBT victims of the Orlando shooting in 2016.

6. Sia’s Nostalgic for the Present tour:

Billboard’s Jason Lipshutz wrote at the time, “Having watched Sia’s same show sans Ziegler at Coachella in April, Maddie’s presence adds a mischievous energy, as if replicated movements can’t capture the heart behind those wide eyes and deranged smiles.”

7. Upcoming Sia-directed movie starring Maddie Ziegler, Sister:

My two favorite necklaces ❤️

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Sia spoke about the film at the Venice Days film festival, saying, “I was too embarrassed to tell anyone I wanted to make a movie, because I thought it would be seen as a vanity project, because I was a singer. … fter I made the ‘Chandelier’ video, I realized that I was pretty good at directing, so I felt a little bit braver.”

‘Chandelier’ star Maddie Ziegler ditches Sia for a new gig

If you can’t immediately place Maddie Ziegler’s face in the new campaign for Capezio’s Betsey Johnson line, you can bet you’ve seen her busting a move in a platinum blond wig.

Maddie Ziegler and Sia attend The 57th Annual Grammy Awards.Getty Images

She’s the breakout star of Lifetime’s reality hit “Dance Moms,” but most would recognize the 12-year-old as the mini-me of Australian singer-songwriter Sia, whose trilogy of Ziegler-fronted videos has been viewed more than a billion times on YouTube.

Maddie Ziegler attends the Reality TV Awards.WireImage

“I got a tweet from that said, ‘Would you like to be in the music video for my new single ‘Chandelier’?” she tells The Post. “At first I didn’t think it was real!”

Since its debut last year in May, “Chandelier” has racked up more than 800 million hits on YouTube. (It’s currently ranked the 17th most-viewed video ever on the site, ahead of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”) It also scored a Grammy win for best choreography at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards.

Rolling Stone crowned it best music video of the year, and by way of several high-profile live performances — on shows like “Ellen” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” to name a few — Ziegler became something of a rarity: a consistent face in the fickle realm of viral stardom.

She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, where she began dancing at the age of 2. A year or so later, her mother enrolled her in classes with choreographer Abby Lee Miller.

In 2011, Ziegler, her younger sister Mackenzie and their mom signed on for season one of “Dance Moms,” a series that documents a young troupe of Miller-trained dancers — and the drama that ensues between their squabbling parents.

From the beginning of the show (now in its fifth season), Ziegler was cast as the prima performer.

Although the exacting instructor often pits her pupils against each other, Zeigler, who still lives in Pittsburgh and remains a member of the company, says the team bond couldn’t be stronger.

Ziegler in a new ad for Betsy Johnson’s dance-wear line.Sinisha Nisevic

“My closest friends are in the dance group,” she says.

Since “Chandelier” took off, she’s filmed two other buzzy Sia videos: “Elastic Heart” with Shia LaBeouf, which premiered in January, and “Big Girls Cry,” released in April.

Right now, she’s focusing on her other passion: acting.

One of Ziegler’s career highlights was landing a cameo on a June episode of “Pretty Little Liars,” her favorite show.

“I was literally freaking out ,” the dancer recalls.

Another major moment? Modeling for Betsey Johnson, of course.

“ so fun and cute for, like, dance wear, but also to wear outside the studio,” says Ziegler of the collection, priced $50 to $125. “I don’t always get to wear fashion, because I’m always in gym clothes, so when I get to try really cute things, I take advantage and go all out.”

Why Maddie Ziegler From ‘Dance Moms’ Prefers Working With Sia Over Abby Lee Miller

We’ve been watching kids on Dance Moms for years as they grow into national dancing superstars under Abby Lee Miller’s tutelage. The teacher may be strict, but there’s no doubt that she knows how to get the children who are accepted into the Abby Lee Dance Company to be the best they can be at their craft. And one student in particular, Maddie Ziegler, has already made a name for herself as a teenager in the dance world.

Maddie Ziegler has since chosen to leave Dance Moms, however — and she’s found a new mentor in the singer Sia. Here’s why Maddie much prefers working with Sia even after all of her years with Abby.

Sia first reached out to Maddie on social media years ago

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The Greatest – Coming Soon – #weareyourchildren

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We can’t imagine pop culture without the dynamic duo of Sia and Maddie, and it’s hard to believe the two initially connected over social media. Billboard explains all the way back in 2014, Sia reached out to Maddie on Twitter after seeing her on Dance Moms. The message read, “hey maddie, you want to play me in the video for my first single?” Maddie lated commented on the incident, explaining that there was no audition or anything to make sure she was well-suited for the role. “It was just a direct message from Twitter,” Maddie said.

It seems Sia just knew Maddie would be the perfect fit — and she was. It all started with the music video for “Chandelier,” but Maddie then went on to star in “Elastic Heart” with Shia LaBeouf, “Big Girls Cry,” “Cheap Thrills,” and “The Greatest.” Not only that, but Maddie also joined Sia for part of her tour. As Sia explained, “Maddie’s presence adds a mischievous energy, as if replicated movements can’t capture the heart behind those wide eyes and deranged smiles.”

Now, Sia feels very protective of Maddie

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A partnership that started years ago is still going strong today, and both Sia and Maddie have talked at length about how much they appreciate each other. People reports after a writer for The Guardian wrote an article about the damaging effects of fame, particularly in terms of Sia and Maddie’s relationship, Sia clapped back on Twitter. She said, “I do check in with Maddie weekly about whether she wants this, and assure her if she ever wants it to stop it stops. It’s a conversation we should all be having.” she also added that “Maddie was already famous when I discovered her, but I have certainly expanded her exposure and feel responsible for that. I feel very protective of her and my goal is to empower her in whatever choices she makes.”

As for what Maddie thinks of Sia, it seems the respect is totally mutual. She told E! News back in 2017 that “Sia is the best artist I’ve ever heard or seen or worked with. I feel like she’s given me such great advice and so many things that I learned from her every day.”

Sia offers Maddie creative freedom whereas Dance Moms was ultra stressful

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E! News notes Maddie credits Dance Moms for cultivating her skills and helping her pick up on choreography quickly for Sia’s videos — but she doesn’t miss being a part of the show. As she told Seventeen, “Leaving Dance Moms was a hard decision to make, but it was getting too stressful.” She also added that Abby Lee Miller was just as intense in real life as she appeared on the show, which added to the anxiety. “I feel like I had so much more pressure on me to be the best in the room,” she said.

It seems Abby also has something to say about not being a part of Maddie’s life anymore. Entertainment Tonight reminds us Abby dished on her feelings about Maddie on her special, Dance Moms: Abby Lee Tells All. Abby explained how she was disappointed that Maddie no longer reaches out to her. “I don’t think had she not been in my studio, she would be where she is today,” the mentor said. “And I can confidently say that.”

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