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PureDWTS Season 21 Preliminary POLL: Which Couple is Your Favorite? Who Will Win?

It’s that time again – to see what all of you made of what you saw on GMA this morning and try to predict who will win this season, as well as share with us who your favorite couple is, based on first impressions.  DISCLAIMER: if you are just here to bitch & moan about “we haven’t even seen them dance yet!!!”, you are going to get deleted.  Had about enough of snooty, holier-than-thou comments lately, and some of us are just here to have fun. You can go be unfun over there…the rest of us are having a party over here. :-)

Be sure to let us know in the comments how you voted and why!

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Dancing with the Stars Season 21 – Complete Cast List Live Blog!!

Good Reveal Day morning, Ya’ll!! Finally the tedium of the Day by Day (kinda sorta) reveal is over and it will all be out there for everyone to obsess over. If you haven’t been here in a while, or have never been here before, please do us the courtesy of reading the DWTS Season 21 Reveal Day-by-Day post and ALL of the comments before commenting here. It’s not fun for us to answer questions that have been asked (and answered) 500 times. ESPECIALLY if it’s something easily googled. Really, people, google is a wonderful thing. I’ve also added links to previous posts for couples that were revealed previously, so you have them for easy reference.

ETA: Figured out why Derek, at least, isn’t in NYC. His new TV show with Julianne and Maria Menounos started shooting last night.  Yes, they turned their holiday dance battles into an ABC show. Very enterprising people, the Houghs…and Maria.  I would imagine that the pros who are not present had other plans – and the power to say “can’t do it”. Or perhaps rehearsing with the celeb out of town who had previous plans, ala Allison.

ETA2: They brought out most of the announced celebs – those who could be there, obviously – and same with the pros. Looked like Val was expecting more of an ovation.

ETA3: Okay, I confess, Paula is cracking me up. Oh, look, the last celeb is down there!

REVEAL #1 – Bindi Irwin

REVEAL #2 – Victor Espinoza

REVEAL #3 – Nick Carter

REVEAL #4 – Hayes Grier

REVEAL #5 – Alexa Vega

REVEAL #6 – Carlos Pena, Jr.

REVEAL #7 – Chaka Kahn

REVEAL #8 – Andy Grammer

REVEAL #9 – Gary Busey

REVEAL #10 – Kim Zolciak

REVEAL #11 – Tamar Braxton

REVEAL #12 – Paula Deen

REVEAL #13 – Alek Skarlatos

And here are the pairings…will update as the show progresses.

ETA: Ugh. Louis is definitely back.

The Pairs!!

Celebrity Height Pro Height Pro
Paula Deen 5ft. 5in. 5ft. 10in. Louis
Bindi Irwin 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 10in. Derek
Alexa Vega 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 8in. Mark
Tamar Braxton ?? 5ft. 10/11in. Val
Kim Zolciak 5ft. 9in. 6ft. 1in. Tony
Chaka Khan 5ft. 4in. 6ft. 2in. Keo
Hayes Grier ?? 5ft.5in. Emma
Alek Skarlatos ?? 5ft. 3in. Linday
Victor Espinoza 5ft. 2in. 5ft. 5in. Karina
Andy Grammer 6ft. 1in. 5ft. 6in. Allison
Nick Carter 6ft. 0in. 5ft. 6in. Sharna
Carlos Pena, Jr. 5ft.6in. 5ft. 3in. Witney
Gary Busey ?? ?? Anna

*My old research has Val at 5’9″ but I met him in the middle since Google has grown him since then. :-) All heights are approximate. As I noted the other day – anyone can make any claim they want on the internet.

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

More DWTS Season 21 Celebs Do The “Nae Nae” – Video

We know you are dying for more “Nae Nae”. So, here ya go….

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

First Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Rehearsal Photos

How about some rehearsal photos? If you go to Disnet ABC you can see some of the couples in their first rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars Season 21. Scroll to the bottom of the page and then keep clicking on “load more” until they all come up. Keep checking the link as they may load more soon. Thanks to DWTSGossip for the heads up.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

New Photos Of Maksim Chmerkovskiy And Peta Murgatroyd, Maks Also Talks On The New Season Of DWTS

If you head to the Daily Mail, you can view some new photos of Maks Chmerkovskiy And Peta Murgatroyd. Maks also talked with KTLA today (see below) about the new season of Dancing With The Stars (Thanks to DWTSgossip for this find). I love what he said on Peta.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Rob Wade Speaks On The New Cast Of Dancing With The Stars Season 21, Quotes From Some Of The Cast

USA Today has a great feature up with the new cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 21. Executive Rob Wade talks on the cast. Some of the cast also speak about dancing on the show.

Less than two weeks ago, National Guard specialist Skarlatos “was on a train in France (and now) he’s become a genuine national hero. It’s very exciting that we can have someone like this on this season,” says executive producer Rob Wade, adding that Skarlatos is representing his close friends and fellow heroes Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler.

Season 21’s celebrities also include controversial celebrity chef Paula Deen and the contest’s first married competitors, Alexa PenaVega (Nashville, Spy Kids franchise) and Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush).

Don’t expect any competitive trash-talking in the PenaVega household. If the two faced elimination, “I would want to be the one voted off because … I want him to do well. But he also wants me to do well,” Alexa PenaVega says. “We’re not good at being competitive.”

There is a friendly wager, she says during a joint interview with Carlos. “If I go further in this competition, he has to salsa with me whenever I want.”

The two actor/singers were approached simultaneously but separately about appearing. (Jewel and her then-husband, Ty Murray, were supposed to be the first married celebrity competitors during Season 8, but a training injury forced her to cancel her appearance.)

“This opportunity to learn something brand new and challenge ourselves really drew us to” say yes, Carlos PenaVega says.

More at USA Today.

Also, don’t miss reading this People article as well for a few more thoughts from the cast. Here is just a little take from the link. You know where to go for more.

“This is going to be more terrifying than jumping on top of a crocodile,” Irwin told PEOPLE, who exclusively broke the news of her casting. Still, the 17-year-old revealed that she will use this “new and exciting adventure” as a way to pay tribute to her late father, Steve Irwin.

“My dad will always be with me in spirit,” Irwin said. “Embarking on this journey, I really want to make him as proud as possible.”

Helping her along that journey will be her partner, Derek Hough, who described the teenage wildlife conservationist as “a breath of fresh air.”

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

GMA Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Pairings Announcement Coverage – Photos, Videos

Here ya go! Below are some photos and videos of the Good Morning America Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Pairings Announcement! Thanks to @idolxfactor for the video coverage and here is to the new season! WOO HOO!

A video posted by Idolxfactor (@idolxfactor) on

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Gleb Savchenko And Tristan MacManus Rock The Strictly Come Dancing Red Carpet Launch – Photos, Videos

Being there is some interest in following US Dancing With The Stars pros Gleb Savchenko and Tristan MacManus, we’re planning to cover ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ this season. Every Saturday (like we did with Dancing With The Stars Russia last season) we plan to post videos and photos of the show and then we can discuss it if you like. To get us geared up a little, below are some photos and video coverage of the Strictly Come Dancing Red Carpet Launch in London last night. Stay tuned as Nathan is writing us a guest blog on what we can expect. Also, Gleb has sent us a special statement. We’ll be posting those things soon!! 😉 From all of your loving fans from the US and abroad, go Gleb and Tristan!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Andy Grammer Talked To Billboard About Dancing On Dancing With The Stars Season 21

Andy Grammer talked with Billboard about dancing on Dancing With The Stars. Currently, he feels he’s bit off more than he can chew. Rehearsals have started and they have been rehearsing for 6 hours a day. He explains below as well as why he decided to do the show (awww, I love this guy!).

The 31-year old entertainer said he has already started rehearsing, and it has been intense given his touring schedule.

“Honestly, I bit off more than I could chew and now I’m chewing really fast,” he laughed. “Right now I’m in Minnesota and I just had a six-hour dance rehearsal. My partner is flying out to the shows with me, so I’m still pretty much touring and then going to make sure that I am home on Monday for the show every week.”

Grammer was offered the opportunity after two successful appearances last season performing his hit song, “Honey I’m Good,” which topped several charts including the Billboard Hot 100 chart where it reached the No. 9.

“The second time that I went and did the show there was a vibe, [and I thought] maybe this would work,” he said.

The vibe he felt, he explained, was the presence of his mother, who sadly passed away before she had the opportunity to see her son on the show.

“It just reminded me of my mom being there. She really loved to dance. [This was] one of her favorite things to watch on TV,” he said. “I know she would have loved to have been a part of this to see it. That was one of the main reasons I decided to do the show.”

He expressed his feelings on Instagram and Facebook, writing that “anyone who knew my mother, knows she LOVED dance.”

“There is something in me on a personal level that was like, I should make this happen,” he said. “It’s hard to feel super connected to people who passed away and this is one of the ways. Just being in that building made me feel that way.”

Another advantage to appearing on the show: his new single, “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)” is sure to gain significant traction, since it will impact at top 40 and Hot AC radio on Sept. 14 — the day DWTS premieres. The song will also be included on a new deluxe version of Grammer’s sophomore album Magazines or Novels, which is set for a releas on S-Curve Records Nov. 6.

For the full interview, see Billboard.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Official: Gary Busey To Dance On Dancing With The Stars Season 21 (Video)

Below is Jimmy Kimmel’s official announcement of Gary Busey to dance on Dancing With The Stars Season 21. I was hoping this might be a joke, but, E Online says it’s not. LOL to him “not having anything else to do.”

ETA: According to @DWTS360, Lindsay Arnold is not Gary’s partner like many are speculating. Another pro might be coming back.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.