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‘Dancing with the Stars’ just keeps on Boppin’ – LA Times

LA Times has a nice write up on DWTS and it’s “powerhouse” ratings:

Take two parts ballroom dancing, one part celebrity watching, one part live television mishaps, sprinkle in a dash of glitter and a pinch of schmaltz, and you’ve got “Dancing With the Stars.” The ABC reality show in which relatively famous people are paired up with professional dancers and judged on their ballroom skills was a sleeper summer sensation when it premiered in 2005 and now, after eight seasons, seems to be as alluring and sparkly as ever — with 20.3 million TV watchers tuned in last month to see Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson vault over French actor Gilles Marini to take home the title.

June 15, 2009 I Written By

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. :-)

American Idol’s Danny Gokey on DWTS Season 9

According to the National Enquirer – and how reliable are they really?  Here what the Enquirer has to say:

“…He’s convinced he can win it!” says an insider. “Danny may even have to rehearse his dance routines on the road this summer, but the Dancing producers have said they’d work around his schedule.”

Danny will reportedly join DWTS as soon as the Idols Live Summer Tour wraps up in September. According to The Enquirer spy, the 29-year-old Milwaukee native will dedicate his run on Dancing to the memory of his late wife, Sophia, who passed away of congenital heart failure just four weeks before Danny auditioned for Idol.

I know I don’t really get a vote in this instance, but I vote no. :-)  Between him and the oft rumored Donny Osmond…well, there go all the votes.

There is one huge problem with this idea – will a contract with 19E (the company that produces Idol and also manages a lot of the contestants) and a contract that is also now tied to RCA, if I read correctly that he got signed, allow him to compete on a reality show on a different network? Especially one that competes part of the year with the show he recently got booted off?  Having previously been a fan of idol and one who follows some of their “practices”, my guess would be not a chance.  But it’s been while since I followed the Idol management and recording contracts – maybe once the tour is over he’s free. I have no idea.

In any case, the way this is written, they’ve tied it all together very neatly. They recognize that September it too late to get started with DWTS rehearsal so they throw in the comment about practicing on the road. Totally not a fan of this idea. Are you? Speak up.

Danny Gokey
BritWeek 2009 Champagne VIP Reception

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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. :-)

Miscellaneous Videos about DWTS

Videos I hadn’t seen before…which doesn’t mean they’re new, just that I hadn’t seen them before. :-)

These are cool – the Paley Center panel on DWTS. I had posted a couple of these before, but I hadn’t seen quite a few of them:

Conrad Green on Casting Stars

Judges on the Shows encouraging of Dancers

Jane Seymore and Drew Lachey on Dancing

Len Goodman on Constructive Criticism

Co-hosts on the evolution of hosting

Hosts and Dancers on Relationships

Dancers on Best/Worst Costumes

Drew Lachey on dancers getting hurt

Dancers on choosing costumes

If you let the video play to the end and then the next videos come up automatically, there are interviews with all of the Season 8 stars and pros – more that I had never seen before. :-)  A cute one with Shawn Johnson. It appears there is one for each star for week one and week two.

June 12, 2009 I Written By

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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 9 – More Couples Gossip and Rumors

Dominique Moceanu with Tony Dovolani??
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A picture is worth a thousand words, but I still call this rumor. It is only June, after all. This would be a new record in celeb announcements, I think.

How about designer Vera Wang?? According to my new BFF, Marc Malkin, Vera is a possibility for Season 9.

A source tells E! News that designer Vera Wang has signed on to compete for next season’s disco ball trophy…

Wang, who will be 60 by the time the next round of waltzing kicks off in the fall, rose from Vogue editor to one of the world’s most famous wedding dress designers. She not only dresses celebs on the red carpet now, but she has her own home collection, plus a lower-priced clothing collection at Kohl’s.

Again, it’s kinda early, but we’ll see. They better bring back Corky or maybe Louis, because at 60, I can’t see her with Mark or Derek – just like I couldn’t see Shawn Johnson dancing with Maks or Corky or Tony.

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June 11, 2009 I Written By

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. :-)

GMA Interview with Maks and Lacey

Interview after the final performance show.

June 10, 2009 I Written By

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. :-)

New TV Guide DWTS Videos – Infanity

This is a much cleaner copy of previously posted videos uploaded to You Tube by TV Guide.

Part 1 – Injuries

Part 2 – The Pros

Part 3 – The Wardrobe

Part 4 – The Judges

Part 5 – The Stars

Part 6 – The Show

Part 7 – The Hookups

June 9, 2009 I Written By

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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 9 – Premiere Dates and Times

According to Variety, the premiere Season 9 of DWTS will be a three night deal:

Net [ed. ABC] kicks off the first official night of the 2009-10 season, Sept. 21, with its normal Monday sked: the two-hour premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” and the return of “Castle.”

The following night (Sept. 22), a second two-hour “Dancing” will lead into the launch of frosh skein “The Forgotten.” Regular 8 p.m. entry “Shark Tank” will bow the following week, Sept. 29, when “Dancing” collapses into its usual 9 p.m. results show hour.

A one-time “Dancing” results show will air Sept. 23, leading into the premieres of 9 p.m. comedies…

So…is this a return to Season 7′s format? Women one night, Men the next with the results (double elimination) on Wednesday? Or is it a two dance deal? And what’s with the rumor that the celebs will be limited to 6 hours a day rehearsal time? I haven’t seen a corroborating article supporting that rumor. Has anyone?? Questions, questions…

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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. :-)

DWTS – The Tour

What tour, you ask? Well, there isn’t one this summer. It’s really annoying. I’m experiencing serious DWTS withdrawal, particularly after having gone to one of the tour shows this past winter.  Yeah, I go outside. Yeah, I have cocktails with friends. But still.  Today, for the first time in a while, my filter box search turned up 4 entries on DWTS.  FOUR?!?! Are you kidding me?  Sheesh.

So, to try to cure my withdrawal symptoms, I’ve been posting DWTS tour video in that other place where I spend lots of time – yeah, you’re going to have to live with my Derek-centric videos if you want to watch what I’ve put together (or filmed myself). I can’t help it. That’s how I roll. :-)  Keep checking back here, as I’m not even close to done yet.

On the bright side, I should be able to get some video of Gilles on one of the entertainment shows tomorrow (I think it was ET) – supposedly all about his surgery. And possibly some coverage of Shawn at the Young Hollywood awards. Shawn and Mark are also (reportedly) presenting at the CMT awards next weekend here in Nashville.  I will need to be paid lots of money to actually go down to Music Row to try to catch a glimpse (it’s fan week for country music this week – going downtown will require serious bribes), but the local news should cover more than the networks do – I’ll see what I can catch.  As of right now, I’m also planning on going to the celebrity softball game on Tuesday (?) where Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks are supposed to be playing.  I do have a full time job, so we’ll see.

That’s all I got, for now. ;-)

June 7, 2009 I Written By

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. :-)

Where in the World is…Cheryl Burke?

Blogging for Pure Dancing with the Stars has been an educational experience. Before I started doing this, I was under the naive assumption that the pros just had fun in the sun in the off season. Well, I knew that Derek and Mark had other things going on…but all these folks are busy, busy, busy!!

Cheryl is no exception. She recently visited ABC Channel 7 in San Francisco (with Gilles!!) to talk about local charities she’s supporting. Cheryl is opening her third studio local to San Francisco on Friday night and will host the El Camino Hospital Benefit. On Saturday the 6th, Cheryl hosts “Dancing with the Drag Stars” which is exactly what it sounds like and sounds like it would be fun. :-)

US Weekly Hot Hollywood Party
Cheryl, Melissa Rycroft and their boyfriends were recently on a Carribean vacation – were they together? Some fans think so, but I don’t know if that’s been confirmed.  Either way – nice vacay!

June 4, 2009 I Written By

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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 8 – Miscellaneous News

Gilles Marini checks into the hospital and has surgery to repair the shoulder he separated early in the DWTS season. 

“On my way to the hospital,” the Sex and the City stud tweeted at about 9 a.m. PST. “I am relax and hope that all will be fine. It’s my number 15 when it comes to surgery. Love G.”

UPDATE: Gilles is off the operating-room table and on to his recovery. “I am out now,” he just said in an email. “Shoot, it hurts. LOL. It’s the post-Cheryl Burke treatment. LOL.”

Shawn Johnson Throws Out First Pitch Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (click for pics):

Shawn throws like a girl…. Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast and reigning Dancing With The Stars champion Shawn Johnson threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of the baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, June 1.

Shawn Johnson throws the first pitch for the Dodgers

 
Someone go to Mark Ballas and Derek Hough’s birthday party and take pictures for me (I’m lookin’ at you, John).

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 Shawn Johnson: Disco Ball Trophy in Pieces (Marc Malkin – E! Online)

Don’t ask Shawn Johnson if you could see the disco ball trophy she won on Dancing With the Stars.

The mirrored masterpiece is in the repair shop.

“It’s actually in pieces right now,” her pro partner, Mark Ballas, said at the MTV Movie Awards.

WTF?

“We had to take them to New York and they shipped them back and when they opened the box, they were in pieces,” he continued. “They’re fixing them.”

Shawn said, “I called [Mark] and I was like, ‘My trophy’s broke!’ “

June 2, 2009 I Written By

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. :-)