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DWTS Season 11 – The Press Conference

This Player should have the press conference live (or so the site says) and follow-up questions (web only) from the media afterwards. Color me skeptical. :-) You should be able to watch it here – I think. If not, it’s on ABC.com. I have a feeling both sites (ABC and this one) may be difficult to get to tomorrow night so, if you have Twitter follow one of these three: @tvblog, @PureDWTS or @PureDerekHough and I’ll tweet as I go. If I don’t explode. :-)

August 29, 2010 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. :-)

DWTS Season 11 Pro Watch – Mini Update

Just a little update on the Pros. :-) Because their locations kinda gives clues to their parters. This is a compilation from people’s comments on other posts and what I see on twitter.

Lacey – She’s in LA. The Situation is in Jersey.

Anna T – Got on a plane very early yesterday and then had a “long day”. See above about “the situation”. Although Kurt Warner has been in Phoenix this whole time and is just NOW on his way to LA – for a cookoff, he says. ;-) Update 2: Anna apparently came back the same day she went to….Phoenix? Who knows? :-)

Chelsie – I’ve heard lots of people say in the comments that she’s in Louisiana – as is Michael Bolton (and Harry Connick Jr. who some of us have pinned our hopes on. :-) ). I checked her twitter and sure enough she’s been in Louisiana since Friday. Update 2: Chelsie says she’s going to Utah for a day then back to LA

Cheryl – She’s in LA and has rehearsal this morning and is then attending the Emmys. Update: Rick Fox is reportedly following Cheryl on Twitter. :-) Update 2: And now Cheryl is following Rick Fox, per “Guest” in the comments.

Derek – Seems to be in LA. It seemed like he was with Maks and Tony, since all three tweeted about the UFC at the exact same time (to the minute), but it could have been a coincidence. Update 2: He’s been in LA all along, it seems. Went to the ET Emmy Party last night, as did Maks and Tony. Bromance? Cheryl Cole is prettier, Derek.  :-)

Maks/Tony – They both seem to be in LA. See above about Derek. :-)  Update 2: Both went to the ET Emmy Party last night.

Mark – Is in Southern California and was at some function in Laguna Nigel with Benji Schwimmer last night.

Louis – has been rather quiet. He tweeted about renting a house for his mom, but nothing about DWTS, really. Margaret Cho was in Vancouver as of Saturday night. All the other men appear to be in LA. Update: Louis just tweeted that he’s in the pacific time zone – he followed that with a tweet about taking care of his plants. I think he’s back in LA. :-)

Karina/Kym/Edyta – haven’t got a clue where they are. :-)  Update 2: One of our commenters claim that Karina and Edyta are in LA.

Our rumored Stars? Well…I mentioned the out of towners above. I *think* the rest are in LA. The guessing game continues…. :-) If anyone has different info, I’ll update.

More Updates:

Rick Fox - in LA and following Cheryl on Twitter

David Hasselhoff – In Germany with his kids.

Probably the Last Update:

Florence Henderson – Not sure at all anymore that this one is accurate. ;-) We’ll see.

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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 Season 11 Casting Rumors – The Typecasting of Season 11, Part II

So apparently I might be onto something with my typecasting theories, because it seems like a lot of you are also trying to deduce from the absolutely CRAZY amount of rumors flying around who might be fulfilling each type…and honestly, at this point, I have no clue what to believe :-P But that’s the fun of DWTS, right?

If the majority of what’s being reported is true (doubtful), then it looks to me like they might actually skip some types this season (haven’t heard any major reports about soap stars or hosts);  but if they’re leaking only a few actual celeb participants and the rest are red herrings, then we might get few suprises thrown in and have a more “well-rounded” cast.  But enough general speculation – on with the rest of the types!

The Teen Idol

Previous examples: Joey McIntyre, Aaron Carter, Donny Osmond, Lance Bass, Mel B., Joey Fatone, Drew Lachey, Joey Lawrence, Ian Ziering, Cody Linley, Sabrina Bryan, Mario Lopez

Advantages: If sales of Tiger Beat are any indicator, the teenyboppers will come out in full force to support their favorite heartthrobs/idols.  Being young & good-lookin’ sure doesn’t hurt! Many also have the added advantage of having a decent dance background, especially if they were part of a musical act.

Disadvantages: Youth can also have its disadvantages – as in immaturity.  What some might call “youthful exuberance”, others might call “immaturity” or “attention deficit disorder” – poor Cody Linley had a hard time sitting still! Emotional immaturity (a la Aaron Carter’s post-rumba meltdown in the confessional) can be especially off-putting.

Possible candidates this season: Looks like Brandy is our best guess. 

The Host

Previous examples: Jerry Springer, Brooke Burke, Leeza Gibbons, Mario Lopez, Kenny Mayne, Lisa Rinna, Tucker Carlson, Mark Dacascos, Rocco DiSpirito, Erin Andrews

Advantages: Being that they’ve been at the helm of their own shows, these guys usually have the media savvy & charisma to appeal to the masses, as well as the previous exposure & recognizability.  Most (not all!) are also decently attractive, which never seems to hurt (unless, of course, you’re a model – see previous post for explanation).

Disadvantages: Many hosts are only used to hosting – as in just sitting down & talking (or dodging the occasional punch, if you’re Springer), so the lack of movement experience problem seems to come into play. 

Possible candidates this season:  Chris Jericho also hosts some show on NBC, so I guess he could do double-duty and fulfill the role of both the athlete and the host. 

The Actor

Previous examples: John O’Hurley, Melissa Joan Hart, Steve Guttenburg, John Ratzenberger, Debi Mazar, Denise Richards, Ted McGinley, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennie Garth, Vivica Fox, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Shannen Doherty

Advantages: Being that their bread & butter is acting, most can usually nail the emotions of the dances. Bonus points if they’ve done any Broadway (like Winokur) because they have likely had dance experience.

Disadvantages: For lack of a better term, many of them seem to be “has-beens” – actors that haven’t been particularly active in the mainstream in the past several years – or were never that big to begin with (can anyone else think of anything John O’Hurley has been in BESIDES Seinfeld?), making it harder for them to garner votes from a public who may not remember them. 

Possible Candidates this season: This one has blown up big within the last few days – we’ve got David Hasselhoff, Jennifer Grey, & Florence Henderson (who could also be considered a “legend”) now on our radar. There’s been a campaign for Bern Nadette Stanis, as well as one for Leslie Jordan that he himself is heading up.  Also a minor campaign for Melissa Peterman.

The Reality Star

Previous examples: Kim Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, Melissa Rycroft, Steve-O, Holly Madison, Trista Sutter, Shanna Moakler, Kate Gosselin, Jake Pavelka

Advantages: Many have achieved pop culture icon status on their respective reality outlets, making them fairly recognizable.

Disadvantages: They may be memorable for the wrong reasons – people tended to remember things like Kim Kardashian’s sex tape more than her reality show, and people seemed more focused on Holly Madison’s split from Hef than her antics on The Girls Next Door.  Many can also come across as attention-hungry & talentless – reality TV is often looked down upon as a way to get famous without having any talent whatsoever. 

Possible candidates this season: Oy vey – this is the subtype that has had, by far, the greatest amount of casting rumors…everyone from The Situation to Teresa Giudice to both Ali Fedotowsky & fiancée Roberto Martinez, to Audrina Patridge, but it’s hard to tell who’s got a legit chance and who’s bluffing.  Personally, I’m still holding out for Sig Hansen ;-)

The Singer

Previous examples: Mya, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mario, Belinda Carlisle, Master P, Chuck Wicks, Sara Evans, Willa Ford, Monique Coleman, Toni Braxton, Macy Gray, Nicole Scherzinger

Advantages: As with the teen idols, many have had dance experience concurrent with their music careers. 

Disadvantages: Most seem to be committed solely to one genre of music (often R&B or country), making it hard to appeal to a wide fanbase.

Possible candidates this season: Most obvious choice? Michael Bolton.  But in the same token, you could also have Brandy and/or David Hasselhoff fulfilling this role if they’re trying to kill 2 birds with one stone. The Xzibit rumor is still lingering slightly, and Pete Wentz fans are still holding out hope.

The Wild Card

Previous examples: Heather Mills, Tom DeLay, Mark Cuban, Steve Wozniak, Priscilla Presley, Buzz Aldrin

Advantages: The sheer novelty of having someone with such an off-the-beaten-path claim to fame (famous divorcee/widow, entrepreneur, disgraced politician, etc.) may be enough to have the public voting them – just to see what happens.  Being the “underdog” is a powerful thing!

Disadvantages: Due to their often dubious fame, people just may not have any clue who they are – I personally had to Google Mark Cuban’s name.

Possible candidates this season: Can it get much wild card-ier than Bristol Palin?! Good grief…still trying to wrap my brain around how they’re going to try and spin her claim to fame…

Did you miss part I of my typecasting of season 11? Check it out here.  Feeling nostalgic? Check out parts I & II of my typecasting of season 10, and see how everything stacked up ;-)

August 28, 2010 I Written By

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Dancing with the Stars Season 11 – Who’s Dancing with Who? Guess!!

We have a few days to have our fun of guessing and matching pros with celebs before they make the announcement of the celebs on Monday night and the pairings Tuesday morning on GMA. In the interest of fun, I’ve complied a little list of stats and then played matchy matchy. :-) Personally, I think we’re missing at least THREE celebrities – I think one of the men listed below is wrong. Maybe more are wrong, we’ll have to wait and see. :-)

Who’s Dancing with Who?

Pro Height Height Celebrity Age
Derek 5ft 10in 5ft 3in Jennifer Grey 50
Mark 5ft 8in Unk Bristol Palin 19
Louis 5ft 7in 5ft 5in Margaret Cho 41
Maks 6ft 2in 5ft 7in Brandy 31
Tony 6ft 1in 5ft 7.5in Audrina Patridge 25
Corky 5ft 8in 5ft 3in Florence Henderson 76
Kym 5ft 7in 6ft 4in David Hasselhoff 58
Chelsie 5ft 2.5in ?? ?? ??
Cheryl 5ft 4in 6ft 2in Kurt Warner 39
Edyta 5ft 6in 6ft 7in Rick Fox 41
Lacey 5ft 3in ?? ?? ??
Anna 5ft 4in 5ft 10in Michael Bolton 56
Karnia 5ft 5in ?? Mike Sorrentino 27

As you can see, there are a few gaps. And I’d be willing to bet that a couple of these stars are wrong. I’m SURE I got a pairing wrong or two. The Kym/David pairing is per Just Jared. The Derek/Jennifer pairing is pretty much reported by everyone, and the Tony/Audrina pairing is based on Tony and his wife’s Twitter accounts. :-) The Corky/Florence pairing was reported by TMZ, but a few of us had speculated this might be the case in the comments on another post.

Notice anything about their ages?? Every decade is represented except for someone in their 60′s. But what else? Three people aged 50 or older and two of those are older than 55. That’s unbelievable. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. We then have two people in their 40′s, two in their 30′s, two in their 20′s and one teenager. Crazy. I’m still wondering how many of these are red herrings put out by ABC/DWTS – I can’t wait till Monday.

No obvious ringers based on dance ability. But what about by fanbase? I think I would give the initial edge to Kurt Warner and Michael Bolton, but possibly also Jennifer Grey as a sentimental favorite (not to mention Derek’s own fanbase is nothing to sneeze at). Brandy and Audrina would appear to have an edge based on age and body type, but that’s what we said about Denise Richards. As it stands right now, if either Maks or Tony aren’t in the final, then THEY have the problem – everything seems to be in their favor, if these pairings are correct. And I’m reasonably certain Tony’s is, and that limits the possibilities for the rest of the guys. Can you see another way the men could match up?

As for the women, as usual I’m rather in the dark there, guessing up a storm. :-) Plus I think that Michael Bolton isn’t really on the show. You will notice that ABC claims only 12 couples – but I’ve got 13 pros up there. So, who’s NOT in that we think is in?? Louis? Karina??

ETA: If you want to see Derek sum up “the situation” perfectly go to PureDerekHough and watch the second video. LOL!

August 27, 2010 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. :-)

DWTS Season 11 PRO WATCH – Corky Ballas

….is back on the show and partnering Florence Henderson, if you believe TMZ. :-)

The rest? I’m confirming Tony because his wife is now following Audrina Patridge according to the twitter voices (and Jeniffer in the comments :-) ). Well…see below.

Chelsie Hightower – probably in
Cheryl Burke – Unknown – I assume yes
Edyta Slwinska – Unknown
Lacey Schwimmer – IN
Anna Trebunskaya – Probably In
Anna Demidova – OUT
Karina Smirnoff – Possibly In
Kym Johnson – Unknown, but tweeted she’s very excited and happy.
Ashly Costa – Probably out – tweeted “me too” to Jonathan.
Julianne Hough – OUT (Footloose)

Alec Mazo – Betting OUT
Corky Ballas – In
Derek Hough – Excited about new season and high fiving – IN.
Louis Van Amstel – Unknown
Mark Ballas – I bet In, tweeted he got good news today
Maks Chmerkovskiyi – I bet In
Damian Whitewood – OUT
Dmitry Chaplin – OUT
Jonathan Roberts – OUT
Tony Dovolani – I bet in, he’s been tweeting very happily.

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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 Season 11 – Pro AND Partner Watch

Tony is following now Audrina Patridge on Twitter. Jennifer Grey is following Derek, plus E!’s Watch with Kristen is confirming that partnership. Mark Ballas is following…Donald Duck and one of Derek’s old girlfriends. WTF? :-) He really is – I’m not kidding. Cheryl is following the Situation – but that could change. They find out their partners today. So, as with every season, the guessing games begin. Someone on twitter said they heard (what movie am I thinking of right now?) that Louis was getting Margaret Cho – which would have been my guess anyway, as she is rather small and so is he.

Initial Guesses – check back here later for hopefully MORE. ;-)

Tony Dovolani – Audrina Patridge
Louis Van Amstel – Margaret Cho
Derek Hough – Jennifer Grey
Cheryl Burke – Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino
Kym Johnson – Kurt Warner (this would be a wild-assed guess based on nothing)
Edyta Slwinska – David Hasselhoff (also a wild-assed guess based on nothing)
Mark Ballas – Bristol Palin (based on height and being right about Louis/Margie)

I’m going to do a bit more research this evening – barring big mouthed pros – and see if I can come up with reasonable guesses for the rest of them.

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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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars PRO WATCH – August 26, 2010

ETA: TOLD YOU guys if I left something would happen!! Even something simple like Derek tweeting about the new season and then “high five” – which I’m forced to take as an “I’m in” since I’m unlikely to get anything else. :-) Anna retweeted him with a wink, Tony is packing his children in suitcases…well, that’s about enough right? I’m going to update the status a bit, below.

Well, these darn pros are being unusually mysterious and close-mouthed – except for Lacey who blares it to the world as soon as she finds out she’s back on the show. Ever occur to her, you think, that the reason she was being marginalized might just be her MOUTH?? ANYway, there have been a few hints (Kym, Tony and Mark) and not much else that I can see. I’ve updated the status based on smilies and apparent upbeat behavior. That makes me irritated. :-)

Chelsie Hightower – probably in
Cheryl Burke – Unknown – I assume yes
Edyta Slwinska – Unknown
Lacey Schwimmer – IN
Anna Trebunskaya – Probably In
Anna Demidova – OUT
Karina Smirnoff – Possibly In
Kym Johnson – Unknown, but tweeted she’s very excited and happy.
Ashly Costa – Probably out – tweeted “me too” to Jonathan.
Julianne Hough – OUT (Footloose)

Alec Mazo – Unknown
Derek Hough – Excited about new season and high fiving – saying IN.
Louis Van Amstel – Unknown
Mark Ballas – I bet In, tweeted he got good news today
Maks Chmerkovskiyi – Unknown, I bet In
Damian Whitewood – OUT
Dmitry Chaplin – OUT
Jonathan Roberts – OUT
Tony Dovolani – I bet in, he’s been tweeting very happily.

Baring bizarre-ness, I think the men are set at: Derek, Mark, Louis, Maks, Tony and Alec. I, like others, am having a bit of a hard time figuring Alec’s inclusion at Damian or Dmitry’s expense. I can’t figure it, actually. Makes me wonder if we have someone new who managed to keep it on the DL. OR, are we having five men and SEVEN women??

The women are a mystery – I have no clue what’s going on here besides the likely inclusions of Cheryl, Karina and Chelsie along with Lacey. Probably Kym is in based on her recent tweet. But, it’s really hard to tell. I think these women are actually much better at keeping secrets than the men. Well, except for Derek – he’s the freakin’ master of silence these days. Brat. :-) I find his silence just as annoying as Lacey’s mouth, if I’m being completely honest. :-)

I’m afraid to leave. You know someone will tweet that they’re in as soon as I go do something else. Just to spite me. ;-)

August 26, 2010 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. :-)

DWTS Season 11 Rumors – Michael Bolton Again

Well, Kristin from Watch with Kristin (E!) is a little behind the times. She’s just now confirming Michael Bolton….and Rick Fox. :-)

The list just keeps on growing! After breaking the news that Bristol Palin is on board for season 11 of Dancing With the Stars, we can now confirm that two real-life exes of Desperate Housewives stars are in the cast. One is Michael Bolton and the other is…

Rick Fox!

Yes, my reliable sources confirm that the former Mr. Vanessa WIlliams and current Mr. Eliza Dushku (some of you may know him as an NBA star) has been cast on the new season of DWTS, which begins September 20. Williams stars as the new fifth housewife this season on Wisteria Lane. She and RIck most recently starred together on the late Ugly Betty.

I didn’t realize Rick Fox is married to Eliza Dushku – maybe this is why she was talking about DWTS and saying she’d dance with Derek on her Twitter. :-)

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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 Season 11 Rumors – Bristol Palin in, Kirsti Alley out!

All this according to E!’s Watch With Kristin:

It’s the Dancing With the Stars casting that no one saw coming!

We can report to you exclusively that Sarah Palin’s 19-year-old daughter Bristol Palin has been cast on the 11th season of DWTS, set to premiere Sept. 20, according to sources.

As for the reports that David Hasselhoff, Audrina Patridge, The Situation and Brandy will also be part of the cast, here’s the deal:

All true, according to sources.

However, from what I’m hearing about those other rumors, Kirstie Alley won’t be there–and neither will anyone of Bachelor or Bachelorette fame (sorry, Ali and Roberto!), unless there are a few last-minute switcheroos

Um, didn’t the Palins give Levi Johnston all kinds of crap for going Hollywood?? Hypocrites much? I hope she doesn’t get Derek, cause I sure as hell ain’t voting for her. Not even Derek can get me to do that.

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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 Season 11 PRO WATCH – August 25, 2010

As of this writing, Lacey is back in and Damian is out. Boo, Damian didn’t have a chance. And I do like cute blonds. :-) I think I’m going to call Karina as in, but she keeps tinkering with her website so I don’t know what to make of her changes. She made it sound like she was on, then she changed it again. I hope she didn’t get cut for Lacey. Sorry Lacey fans, I like Karina better. Personal preference.

Chelsie Hightower – probably in
Cheryl Burke – Unknown
Edyta Slwinska – Unknown
Lacey Schwimmer – IN
Anna Trebunskaya – Unknown
Anna Demidova – OUT
Karina Smirnoff – Possibly In
Kym Johnson – Unknown
Ashly Costa – Probably out – tweeted “me too” to Jonathan.
Julianne Hough – OUT (Footloose)

Alec Mazo – I bet out
Derek Hough – Probably In
Louis Van Amstel – Unknown
Mark Ballas – Unknown
Maks Chmerkovskiyi – Unknown
Damian Whitewood – OUT
Dmitry Chaplin – OUT
Jonathan Roberts – OUT
Tony Dovolani – Unknown

Now I’m wondering if Alec is indeed IN, because if you do the math and there really are 12 couples they have to have Alec or add a new male pro. The women are much more in flux – harder to say what’s going on there.

August 25, 2010 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. :-)