I saw this the other day and ignored it because I thought it was likely just more crap. LeAnn is a bit too big for the show – or she was. LeAnn says she was asked three times, including (or in addition to) this season. I don’t think I believe LeAnn here. For one thing, she implies that Benji Schwimmer is on the show and that she would only do it if he did it. Really?? I hope like hell they don’t hire Benji to get LeAnn. A DWTS sans Derek I can deal with. A DWTS WITH Benji? Not so much. I didn’t think he was a ballroom dancer, in any case.
Anna was recently interviewed on her favorite destinations in the world by the Chicago Tribune. You can read a snippet below. To read the interview in full, be sure to check the link.
Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?
A: It would have to be split between London and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I love the art, history, theater and fashion in London and the fact that everything is in English. You can’t beat that. And the beauty of beaches, amazing resorts, food and friendliness of locals are so attractive in Cabo San Lucas. They’re both amazing.
Q: Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A: New York City, San Francisco and Northern California and Las Vegas.
Q: What are your favorite hotels?
A: I have traveled a bit, so I do appreciate a beautiful hotel. My favorites would be the Casa Dorada (casadorada.com) in Cabo San Lucas; the Palazzo (palazzo.com) in Las Vegas; the Phoenician (thephoenician.com) in Scottsdale, Ariz.; the Ritz-Carlton (ritzcarlton.com) in Philadelphia; the Gramercy Park Hotel (gramercyparkhotel.com) in New York City; the Fairmont (fairmont.com) in San Francisco; the InterContinental (icchicagohotel.com) in Chicago; the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee (thepfisterhotel.com); the Hotel Du Pont (hoteldupont.com) in Wilmington, Del.; and the Fontainebleau (fontainebleau.com) in Miami.
Q: What are your favorite restaurants?
A: In California, Zane’s (zanesrestaurant.com) in Hermosa Beach; Sashi (sashimb.com) in Manhattan Beach; Aroma Bakery & Cafe (aromabakery.com) in Encino; Asia De Cuba (tinyurl.com/4bwvepr) in Los Angeles and The Little Door and The Little Next Door (thelittledoor.com) in Los Angeles. I also like Wagamama (wagamama.com) in London; Le Procope (www.procope.com) in Paris; and Mix (mandalaybay.com/dining/mix.aspx) in Las Vegas.
So, have any of you been to these places and were they cool to visit?? I’ve been to San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Las Vegas. All great cities I’d highly recommend seeing in different ways depending on your interests!!
Dance Spirit has a great article up about Derek and 8 things we should know about him. Some details below, but, be sure to visit the site for much more. If you are like myself, there are some fascinating things you might not have heard before. Special thanks to Heidi and Pure Derek Hough for this news. Plus, if you haven’t swung by her site for Derek lately, be sure to do so as she’s got some great new high quality pictures of Derek and Julianne performing in Hong Kong and MORE.
4. He’s a perfectionist.
Derek holds himself—and his partners—to an incredibly high standard. But at one time, it was almost too high. “I mentally self-destructed on competition days,” Derek says of his early days on the ballroom scene. “I was terrible—I would fall apart, I would throw up. I’ve always danced better in rehearsals than I’ve ever danced in any competition.” Derek credits his time on “DWTS” to helping him let go, saying it taught him
“to have more patience.”
5. The “DWTS” schedule is demanding, but Derek’s no stranger to hard work.
While training with the Ballas family in London, Derek undertook an extremely intense training regimen. His days were filled with classes at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, where he studied everything from math to acting to music. After school, Derek, Mark Ballas and Julianne honed their Latin ballroom skills until 11 pm every night. Weekends were filled with lessons and competitions, and the rigid routine repeated every week. “It was a seven-day training regime that was hardcore and full-on,” Derek remembers.
6. The Ballas family changed the course of Derek’s dance career.
When he was 7, Derek met ballroom legend Shirley Ballas while taking master classes at Center Stage, and she immediately took notice of the budding superstar. “He and Julianne were like little stars,” she recalls. “One time, he didn’t come to class. I inquired about where he was and found out they were going through family difficulties. I asked someone to get in touch with him and, out of the blue, he asked if he could come live with me in London.” Derek and Julianne went on to live with Shirley, her then-husband Corky and son Mark (now both “DWTS” pros as well) for close to a decade.
7. Derek loves to take risks—on and off the floor.
Rick Robinson affectionately calls Derek “wild and crazy”—and we can see why! He’s been known to do everything from back-flipping off the judges’ table to breaking the “DWTS” rules with illegal lifts. Although Derek credits Corky for inspiring his “out of the box” ideas, Shirley Ballas says Derek’s been a daredevil ever since he was a tiny dancer. “He loved gymnastics and was always trying different tricks,” she says. “We tried to make him feel like he could conquer the world. If you instill fear, fear is what you will have—Derek is fearless.”
8. If it wasn’t for “DWTS,” Derek might not have returned to the U.S.
Derek was a star of the stage way before he stepped out on the small screen. While still in London, he had the lead role in the West End production of Footloose, and last year, he starred on Broadway opposite “DWTS” pro Kym Johnson and “SYTYCD” fave Mary Murphy in Burn the Floor. Without “DWTS,” Derek says he might have taken an entirely different course: “I was in London, busy doing my thing, and got the opportunity to come do the show,” he says. “I couldn’t pass it by.”
A few of our pro dancers were seen at the Grammy Awards last night. Julianne showed up on the Red Carpet in a dress designed by Catherine Malandrino. I wasn’t sure I liked it on her at first. But, it reminded me of Spring. And well, Julianne just says “Spring” anyway.
You can see a Red Carpet interview with TV Guide with Julianne >>>>HERE!!! They ask her if she’ll ever return to Dancing With The Stars.
Kym was intervewed backstage by 965Tic Radio. I couldn’t embed it, but you can listen at the link. The link has a little picture of her as well. She discusses the DWTS Hair extensions used on the show, the new Season, and David Hasselhoff.
Just a little heads up too that Cheryl Burke will be on The Ellen Show tomorrow promoting her new book too. So, stay tuned. We’ll try and post some video footage.
Still no serious cast rumors to report to you, but, a staff member from Rumorfix.com has discovered Bruno Mars is on tap to perform for the show on March 21st.
Who will compete on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars remains a mystery, but at least our staff has discovered one of the artists scheduled to perform on the ABC show.
RumorFix has learned exclusively that Grammy winner Bruno Mars will sing on the ABC dance competition that premieres Monday, March 21.
Mars, fresh from his performance and Grammy win on Sunday night, has already agreed to the highly-coveted booking.
His performance on the Grammy Awards last night was so good. If you didn’t catch it, here ya go.
Special thanks to PureDWTS reader Maddy for the heads up on this news.