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Dancing with the Stars Season 12 – Who’s Dancing with Who???

Well, we can’t be positive until tomorrow. There have been rumors, per TMZ, of course. Actually, instead of guesses, I’m putting in what I’ve seen on Twitter, either via TMZ or DWTSGossip – stay tuned for the reality tomorrow morning. :-) If there was no rumor, I guessed. I have a feeling I’m going to disagree with some of these pairings. I love digging up clues for who’s going to be on, but the publishing of the pairs ruins the fun of guessing. Oh well.
Who’s Dancing With Who??

Celebrity Celeb Height Pro Height Pro Dancer
Kirstie 5ft.7in. 6ft. 2in. Maksim
Kendra 5ft. 4in. 5ft. 7in. Louis
Chelsea 5ft. 6in. 5ft. 8in. Mark
Lil’ Romeo 5ft. 9in. 5ft. 2.5in. Chelsie
Wendy 5ft. 11in. 6ft. 1in. Tony
Chris 5ft. 10in. 5ft. 4in. Cheryl
Sugar Ray 5ft. 10in. 5ft. 4in. Anna T.
Petra 5ft. 8in. 6ft. 1in. Dmitry
Ralph 5ft. 9in. 5ft. 5in. Karina
Hines 6ft. 5ft. 7in. Kym
Mike ?? 5ft. 3in. Lacey

Personally, I think Maks should have gotten Petra or Kendra (or Chelsea) and Dmitry should have gotten Kirstie because he’s quiet and she’s NOT. I’ll have more tomorrow. I’m exhausted from trying to update this site and failing so many times. :-)

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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 – The Cast of Season 12!!!

You don’t want to watch the Bachelor?? Well, you don’t have to – we’ll watch it for you. :-) We will be updating this spot as the show goes on – if they do a press conference type thing like they did last year, then it could be all at once toward the end of the show, so stay tuned. Don’t be surprised if I can’t resist the urge to add snarky Bachelor commentary. If they insist on announcing during THIS show, they can’t expect me to leave it unscathed. :-)

Don’t want to wait for the site to load or update (since it often takes a long time when this sort of thing is happening)?? Vogue will be live Tweeting simultaneously from the following Twitter Accounts:
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Most of our readers know that TMZ provided a list of six celebrities and their partners earlier today.

This is your DWTS Season 12 Cast:

The Women:
Kirsti Alley (Actress)
Kendra Wilkinson (Reality Star/Playboy Bunny)
Wendy Williams (Talk Show Host)
Chelsea Kane (Disney Kid)
Petra Nemcova (Model)

The Men:
Chris Jericho (Wrestler/Rocker)
Lil’ Romeo (Rapper)
Sugar Ray Leonard (Retired boxer)
Hines Ward (Pitsburgh Steeler Football Player)
Ralph Macchio (Actor)
Mike Catherwood (HOT dude)

I dunno about this cast. Mike is the only one not rumored previously and he’s hot. That’s about all I know about him though.

Bachelor Brad though?? He’s got issues. But Africa is pretty. Pretty sure that was a female lion he was eyeing though. :-)
Snark update:
Condoms are good. Malaria ain’t the only disease in Africa. Emily sure is pretty, though. That is all. Wait, not quite. I wonder if they showed monkeys playing on purpose….

Snark Update 2:
I’m falling in love with you. I mean. No, I mean, I really mean it. Seriously. Honestly falling in love with you…..
Vodka anyone???

Snark Update 3:
Ashly, I really have a lot of uncertainty about you, we are very awkard…but please come with me to the Fantasy Suite. The Producers are making me ask you, even though I’m sending you home.

COMPLETELY NON-SNARK Update:
Please, people, for the love of all that is holy, do not continually hit refresh on the site during times like this because then *I* can’t get on and that makes me very cranky. Ask my Twitter followers. :-) Hitting refresh every 5 minutes just makes it impossible for anyone else to leave a comment or for me to update – hence, nothing to see. Also, if you write a comment and have a typo (Zach), DO NOT write another comment to correct your mistake. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE. Thank you.

Self Congratulatory Update:
Why yes, I DID call a Steeler on the cast 3 or 4 weeks ago based on some random tweets and a subsequent investigation. Ask Courtney and Vogue – I emailed them proof. :-)

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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 12 Casting Rumors – The Typecasting of Season 12, Part II

In part one of my typecasting analysis, we took a look at who we might get from the Olympian, athlete, model, comedian, legend, & soap star categories.  Now let’s take a look at the other 6 categories and speculate on who else we might see before tonight’s cast announcement!

EDITOR’S NOTE: The site is getting hit with an extraordinary amount of hits right now (which is great! :-D) but it’s also slowing us bloggers down while we post – hence, there are no links in this edition because it’s just taking too long to add them all in.  However, you can access all of the DWTS casting rumors in Vogue’s post from the other day if you need a refresher on some of these :-)

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, Kyle Massey

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: I think the Lindsay Lohan rumor has been almost completely shot down, but Full House fans have been campaigning for both Jodie Sweetin & Candace Cameron Bure in the online voting.  I’ve also seen a surge of support within the past few days for New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight to do the show.

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: Wendy Williams name has been repeated quite a bit, although Joan Rivers’ name was out there for awhile as a possible contestant.

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, Jennifer Grey, David Hasselhoff

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: Lorenzo Lamas has been claiming he’s on the casting “short list” for weeks now, so we’re thinking he’s a lock. 

The Reality Star

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

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: Aside from the omnipresent Heidi Montag rumor and ridiculous rumors about both NeNe Leakes & Kim Zolciak from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, we’ve also heard of former Idol contestant Danny Gokey gunning for a spot.

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: There’s been big campaigns in the online voting for both Zack Wilde & Paul Byrom, but nothing really “legit” to go off of.

The Wild Card

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

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…as we saw with Bristol last season!

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. There’s also the risk of backlash from some viewers who don’t think they’re “stars” per se, and shouldn’t even be on the show in the first place.

Possible candidates this season: Not sure if it was the hailstorm of controversy from Bristol last season or what, but this category was booming with rumors this season – everyone from Tony Robbins to Christine O’Donnell to Al Sharpton to Brooke Mueller.  Will any of them actually do the show? That remains to be seen.

So we’re mere hours away from the official announcement, gang – who do you think is in and who do you think is just wishful thinking? Be sure to check back here for Heidi’s Casting Announcement Live Blog starting at 8 PM EST…she (and the rest of us) suffer through The Bachelor so you don’t have to :-) And make sure you’re following @puredwts & @tvblog on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates on who’s in!

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DWTS Season 12 Cast Rumors – Are These 6 Of the 11 Pairs To Dance?

TMZ is reporting they have confirmed 6 of the 11 pairs to be dancing on Dancing With The Stars and here they are. Wow, we haven’t heard the names Lil’ Romeo and Chelsea Kane yet? 8O

– Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke
– Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
– Lil’ Romeo & Chelsie Hightower
– Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel
– Wendy Williams & Tony Dovolani
– Disney star Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas

Heidi’s note: TMZ got it right last year, so I’m assuming the celebs, at least, are correct. We called/found 4 of 6 – not bad!!

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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.

DWTS Season 12 Cast Rumors – Are Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani Paired Up?

Special thanks to PureDWTS reader Carlos Lustosa via @DWTSgossip at twitter and LiesAngeles.com, we have rumors that Tony and Wendy may be paired up to dance on the show. Keep in mind, this news could very well be true (and I hope it is!). But, the two could also be joining other cast members at this location as well (that this person didn’t see before arriving on the scene). The name of this source (Liesangeles.com) has me a little skeptical as well.

I was driving down the street today and saw Tony Dovolani driving and had to bring all the ladies a photo of him. (Ladies love a man who can dance!) I take a photo of Tony and drive away when all of a sudden I see Limos arriving so I decided to stay and see who was stopping next to my car. Guess who it was? It was Wendy Williams and she was heading into the same location as Tony so…

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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.

DWTS Season 12 – Enter the Dove® Close-up Challenge

Dove® and the official Dancing With The Stars site is advertising a new Contest where you can meet actress and former dance contestant Jennie Garth. This contest also mentions the winning contestant will get whisked away to Los Angeles, CA for an intensive week of training with one of the Dancing With The Stars performers. Hmmm, I wonder who that might be? For details and to enter the Dove® Close-up Challenge, go >>>> HERE!! This Contest ends March 26, 2011. Special thanks to PureDWTS reader @Upclose22(Dee) for the heads up on this last night. Fun video promo below….

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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.