Well, I meant to post this right after the cast was announced and then got sidetracked. I imagine many of you have already found the Twitter accounts for all of the various stars on Dancing with the Stars season 13. For those of you who aren’t quite as fanatic about the show, then you’ll enjoy the following list of Dancing with the Stars Season 13 Twitter accounts. DWTS is always fun on Twitter. The DWTS Muzzle isn’t as bad as a lot of other shows.
Also, be sure to check out the Pure Dancing with the Stars Twitter page which lists all of the Twitter accounts back for as many past and current stars, pros, and of course the hosts and judges of DWTS. I’m going to go update that page with the list above now along with making a Twitter list for this season as well.
Hope gave Seattle King5 a soccer and Dancing With The Stars interview while in town. She talks of how she’s not a dancer or elegant, but Maks is trying to teach her to be. She said dancing is a whole other ball game versus playing soccer. She doesn’t think in her case being an athelete gives her an advantage, but, she does agree that she has a hard work ethic. She and Maks have been spending 4-6 hours a day in rehearsals. She’s determined to get everything right. All this and more below….
Today, Ricki posted a new video on her Facebook of her teaching Derek some dance moves from the movie “Hairspray”. They are living up to their new team name “D-Rickilous” nicely, aren’t they? lol Too cute! Be sure to comment at her Facebook if you can and hopefully, they will make and post more!
For more on Derek, be sure to visit Pure Derek Hough as Heidi has the goods if you know what I mean. :D
Let us begin!! The beautiful Peta Murgatroyd was born July 14th in Auckland, New Zealand. At 18 months old, Peta and her family moved to Perth, Australia where her parents could give her brother and her more opportunities in life. According to Peta, her mother always knew she was “artsie” and at 4 years old, Peta started studying to dance. She trained for 12 years at the Kirov Ballet under Madame Lubov Nikonorenko and became a classically trained ballerina. Peta was also trained in Contemporary and Spanish dance! At the age of 16, Peta started to ballroom dance and only after three months of training became an Australian Open and British Youth Latin finalist.
Peta then moved to London, England to further her career and compete. Amongst many international competitions Peta finished 2nd in the Great World City Championships and was a semi-finalist in the Lion City Championships in Singapore. Peta was also a finalist in the Australian Open championships. But, nothing meant more to Peta when she placed 3rd in the world at the British Youth Latin Championships in Blackpool, England in 2006 where she “wanted to live and breathe the life of a dancer”.
In 2004, Peta’s musical theatre career really took off when she was chosen to be a cast member of Burn The Floor. Her lifelong dream of dancing on stage and living the life of a true dancer had come true. Like fellow cast mate Tristan MacManus, she travelled the world with them for 6 years. In August 2009, Burn The Floor hit Broadway. It was at this time Peta was made the lead female dancer.
It was January of 2010, Peta made a decision to pursue a career in film and television. Since that time, Peta has performed on Dancing With The Stars in Australia and America and So You Think You Can Dance in Australia and Holland. Peta has also choreographed and performed with great artists Heart, Rod Stewart, Taio Cruz, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, and New Kids On The Block. Peta also toured with the theatrical dance production “Ballroom With A Twist”.
But, things really started to pop for Peta again in the Spring of 2011. Peta was hired to become a member of the Dancing With The Stars Troupe. Due to her success and quick popularity on the show, she was promoted this Season as a Pro partnered with L.A. Laker Ron Artest.
Peta’s career doesn’t stop with dancing. She’s also done some modeling and recently did some fun spreads for Regard Magazine as well as Pilates Magazine. It’s no wonder ….as well as being beautiful, I’ve always thought she had a natural knack for soaking up the camera just like the dance floor.
Peta dates beloved fan favorite and former Season 10 pro dancer Damian Whitewood who she met in her homeland of Australia. The two reside together in Los Angeles, CA.
Here’s to the lovely Peta and one of my favorite women pros! We hope her run on Dancing With The Stars is a long one and we wish her much success! If you haven’t read our first profile on Tristan MacManus, you can do so here. Stay tuned, Val Chmerkovskiy is next!
Ok, here are Heidi and Court with their personal thoughts on Peta and we’d love to hear yours as well…
Courtney: Are all Kiwis & Aussies blonde, willowy, & gorgeous? Because between Peta & Kym, I’m beginning to think so :-) Seriously though – I think Peta may be the closest thing to a replacement for Edyta that we’ve seen so far. Beautiful girl with a rockin’ body and impossibly long legs, and not afraid to show some skin! She also seems rather soft-spoken & calm like Edyta, which will help when it comes to dealing with potentially squirrely partners. And she and Damian are just PRESH together – very striking, pretty couple, much like Edyta & Alec…only with a bit more personality, methinks ;-) I’m definitely excited to see just what she can do with her partner…and with the other pros, in both team & pro dances.
Heidi: Heh, you said squirrely. :-) Frankly, I have a hard time focusing on Peta when that pic right up there has bare chested Damian in pajama bottoms. Oohh yeah. That’s nice. Anyway, yeah, Peta is gorgeous and she does seem calm – but hopefully she’s not toooo quiet. She didn’t have much to say in one of the rehearsal videos I saw – and I think that was part of Damian’s problem. I think the producers LIKE the pros to talk and have personality – or BE personalities. It certainly doesn’t hurt the show! But we’ll see – we haven’t seen really that much of anyone yet. :-)
In a new interview with Wet Paint, Tristan MacManus says Nancy Grace is “a very nice person, and she gets to be herself and viewers get to see that on Dancing With the Stars.” He says Nancy is nothing like what we see of her on her show. Below is a take explaining. He also explains how she’s doing in rehearsals, how it is being a first time pro, and more. Be sure to read the full interview at the link. Adding: You can view Part 2 of the interview here.
How has it been teaching a celebrity for your first time competing on DWTS? Has it been going smoothly so far?
There has been no major hiccups so far! At the start I was introducing her to stuff but you can’t start on routines straight away because you don’t have the music. Then when that comes it kind of falls together, so we’re working on routines now.
At the moment Nancy rehearses five hours a day and fits in work and looking after the kids around it. She’s a working mother and a professional dancer, and a TV star at the same time.
What do you think will be Nancy’s biggest disadvantage this season? And her biggest advantage?
A lot of people haven’t seen the Nancy I’ve seen, they have made their opinion of her from the Headline News show, which is either good or bad. They cover very serious topics on it and viewers see her cutting people off, and you can’t do it with a smile and a laugh. But she is a very nice person, and she gets to be herself and viewers get to see that on Dancing With the Stars.
I think that gives her an advantage over contestants like Ricki Lake, who is a lovely girl, but exactly what you see is what you get – she’s the exact same on her show as she is in real life.
Nancy comes across as certain kind of person on TV but she’s nothing like that so there’ll be a lot for viewers to learn about her.
The disadvantage is that people think she’s harsh and serious from the show, so when she gets to the stage where she’s really concentrating then people might take that as being cold and stern.
She also puts herself down and thinks she’s not the youngest or prettiest, and that gets into her head. But it’s not a popularity contest, it’s about showing that you’re working hard and showing your personality off. It doesn’t matter how old you are or pretty you are.
Bring these two on! I can’t wait!!! Do I ever feel differently on Nancy versus when I first heard she was rumored to dance. I love when that happens on this show. Erin Andrews is also in Nancy’s corner (along with her former partner Maks). People has this quote up from Erin today in a new article.
While it’s no surprise the ESPN reporter is rooting for former partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, there’s one newcomer she’s hoping will take home the mirror-ball trophy.
“I am obsessed with Nancy Grace,” said Andrews, who is the new face of StubHub’s Girl’s Night Out program. “The one thing I’m really, really bummed out about is that [she] wasn’t on my season. I want her to have a great time and do well and really enjoy it.”
Special thanks to Magnolia and her facebook for Tristan for letting us know on the Wet Paint interview. Pic above from Nancy’s twitter.
Lacey starts out this interview telling ET to get ready to dance. Then her and Chaz do a couple of dance moves that make me wonder if they are indeed in this game to stay for a while despite Chaz’s critics trying to bring him down and get him off the show? They joke of glitter and spandex and Lacey says they plan to wear cat suits and head dresses for their Cha Cha Cha the first week. Fun interview!
John M. Oldham, M.D. — the APA President — acknowledges GID is a psychiatric disorder … but also told TMZ, “There is no evidence that viewing a television game show with a transgender contestant would induce Gender Identity Disorder in young people.”
Sad how anyone could actually believe that! :-?
Adding: A new video from Access Hollywood of them interviewing Chaz at the Emmy Awards on Dancing With The Stars….