Today, Taylor Armstrong was a guest on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. Unless something changes, many of you can take a sigh of relief (as well as myself, lol). According to the interview, Taylor says she hasn’t been approached by Dancing With The Stars to dance, but, she says she can dance and she might be open to it if approached.
With the cast announcement for the new season of “Dancing With The Stars” less than 2 weeks away, there has been speculation that Taylor may be on the upcoming season. Taylor tells us she has not been approached by the show, but says she would be open to it. “I can dance,” she says confidently. “I’ll cut myself down for pretty much anything, but I actually can keep a beat.”
Thanks to Lori for this news!
ADDING: And on that note, Bar Refaeli won’t be dancing either as rumored. You can view a video at Access Hollywood where she says she doesn’t have time.
As always, take this news with a grain of salt being this source hasn’t been known to be reliable in the past. Also note that in a previous posting, we reported Dolly saying “are you insane?” to the idea of dancing on Dancing With The Stars when they have asked her before. Anyway, here is a rumor from Hollywood Life about Dolly Parton dancing on the show. They say she is close to signing and guess who she wants as a partner? Mark Ballas!! They also are reporting Gavin DeGraw close to signing….
Dolly Parton, please report to the dance floor! A Dancing with the Stars insider reveals to HollywoodLife.com that after Billy Ray Cyrus turned down a spot on the show’s 14th season, he suggested producers check with Dolly — and she’s close to signing on the dotted line! “Dolly has sung on the show in the past, and laid a great impression on the dancers and producers,” our source tells us exclusively. “Discussions have started … and her request is to dance with Mark Ballas!”
Another singer with the Mirrorball Trophy in his sights is Gavin DeGraw! Our source confirms that Gavin has verbally committed to doing the show — as first reported by The Hollywood Reporter – but still has to sign an official contract. He has a few dates left on his current tour, but we’re told they wouldn’t interfere with the show’s hectic filming schedule.
I really hope the rumor is true about Dolly! She’d be amazing!!! A total “A-lister” too in my opinion! Thoughts?
Two interesting tweets have me raising my eye brow up again after Dancing With The Stars fan @caralevasseur sent John this news at his twitter account about Bachelorette, Ali Fedotowsky. Take a look below at these tweets made yesterday and last night…
Got the BEST Valentine’s day gift! Can’t share it now (I know-such a tease) but will soon! Hope everyone is smiling as much as I am today :)
As you might remember, Ali was rumored to dance on Dancing With The Stars in Season 11 which you can view in a previous Heidi posting here. Doing some more digging, Ali has remarked in the past via Zap2It that she thought it would be fun to dance on the show, but, they hadn’t asked her. Then there is this quote from E News in August of 2010 after the Season 11 cast reveal….
“It’s not going to happen!” said the betrothed former Bachelorette, fiancé Roberto Martinez by her side. “Not goin’ to happen…but we’ll be watching.”
Ali hopes to at least be in the audience this season, as she was when it was announced that she would be the next Bachelorette.
“I had so much fun,” she said. “I was dancing in my seat and I said, ‘I need to be a part of this!'”
“Maybe next season!” Roberto added. “Maybe next season,” Ali agreed.
Note: Ali is also following @DancingABC (the official Dancing With The Stars twitter account), not that it means anything significant.
Note #2: She was also seen last weekend at a Pre-Grammy party (the same one Kym and Cheryl attended) which you can read about here.
So, what do you think? Could Ali be a possibility this Season again? Does this news raise one of your eyebrows? LOL.
I can sure see a Maks pairing…or how about Derek? :) Penny for your thoughts!!
I confess: no one specifically asked this question, but some of you may have noticed that tend to get bit irritated whenever a female celeb or pro on the show opts to forgo the traditional heels in favor of boots, sneakers, or going barefoot. I thought I’d explain just why I get my knickers in such a twist over it :-)
There are two primary reasons why heels are worn in both the Latin & ballroom dances: the first is aesthetic, and the other is technical. Aesthetically, the shoes are worn to give the the women’s legs a long, lean appearance – the neutral flesh tone of the fabric blends nicely with the skin, giving a nice, long, unbroken line; the heels themselves of course make the women look taller, which in turn enhances the illusion of long legs. You may have noticed that the women on the show don’t often wear colored dance shoes – that’s because a color that contrasts with the skin tends to “chop off” those nice long lines, and make the women’s legs look shorter. Why is it so important to have long legs? Because the longer your legs are, the nicer your lines are going to look, and the better technique you’re going to show – and the happier the judges are. :-)
From a technical aspect, the shoes actually help to ensure that the ladies are using the proper technique in their dances. Remember my post about heel & toe leads? Well the shoes that the ladies wear for Latin are specially balanced so that the ladies’ body weight is shifted over her toes – and remember, all the Latin dances move forward (and backward) with a toe lead. The ballroom shoes tend to keep the ladies’ body weight balanced evenly on her heels & toes, much like normal shoes, as all the steps in the ballroom dances move forward on the heel and backward on the toe – just like normal walking. The shoes alone can’t guarantee that a dancer will always have the right technique – but they certainly do help!
So let’s say a woman *cough*Lacey*cough* decides to forgo wearing the proper shoes while dancing, and instead wears something more flat-footed, like boots. In the Latin dances, it’s probably going to result in her legs looking very short & stubby, and her lines not as impressive. Case in point: Lance & Lacey’s cha-cha in season 7:
Or, in Hope’s case this past season, those boots just gave her a complete lack of hip action, and resulted in a very flat, boring rumba:
The effect is a bit less noticeable in the ballroom dances, since they move so similarly to natural walking movement, and I can’t really think of a time on the show that someone has danced a ballroom dance barefoot. However, I do remember Twitch & Kherington’s Viennese waltz routine from season 4 of SYTYCD, and I remember not being wild about them doing it barefoot, as it just looked somewhat “unfinished” and more like contemporary than real ballroom:
So there you have it – you be the judge. I personally think that all ballroom & Latin dances should be done in the proper footwear, and it’s only (semi)acceptable to go barefoot if you’re a pro doing a contemporary-ish pro dance. But what do you guys think? :-)