Check out this fun photo! Friends and Dancing With The Stars pros Derek Hough, Maks Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, and Cheryl Burke had a birthday celebration for Maria Menounos and Katherine Jenkins last night at the Lavo in Las Vegas. They are also in Las Vegas this weekend to take part in a Donald Driver Charity golf tournament. You can see more photos and details on the night at Haute Living.
Dancing With The Stars Romeo Miller is soon to be seen on the big screen in “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Witness Protection”. He tells Access Hollywood he can’t believe he lucked out in getting the part. He also talks on the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Below is what he says about. More at the link.
As for his “Dancing with the Stars” career, Romeo said he’d be hesitant to return for the All-Stars edition.
“That’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life, so it’d be a lot of consideration and thinking,” he said, adding that he’d like to see “DWTS” alums Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane return.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Romeo return. What do you think?
Beautiful as always and this time in a long yellow chiffon number. Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars pro Karina Smirnoff at last night’s premiere of the “Amazing Spider-Man” at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California. Other celebs who attended were Emma Stone, Carmen Electra, Rhys Ifans, Embeth Davidtz, Martin Sheen, and Andrew Garfield. Zimbio Pictures has more fun takes if you’d like to see them. I know Jimmbboe will for sure.
Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars Judge Carrie Ann Inaba. This past week she was seen signing autographs outside ABC studios in New York City. You can see more fun photos of her at Zimbio Pictures. Nice sunglasses.
Also, Carrie Anne is going to be honored with an award for her cat rescueing by the Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats at their 2nd Annual CATS for Cats all-star benefit concert taking place July 14th at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. Below is a quote from Carrie Anne on the honor at Business Wire…
“Helping homeless animals is something I just can’t NOT do,” says Inaba, discussing the event’s importance. “I am honored to be a part of this cause and that I am able to help shed light on the need of open hearts, and open homes, for these helpless loving animals. I’m proud to be working in the trenches with organizations like Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats making a difference for the future.”
So cool. This award is so deserving! If you’d like to know more details on her award, be sure you see the Business Wire link.
Such a sweet picture of Tony Dovolani and his wife Lina!! The Dancing With The Stars pro and his wife took part in the Michael Douglas & Friends Celebrity Golf Tournament and festivities at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island, Bahamas this week. According to Tony’s twitter account, his team (which included Jack Wagner) won. You can view a whole slew of pics at facebook (thanks to @DWTSGossip for the heads up).
Also, the Morning Blend interviewed Tony about the AT&T golf tournament that took place in Washington D.C. for what he also took part in. You can listen to it here.
Go Tony! He’s so busy this summer…as all the pros are it seems! No rest for the weary!
Such a gorgeous pair!! Last night, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd attended the Australian Film Awards & Benefit Dinner at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, California. You can view more pictures of them at Ghetty Images and Zimbio Pictures. STUNNING! Oh, but, how I’m going to miss Peta’s long hair though, but, I can appreciate ‘change’ and she’s so beautiful. Maks is sexy as always too, but, not sure I like his shoes? What do you think of how they looked last night?
The Post Game interviewed Shawn Johnson about her future plans after announcing she’s retiring from Olympic competition. Since then, we’ve been speculating on whether she will do the All-star Season of Dancing With The Stars this Fall. Here is what she said about it and be sure you read the link for more.
Four years ago, Shawn Johnson came away from the Beijing Olympics with one gold and three silver medals. She added a Mirrorball to her trophy cabinet after winning “Dancing with the Stars.” What’s next? Well, if you combine the international travel of the Olympics with reality-TV competition, there’s one show that sounds perfect for her:
“The Amazing Race.”
But Johnson is stumped on who to take with her for those capers around the world.
“Oh gosh, I don’t know,” she says. “Probably just one of my friend … or another athlete. ‘Dancing With The Stars’ was a really challenging thing. I don’t think I could do another one, but I am a pretty big fan of ‘Amazing Race.’ I think that would be pretty cool.”
Looks like this might be a “No”. Let us know what you think?
Isn’t this a fun take of two of our Dancing With The Stars pros? Lacey Schwimmer and Tristan MacManus were pictured at the Cirque du Soleil’s “Zumanity” in New York City, New York on Tuesday night, June 26th. According to the Las Vegas Sun, it was Lacey’s fourth visit and Tristan’s first. They invited the cast backstage to their show across the street.
William Levy – 9 (Not sure how you can improve your ass-shaking & shirt-removing technique a whole lot…)
Roshon Fegan – 7
Gladys Knight – 3
Jaleel White – 2 (Maybe if you consider witholding his crocodile tears an improvement…)
Sherri Shepherd – 1
Everyone – 1 (If only that were true :-))
Courtney: I don’t think this season’s “most improved” award was quite as clear for me as it’s been in previous seasons - I know when I voted in season 12, it was like “Duh, ROMEO!” and in season 13, “Of course it’s Rob!!!” This season, I found myself wavering a bit, as it seems like a lot of people started out being good and then stayed pretty good the entire season – and then there were others who were a bit up-and-down. In the end, though, I think the improvement was most apparent with Maria. I remember muttering “Yikes!” after her cha-cha in week one, as she looked downright terrified and pretty unsteady on her legs. Then she looked a bit more relaxed and in the zone in week 2, and a little more in week 3, etc. By the time classical week rolled around and she managed to get the first perfect 30 of the season, I was pretty impressed. As for Donald – I do think he improved, but it wasn’t quite as marked as Maria – plus he really never seemed to get the love he deserved from the judges, so I guess it kinda distorted things for me. It became a matter of “Is he really improving drastically, or are the judges just finally warming up to him?” I will credit Melissa with improving in her stage presence, but overall, I think her dancing only improved slightly during her stint on the show. I think Gavin could have improved quite a bit, had he stuck around a little longer – but his transformation in the short time he was on was enjoyable nonetheless. :-) I feel the same about Roshon as I do about Donald – I don’t know that he was truly improving (I thought he was pretty good the whole season), but the judges just seemed to vacillate between lavishing praise upon him and absolutely ripping him to shreds from week to week, so I think it gave a false impression of him having all of these dramatic ups and downs. I thought Gladys gave it a good try, but only had a slight net improvement throughout the season; I thought Jaleel was down more than he was up; and I still don’t think I even saw enough real dancing from William to even determine if he improved greatly. I think his finale cha-cha looked better than his week 1 cha-cha, but that’s the only benchmark I have to compare to.
Vogue: Court, I’m with you again. When I first read this Poll, I was baffled for who to vote for “most improved”? With every season we’ve done this, I usually know straight away for who to answer with, but, not this time. After thinking on it, I voted for Maria. Looking back to her first interviews and first dances, she was weak and a little uncoordinated. She so nervous and unconfident. She was worried she wouldn’t be as good as Derek’s other partners which she voiced several times in interviews which, in turn, made me nervous for her too. Well, just like Derek said, he worked on her “walk” first. After that, he totally molded her into a confident dancer. Soon, we saw her relaxing and them playing off of each other’s humor and creativity. His Fox totem was hard at work and in tune again. He can “blend” into anyone to make a union work. It amazes me how he can do that season after season. It’s too bad Jack Wagner was sent home so early. I think he could have improved more with every show too.
Heidi: Yeah, I’d go with Maria. The problem with this category is that you pretty much have to totally tune out the judges nonsense and the crowd reaction to get to the heart of what is real – that’s very hard to do. Roshon started out good and stayed good – but it’s easy to think there is actual improvement when one week the judges are saying how poorly you did and the next week they are raving. It’s very easy to hear all that “noise” from them and have it start to sink in. As for Donald? The judges never liked him, IMO, and never “wanted” him to win (I think in the end their rank comes out in the scoring regardless), so when they finally started giving him credit it was like an epiphany. “Oh, he’s improving!!” Well, maybe – but not as much as Maria. The judges own bias turns into noise, which turns into false impressions for a lot of the dancers. But I think Maria truly went from “Bambi on ice” (per Derek) to a decent dancer. She’s not the best of his partners in terms of dance quality, but I think she did go the farthest in terms of growth.
Wowza!! These two are just so incredibly on FIRE and the Mohegan Sun was able to capture that “fire” in top form in the video below. As as you know from an earlier posting from our Miss Heidi, Peta and Derek performed last weekend at the Mohegan Sun. If you haven’t seen her post, be sure you do. She’s collected even more at Pure Derek Hough and worked tirelessly at it. Be sure you check it all out when you get a chance. “Great balls of FIRE” INDEED!