Today during the ABC Press tour and Dancing With The Stars All Star cast announcement, photos were taken of some of the cast members. Seen above is Pamela Anderson, Drew Lachey, Kelly Monaco, Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Melissa Rycroft, Helio Castroneves, Bristol Palin and Gilles Marini. You can view a slew of more fun pics of them at ABCMedianet. You can also read their official press release of the Dancing With The Stars cast announcement here.
E Online was at the ABC Press Tour. They report Dancing With The Stars contestant Bristol Palin was swamped by the press with questions for why she decided to dance. Bristol wants to provide for her son. She also said the press is going to talk about her no matter what, so she might as well dance again. More below and at the link.
Bristol received the bulk of questions during the press conference and grew increasingly defensive about her reasons for doing another reality show, ending the press conference by quipping, “Do I like to provide for my son? Yes, I do.”
Bristol repeatedly blamed the press’ overbearing nature as her prime reason for doing DWTS, saying (repeatedly), “God provides opportunities for me…The press is going to be talking about me no matter what, so I may as well be having fun.”
When asked if she believes she has made herself more of a target by doing reality TV instead of quietly going home to raise her son after the 2008 election, Bristol replied, “Like I said before, this is a fun gig. I’m not whining; I’m not complaining about anything. I’m gonna go out there and I’m going to have fun. You guys, the media, you will talk about me whether I’m in my little Alaska life or doing this.”
The reporters on hand were mostly members of the Television Critics Association, and when someone asked if there was any aspect of the show coverage Bristol does like, Bristol gave more of the same: “God provides opportunities for me. This is an amazing opportunity to for me. I get to work with awesome people. And it’s a positive, active show. It’s going to be awesome.”
At one point, the conversation turned to politics and Palin’s beliefs on homosexuality (“What will you think if you get a gay partner?”), to which Pamela Anderson immediately exclaimed, “I love gays!”
“I like gays,” Palin said. “I’m not a homophobic. And I’m so sick of people saying that. Just because I’m for traditional marriage doesn’t mean I’m scared or anything of anyone else. I don’t hate anybody. You know, people are going to make up stuff about me no matter what and…whatever. I’m going to go dance and I’m going to have fun and I’m just going to go have fun on this show. It’s not about politics. It’s not about traditional marriage and anything like that. It’s just about dancing and it’s going to be fun and that’s all I have to say about it.”
Oh boy, I’m not sure I’m ready for this again? HEIDI HELP!!!
Heidi: What an idiot. So everything is everyone else’s fault. You’re always misquoted. You never say or do anything wrong. Everything is the media’s fault. Or God’s. I can’t say anything else without getting hate mail from wackado’s so I think I’ll leave it at that. Oh, but if Derek gets her?? This will be the first season I don’t vote for him.
Vogue: I think she must be a glutten for punishment or this is her only way of keeping herself out there. She likes the attention more than not any attention at all.
According to ABC: they have announced 12 celebrities for DWTS All Stars while allowing the fans to choose the 13th celebrity to be on the show.
One thing I noticed is that all three choices are part of the DWTS Live Show in Vegas.
So as many of you might have watched, Good Afternoon America announced the new cast for the new Dancing With The Stars All Star Season. Below is some videos from their official site. They do a little spread on each celebrity contestant. Kirstie Alley calls in. She’s excited, scared, and has no idea who she’s dancing with. Val Chmerkovskiy and Aaron Carter join in to talk about the line up. Val thinks Emmitt Smith is the front runner right away for the work ethic he has, his mentality, and also that he is an athlete. Val is excited about everyone who is returning. Aaron thinks the front runner is Gilles Marini and especially if he’s paired up with his former partner Karina Smirnoff for the “chemistry” they’d have together. Aaron thinks it’s all about chemistry which equals having respect for one another, being able to get along, and listening to one another. Great spread today. It’s great seeing Aaron again too and his interesting perspective. More below….
So now that we know who most of the cast is I decided to whip up a quick breakdown of how the Season 15 cast would fare against one another now.
However, then I started thinking: How cool would it be to see how they would have fared against one another with the professional partners that they had before? Yes, I know that there are duplicates here and there but if you were able to clone those pros… how would the “All Star” cast fare? Well let’s find out!
|CELEBRITY||PROFESSIONAL||ORIGINAL RANK||NEW RANK|
|Apolo Anton Ohno||Julianne Hough||Winner||Winner|
|Shawn Johnson||Mark Ballas||Winner||2nd|
|Drew Lachey||Cheryl Burke||Winner||3rd|
|Gilles Marini||Cheryl Burke||2nd||4th|
|Hélio Castroneves||Julianne Hough||Winner||5th|
|Emmitt Smith||Cheryl Burke||Winner||6th|
|Joey Fatone||Kym Johnson||2nd||7th|
|Bristol Palin||Mark Ballas||3rd||8th|
|Kelley Monaco||Alec Mazo||Winner||9th|
|Melissa Rycroft||Tony Dovolani||3rd||10th|
|Kirstie Alley||Maksim Chmerkovskiy||2nd||11th|
|Pamela Anderson||Damian Whitewood||6th||12th|
|Sabrina Bryan||Mark Ballas||7th||3rd (before Drew)|
|Carson Kressley||Anna Trebunskaya||8th||12th (before Pamela)|
|Kyle Massey||Lacey Schwimmer||2nd||4th (before Gilles)|
An interesting breakdown to be sure… granted probably not accurate but what can you do? On the other hand this is with the assumption that everyone was with their original partner but that’s not going to happen, not by a long shot. So with the information that we do know about the celebrities (occupation, current age) how would they fare on the season? Read more..
Another season, another cast…oh wait. Another season, with an old cast, of sorts. I am actually excited – didn’t think it was going to happen. I imagine the screaming will start shortly, however.
Anyway, tune in here at 10:30 pacific (1:30 eastern time) we’ll be updating as fast as we can and, of course, snarking as hard as we can. We will get snark out of Vogue if it’s the last thing we do. Come on, Vogue, you can do it!! If you want to see the announcement as it happens, I think you need to watch ABC.com
@ABCPublicity says on Twitter (will update if official page is different):
ETA 1: The general media is reporting this cast – let me know if I made any errors. They announced early and I was caught off guard.
ETA 2: After a moment to catch my breath…I’m digging this cast, with the huge exception of Bristol. And many people are going to have new partners, so they better ALL have new partners. If they stack it in Cheryl or Mark’s favor by giving them Gilles and Shawn, respectively?? I’ll be kinda pissed. Give Cheryl Drew since he’s been away for a while and put Mark back with Bristol. That said…can Shawn or Gilles win against the likes of Helio or Apolo?? I doubt it. Even without Julianne, those are two very likable dudes.
ETA 3: UPDATE From ABC Read more..
Not sure if Mel B is officially going to be on the new season of Dancing With The Stars, but, it makes one suspicious since she and Val Chmerkovskiy will BOTH be guests on Good Afternoon America today! There could be other pros or celebs who may show too. So, be sure to tune in to see what’s what?
Mel B Goes Toe-to-Toe
The former Spice Girl star stops by “GAA” to give her take on our hot topic of the day.
And yet another suspicious tweet from Mel B. She better not delete this tweet. We’ve got a screencap just in case ;
MelB deleted the tweet to Maks, so here is a screencap;
Awww, check out the video Brooke just tweeted. Could she be dancing in the new all star edition of Dancing With The Stars? This is so cute….
Also note that @DWTSGossip at twitter is reporting that Carson Kressley, Sabrina Bryan, and Joey Fatone are expected to be a part of the new cast….
This day is wild already and I still don’t have a shower in yet? Thanks to Heidi for the help!
“It’s a game of guess who”! Note how Dancing With The Stars pro Tony Dovolani will be back to dance. He just found out an hour ago. Also note how the new Dancing With The Stars all star cast will be on Good Morning America on Monday morning to talk about the show!!!
His Las Vegas show, a new UK tour starting at Christmas time, a radio show, a gig to help the Olympics, but, will we see Donny Osmond again on Dancing With The Stars for the All Star season? Even though he says (teases?) how his schedule is booked, watch how coy he acts about it when he’s asked. Hmmm? More in a new interview which took place yesterday on the Morning Blend.
You be the judge, but, I say he’s dancing!! He acts like he’s dying for another Mirror Ball.
Again, stay tuned for Heidi to LIVE blog the Cast Announcement today at 10:30am Pacific time. It’s going to be a fun Dancing With The Stars day!!