Cheryl Burke was a guest on Access Hollywood today to talk about her potential partner on Dancing With The Stars All Stars. Will it be Emmitt, Drew, or Gilles …or someone entirely different? She hopes it will be one of of her old partners. It will be “heartbreaking” for her is she sees any of them dance with someone else. I don’t know…but, I’m starting to get Season 14 flashbacks listening to her. *cries* Please please Producers! Let it be someone DIFFERENT to be fair to the rest of the cast!!!
Wow, would you believe the odds makers in Las Vegas are already predicting who will the new Dancing With The Stars All Star Season? For now, Las Vegas Sports Betting has Helio Castroneves taking it all with Apolo Ohno, Emmitt Smith, and Shawn Johnson neck and neck behind him. I was shocked to see how low they placed Gilles Marini. In my opinion, he should be placed further at the top if not winning it. I would have placed Apolo higher than Helio. I don’t think Pamela Anderson is going to do this badly either. 8O
Helio Castroneves 9/2
Apolo Anton Ono 5/1
Emmitt Smith 6/1
Shawn Johnson 6/1
Drew Lachey 7/1
Joey Fatone 7/1
Kelly Monaco 15/2
Gilles Marini 10/1
Kirstie Alley 10/1
Melissa Rycroft 12/1
Bristol Palin 15/1
Kyle Massey/Sabrina Bryan/Carson Kressley 20/1
Pamela Anderson 25/1
Let’s get Miss Heidi and Court’s takes on this and be sure you let us know your thoughts too in the comment section.
Courtney: I honestly feel a little weird commenting on odds this early, since we don’t even know the partnerships yet – but alas, I guess I should get used to this season not feeling “normal” :-P I agree with Vogue that I think they’re somewhat overestimating Helio – I think the two Olympians, Apolo & Shawn, are probably going to be the ones to beat (perhaps with a slight edge given to Shawn), with Gilles & Joey following close behind…then MAYBE Helio & Drew. I wish I disagreed with their odds for Pam, but I think she may really struggle with votes – she did on her own season, and I daresay she’s up against bigger fan favorites this time around. And like I’ve said before to folks around here that are freaking out about Bristol – I really think they’re giving Bristol too much credit. She’s not the “innocent girl next door” she tried to portray in season 11 anymore, she’s up against more popular contestants, and better dancers. If she thinks she’s just going to coast all the way to the finale like she did the first time around – she’s got another thing coming. As for the final all-star we’re voting on…hmmmm. I’m fairly certain Kyle is pretty much a lost cause, since he seems to be campaigning the LEAST out of the 3; I think Sabrina may be relying a bit too heavily on other people to promote her; and I think Carson is making the best effort to get himself cast. If we get Carson – I doubt he’ll be a stellar dancer, but I could see him outlasting at least Pam and Melissa, perhaps Bristol. If we get Sabrina – I still think she’ll be gone before the midpoint of the season. But I’m reluctant to say anything “in stone” until we hear the last all-star and the pairings announced – because I think that could change the odds quite a bit.
Heidi: Yeah, I think the pairings are going to be the deciding factor this time around. I think that a large part of both Helio’s and Apolo’s success was their partnership with Julianne – everyone thought both couples were so charming and “cute”. I think both men were good dancers, but they gained a lot of ground due to shippers and others who just liked them as couples. Julianne ain’t around this time, so this is where the real test begins. Both men were pretty heavily criticized in their early rounds and then once they kept going on, the judges started getting on board. Will they this time?? As for Gilles – are they under rating him?? I don’t know. I thought he was a pretty good dancer, but it will be interesting to see how he looks compared to the other guys. Yeah, his partnership with Cheryl was important, but will Cheryl be the Cheryl that William had or the Cheryl that originally had Gilles or Drew?? Speaking of Drew, I think Drew, Joey and Kelly are going to find out that this ain’t the same competition that it was when they were originally on it. The bar was raised when Julianne, Derek and Mark came on board and all the other pros stepped up. So I think they might have their work cut out for them. Another thing that will be key will be those people who get their original pro – the competition will either be weighted in their favor (Mark and Cheryl, in particular) or they could find even better pairs from the new couples. A lot of these people were great in their own seasons – but how will they look against people who were also very good in their seasons? We won’t know until we see them. Sabrina? She’s toast, so I agree there. She may be a good dancer, but there are a lot of good dancers – all with much larger fanbases. And if she doesn’t have Mark, as I suspect? Well, all those little shippers may find their impact minimized. If she snags Derek (doubtful) she might stand a chance because I think he will soften the hard lines. ANYWAY, that is my long winded way of saying that it’s much too soon to do the odds – the pairings will be the first critical hurdle, then it will be how well these pairs look opposite each other.
Today Louis Van Amstel was a guest on Good Afternoon America to promote his workout/dance program “LaBlast”. They dance a Samba to get things shaking. After they get finished dancing, they ask him about the three wild cards on Dancing With The Stars. Louis says he loves all three (Carson Kressley, Kyle Massey, and Sabrina Bryan), but, in the end, he begs us to vote for Sabrina. Ok, so, as speculated in the comments, I think we might know who Sabrina’s partner might be if she wins?
What a great interview with Kelly Monaco and Michael Fairman Soaps! Michael asks her all about why she decided to do Dancing With The Stars again. She talks of how nervous she is and if she’s prepared technically. Michael also asks her on her potential partner. She doesn’t want to get her hopes up for who she wants. More below in detail….
So thrilled you are on the Dancing with the Stars All-Stars! Were you at all hesitant to be in the competition again?
KELLY: I was not hesitant at all. I think they thought about it for awhile. I had heard they were going to do an All-Stars, but I also heard they were not going to have back any past winners. So it was completely off the chopping block, and out of my mind. Not for a second would I think I would be called for it. And then, Deena Katz, our head casting director, called me a few months ago. She is like “You are the first person I am calling. Do I need to talk to your agent? “And I said, excitedly, “Talk to me! Talk to me! You don’t need to talk to my agent,” And she says, “How would you like to be a part …” And I jumped in and went, “Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!” She could not get the words out! I continued saying, “Of course! To have the chance to dance and have the experience, and meet new people and build new relationships, and just step outside my comfort zone, is what I wanted. I mean, this is not my thing. I like to cry on camera and I like to study lines, I really do. I like my routine. I have been doing soaps for 13 years now. I really like what I am doing. But every year, once a year, I pick one challenge that sort of gets me outside of this leveled thing that we all do. And this was it!
You were in Season one of Dancing with the Stars and you improved so much. You had a very rocky start and ended up winning the Mirror Ball Trophy!
KELLY: This is what I am afraid of Michael. I am afraid that I have been out of it for so long. I am going to go from really not knowing what I am doing and that is really not going to be acceptable in an All-Stars season. So I don’t know how to technically prepare myself to be on the same level with the other contestants, being out of it for several years. I had been doing events all over the place where I danced a bit, besides Peep Show, which I am not going to disregard, but all I had to do in that was strut in my underwear! I don’t consider that dancing, I really don’t. So I don’t know how I am going to get myself to a mediocre level to be able to start the competition. I don’t think it’s going to be acceptable to be at the beginning. I am going to have to do something before the shows starts, probably four weeks before … start training!
You have the bod of death! And, you have the abs of death! If I had your core, I would be a champ! (Laughs)
KELLY: That’s different than having skill and putting one foot in front of the other, and a swip of the hip, and pointing a finger, and getting your face going. I have a lot of hard work ahead of me.
Who do you hope is your dancing partner in the All-Stars competition?
KELLY: I don’t want to go there, because if I pick a top one, two, or three dancers as my picks, they won’t go that way. So I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment. Even though I am a pessimist/realist and I always set myself up for the worst case scenario, I am always pleasantly surprised in the end. I have to talk myself out of my pessimistic nature, and say, “This is what is real. This is the world we live in and it’s not pretty all the time.” I am going to prepare myself for the worst case scenario all the time. Look, I am a Gemini.
I’ll bet she gets the partner she wants, do you? I hope she gets Derek! You can read lots more of this cool interview for her thoughts on the show and General Hospital at Michael Fairman Soaps!
Joey Fatone is excited to be dancing on Dancing With The Stars again. Though after losing to Apolo Ohno in Season 4, he has a different strategy this time. He tells People Magazine, he’s not going to take things so seriously….
…But this time, Fatone says he knows how to score the elusive mirror-ball trophy.
“I’m not going to take stuff too seriously,” he says. “Dancing is supposed to be fun and have emotion. I’m just going to be myself – that’s all I can be.”
Although he learned dance moves as part of *NSYNC, Fatone, 35, is aware he has his work cut out for him. “The worst part is the long rehearsal hours,” he says. “But I like pushing myself and hanging out with the other cast members.”
More at People Magazine for how close he felt to the cast of Season 4 and how much he wants to win this time.
So many cool pics have come out of Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts, Oksana Dmytrenko, Sasha Farber, Dmitry Chaplin, and Peta Murgatroyd while they danced in “Ballroom With A Twist” in San Francisco, California this summer. One weekend, Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron was pictured with the cast when he went to one of the shows a few weeks ago (pictured above). To see a slew of pics, see these facebook pages here and here. Below are a few more pics with Peta, Dmitry, Oksana, Sasha, Anna, and Jonathan (be sure to see the “read more” link). If you are in the San Francisco are, be sure to see this show!