Heads up Kym Johnson fans! According to Monsters and Critics, the Dancing With The Stars pro will host a new celebrity fitness tabloid-style show called “StarFit” premiering August 10th on the BeFit channel. You can read all about the new show and Kym here. The premiere episode will feature guest star Brian Orosco.
Speaking of the Befit channel….below is Dmitry Chaplin showing a Tango dance workout which BeFit is currently featuring at their You Tube Channel. Come on All. Let’s do this with him and be sure to tune in Friday to see Kym!
Ktla has a new interview up Dancing With The Stars All star wild card Sabrina Bryan. She starts out talking all about the Dancing With The Stars: Live In Vegas and how much she enjoyed doing it….especially when she was reunited with former partner Mark Ballas. She said to stay tuned because they hope to have the Vegas show back in the SPRING. Then they talk of why she wants to dance on the tv version of Dancing With The Stars again. More below…
Ok, so for a NORMAL season, this is the time where I’d usually cull videos from YouTube that show our new crop of celebrities doing dance-related things in their past that may or may not help their performance on DWTS, and then Heidi, Vogue, & I would point & laugh and generally have a grand ol’ time offering our commentary 🙂 But obviously, this season is not following that pattern – there’s not much point in looking at videos of Kirstie dancing around in the kitchen scene of Look Who’s Talking or Drew Lachey gyrating onstage with 98 Degrees when we already have footage of them dancing on DWTS…so why not take a look at some of their best & worst performances from their original seasons, and see how they stack up? In addition, I’ll try to add videos of any dancing the celebs have done SINCE their season, that may or may not help them this time around.
Today we’ll start with the ladies, and we’ll start at the very beginning: season 1, which Kelly Monaco won. For her best dance, I picked her freestyle:
And for her worst, I chose the waltz:
Ok, first thing that jumps out at me here: the bar has definitely been raised quite a bit since season 1 – the level of the dancing is much higher now than it was in Kelly’s season, which could pose some big problems for her. I’m always a bit reluctant to pick someone’s freestyle as their “best dance” (because I think freestyles are usually pretty universally-pleasing, since the couples can do whatever they want), but in this case, I feel like it actually had quite a bit of ballroom content and thus was more on-par with what she was capable of in a regular dance. With that being said – it’s still a pretty weak freestyle, when you look at the freestyles we’ve seen since season 1. Kelly’s getting off-time, missing steps, and generally looking pretty wobbly on her feet – it may have gotten a 30 back in season 1, but I’d be surprised if it would have gotten anything more than a 23 in a more current season…and I think she’d be lucky to even break into the 20’s during the all-star season, if it’s going to be as competitive as I think it is. As for her waltz – it was during the first week of the first season, so there was undoubtedly some major nerves at work and I think she just ended up very stiff & scared. And did I just see some pretty blatant lifts in there??? I don’t necessarily think it was bad…it just wasn’t very interesting to watch. But there isn’t going to be any room for nerves on this season, so Kelly’s going to have to overcome those pretty quickly if she wants to stick around.
So has Kelly been doing any dancing since season 1 wrapped that might help her this time around? Well…yes and no. She did a brief stint in the burlesque revue Peepshow in Vegas back in ’09, along with Mel B (WARNING: It’s slightly racy…avert your eyes if you’re offended by pole dancing, lingerie, and gyrations):
Ok, so it looks like Kelly didn’t do a TON of real dancing in Peepshow…seems like just a lot of gyrating suggestively and being a sexpot. So while it might not necessarily help her with her actual dancing, I do think it might help her stage presence in that it will help her evoke a more confident, sexy, smoldering character for dances like the rumba & Argentine tango.
Court’s verdict: All things considered, I think Kelly’s unfortunately one of the weaker contestants this season, and has got a lot of hard work ahead of her if she expects to stick around – the fact that there are several non-winners (Joey, Kirstie, Melissa, even Pam) on this season that are quite a bit better than Kelly in terms of dance skill tells me she’s got some tough competition. However, she’s also still young and in good shape, which could give her an edge over some of the older contestants.
What do you guys think? Does Kelly have the juice to go all the way, or will she flame out early?
It’s hard to even think about the next season of Dancing With The Stars, but, there are several stories on several Olympians who have expressed they may want to dance on Dancing With The Stars. First, there is Ryan Lochte. Below is an interview with Today. Check out how Ryan would like to continue the rivalry with Michael Phelps on the dance floor. There is nothing in the works yet, but, an inside source to the show said Ryan and Michael are welcomed in the ballroom. More in detail below and at the link….
Even better would be a ballroom win over his teammate and pal Michael Phelps, whom Lochte said he’d like to dance against. “I mean since I am so used to competing against Michael Phelps, yeah, I’d have him on the show,” he told reporters, according to iVillage. And he’d be fine paired with any of the female pros, as Sports Illustrated reported, because all of them are quite lovely. (Might we suggest the uber-fun Lacey Schwimmer as his perfect match?)
Though Lochte has expressed interested in participating in “Dancing,” it sounds like producers haven’t made a move to invite him to join in an upcoming season yet. But that doesn’t mean “DWTS” won’t be extending an invite eventually.
“Nothing is in the works yet,” a show source told TODAY.com, “but rest assured, either (Lochte or Phelps) — or even better, both of them — would be welcome in the ballroom.”
Also, Michael Phelps told US Weekly, he’d be interesting in dancing as well….
At the OMEGA House “Spotlight On Swimming” event in London August 7, the 27-year-old athlete spoke with Us Weekly about possibly following in the footsteps of fellow U.S. Olympians Natalie Coughlin, 29, ApoloAnton Ohno, 30, and ShawnJohnson, 20, by competing on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.
“I haven’t really been known for my dancing. I know everyone who’s done it — I’ve talked to Apolo and Natalie about it, and they said they’ve enjoyed it and had a blast,” Phelps said. “I won’t say I’m ruling anything out, who knows?”
If he could choose a female swimmer to be his partner (instead of a pro dancer like Karina Smirnoff, 34, or Cheryl Burke, 28), Phelps would pick Coughlin, who finished in 10th place in Season 9. “She’s gone through it all before and Natalie and I have been on a lot of teams together,” Phelps explained. “She literally couldn’t stop talking about how much fun the show was.”
Hmmm?? Also, Missy Franklin has also expressed interest in dancing during an interview with Access Hollywood.
This fall, “Dancing with the Stars” ushers in its All-Star edition, but when they’re looking for new contenders again, Missy wants to sign up.
“I do want to do it. I would love to go on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ but, we’ll see how it works out with school and if I go pro and all those crazy things you have to worry about, but hopefully someday I would love to be on that show,” she said.
Wow, they’d all be cool to see dance. What do you think?
Thanks to Lori and Sandy for helping with this news!!xxx