Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars Anna Trebunskaya and Jonathan Roberts pictured with Loren Ruch who is the producer of “Design Star All Stars”. The three worked together on a new episode where contestants redesigned some rooms in Anna and Jonathan’s house. You can read a blog about what took part behind the scenes with them here. When you are finished reading and if you weren’t able to catch it, be sure to see the episode on-line at HGTV. Thanks to to PureDWTS reader TDI19 for the heads up!
Gilles Marini attended the 17th Annual Angel Awards held at Project Angel Food. He took some time out to talk with a reporter about the charity and his new gig on Dancing With The Stars. He does a flamenco pose while saying he’s already tired already thinking about what’s ahead for the show in his charming way. He’s been practicing on the physical part while they wait to start rehearsals on September 1st. He says he’s been “pretty crazy” about “working hard”. He wants to “shock people”. Lots more at Blip TV.
Celebuzz also interviewed Gilles. He commented on the allegations by Hope Solo on Maks and the show. Here is a snippet….
“I think this is what it is, and hopefully no one takes it wrong,” Marini told Celebuzz at Project Angel Food’s 17th Annual Angel Awards in Hollywood. “His way is hard. We all know about it. If a lady doesn’t like to be treated in a hard way on the dance floor with Maks, then they should tell the producer, ‘I don’t want to get in on this ride. Because I’m scared.’”
One of Chmerkovskiy’s former Dancing with the Stars partners was Olympian soccer player Hope Solo – who said Chmerkovskiy was too rough of a dancer to work with, and that he was inappropriate with her physically.
What else did Marini say about Chmerkovskiy and Solo?
Marini continued, “Most of them I know about, they like the bad boy. Then everybody says, ‘Well, this and that.’ When you start ballroom dancing, next thing you know, you end with someone like Maks, you have to be aware it’s a hard ride. That’s the way he teaches. If Maks is teaching me tomorrow, I want him to be super hard on me. Otherwise, I won’t learn.”
“I think dancers like Maks, they were so young when they started dancing — so young — that they know only one way. And it’s the hard way. ” Marini told us. “It’s very hard for them to transfer from teaching someone patience, to a race against time, in a kind way. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m not saying it’s wrong. I’m saying that’s the only way he knows how to teach. And guess what, the show asks him [back] all the time. So no matter what people will say he does, he’s still going to be on TV. He’s going to do what he needs to do to make his partner win.”
Well said, Gilles!! You can read the full article at Celebuzz.
Entertainment Tonight interviewed Maks Chmerkovskiy all about the new all star season of Dancing With The Stars. He dishes on Kirstie and how much she’s done for the ballroom community. He’s excited to be dancing with her again especially being they already know each other. The interviewer asks if he will be brutal with her (wow, what a question) and he vows we will never see that side of Maks again. They are planning to use “KStick” as their team name. He says everyone is their biggest competition including themselves. Everyone is in it to win. He wants to win the all stars with Kirstie more than anything. Great interview and Maks is “Maks.
Lots of Dancing With The Stars news on tap for today and what better way to start the day than seeing Karina Smirnoff? Last night, the dancing pro graced the Blue Carpet at the 2012 Do Something Awards at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. What a gorgeous dress. I love the back. What do you think? Other celebs to attend were Maria Menounos, Lea Michele, Kristen Bell, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, and Bella Thorne to name a few. You can view loads of new photos at Zimbio Pictures. You can read on the night at Ace Showbiz.