Today Anna Trebunskaya did a sweet segment on pet adoption in association with Best Friends Animal Society on Access Hollywood. You’ll have an “awww” moment when you watch this….
Also, be sure to catch a video of Drew Lachey at People.com where he talks about dancing on Dancing With The Stars again. He also mentions how his daughter can’t get use to Drew’s darker color of skin. So cute!! Here is a take from the link…
The tanning is what the former mirrorball trophy champ expects to confuse his daughter the most.
“The skin tone might throw her off a little bit,” he says, adding with a smile, “But she likes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so she might just think I’m an Oompa Loompa.”
The bedazzled costumes, on the other hand, aren’t an anticipated concern for the star.
“My daughter is very theatrical,” Lachey explains. “She loves her little musicals at school, and being in dance class, and the costumes and all that stuff. She’s seen me in costume for Spamalot, she’s seen me in costume for Hairspray. She’s probably going to be like, ‘Oh, what are you doing? Cleaning the house?’”
If interested, you’ll be able to catch Drew on Huffpost Live today at 3:20pm Pacific time here.
According to Zap2It, there will be a one hour special before the results show on Tuesday where “the judges will select and introduce past routines from the All-Stars’ previous seasons” and then the All Stars “will recount and comment on selected routines”. As previously reported, Katherine Jenkins will be performing and her special guest is ….Plácido Domingo. Note how Cher Lloyd will be performing as well. Lacey and Benji Schwimmer, the troupe, and more will be dancing in a teaser for Week 3’s “Iconic Dance Night”.
“Episode 1502 & 1502A” – Monday’s performance show showcases the remaining 12 All-Star couples dancing either the Jive or the Quickstep, live, MONDAY, OCTOBER 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
In a one-hour special, “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars — Defining Dances,” airing TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), the judges will select and introduce past routines from the All-Stars’ previous seasons, ultimately defining the winning attributes that each All-Star demonstrated in these performances. The All-Stars will recount and comment on their mindsets during these selected routines. Following the special, the “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars: The Results Show” on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) will feature Katherine Jenkins, last season’s finalist and classical singer, who returns to the ballroom as a special musical guest. She will be taking the stage with Plácido Domingo, performing “Come What May,” featured on Domingo’s new album, “Songs,” out October 16th. Their stunning duet will be accompanied by pro dancers Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Anna Trebunskaya. Also taking to the “Dancing with the Stars” stage is 19 year-old pop powerhouse Cher Lloyd, performing her hit single, “Want You Back.” Her latest album, “Sticks + Stones,” releases October 2nd.
Tuesday night’s exciting lineup continues with the season’s first “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance, a futuristic standoff featuring some of the world’s most talented dancers battling for dance floor supremacy. The performance is choreographed by Shannon Mather, spotlighting Blake McGrath, Ian Eastwood and Tyne Stecklein leading their groups in an epic performance. We will also tease week 3’s “Iconic Dance Night” with a medley of iconic routines from seasons past, performed by The Troupe as well as talented dancers Anya Garnis, Jaymz Tuaileva, Lacey and Benji Schwimmer. And before night’s end, the second couple of the season will be eliminated.
Just a few things to report from the Maks and Kirstie Camp. First of all, congratulations to Kirstie Alley. She’s landed a role in an upcoming new TV Land sitcom called “Giant Baby”. According to the Washington Post, Kirstie will play a “high-mainenance broadway star”. This sounds good. I’ll definitely be checking this out.
In the new sitcom, Alley will play a high-maintenance Broadway star who’s in for a shock when her 26-year-old son — the one she gave up for adoption – shows up at her doorstep after his adoptive mother dies. A series pickup on the new project is “cast contingent” TV Land said Thursday – the casting that’s still in question is that of her “son,” described in the news release as “nerdy and schlubby.” Surely this role won’t be hard to fill — Hollywood’s loaded with schlubby guys, who are all the rage these days. You can’t throw a brick in Hollywood without hitting some schlubby guy on his way to an audition or a meeting with his agent. In fact, the hard thing these days is to find a non-schlub to cast in a show.
Also, in news headlines today is Kirstie’s support for Lady Gaga and the scrutiny surrounding Lady Gaga’s weight gain. Kirstie said “weight expectations for celebrities are not normal and constantly perpetuate an unhealthy, unattainable standard for girls and women around the globe.”
“It’s Hollywood that is obsessed with weight,” she said. “I think everyone should try to be healthy. Lean is better than not lean, but I think we send a horrible message to the world, especially to girls.”
Dancing With The Stars Make-Up has released some fun takes of the cast “behind the scenes” preparing for the premiere. Below is Kym Johnson and Karina Smirnoff. You can view more pics at the link as well as descriptions for how they did their make-up. Keep checking the link. They may add more pics. So, from all the couples, who looked or wowed you the most with their costuming? Who could use improvement? I have to give it to Maks and Kirstie. The color of her Fox Trot gown was a stunner and looked beautiful on her. For improvement, I’m going to say Drew and Anna. The gray and lighter blues were beautiful, but, they were also “forgettable”. I hope they come out next week with something more showstopping and dominant in color and style.
The odds makers are placing their bets again for who will win the Dancing With The Stars All Stars at Sports Bovada. As you can see, they’ve got Emmitt and Apolo neck in neck in first and second place. They’ve put Melissa and Bristol tied for last…
Emmitt Smith 3/2
Apolo Anton Ono 7/2
Gilles Marini 11/2
Helio Castroneves 11/2
Shawn Johnson 8/1
Joey Fatone 15/1
Kelly Monaco 20/1
Kirstie Alley 20/1
Sabrina Bryan 25/1
Drew Lachey 30/1
Bristol Palin 50/1
Melissa Rycroft 50/1
So, do the odds makers have it right or wrong?
In my opinion, they probably have it right on the top two currently, but, they are under estimating Shawn Johnson. She should be higher, while Helio should be lower. I also think they are totally wrong for putting Melissa Rycroft in last place. I think she should be placed in the middle somewhere. I also think Kelly is going to make a strong showing and should be placed higher. Let’s get Miss Heidi’s and Court’s thoughts and be sure to tell us what you think in the comment section too.
Heidi: Totally don’t buy Emmitt in the winning position. I don’t think he’s got that kind of juice. I still think this is going to come down to Apolo, Gilles and Shawn, with Apolo winning. That said…Gilles could find himself replaced with Emmitt if he doesn’t lighten up. While he is beautiful to look at, I’m not finding him charming or fun this season AT ALL. And as William Levy can tell you, good looks are only good for third place in a regular season. In this one?? Maybe not so much. Lucky for him he’s likely going to get some “help” since he’s a card carrying member of the ABC family. Literally. The bottom?? I’m thinking it should be Bristol and Drew, but the reality probably IS Drew and Melissa. If they keep doing a real bottom two, we’ll soon find out.
Courtney: I’m not convinced at this point that Emmitt is gonna walk away with that trophy – and definitely not with odds that good. I don’t think one good dance in week one is indicative of much right now, considering that most of the couples did pretty well – aside from Pam, no one really did terribly this week. I’m waiting for a dance like to jive to come along so we can really see what Emmitt’s made of – we know he’s got a great personality, now the question is: can he hang with the youngin’s? Because he is one of the older contestants this season, and like Kirstie, I think he may struggle with endurance. Still puzzled as to why they have Helio so high. I would put Apolo & Gilles at about even odds right now, but if Gilles’ whining about injuries, phone numbers, etc. continues, I would expect Apolo to begin to edge him out. And really & truly, at this point I’d put Drew at the bottom – because he clearly is lacking in the votes department, and I’m not so sure that’s going to improve in the coming week.
Get ready, according to a tweet made by Katherine Jenkins last night, she’s going to perform on the Results show next week. Any guesses or knowledge on who the “secret guest” might be or what they will perform? I think it would be cool to see Mark or Derek perform with her, but, I’m not sure the wording of this tweet fits that scenario?
Melissa Rycroft tells TV Guide, that she’s never done the Jive (she and Tony’s next dance), and that she “may be more nervous Week 2 than in Week 1”. Below is more including her thoughts on the cast!! Be sure to read the link because she talks of her family, how rusty she is, and more. I love his girl and her positive, “go get em” spirit, do you?
But you have the jive now and you didn’t do it your season.
Rycroft: I know! It scares me to do the jive because it is a very unnatural dance for me. I think I’m the queen of straight posture and straight legs and pointed toes. And the jive is the complete opposite. It’s energetic and jumpy and you’re right, I didn’t perform it in Season 8. I had hurt my ribs and when we went to the hospital to get injections to numb it, they punctured my lung, so I completely had to pull out. So I don’t know what it’s like to perform it, but everything’s going well so far. We just have to keep up with everybody.
What’s your take on the cast now that you’ve seen everyone perform?
Rycroft: Everyone’s amazing. From an audience point of view, it’s phenomenal to watch because there’s no weak person. I think everybody is capitalizing on their strengths and it intimidates me greatly. It’s very scary this season. I don’t think there’s anybody that’s thinking “I’ll be safe until at least Week 4 or 5.” You don’t know. As an audience member, you can definitely watch the show in a regular season and at least narrow down about five people you know are going to make it until the end. There are always a couple of people who will be one of the first to leave, and this is the first season where you’re going, “I literally have no clue!”
Also, here is a take from WWFA where Melissa, Melissa’s husband (Tye Strickand), and Tony talk on Melissa and Tye’s little girl, Emmitt, dancing, and voting. This is too cute.
“Here is the thing: Who does not like Emmitt?” Rycroft said. “I like Emmitt. My husband even said, ‘Man, I just love him.’ But I said, ‘Don’t be splitting votes in the household.”
Rycroft laughs through it, as after all, this is supposed to be fun.
The one tough spot was leaving her little girl for the first time.
“I think every mom that steps out of mom-mode for the first time, you’re trying to balance it all, and you trying not to feel selfish for wanting to do something else,” she said.
“Melissa was always driven” Dovolani said, “but now she has a little girl she is doing this for.”
“She’ll be with me each time in the green room, and maybe a show or two they’ll let her out,” Rycroft said.
And if they do, she’ll be on the sidelines cheering with dad, Ty.
“Ty would go out there and put his dancing shoes on if he could,” Rycroft said. “He has me do the dances for him at night and he’s like, ‘Point your toes, make sure your shoulders are back.’ I’m like, ‘You’ve already told me you’re voting for Emmitt.’”
“He already has a trophy,” Dovolani said. “Now, it’s our turn.”