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DWTS 16 Pros: Food for Thought – Did Maks Try to “Pull an Edyta”?

I know we’re all still reeling from the whiplash of Pro Watch – old pros are sitting this one out, entirely new pros are being brought in, troupe members are getting promoted, and the status of some pros seems to change from “out” to “in” and back again on a daily basis.  The general question on everyone’s lip: “WTF is going on at DWTS??!!!”

While I don’t have a ton of insider info about what’s going on with the casting (even the insiders seem to be somewhat in the dark this season!), I do have a theory or two, and some knowledge of previous seasons to help back up said theories – and I’m about to share one with you that may or may not put things in perspective, and may or may not help ease your concerns…but it’s one that at least makes some sense, given what we’ve seen unfolding the past week or so and what we know of previous seasons.  Take it with a biiiiig grain of salt, as I’m not 100% confident in the veracity of some of the claims made in it.  And Maks fans of the hypersensitive persuasion should probably just stop reading right now.  :-)

First, let’s go back in time to about 2.5 years ago – the week or so leading up to the season 11 cast annoucement.  Lacey had tweeted something cranky (and characteristically “Lacey”) about not being part of that season’s cast, and we were led to believe that she would be sitting that season out.  About 36-48 hours later, we were smacked in the face by the news that Edyta had suddenly quit DWTS, and Lacey was then excitedly tweeting that she was back in as one of the pros.  What happened??? Allegedly (and I’m using this as a precaution, as the info I’m about to share has been culled from multiple sources – some more credible than others, and not all of it matches up), Edyta had tried leveraging in her negotiations with TPTB – some think she was upset that her husband Alec wasn’t getting asked back as a pro, some say she was upset about the partner she got (which confuses me – read on), some say she was holding out for more $$$, who knows.  Whatever it was, I guess Edyta tried to throw her weight around as the longest-tenured pro on the show (at the time) and gave the producers an ultimatum: “You give me [insert demand here] or I quit.” To which the producers replied, “K, bye then!” I’m guessing Edyta wasn’t expecting them to call her bluff, and she also doesn’t strike me as the type who will swallow their pride easily, so of course, she had to follow through on her promise, and out she went. Read more..

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DWTS Season 16 Rumors – A Housewife and a….

…I was going to say it…okay, I’ll say it. A Dick. :-D  Andy Dick, that is. All according to Radar Online. Keep in mind that Radar Online has gotten it wrong before…but they’ve also been right. Nothing confirmed until tomorrow.

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump will be competing alongside the always outrageous Andy Dick, Radar is exclusively reporting – and we can’t wait to see him bust out the Foxtrot!

Also along for the ride will be former American Idol star Kellie Pickler, Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, boxerVictor Ortiz, Baltimore Ravens’ Jacoby Jones and another comedian D.L. Hughley.

This cast is looking pretty train-wrecky and like a “Reality TV” Zone. I guess we have to hope some are wrong??

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PureDWTS Season 16 – Who is Gleb Savchenko?

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First of all, I just want to start out this bio by sending a huge huge congratulations to dance pro Gleb Savchenko and welcoming him to the United States to dance on Dancing With The Stars!!!

Many of you are asking, “Who is Gleb Savchenko?” and, what’s more, many are assuming Gleb is an “unknown” and/or maybe not worthy or deserving of this promotion. Not true in a worldly sense! Gleb is a highly decorated dancer and in some cases more decorated than some of the current and past pros of Dancing With The Stars. He’s not just a pretty face and he’s worked hard to get where he is today.

Gleb was born in Moscow, Russia on September 16, 1983 (A Virgo!!) and has been dancing since the age of 7. According to his official site, dancing first started out as just as hobby, but, soon his parents saw that Gleb had a talent for dancing and decided to enroll him in dance school. From there, he excelled and soon started competing in Ballroom and Latin American dancing.

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Gleb has also studied drama and theatre arts at the Moscow Theatre Arts University graduating from the Russian Theatre Arts University with Masters in Choreography. Gleb has won six Professional Latin Dance Championships across the world since 2007:

Australasian Professional Latin Championship
Australian South Pacific Championship
Canberra Open Professional Championship
Closed Hong Kong Championship
Open Asia Tour Championship
United Kingdom Championship

Gleb was ranked #10 in the World in the Pro-Latin American division by the World Dance Council. Below is some dance footage of he and his dance partner Elena Samodanova. Read more..

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Boxer Victor Ortiz Confirms To Hometown Newspaper He Will Compete On DWTS Season 16

The Washington Times via MaxBoxing.com and the Ventura County Star, reports that boxer Victor Ortiz will be dancing in season 16 of Dancing With The Stars. Below is more…..

The other competitor confirmed by my fellow boxing columnist Steve Kim of MaxBoxing.com and reported by the Ventura County Star newspaper is boxer Victor “Vicious” Ortiz. Ortiz is a good-looking 26-year-old with a winning smile who’s frequently seen on the red carpet at Hollywood events or at entertainment events in Las Vegas. Ortiz is recovering from a broken jaw, which will keep him out of the ring but not the dance floor. Boxers haven’t done too well on the show in the past with the exception of Laili Ali. Perhaps Laila will give Victor some tips.

Picture headline: Boxer Victor Ortiz confirmed to his hometown newspaper in Ventura that he will compete on Season 16 of Dancing With The Stars.

To read more, go here.

I like him. Bring him on!! :D Thanks to Heidi and Nathan for finding this article. And check out that nice shout at the end to our blog. So awesome!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.

DWTS Karina Smirnoff Attends 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Oscar Viewing Party

How about this dress, Guys? Last night, Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff attended Elton John’s annual AIDS Foundation’s Oscar Viewing Party in Los Angeles, California. You can view more breathtaking photos of her at Getty Images and Wire Images. STUNNING!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud.