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Karina Smirnoff And Jacoby Jones Are Up For DWTS Challenge, Teaches Harlem Shake To Kids

According to People.com, Karina and Smirnoff and partner Jacoby Jones are “very behind” in rehearsals since he had to start late due to knee surgery. Regardless and for fun, they took a break from rehearsals to teach the “Harlem Shake” to kids. Be sure to check it out HERE. It’s so cute. When you are finished watching them shake it, read this take from People …especially the last quote.

“It’s unfortunate on a preparation level that they don’t have as much time as everyone else,” the source says, of the contestants on the show, which debuts season 16 on March 18. “It’s crunch time.”

But the source assures that Smirnoff – who recently told PEOPLE she was “on cloud nine” when her partner was revealed – and Jones are “ready for the challenge, they are both incredible athletes and they’re used to pressure and working hard under any circumstance.”

This is getting more and more interesting by the minute, isn’t it?!!

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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 16: What Was it Like to Be At the Cast Announcement?

…thankfully, we have someone to tell us! Kristina (our reader who was able to confirm there was a 12th couple – thanks again!) was fortunate enough to nab tickets to the announcement, and was gracious enough to share her experience with us.  Here’s some tidbits she gave us about what’s it’s really like to be there live…

Courtney: First off, you have to get up REALLY early, don’t you?

Kristina: There was a 2:30 AM call time for the studio audience, and I got there at 2.  It was held at a nice ABC studio, and they fed us breakfast.

C: And here I was bitching about getting up at 7 AM EST to live blog the announcement! :-P What can you tell us about the crowd, Kristina?

K: The audience was pretty small, and about half of it was press people.  There were no phones allowed, because they didn’t want anyone taking pictures.  Everyone seemed kind of quiet, and it wasn’t really the same party atmosphere that the show has. (Kristina has actually attended quite a few DWTS tapings in the past!)

C: Can’t say I blame everyone for being a bit quiet – I would be too if I had to get up that early! What were Tom & Brooke like?

K: Tom was quick-witted as always and we got the chance to chat with him briefly.  Also managed to exchange a quick “Hello, how are you?” with Brooke.  Tom’s coattails were all crumpled in the back – some sort of wardrobe malfunction.  He actually did a funny walk to make fun of it once he noticed!

C: Ok, now I’m jealous that you got to interact with the Berge ;-) Did you interact at all with Sam & Lara?

K:  Gal sitting next to me was a huge GMA fan, and she got to chat with Sam a bit.  Sam kept getting caught in between Sasha & Emma as they were dancing! I was also surprised to see the anchors whipping out their own makeup to touch-up in between takes – while Brooke had her makeup girl come out to reapply her lipstick and Tom was hollering for powder for someone else, Lara was touching her own makeup up.  Poor Lara actually had to have her dress fixed right before the live broadcast, because they found out during the pre-broadcast screen test that the bottom of it was see-through.

C: Nice to know that anchors, like us, are human too :-) Anything else funny happen before the announcement?

K: One of the chairs they had on stage for the celebs kept coming unlatched, and we audience members were yelling tips to the people on-stage to try and help them to fix it.  Sasha & Emma kept having to start their dance over, because the music was coming on at random times.  It would be like “1, 2, 3, GO!” and there would be no music…and then it would start a few seconds later.

C: So tell us about the celebs. 

K: Jacoby was hilarious! Gave us quite a nice little preview of what to expect this season. LOTS of cheering for Wynnona from quite a few fans in the audience.  Andy was funny too, and tried to get everyone to start cheering “DICK! DICK!” in response to Wynonna’s fans cheering “Wy! Wy!” Audience seemed to be pleasantly surprised when Dorothy’s name was announced, too.  I actually brought my Kellie Pickler CD along with me in hopes that I could get her to sign it when I read about Kellie being rumored for this season at Pure :-) We got to watch as they took their group photo – it was funny, they wanted the DWTS logo in the background, but the projector guy had already left for the day! They managed to get it back, though, and it was cool to see the whole cast standing together for the first time.

C: Really??? We love hearing that :-) So in your opinion, who are the big contenders this season?

K: Dorothy for sure! Probably Jacoby too – he showed us some nice moves.  And probably Kellie too, since she has Derek.  I actually shouted out “We love you Derek Hough!” at my daughter’s request before we left the show…not sure people appreciated it, hehe.

C: I bet Heidi would have appreciated it :-)

Thanks once again to Kristina for giving us a peek behind the scenes of the annoucement, and being patient with me as I got bogged down with my 9-5 this week and didn’t get this posted immediately after the announcement :-P Kristina has actually been fortunate enough to attend quite a few tapings of the show itself (one of the advantages of living in CA), and in the future, we may get more behind-the-scenes POV’s from her on tapings she attends.  In the meantime, you can follow her on Twitter @KrismissHampton and chat about all things DWTS – she’s good people :-D

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Kristina at the annoucement…she’s the lovely lady in red :-)

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd Enjoys Some Fun In The Sun (Photos)

Just a quick update for the fans of Dancing With The Stars pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd. Check out the Daily Mail when you can. They are featuring some fantastic shots of Peta enjoying some beach time in Los Angeles!! She looks incredible. I love her hair. She looks happy and at peace too which is so good to see. You can view the new pics here. *wonders to self when TPTB will announce out heavily rumored 12th couple? Please make it happen soon!! 8O

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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.

DWTS16 D.L Hughley and Cheryl Burke Stop By The Grove, Cheryl Burke Attends Remy Martin Event

Pictured above is D.L Hughley and Cheryl Burke! The two stopped by The Grove to talk to Mario Lopez of Extra about Dancing With The Stars. We hope to obtain some video footage. In the meantime, visit Zimbio Pictures to see more. Also, Cheryl attended a Remy Martin V.S.O.P Ringleader Culmination Event in Los Angeles this week. You can view pictures of her at that event at Getty Images.

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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.

Official Rehearsal Photos Released Of Dancing With The Stars Season 16

Things are really gearing up! Now TPTB have released some official rehearsal pics of some of the couples for Dancing With The Stars Season 16. Below is Sharna & Dick, Gleb & Lisa, and Ingo and Kym! You can view more pics of the other couples at Broadway World (they have a nice big picture gallery) and Getty Images (lots here). Let us know what you think (after you look them all over) for what kind of dancers you think they will make? Each couple looks like they will bring something different.

I love Dick’s concentration. He’s taking this competition seriously….

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Beautiful extensions!!

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Is it me, but, do these two have passion and sexual chemistry or wha??! LOVE!!! :D

This is going to be such a good season. Are you ready? 9 more days and counting All!! :D

ETA: Heidi here – got my hands on some Kellie and Derek rehearsal photos, thanks to my bud Donamadrina. You can see all of them at PureDerekHough, but I’ve put one below too.

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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.