This is pretty scary! Apparently, Dancing With The Stars pro Lacey Schwimmer was on a plane grounded at LAX when the TSA shooting happened this morning. Thank goodness she is ok!!! Below is more from the Las Vegas Review Journal. ETA: Tom Bergeron had issues at the airport as well according to this tweet.
Schwimmer was on a Las Vegas-to-Los Angeles flight. All flights were canceled during the incident, which erupted about 9:20 a.m. at a TSA security checkpoint.
The Associated Press reports that a TSA agent was shot and killed and two more people were wounded. The shooting took place in the Tom Bradley Terminal.
Schwimmer’s first tweet read: “Landed at LAX to find out a shooting has happened here! Hope everyone is okay:/”
In her second tweet, she wrote: “LAX isn’t telling us much, for now I’m sitting in the plane on the Tarmac.”
An hour later she tweeted, “”Still on the Tarmac waiting at LAX.”
So, last night, I attended a chat at Cher’s Facebook page. She didn’t answer my Dancing With The Stars question about what she’d most like to bring to the judges table Monday night, but, another fan asked if she was excited to judge and she commented back with, “I’m EXCITED I have no idea what it’s like to be a judge but I was just a mentor on the Voice. Chaz said that he would come and give me some pointers.”
Also, Today has posted an article about Cher judging Dancing With The Stars. They also polled their readers on whether or not she’s qualified to judge. We’ve been talking about this too in comments. So, now we thought it might be fun to get our own numbers in a POLL on this subject. VOTE and then us know how you voted in comments.
ETA: Cher is really nervous about judging and says she has no idea what she’s doing. Below is more from the Huffington Post….
“I don’t know anything about ballroom dancing,” she admitted on a conference call on Friday. “I don’t want to be responsible for someone getting a different mark than a professional would give them. I like to know what I’m doing and do it really well. In this instance I have no idea what I’m doing.”
Instead, Cher said she hopes she’ll be called upon to comment on the entire dances, not the technical aspects of routines. The pop icon said she’s been relying heavily on Chaz for his guidance. “He’s coming over tonight to give me tips,” she said. “He said, ‘Mom, you don’t understand how seriously people take this. I’m going to tutor you.’ Obviously I need all the help I can get.”
For a woman who seems absolutely fearless, Cher also admitted that she’s not interested in ever competing on the show: “I would be too frightened!” Instead, she’s content in cheering from the sidelines as a judge (with three different outfit changes in store). “This show is about overcoming your fear and going to a place you’ve never gone before. It takes sheer guts.”
According to Cher, not even decades of touring and performing have prepared her to judge the show. “We don’t grade in rock and roll.”
ETA2:Today interviewed Cher today! Check how the producers have given her a binder to study. Chaz is turoring her and she has three outfits picked out for the show. Be sure to take in the full interview at the link….
But she’s not going in without some help. Producers have provided the legendary singer with a binder complete with tons of info she’ll need to have in order to offer critiques.
“It’s a huge binder and it has everyone’s bios in it and it tells me what they’ve done so far and what they’re doing. And at the end there is something that looks like math, which is always scary to a dyslexic person,” she said. “I’m looking at it thinking, ‘Oh, my God, someone is going to have to get in here because all I can say is, ‘That was beautiful,’ or ‘You fell.’ Someone is going to have to do some cramming with me.”
That person may be her son, Chaz Bono, who competed in season 14. The gay rights advocate has already offered up his knowledge of the show to help prep his mom.
“He said, ‘Mom, you have no idea how serious people take this, so I’m going to tutor you,’” revealed Cher, who is welcoming all the assistance she can get. “I don’t like to do anything half way or in half measure.”
Some of the show’s pros told TODAY they were thrilled to have Cher judging their performances as a whole, given her sense of showmanship. And the Oscar- and Grammy-winner is looking forward to that aspect too.
“What I think they’re going to have me do is comment on what I thought about the entire (dance),” she told reporters. “Did I think something was beautiful? That, I can do in spades. I know what it’s like watching my dancers and I see amazing things that they do. But we don’t grade in rock ‘n’ roll!”
One thing Cher has in common with the show is fabulous costumes. When asked whether she already had her outfit picked out, she deadpanned, “What do you think?”
The star said she had three looks chosen, “(But) it won’t be all beaded (gowns) and stuff like that. That’s going to be well taken care of by everyone else there.”
I can’t get enough of these Harlem Globetrotter spots with Mark Ballas! Here’s another with Entertainment Tonight where they rehearse and dance together. The trotters also show Mark a thing or too. If you didn’t see their Accesss Hollywood interview and more info how this union came to be, see this previous posting. A gas!!