If you head to USA Today, you can read how Meryl Davis and Charlie White are feeling on Dancing With The Stars before the premiere. Below are a couple of takes. Can tomorrow night not come soon enough?
“We’re on the same page,” he says. “Coming off the Olympic gold that we just won, we’re coming into this not as this die-hard competition. Obviously our competitive spirits will take over at some point, and we’re looking forward to learning a lot. We feel like we’re in it together. Seventeen years of partnership, it’s certainly going to be a tough habit to break.”
She’ll be dancing with the bad boy of the ballroom, pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And he’ll be dancing with Australian hottie Sharna Burgess.
“I don’t want to say he’s not a bad boy, because everyone enjoys seeing him that way,” Davis says of Chmerkovskiy. But “I’m finding that I’m so impressed with him on and off the floor. His style of teaching I’m very comfortable with. I think we’re getting along really well.”
Maks can be such a brute. And she seems so Princess Jasmine sweet. Isn’t he going to make her cry?
“That’s not going to happen,” she assures. “I’m used to being coached. Something I learned long ago is that a coach is trying to make you better and to be the best version of yourself.”
Conrad Green, Dancing’s executive producer, says he knows they’ll be beautiful to watch. “They’ll be very balletic, very pretty dancers. In ballroom, they’ll probably be pretty strong.” But “a lot of people come in with different skills for the show. They’re used to having their legs fixed on ice.”
White agrees: “In some ways, we have an advantage — in musicality and performance — but we’re not as much a blank slate as other people because the technique we use in skating goes against what they do on the floor. The way you move your hips, for example. So we’re king of having to unlearn some things.”
ETA: You can read another article with interviews at the NY Post. Below is a take. Thanks to @DWTSMaksimFans for the heads up…
“We’re kind of unlearning everything we know,” says White, 26, “because when we take steps, we’re definitely doing it wrong. The way I like to move on ice doesn’t look right on the dance floor.”
Which is not to say that this problem can’t be overcome. Olympians have always done well on this show. And Olympic skaters — Apolo Anton Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi and Evan Lysacek — have either won the mirror ball trophy or come in second.
But Sharna Burgess, the “Dancing” pro paired with White, says that these two come in with both tremendous advantages and disadvantages. One advantage is that both skaters have had years of ballet training to make their upper bodies graceful. Add to that years of learning to move with another person. “Charlie’s greatest advantage is that he understands how to partner,” says Burgess. “He’s fantastic at doing lifts, and just knowing where the upper body weight needs to be when you’re dancing. His biggest disadvantage is from the ribcage down, trying to get that hip action. Right now, it’s quite awkward.”
For Davis, another possible disadvantage is that she will not be paired with five-time “Dancing” champ Derek Hough. “Dancing” fans who followed the Olympics are well aware that Hough worked with Davis and White last spring, helping to choreograph their top-scoring Olympic short program. But “Dancing” does not allow celebrities to request specific pro partners, and these two didn’t try.
“They just assigned them to us,” says White. “Height is taken into account. But it’s a complete surprise. And that was really nerve-racking for both Meryl and I.”
UPDATE: Sharna has replied at twitter to us that the NY Post twisted what she said and/or readers took it wrong. They paraphrased her and the end result made her sound much harsher than she intended. Knowing Sharna, I knew this was the case. The NY Post has been known to do this before. ADDING: As Jim just reminded me at twitter: “This is why I take whatever the media says with a grain of salt unless I hear it directly from the stars/pros themselves!” Anyway, thanks Sharna for clearing this up! Read on…
@puredwts multiple people brought something to my attention on your site.. For the record, my ORIGINAL comment said that I would LOVE to see the magic Derek would create with Meryl, but maybe they did it because some fans may have complained that he always gets the star… I also said that maybe it’s because if anyone can make Amy amazing it’s him!! This has been taken completely out of context!!!! I’m not saying that I personally would be outraged! I was praising him on the press line, I think his incredible, I have nothing but love and admiration for that man. #dontgetittwisted http://nyp.st/O2PS7V
Executive Producer Conrad Green lays out 9 new changes for the new season of Dancing With The Stars at TV Guide. Below are a few we haven’t heard about yet. A must read!! Not sure what to think about the “new voting” or “lots of guest judges”. We’ll soon see? Be sure you read more at the link!
2. New voting: With the elimination of the results show, the DWTS producers are still trying to determine the best way to reveal voting results every week. Last season, the show combined viewer votes from the previous week with the judges’ scores from the current week, which resulted in some “anomalous results,” Green admits. This year, the elimination will be based on both the judges’ scores and viewer votes from the current week — meaning that the pair who will be eliminated will have already been determined before they dance the following week, but they won’t know it. “Effectively, we will know who’s going home Tuesday morning,” Green says. “So what will happen is, every couple will compete the following week, but one of those couples will be the one who is carrying the black mark of elimination with them, as it were. And there’s really not much they can do.” For fans who think that seems a bit harsh, Green admits: “None of these systems are ideal … but I do think at least this way the public gets the final say and they get to vote in response to the judges, rather than the judges having effectively the final say.”
6. New theme nights: Among the theme nights Green has teased are Party Anthems night, American Icons night and possibly a Disney music night. (“As soon as our celebrities and dancers heard that, everyone got very excited and was talking about being princesses and stuff like this,” Green says.) The show will also likely revisit Latin night and Most Memorable Year of My Life night.
7. Lots of guest judges: Though no names have been released yet, Green says there will likely be a guest judge on the panel nearly every week beginning in April — in addition to the permanent panel of Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. “They’re going to be a mixture of people from the world of music, big stars from ABC, ex-dancers … a real range of people, all of whom have an opinion and have a knowledge and can bring something to the judging,” Green says.
8. Healthy rivalries: The competition isn’t even underway yet, but there’s already some rivalries brewing behind the scenes, according to Green. In addition to brothers (Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy) and Olympic partners (Charlie White and Meryl Davis) facing off, ’90s TV stars Candace Cameron-Bure and Danica McKellar also have a little bit of history. “[Candace] and Danica knew each other a lot when they were younger,” Green dishes. “I think Danica once took [Candace’s] boyfriend without realizing it, when they were both teenagers. So there’s history there, and I think there’s a fair amount of healthy competition between them.”
9. A new ballroom look: Longtime viewers will also notice that the ballroom looks a little different this year. The proscenium arch will be gone and a much bigger video screen will be featured at the back of the stage, while a smaller stage near the band will be used for more intimate performances. The skybox will also be making a comeback. “We’ve re-jiggered the ballroom quite a lot,” Green says. “It’s going to feel like a much bigger, deeper ballroom.” Some changes will also be made to the warm-up room as well.
Heidi’s Note: He says the voting is different, but in reality it sounds like the determination of the result is what’s different. Everyone still votes the same way, it’s just that they use the votes and the scores from the previous week to send someone home on a given night. And isn’t it interesting how Conrad slid that “Maks wanted to come back” line in there?? 😀
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings. For the final week, on Monday, May 19, online voting will open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.
And below is some first rehearsal footage with Mark Ballas and Candace Cameron Bure. She looks pretty good even if she’s confused on the hop thing. What do you think?
Maks Chmerkovskiy tells People to let set someone else be dramatic on Dancing With The Stars. He wants nothing but smiles and laughter and to be drama free. I am liking this new Maks.
“Listen, I’m a sweet guy,” the 34-year-old tells PEOPLE exclusively. “I’m just intense at work. I have nothing but the end result in mind. My entire career has been like that. I have come to realize very late in my DWTS career that that doesn’t exactly translate in television format. People are tuning in to see the progress and what happens during the rehearsals and don’t want to see drama.”
But viewers love the drama!
“Well, I think I’ve given the viewers enough drama in the last nine years,” he says. “Now I want to give them a season that’s drama-free – nothing but smiles and laughter and a great time. Let somebody else be dramatic.”
Chmerkovskiy credits his new partner, Olympic ice dancing gold medalist Meryl Davis, for his change in attitude. “I’m having a blast with her,” he says.
More at People including more of his thoughts on his partner Meryl Davis and why he’s back.
Candace Cameron Bure tells OK! Magazine that rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars have been nothing short of grueling so far….though in a good way. Below she explains in more detail…..and for how she’s seeing a physical therapist too. She also speaks about she and Mark’s first dance.
OK!: How have your Dancing with the Stars rehearsals been going so far?
Candace Cameron-Bure: They’ve been going pretty well. But the truth is they are quite grueling and it’s been particularly brutal for me because we’re starting with a contemporary dance and the contemporary is the most physically challenging dance. My partner Mark (Ballas) hasn’t made it easy on me, in a good way. We’ll see if they end up showing it in the package they show the audience but I’m covered with some pretty gnarly bruises and I’m already seeing a physical therapist because my back and my neck…they’re being swung around in ways I wasn’t even expecting. I knew it was going to be really physically challenging going into it but it’s even worse than I thought.
More at OK! Magazine.
This is what happens after dancing for a week like you’ve never danced before. Asleep at FroYogurt w/ my son and friend. #djcandyball @markballas @dilinii ~Candace
First Couple Of Weeks Of DWTS Will Be “One Packed, Spray-Tanned Sausage”, More Rehearsal Arrival Photos
Dancing With The Stars Tom Bergeron talked to Yahoo TV about the new season and all of the new changes coming. He comments that his new cohost, Erin Andrews, will be “great at both sideline and quick interviews and such.” Tom also commented that the first couple of weeks of the show will be “one packed, spray-tanned sausage” (LOL!). Monday promises to be “quite the adventure” when the show goes LIVE! Below is more….
After revealing that last season’s crowded celebrity holding area, the Glitter Pit, would be no more (“Hallelujah!” he said of the pit’s demise), Bergeron hinted at what the celeb hangout will look like in the new season: “A version of the skybox will be there. I don’t know if it will be the old celeb-aquarium, but it’ll certainly be more like the celeb-aquarium than the Glitter Pit,” he said. “These are all words I never thought I’d use in a sentence.”
The popular TV host seemed particularly excited about the star-studded cast for the upcoming season, which includes “Wonder Years” sweetheart Danica McKellar, “Star Wars” icon Billy Dee Williams, and five athletes.
“Particularly to have [Olympic gold medalists] Meryl Davis and Charlie White, they’ve been together 17 years as partners, and this is the first time they’ve split up and they’ll be competing against each other,” Bergeron said. “A lot of interesting possibilities with this cast.”
But when it comes to another big change this season — the midseason partner switch — even the show’s longtime host is in the dark.
“I went into the office last week, and they were being very secretive about it, and I don’t know if it’s going to be for a week or two or the balance of the season,” Bergeron said. “It’s something we’ve never done before, so it’ either [going to] be amazing or a train wreck. In both cases you got good TV.”
Reading his words gets me even more excited for the new season. Be sure to read the full article at Yahoo TV. Also, if you’d like to see more pics of the cast arriving to rehearsals this weekend, see the Daily Mail here and here.
Don’t you love these and Charlie and Sharna are looking so good!!! One more day and counting All! 😉