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Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 1 – LIVE BLOG!

Here we are again folks! What kind of delightful surprises will we get tonight? I predict that Val’s ass will be kissed, Derek will be dissed, Maks will be Maks and point out that Derek is favored (see US Magazine) and Cheryl whip Ryan into shape. Anything else??  Oh yeah, I expect to fall in love with James Hinchcliffe. 🙂

Now that’s an opening number!! Very well done!!  Love how they featured everyone at times – the big dogs are back, Val. 🙂

Marilu just kicked the Jive’s ass!! But her package was sooo touching and original. She made me a bit weepy, actually, she’s just so freakin’ happy!! Someone who loves the show and clearly adores Derek!! My kind of woman!!

Oh James…you cutie. That was a damn fine foxtrot!! And that color in the outfits looks amazing on both of them.  Don’t think that it was four points ahead of Marilu…I sense some protecting going on. Cuz that’s BS, no matter how much I liked him. Read more..

September 12, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 23 – Derek Hough is Once Again Blogging for TV Guide, Talking James, Jana and Hairspray Live!

Hey everyone, give it up for Vogue who is handling both this site and Purederekhough.com while I take a sort of vacation where I’m away from home but my work won’t leave me alone. 😉 Anyway, Derek is once again blogging for TV guide – he seems impressed with James and he’s “hanging out” with Jana. I’ve put an excerpt below – click the link to read the whole thing. Thanks to Linz for the heads up.

Thanks so much for all your messages so far. I’m really excited to be back this season — something I didn’t think would be happening even a few weeks ago. But I truly believe everything happens for a reason. My Broadway show Singin’ in the Rain got postponed from January until sometime late next year, which freed up a lot of time for me this fall. I was excited to do some other stuff. I’ve been working on some cool music and videos with Lindsey Stirling that I will hopefully release soon. And you know I love Dancing with the Stars. There’s nothing like it in the world. I’ve always said if I can come back and they will have me back, I will.

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Marilu is also amazing because she has super memory! It’s actually called highly superior autobiographical memory (HSAM), which means she has the ability to remember everything she’s experienced every day down a minute detail. So you must think she’s got to memorize choreography easily, right? The funny thing is it’s not exactly like that. She’ll forget certain things or there might be some things she physically can’t do yet, and if you tell her she forgot, she’s like “What?! No way!” It’s like an affront. It’s very cute. I think for her it’s weird to forget something. But the thing about dancing is that it’s not about remembering things on a cognitive level. You have to remember moves and steps, but you also have to embody all of it. It’s more like muscle memory. I think she’ll get used to that soon.

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The cast this season is great bunch. They’re all really nice. I’ve hung out with Jana Kramer a little bit. I’ve been really impressed by James Hinchcliffe. I think he might be an underdog. He’s another Helio in the making. He’s got a great personality and is a really likeable guy. Then I saw him rehearse and I was like, “Wow!” I think he’s definitely someone to watch out for.

September 8, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 23, Week 1 – Who’s Dancing What…and When?

It’s that time, All!! Here’s to the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 23 on September 12th! Below is what we know for the dances so far….

ETA: Please note that the phone numbers I put in here are based on alphabetical order, not some kind of insider knowledge or anything – that’s just the way they’ve done it the past several seasons.

ETA2: Via Disney ABC, below are the rest of the songs and dances filled in. Could they not be more perfect? Also note that the press release doesn’t mention Julianne Hough as a Judge (yet?). ~Vogue

ETA3: The phone numbers below are now official – note that my guesses had babyface in the wrong spot so a few numbers were one off. Those of you who can’t READ, see the first ETA where I clearly say that the numbers were guesses based on alphabetical order. :::rolls eyes::: Trolls – stupid but occasionally amusing.

ETA4:  Per the voting rules on abc.com, it appears that international fans can no longer vote AT ALL – got the heads up on this from DWTSGossip and one of her followers. Sorry, gang.

ETA5: Well, based what I’ve heard of the dancers, they’re starting the show with a bang. 🙂 Gee, the pimp spot is such a shocker. :::rolls eyes::: I expect to see her in that position every other week. Thanks to George Pennachio for the dance order. 

Marilu and Derek – Jive – “Can’t Stop Dancing” by Becky G
1-800-868-3408
Dancing 1st

James and Sharna – Foxtrot – “Live Life” by Zayde Wølf
1-800-868-3405
Dancing 2nd

Calvin and Lindsay – Cha Cha – “That’s What I Like” by Flo Rida feat. Fitz Lunchmoney
1-800-868-3403
Dancing 3rd

Maureen and Artem – Viennese Waltz – “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” by Mary J. Blige
1-800-868-3409
Dancing 4th

Babyface and Allison – Foxtrot – “Deed I Do” by Ray Charles
1-800-868-3402
Dancing 5th

Amber and Maks – Foxtrot – “Here” by Alessia Cara
1-800-868-3401
Dancing 6th

Vanilla Ice and Witney – Cha Cha – “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
1-800-868-3413
Dancing 7th

Jana and Gleb – Viennese Waltz – “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande
1-800-868-3406
Dancing 8th

Jake and Jenna – jive – “Kiss You” by One Direction
1-800-868-3404
Dancing 9th

Rick and Emma – Cha Cha – “God Blessed Texas” by Little Texas
1-800-868-3410
Dancing 10th

Terra and Sasha – Jive – “Stuff Like That There” by Betty Hutton
1-800-868-3412
Dancing 11th

Ryan and Cheryl – Foxtrot – “Call Me Irresponsible” by Michael Bublé
1-800-868-3411
Dancing 12th

Laurie and Val – Cha Cha – “American Girl” by Bonnie
1-800-868-3407
Dancing 13th

September 3, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

The Cast of Dancing with the Stars Season 23 is Announced on GMA – Live Blog

Well, sorta live. 🙂 I’m partially here. If you want to see our prediction posts or our season 23 Pro Watch to recap what we’ve said to date, click the links.

I missed the first minute or two but Courtney sez that Lochte appears to be one of the cast that is actually there.

GMA just confirmed Lochte on DWTS…said they’ll be talking to him about what “really happened in Rio and his new adventure on DWTS”.

Okay, here we go with Lochte…apparently he’s the big dog on DWTS this season as he’s getting a whole segment. Starting with the Rio scandal rehash. GMA – so lame.

Busted…she asked why did you lie. He’s not smart enough to catch it and say, “I exaggerated”.

He says that media has investigated and confirmed he never went in the bathroom. The exaggeration was the gun to his head. Says his team is dealing with the legal issues. He’s painful to watch, actually.

Getting better…Lochte was signed on to DWTS before all this stuff happened, asked if he thinks it’s a good idea to do the show. Emotionally hard, but all his fans and family have been positive and he thinks that the show is perfect to move forward. Yes, we are sick and tired of hearing about it.

Vogue here for a tiny bit while Heidi takes a shower. There was just an Olympian and Politician teaser. Oh my, I can’t wait to see Rick Perry in a cha cha costume. 😯

Heidi’s back!! Whew. Hard to get ready for work and blog at the same time. Imagine me sitting in front of my computer conditioning my hair and then putting on makeup.

Local news just said “We know Derek is back, we know Maks is back, we know Ryan Lochte is on…the rest coming up on GMA”. Read more..

August 30, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Vanilla Ice to Dance on DWTS Season 23!

OMG – hilarious. From US Weekly – thanks to DWTSGossip for the heads up:

Ice, ice baby! Vanilla Ice is set to join the season 23 cast of Dancing With the Stars, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm.

The ’90s rapper, 48, is the latest to join the celeb-filled upcoming season, which will also star Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Amber Rose, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jake T. Austin, Maureen McCormick, Little Women: L.A. star Terra Jole, soap opera actress Emma Samms and Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte.

August 29, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Is Marilu Henner Derek Hough’s DWTS Season 23 Partner?? Speculation Abounds!

Cross posting from PureDerekHough.com:

I’ve been doing some research and some spying…and this is my current guess for Derek’s partner for this season.

Keep in mind that I don’t KNOW anything for sure…this is just a hunch based on some interesting follows and such. 😉

Not too much longer till we find out if I’m right or wrong….I hope I’m right. I love her. 🙂

ETA!! We have some new Intel that lends credence to my theory – we’re about 90% sure that Marilu is Derek’s partner!!

August 28, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

The DWTS Season 23 Partnerships – Who’s Dancing with Who?? Guesses?

As of this moment – Friday Night – we don’t have any confirmed pairings. But we do have a few good ideas based on DancingABC clues, history, rumor, twitter…and just plain guessing. 🙂 So, Vogue and I are going to put it down on paper – what we think, guesses we’ve seen on twitter, what we would like…all of the above. Just for fun. We’ll find out on Tuesday for sure, but write it down now so we can all see how we do. 😉 We reserve the right to edit as we get more information…or reality sets in through leaks and such. 😉

Here are the confirmed pros (I’m including Mark Ballas cuz I think he’s in, as does @DWTSGossip, even though we have no “confirmation”) – keep in mind there could be more. George Pennachio seems to think so. When I have a partner next to a pros name, that’s someone that’s been confirmed by DWTSGossip or a leak. If there’s a question mark, I just ain’t sure.

The Men
Derek – Marilu Henner
Maks – Amber Rose
Val – Laurie Hernandez
Gleb – ??
Sasha – Terra Jole
Artem – Maureen McCormick

The Women
Lindsay – Calvin Johnson ??
Witney – Vanilla Ice ??
Emma – Rick Perry
Sharna – James Hinchcliffe
Allison – Babyface Edmonds
Jenna – Jake Austin ??

Vogue:
Derek – I haven’t a clue but, he’s looking for his Cleopatra? Hmmmm…..
Mark – I think it might be the new rumor of Beverley Mitchell who is said to be in talks and not signed yet. I’m having serious Willow Shields flashbacks too and I’m loving it.
Maks – Amber Rose! We’ve seen a picture of them together and then there is this snap.
Val – Ok, I’m going with Lauren Henderson for all the reasons in Court’s rumor post. Plus, George P says there is more than one Olympian dancing.
Gleb– My guess is JoJo Fletcher and what a beautiful pairing this would make. I love the video in this post.
Sasha – Terra Jole! He teased his partner has a show on Wednesday’s and guess what? “Little Women” airs on Wednesday nights. I can’t wait to see how he is inspired from her and he’s happy and excited which makes me happy and excited too.
Artem – Legendary Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick. One of my wishes forever and they even look a like. And shame on his fans for having such a meltdown on this being she’s 60. “60” is only a number. Just ask Jennifer Grey, Bill Engvall, and Tommy Chong made it or almost made it to the finals.

Lindsay – Well, it can’t be Tim Tebow like some fans speculate on since he wasn’t born in Georgia. I’m going to guess that it might be Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson since he WAS born in Georgia. Hubby will be so happy if we have another football player dancing. My Dad will be watching too in heaven. I just know it.
Witney – Not sure on this one (more below)
Emma – Is she paired with a Republican? If so, I’m hoping for someone tall, dark, and handsome…..someone like Donald Trump Jr.! Can you imagine? Ssssssssss!!
Sharna – Ryan Lochte because I think they would look striking together. Then again, Sharna says she’s in Texas, so, maybe Witney has Ryan instead? Geez, this show keeps us guessing.
Allison – Babyface Edmonds! Coupled with Allison’s creativity and his ability in making Grammy winning songs and videos, they will be off the hook as Lea posted in comments. He’s so handsome and has infinite amounts of class, swagger, and charm too.
Jenna – Jake T. Austin. I just think they’d make a great fit. What a great first partner for Jenna too. I hope she shines out there like she did on the last DWTS Tour.

Heidi:
Derek – the only guesses I’ve seen have been Lindsey Stirling and various olympians. Lindsey is going on a world tour, which kinda leaves her out. Olympians? Who knows? It would be fun if he had Mckayla Maroney…she of the “sass”. 😉 Beverley Mitchell is the type that Derek used to get all the time, early on – married mommies.  But since Mark hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, maybe she’s dancing with him, since last word was that she was “in talks”. Heh…Court just texted me to listen to Becca Tilley’s snapchat to listen for Derek’s voice – she’s with Jojo Fletcher doing a shoot today. Kinda sounds like him, kinda doesn’t….I’ll get the video in a bit.
Mark – Personally, I would bet Mark is the one with the Olympian, but I don’t really know. I’m going to say Laurie Hernandez. Or Beverley Mitchell. 🙂
Maks – I kinda thought that Gleb had Amber Rose, but I guess she’s with Maks, based on that photo.
Gleb – No clue…. How about Emma Samms?
Sasha – Yeah, gotta go with Terra Jole.
Val – Well, it’s gotta be someone with dance experience…Emma Samms had training until she was 15 but that hardly counts. This is an interesting question: with Derek, Maks and Gleb all back, will Val still rate the ringer?? Hmmmm…If I had my way he would get the model who can’t move. But who would that be? I don’t think he has the Olympian..perhaps someone we don’t know about yet?
Artem – Maureen McCormick, who, judging by the photos, I wanna be when I grow up. Dang, woman! Lookin’ good!

Lindsay – Seems pretty certain she has Calvin Johnson.
Witney – Ryan Lochte…although this could be BAD. Neither are the sharpest tools in the shed if you get my meaning.
Emma – My first thought was republican…but not a weasely Trump boy. Ugh. Spare us all more of that drivel. I’m thinking someone who’s been around a while and who isn’t in prison (that was an obscure Tom Delay reference for you young’uns). 😀 But if not a republican, then what’s the deal with the Elephant? I actually looked up “Unforgettable Elephant” because DancingABC uses that word in their tweet and got Martyn Colbeck, an award winning wildlife photographer. Much more palatable than a politician. 😉 Someone else on twitter mentioned Jack Hanna to DWTSGossip which is a much more relevant celeb than Martyn.
Sharna – She’s been spotted in Texas, where the speculation brings us back to racecar driver James Hinchcliffe – why yes, there is a big race in Texas tonight and there is apparently a Arrow Electronics fire suit in the background of her periscope according to Courtney’s – I don’t even know what that is. 🙂 Could be another driver, I suppose…definitely going to say James or another racer.
Allison – seems pretty certain that she’s dancing with Babyface Edmonds
Jenna – yep, going to agree with Jake T. Austin.

August 27, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

“Babyface” Edmonds Joins Dancing with the Stars Season 23

Per E! Online’s exclusive story on the matter.

E! News has learned that legendary musician and producer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has joined Dancing With the Stars for the show’s upcoming 23rd season. Multiple sources tell us that singer is the latest to join the ever-growing list of celebrities ready to bust a move in hopes of winning the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

If you didn’t know, the man is a handsome, 57 year old musician, writer and producer.

Wikipedia for Babyface
Twitter for Babyface
Instagram for Babyface

August 25, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

The DWTS Season 23 Rumor Mill Grinds It’s Way Back To Ryan Lochte

As we reported eons ago…only only a week or so…Ryan Lochte is back in consideration as a DWTS Season 23 contestant. People.com says it’s because of his Rio controversy. Would not surprise me at all….

Ryan Lochte is in talks to join the celebrities competing on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars, a source tells PEOPLE.

While the cast of the latest edition of the reality competition series has yet to be announced and ABC does not comment on casting reports, the source says Lochte may be among the front-runners.

The news comes shortly after Lochte, 32, ignited controversy by fabricating a details about being robbed during his time at the Rio Olympics in August.

“I’ve been thinking about it a lot, because I have a big heart, and I feel like let down a lot of people,” Lochte told PEOPLE on Wednesday. “I feel bad that I have let people down.”

August 24, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Let’s Play “Guess the DWTS Season 23 Celebrity” (Cast Rumors and Watchout)

Well, Courtney, Vogue and myself have been trying to figure out who this tweet refers to:

They don’t appear to represent any Olympians, but from what we can tell they do represent the following people:
Alan Thicke
Sherilyn Fenn (has a new book out)
Ryan Newman (Nascar or actress??)
Cynthia Bailey (Actress – and a real housewife…)
Tommy Davidson (Sharknado)
Kevin Lacz (Author/actor – Think American Sniper)

They also represent quite a few former DWTS Celebs from the looks of it. Here’s your assignment, should you choose to accept it: Find out which of their clients is going to do DWTS. Fun game for you all while I run to work. 🙂 The fact that Cynthia is a Real Housewife gives me pause, I must say…

August 22, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)