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DWTS Season 20 – Professional Dancer Announcement LIVE BLOG

Or sort a live anyway. Everything hinges on how they decide to do this. Not to mention that it’s 6am here and “Live” isn’t a word that describes me at this hour. I will do my best to put all the info that comes out into this post. They keep hyping that it’s going to be “BIG” and all other kinds of adjectives that probably won’t live up to the hype – but we will see soon enough. :-) Scroll to the bottom of the post for the live updates that aren’t actual Pro names.

And here are your Pros – supposedly this is IT:

Male Pros
Val – IN
Tony – IN
Mark – IN
Artem – IN

Female Pros
Sharna – IN
Peta – IN
Emma – IN
Witney – IN
Allison – IN
Kym – IN

ETA: Teasing the announcement at 7:20ish. :::sigh:::

ETA2: I’ve done a great job on my eyebrows while waiting for this announcement…. ;-)

ETA3: Definitely Kym Johnson in silhouette!! Damn, missed the baby pix. Court is saying one is Mark and there’s a little blonde boy.  And Emma. :-)

ETA4: I’ve gotten used to the far superior CBS This Morning which doesn’t have nearly the commercials and a lot more actual news.  GMA is….not good.

ETA5: I don’t think those fans are that good – might be right on Val, but the other one looked like Artem to me. Love Melissa’s haircut.

ETA 6: Lost my stream, relying on Court. Val is for sure. They are claiming this is Len’s last “year”.

ETA 7: Still with the bigger and better tag line. Yeah. Sure. Switch up week is back.

ETA8: Hmmmm…..said there were four in studio and they have six more. ONLY TEN???

ETA9: If this is it, there’s going to be trouble on twitter. :-)

ETA10: Questions to the pros. Val’s dream partner. Answer: His season 20 partner. Question to Sharna: How do you prepare for the season? Answer: Picking music, etc.

Well everyone, discuss!! Is this it for the pro dancers this season? Are they holding a few back because Celebs haven’t signed yet? What do you think of this cast?

ETA11: Vogue here. According to US Weekly, TWO more pros will be announced at a later date!

ETA12: The Official Site has announced there will be two more pros announced later. There is a great write up on the ten pros announced today at the link too.

ETA13: ABC Media Net released an official announcement of the 10 pros. They also release info on the theme nights one of which includes “Spring Break” night. WHA?? 8O

February 11, 2015 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. :-)

Shay Mitchell Redux – DWTS Season 20 Just Talk or Rumor?

ETA: In my haste to post this before going to bed, I quoted the much more inflammatory Enstarz instead of the original article from the Examiner. In my wide awake mind, I usually know better than to go with the latter, instead of the former. :-) Anyway, as you see from the original article, it’s clearly just talk and Enstarz was blowing it up.

Sounds to me like “just talk” about possibly doing it in the future – her fans make it a thousand times worse by taking every casual comment as an affirmation (perhaps they don’t read past the title or first sentence). But, since it’s that time of year, I figured I would post it and say “I don’t think so, but anything is possible” for this season. And also point out that Vogue had the lead on this one more than two months ago, thanks to one of our awesome readers. :-) From The Examiner:

Speaking of competitiveness, your “Pretty Little Liars” co-star Janel [Parrish] did pretty well on “Dancing with the Stars” last year. Would you ever want to do that?

Mitchell: You know, I do love dancing and I do love watching “Dancing with the Stars.” If that were to ever come up, who knows? You never know. Right now, I’m loving watching it on TV and Janel did a great job.

She did. She was fabulous.

Mitchell: They were amazing.

Who would you pick, of all of the male pros, if you could pick one as your partner?

Mitchell: I’d probably go with Val [Chmerkovskiy, who was also Parrish’s partner]. He’s a good friend of mine. I’d team up with Val and we’d bring home the trophy [laughs].

February 10, 2015 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 20 – Things That Make You Go Hmmmm….Shane Harper?

Large word of caution – this is based on very, very little. Thing is, last time we posted something similar, Cody Simpson really did dance. And the last time I ignored something like this, I shouldn’t have (Hines Ward). And you can’t deny the timing is about right. So, this from Shane Harper – many of his fans immediately assumed DWTS. Thing is, this guy is an actual trained dancer – if he’s actually cast, he would be a massive ringer. Also FYI – he’s apparently VERY tall. :-)

Shane Harper

P.S. There is a Shane Harper that is a hockey player but I checked several times to make sure I had the right one. This one is 6 foot plus, 21-year old singer, dancer actor. I can’t believe they would cast someone who is well trained enough to claim to be “Principle Dancer” in a variety of TV shows and movies, but consider his age and the producers obsession with the youth demo. That said, he can’t touch the online following of either Cody or James.

February 4, 2015 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. :-)

Derek Hough Promotes “New York Spring Spectacular” at Knicks Game

Nice video – a Minute with Derek Hough. Basically telling all about the New York Spring Spectacular. He’s honestly more excited about this project than I’ve seen him about anything in a while. Very happy for him.

February 3, 2015 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. :-)

WGNO in New Orleans Talks to the DWTS Tour Cast

Everyone give a “get well” shout out to Vogue – she’s down with the flu. :-( Which is why you may have noticed a bit of a slow down in media. She’s the queen, I’m a mere surf. Or Princess. :-)

Anyway, Emma says the pros find out soon if they’re on or not. Witney and Alfonso talk about how they won and more!

January 30, 2015 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 20 Casting Rumor – Roseanne Barr??

I saw this one thanks to @DWTSGossip – I’ve not had time to do my usual twitter scan the last two days. :-) So what say you all? Rosanne?? I say: why not?? You may remember that she was rumored way back in Season 13 – has she had that hip replacement?

And what do you call a rumor when it’s started by the object of the rumor??

Roseanne on S20

January 28, 2015 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 20 – PRO WATCH!!

LIVE BLOG is happening here,  which is where all the pros will be added as it happens. 

Well, a lot has happened since I last wrote one of these posts. In fact, I normally post pro watch for the spring season in early February – yet here we are. Why? Well, Derek is taking a season off to star at Radio City (looks so happy he may never come back), Cheryl appears to have retired from DWTS and is moving on to a different (reality-based?) show, and Val and Sharna are both blabbing about the next season. And as of last night, Karina is OUT. Hell, I had this post scheduled for tomorrow and here I am posting it today – ya’ll gotta have somewhere to be sad about Karina. (ETA: Vogue was at last night’s show and came away with different and new info re: Karina. Stay tuned.)

In Sharna’s case, I think her hint means she’s definitely IN – after last season I don’t think she would be coy if there were any doubt. And if there is doubt? Bad move, girl. As for Val – I don’t think there’s any way in hell he won’t be on, with Maks and Derek gone and Mark making noise. No way. And he’s saying yes, he is back. Read more..

January 25, 2015 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. :-)

Fox Taps DWTS ‘s Julianne Hough for “Sandy” in “Grease Live”

Wow. You go girl. Good thing I wasn’t hoping for a part for Derek in this thing or that would be TWICE you crushed my dreams (see: Footloose). :-D From Hollywood Reporter:

The network has tapped Footloose star Julianne Hough and High School Musical’s Vanessa Hudgens to co-star in its musical installment of Grease. In a bid to defeat the increasingly powerful DVR, the three-hour production from executive producer Marc Platt will air live at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.

“Grease is one of the movies that made me want to be an entertainer, and I have literally been waiting my whole life to play Sandy,” said Hough, a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion whose resume is lined with film, TV and music credits. “My siblings and I watched it and played it out over and over when we were kids. This is my dream role and performing it live on television will be one of the most thrilling opportunities I’ve had in my career so far.”

January 17, 2015 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. :-)

Rob Wade Discusses Derek Hough, DWTS Season 20 and The Pros

Well, this is interesting. To me, it confirms that Derek is a free agent and he and Rob worked it out that he doesn’t have to “close the door” completely. And that he’ll be back is Season 21 for some crazy ass reason. I guess he does love the show and is loyal. Rob also says when we can expect to hear which pros are competing – in E! News:

“Well, he’s not leaving. He’s sitting out a season,” executive producer Rob Wade tells E! News. “And it’s amazing that we started this show, 10 years ago, I think Derek started in season two or three and now he got an opportunity to be on Broadway. It’s amazing that our dancers can grow to a place where they can do something like that and come back.”

“It was tough for him. We had a real heart to heart. It wasn’t an easy decision and it was difficult because I feel like, if not a father, a bit of an uncle to these guys and he was struggling with it so much,” Wade says. “I was like, ‘Look, you don’t have to close a door. You can leave a door open and go off, come back in the fall. I don’t want you to leave more than that and I’ll let you go off and do this. We’ll allow that.’ He was very grateful.”

When DWTS announces its cast of pros in “early to mid February,” Wade says fans can expect to see a mix of familiar faces and newcomers as dancers sitting out gives them the chance to “bring new people in, give other people a chance. I’m excited by that because I want to see new characters come in.”

But will other fan favorites, like Mark Ballas and Valentin Chmervoskiy, definitely be returning to the ballroom?
“Mark I know definitely wants to come back, and Val, and so on,” Wade says.

ETA: Glamour has interviewed Rob Wade. You can read the full interview at this link. He talks on what they hope to bring to the table for Season 20 and lots more. Here is a take from the link…

Rob Wade: It’s exciting. It’s going to be a fresh season, and we’re really excited to celebrate the best of the show, but also to continue to innovate. We are going to expand on viewer interaction and hand more power to the viewers. All-Access will be bigger and better, and also we’re going to expand that behind-the-scenes access from not just the performance night, but to live feeds of rehearsals throughout the week at McCadden [where the dancers rehearse].
Joe Sungkur: So you can imagine how good that will be!
Rob: So if you’re at work during the day and wondering what your favorite couple might be doing, you can click on that and watch them rehearse.
Joe: And you can totally come on All-Access! That’s for sure!
Glamour: 100%! I would love to!
Joe: You’d be so great. We’d love to have you there.

Glamour: A couple weeks ago, I wrote about what I wanted to see DWTS do for season 20, one of which was an expansion to two nights a week again. Any chance of that happening?
Rob: In terms of schedule, we’re still going to be focused on Mondays at the moment, but things might change. We have a constant dialogue with ABC, and we’d be very happy to bring [Tuesday] back, but we like the show at one night a week and we like the show at two nights a week. One of the things that will be important is that we are upping the ante and expanding the show openers, giving the viewers more access to the backstage area and the couples than ever before. We are going to bring back some fan favorites, we are going to bring back Disney week, classical week. At the same time, we have new ideas that hopefully will provide more drama, more humor than ever before. We’re excited about it, and the tempo of the show from last season was very important. It felt like you weren’t sure what was going to happen from week to week and that will be the same. It won’t feel like the same show twice.

ETA2: There is also a new interview with Rob Wade at The TV Page. He talks of how Len may not be retiring afterall.

Wade says there is “every chance that Len will be back” for season 22 in the spring of 2016. “He wants to be back and we need to consider that.”

In the meantime, there is no rush to find a replacement, Wade says.

“We have four judges at the moment. Len goes and we have three. But we had three judges for a long time. So we can always stick with three.”

January 15, 2015 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. :-)

Julianne Hough Talks to Good Day New York about DWTS

…in addition to her movie with Robert DeNiro and Zac Effron. She’s pimping a new razor too, along with a dance move competition.

New York News

ETA: Vogue and here’s another interview with Julianne. She talks on Derek in this one too….

ETA2: Here’s another interview with People…

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. :-)