A TV Heads Up: In case you missed it the first time, ABC is re-airing the Dancing With The Stars 10th Anniversary show on Sunday, May 31st. Be sure to tune in. It’s a great show. Thanks to Jennifer for the heads up.
Strictly Come Dancing To Have Same Sex Couple: Would You Support This Idea For The US Version Of DWTS?
Nathan wanted us to post this news to get your thoughts. Apparently, “Strictly Come Dancing” will have a same-sex couple dance “either this year or next”. If they did this on The US version, would you support the idea? I would….I’m all for it.
CRAIG Revel Horwood has promised there will be a same sex couple on Strictly Come Dancing.
The judge – who appears on the panel with Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman and Darcey Bussell – thinks such couplings should be “encouraged” and has confirmed either two men or two women “will” compete for the glitterball trophy either this year or next.
Speaking at the TruTV Drag Race UK party at the Café De Paris last night, he exclusively told OK! Online: “A same sex couple on Strictly – that is on the cards.
“It’ll be either this year or next year, but most certainly, it will happen. They did it already in Hungary or somewhere.
“We should encourage that sort of thing, absolutely. There are competitions throughout the world that have same sex couple, you just have to decide who goes backwards, darling!”
More at OK!
What a super and touching read this is! If you go to New You, you can read Tony Dovolani’s story in overcoming the darkest circumstances to who he is today. Below is just a sample to get you started…
IT ALL BEGAN THAT FATEFUL DAY IN Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, when Dovolani heard a commotion outside his classroom window. “They threw smoke bombs through the windows, so we went out and protested that we wanted freedom of speech and a republic. But they kept shooting bullets at us,” he recalls. When he returned home from school that day, his father, a political figure in the country and the only one with a diplomatic pass, was advised by the chief of police to leave the country within 24 hours. “We drove to my uncle’s house in neighboring Macedonia where we switched the car plates so that they wouldn’t recognize our car as we drove through enemy lines to the Italian border,” he recalls. From there, Dovolani, his father, his sister, and his brother traveled on tourist visas via Canada to Mexico. By the time they reached the actual border in Tijuana, Dovolani’s father used their remaining funds to get his family across the border while he used his diplomatic pass to cross and wait for them on the other side.
“To this day, this journey has carved me to be who I am, because I know I’m living on borrowed time,” says Dovolani. One of the hardest conversations he says he had was when his father told him to quit school after his first day in order to help the family earn a living. Seeing the despair wash over his son, his father sat him down and spoke of the importance of having his children safe and the opportunities that lay ahead in America. “That was the last time I ever felt sorry for myself,” says Dovolani. “My dad instilled in me values about making the right choices, how our life meant more than the average person because of what we went through and our need to protect it. So I picked myself up and went to work.”
At 15, that work translated into washing dishes 70 hours a week in a restaurant. Within two years, Dovolani graduated from dishes to waiter to managing the restaurant to learning how to be a cook. One day he saw one of the other cooks in the restaurant toss an invitation to a Fred Astaire dance studio in the trash. As a young boy, Dovolani used to watch classic MGM musicals with his father and recognized Astaire on the invitation. “I took it out of the trash can and asked the cook if he minded taking me to the studio as I did not have a car at the time.” Little did the cook realize that he had actually chartered Dovolani’s course: The minute he set foot in the studio he fell in love. “I had done ballet, jazz, and hip-hop dancing back in Kosovo, so when I came into the ballroom, it was like ‘bing,’ a light went on and I knew this was what I was supposed to do for the rest of my life.”
More at New You.
Witney Carson was interviewed by Todd Alan of Kiss Fm. She talks about going to Iowa again for the new Dancing With The Stars Tour and how rehearsals are going. Lots more below. See this teaser too.
Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas held an event in New York City today to help people quit smoking. You can read all about their “What’s Your Why” campaign here. If you’d like to see them dance at the event in Times Square, see this twitter link. Look at Shirley go!
ETA: Here is Mark with Fox Business talking about smoking, how he was able to quit, and taking the first step…
ETA2: Below is Mark with Fox and Friends. Shirley pops in at the end too…
It’s that time again, Dance fans! Question: What Dance pros would you like to see dance on Dancing With The Stars Season 21? Pick only 12 (6 males and 6 females). You can also pick a few Alternatives in case they make the cast a little bigger or in case your main choices don’t work out. Who you would you like to see in the troupe too? Let us know your picks in comments and then we’ll send this post to the Producers in a few weeks.
Ok, here is my Pro and Troupe Wish List:
Females: Sharna Burgess, Karina Smirnoff, Allison Holker, Emma Slater, Peta Murgatroyd, and Elena Samodanova. Alternatives: Julianne Hough, Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Brittney Cherry
Males: Derek Hough (but, only if producers won’t manipulate the outcome and they’ll let the chips fall naturally…and that goes for everyone. If not, then make him a creative director instead and let him dance in the Macy’s Stars Of Dance numbers, etc), Mark Ballas, Gleb Savchenko (switch him from Strictly Come Dancing to the US), Tristan MacManus (switch him from Strictly Come Dancing to the US), Sasha Farber, and Alexey Balash (awesome choreographer and dance pro from DWTS Russia). Alternatives: Misha Gabriel, Armen Way
Troupe: Nika Klju, Witney Carson, Misha Gabriel, and Sonny Fredie Pedersen. Alternatives: Paul Karmiryan, Armen Way, Brittney Cherry, Lindsay Arnold
Special Note: We plan to do a Celebrity Wish List very soon as well! So stay tuned!
Witney Carson was a guest on KTLA to talk all about the new Dancing With The Stars Tour. She talks about Chris Soules too. More below. Also, be watching the official site of Home & Family as they should be posting a clip with Keo Motsepe And Emma Slater promoting the tour as well soon.
ETA: Below is Keo Motsepe And Emma Slater on Home & Family….
Wow, I have no words! What is it about Slavik Kryklyvyy And Karina Smirnoff when they dance together? The IT FACTOR and then some! Stunning. Thanks to Jimmbboe for the heads up! If you can’t see the video below, see this link.
Slavik Kryklyvyy & Karina Smirnoff are at it again. This time, in BlackpoolDanceFestival#BallroomDanceTube
Posted by Ballroom Dance Tube on Sunday, May 24, 2015
Just a TV Heads up: you can Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke in the new NBC series “I Can Do That”. It premieres on Tuesday, May 26th if interested in watching and following along this season. Below is a preview. To read and see more, see the I Can Do That Official site. Looks fun. I think I will check it out.
Whoever thought that the dance wars from the Hough and Menounos families during the holidays these past few years would become viral and inspire a new ABC special, but, it has. If you head to Dance Battle America, you can read all about it as well as submitting your own dance battle clip. You can also watch a video teaser with Julianne Hough and Maria Menounos here. Too fun!
From Executive Producers Julianne Hough (DANCING WITH THE STARS judge and past DANCING WITH THE STARS champion) and E! Host Maria Menounos (DANCING WITH THE STARS celebrity dancer) and Emmy Award winning production company Magical Elves comes ABC’s special #DANCEBATTLE AMERICA. During the holiday seasons over last two years, Julianne and Maria have engaged in a fearsome #DANCEBATTLE via social media. Once the challenge took off, celebrities Kate Hudson and Amber Riley joined in and a #DANCEBATTLE craze began! Now the ladies are challenging everyone in America to battle it out for the chance to fly to Los Angeles and compete on the live dance show.
More at Dance Battle America.