Last night, Derek Hough and Karina Smirnoff graced the black carpet at a Knott’s Scary Farm event. Aren’t they funny? To see more, click on the photos.
Did some of you notice the tweet below by Alek Skarlatos? The shooting that took place today happened at his former college. In fact, if he wasn’t doing Dancing With The Stars right now, he had planned to go back to this college to finish school. If you can, watch On The Record tonight to see Alek talking about it. You can also read a quote from TMZ below. Please send out your thoughts and prayers!!
Everyone send prayers out to ucc
— alek skarlatos (@alekskarlatos) October 1, 2015
Terror train hero Alek Skarlatos was rehearsing for “Dancing with the Stars” when he got gut-wrenching news — his college was under attack from the shooter who killed 13 people on Thursday.
Sources at ‘DWTS’ tell us Skarlatos was in the middle of rehearsals with Lindsay Arnold when he got a phone call about the tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College. In addition to the 13 fatalities, police say the shooter injured at least 20 others.
We’re told Alek immediately left the studio when he got the news, and was making calls back home to make sure his friends were safe.
ETA: Below is Alek and Lindsay doing The Ellen taping yesterday. He talks about what happened at his school at the 4:00 minute mark. So sad. Keep praying, Everyone.
ETA2: Alek released a statement to Access Hollywood as well….
Alek, who received global accolades after he and two other men thwarted an alleged terrorist attack on a Paris train in August, released a statement to Access Hollywood following the tragedy.
“I was enrolled as a student at Umpqua Community College prior to my 2014 deployment to Afghanistan. While I was fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time in August aboard a train bound for Paris, I only wish that the same could be said for today,” the 22-year-old said.
“I praise the first responders who were on the ground today in Roseburg as they undoubtedly were integral in saving numerous lives and putting a stop to what could have been more than tragic than it is,” he continued. “My heart and prayers go out to this community, my community, right now.”
ETA3: Below is Alek on GMA this morning. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording….
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess were interviewed on Hollywood Today Live to talk about Dancing With The Stars! They talk on the competition and hope to make it to the finals. Nick also chats on his new single, “I Will Wait”. If you haven’t heard it yet, see this previous post. It’s sooo pretty! Thanks to QJill C for the heads up.
Allison Holker and Andy Grammer were on Good Day LA today! Andy says he’s skinnier than he’s ever been and says Allison is so patient with him. They can’t wait to dance to his new single on Monday. Lots more below in this 2 part interview.
Below is the new press release for Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Week 4. For more dance information, see this post.
Dancing with the Stars: 2104 (10/5)
IT’S A NIGHT TO REMEMBER AS THE 10 REMAINING CELEBRITIES COMMEMORATE THEIR “MOST MEMORABLE YEAR” ON “DANCING WITH THE STARS,” MONDAY, OCTOBER 5
At the End of the Night One Couple Will Be Sent Home
Each celebrity will set out to leave a lasting impression with their dances as they commemorate their most memorable year on “Dancing with the Stars” LIVE on MONDAY, OCTOBER 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Each couple will dance to a song of the celebrity’s choosing that encompasses a memorable time, or truly incredible experience in their life. These heartfelt performances promise to showcase some of the most exciting choreography and emotionally powerful routines of the season yet. Viewers can expect to see Nick Carter dancing to a Backstreet Boys hit song, Gary Busey paying homage to Buddy Holly, and Bindi Irwin commemorating her father, to name a few. At the end of evening, one couple will be eliminated from the ballroom competition.
The remaining couples will dance to the following songs (in alphabetical order):
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold – “Wake Me Up” by Avicii f. Aloe Blacc
Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas – “Mama Said” by The Shirelles
Andy Grammer & Allison Holker – “Good to be Alive” by Andy Grammer
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough – “Every Breath You Take” by Aaron Krause f. Liza Anne
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson – “Amazing Grace” by Ray Chew Live
Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya – “That’ll Be the Day” by Buddy Holly
Hayes Grier & Emma Slater – “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess – “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by Backstreet Boys
Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel – “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
Tamar Braxton & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – “King” by Tamar Braxton
Twitter voting for the “Switch Up” continues, and the public can continue to vote throughout Monday’s program. To vote, viewers must Tweet using #DWTS followed by the first name of the celebrity and the first name of the professional dancer. For example, to pair up celebrity Tamar Braxton and professional dancer Mark Ballas, use the Tweet “#DWTSTAMARMARK.” In addition, www.ABC.com will have a page dedicated to assisting viewers in casting their votes. There is no limit on the number of votes one person can cast. Voting for the “Switch Up” remains open until Monday, October 5 at 11:59 p.m., ET.
Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts including dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and ballroom dancer and Emmy®-nominated choreographer Julianne Hough.
For week four, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples 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.
“Dancing with the Stars” is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade, Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.
About BBC Worldwide Productions
BBC Worldwide Productions is a key business under BBC Worldwide North America, the U.S. division of the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), BBC Worldwide. Based in Los Angeles, BBC Worldwide Productions develops and produces scripted and unscripted projects based on BBC formats/brands for cable and broadcast networks, as well as digital platforms. The production company is producer of Dancing with the Stars (ABC), Getting On (HBO), Top Gear (HISTORY) and the upcoming limited series, Crime (HBO).
Tamar Braxton was a guest on The Wendy Williams Show today. She performed “Calling All Lovers” (which you can watch below. Wow, she’s got a winner there in my opinion!). She also talked on Dancing With The Stars a little. One of our commenters said Tamar mentioned she and Val have been practicing a Rumba.
ETA: Here is the more coverage of Tamar on The Wendy Show including behind the scenes….
Last night, Dancing With The Stars Judge Carrie Ann Inaba attended PETA’s 35th Anniversary Party! Beautiful. To see more photos, click on the photos. Also, if you haven’t read her latest blog, see this previous posting.
ETA: Scroll below for some red carpet videos. Kym Johnson was at the party as well.
Heads up Gleb Savchecnko Fans. Here’s a special “get to know our pros” feature on Gleb!! For sceencaps, see Claire’s Flickr page here. Beautiful!
And a you tube version thanks to Claire…
ETA: Here is Gleb and Anita’s It Takes Two interview. So fun! For screencaps see, Clair’s Flicker here.
Mark Ballas and BC Jean were on KTLA this morning! They performed “Roses and Violets” and Mark talks on Dancing With The Stars. If you want to see their performance on I Heart Radio yesterday too, see this Periscope link.
Is Kim Zolciak for real? She started an online petition at her instagram (see below) to bring her and Tony Dovolani back to Dancing With The Stars. Not only that, according to E Online, she’s already got 13,000 signatures in only one day. Let us know what you think.
ETA: Carrie Ann Inaba spoke about this subject at the Peta party last night. Here is what she told Entertainment Tonight:
“I feel bad for her but those are the rules, and you know, I am a strong abider by the rules,” Inaba told ET at PETA’s 35th anniversary event in Hollywood, California on Wednesday.
“I am the Lift Police so the rules are important to me,” Inaba continued. “I feel badly for her, but it would be unfair to the other competitors.”
Despite Zolciak’s best efforts — the reality star has been petitioning for her and Dovolani to be reinstated in the competition — there is no chance she can return as a competitor this season.
“No, there’s no way she can come back,” Inaba said.
“But I think it’s good — not good in that way — but good in that now she can spend time with her family,” the DWTS judge added. “Dancing With the Stars is very grueling, and that’s a serious thing to have a mini-stroke. I want her to take good care of herself. We wish you well Kim.”
My thoughts: Come back next season! This season….No!! A rule is a rule! It’s more important to take care of her health. Besides I’m not sure she should have lasted very much longer on the show anyway?
Court: As far as I know, no invitation was extended to Dorothy Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Misty May-Treanor, Sara Evans, or any other contestant in the history of DWTS to return to their respective seasons after having to withdraw due to illness or other reasons. Why does Kim suddenly think she’s VIP and can just say “let me back in”? And does she honestly think it’s fair to the other celebs this season that have actually had to WORK to stay in the competition week after week? It’s as if she’s saying “You’ve done great in my absence, Bindi, Alek, Nick, Alexa, Carlos, etc. But I’m just gonna mosey on back into the competition and act as if I’ve worked every bit as hard as you guys have to stick around and survive the elims in order to get to this point. Yay me!” I don’t care that she lives in Atlanta – that’s her problem. And I don’t think she should get the special treatment of being allowed to compete from Atlanta, and the fuss of having to send a production crew down there to do her hair, makeup, set up lighting, sound, cameras, etc. Everyone is going through their own struggles this season – Andy is exhausted from traveling, Paula is just old and tired, Bindi’s ankle is hurting, yadda yadda yadda. And I don’t hear any of them asking for special treatment. The air of entitlement that I’m picking up from her in starting this petition is beyond off-putting – to the point where I’m glad she’s gone, even though I was beginning to warm to her as a dancer. And it also makes me question whether she’s taking this health scare seriously – even if her doctor DID clear her to fly, you’d think that a previously-undiscovered heart problem and a stroke that could have been a lot more devastating would have been a bit of a wake-up call to Kim to slow down and take care of herself. I feel like that gravity of the situation is rather lost on her. Girl, stay in Atlanta, take it easy, enjoy your time with your family, let go of this idea of coming back, and we’ll see you in several weeks for the finale. It’s not like production is really gonna listen to this nonsense, anyway.
Heidi: Yeah, gotta agree with Courtney on this one and add something else….does it not occur to her that she very well could have been the one eliminated anyway on Monday night?? It is plausible after all (and really, the way they went about the show, it really occurred to me that she was the bottom anyway). And she’s not going to win this season – not even close – so why is it so important to her to come back?? Why is she willing to risk her health for a dance competition? Is the gravity of the situation really lost on her, or was it really not as serious as it was made to sound? Sorry, girl – but your deep desire to get back on the show is making me question every aspect of this situation. Another note, to the crazy-assed fans on twitter who are complaining that “Derek was allowed to come back so why can’t Kim?” Are you REALLY this stupid? Seriously? Derek is a pro dancer and is, theoretically, easily switched out with another pro dancer. He’s not the celeb who signed a celeb contract – although I can certainly understand how it seems like he’s the celeb at times. 😀 Since he’s more famous than some of the celebs on the show and all. Get real, people – this complaint is making you look just plain dumb.
Sign This petition to bring @tonydovolani and me back. I was cleared to dance on Friday when I was discharged from the hospital, so Saturday morning I was up rehearsing not even 12 hrs after. I had no restrictions BUT flying until today. Yes the timing sucked but ultimately my health is first. I wanted to dance here in ATL via satellite last night I could dance I just couldn’t fly. I’m forever grateful for my dance partner @tonydovolani who has always supported me and All Of you my amazing fans!!!!!!!! Regardless I’ll be dancing my ass off at the finale copy and paste link http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/bring-back-kim-tony