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Pure Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Media Tidbits To Start The Day

Just a few media tidbits to start us off. First, read E Online for some thoughts on the cast and when they meet/met their partners….

“Vanilla Ice hasn’t met his partner yet. He’s meeting [Witney Carson] Friday at his home in Florida,” a source shared with E! News. “He almost couldn’t do it, but Dancing With the Stars wasn’t an opportunity he wanted to pass up. He’s really happy and excited. He has some dancing in his background but he hasn’t really danced in years.”

In the weeks ahead, the “Ice Ice Baby” rapper will also continue his “I Love the 90’s” tour and the seventh season of The Vanilla Ice Project that films in Florida. Talk about multi-tasking.

Other contestants like Governor Rick Perry, Ryan Lochte, Amber Rose and Laurie Hernandez have been able to meet their professional partners. But that doesn’t mean they have a huge advantage.

“[Rick’s partner] Emma Slater didn’t even know she was doing the show this season until about two weeks ago so they are brand-new partners,” a source shared with E! News. The same could go for Ryan’s partner Cheryl Burke who “kept the fact that she was returning really close to the vest. She didn’t tell anyone.”

And before Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and the rest of the judging panel can start delivering scores from the ballroom, some people are already speculating as to who could become a favorite and walk away with a mirror ball trophy.

“Val Chmerkovskiy is psyched. The gymnasts always go far and he thinks they have a really good shot at winning. Plus, Laurie is way too young for people to make romantic assumptions about them, which always drives him crazy,” an insider shared with E! News. “He hates being romantically linked to his partner. This will be more like his relationship with Zendaya. He had a great time with her.”

More at E Online.

Gleb Savchenko and his partner Jana Kramer met for the first time yesterday and they are excited. Aren’t they a beautiful pairing? His former Strictly Come Dancer partner Anita Rani says he’ll work her “like a Russian bear” and that he will.

Also, below is a fun report from Access Hollywood and a pap video at the opening shoot Monday night….

Jake T Austin is working hard…

We’ve posted lots of updates on Derek Hough and Marilu Henner at Pure Derek Hough including their appearance on Extra yesterday, a bio, interviews, photos, and more. This interview made me laugh so hard. Watch it and see why when you get a chance.

Lastly, here’s a fun report on the cast from Today….

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

James Hinchcliffe Interviewed On Dancing With The Stars Season 23

James Hinchcliffe talked with The Indy Channel today about his new gig on Dancing With The Stars. James talks of how he’s going to juggle both driving and dancing. He’s hoping to gain some dance skills (he gives himself a -5, lol) and do something fun and different. He’s a cutie. No wonder Court is a fan. To watch this fun report, see The Indy Channel.

Also, to learn some things you might not know on James including how he almost died in a fatal car crash last year, see People.

ETA: Thanks to Abby for the heads up on this….

ETA2: You can also read an interview with James at Beyond The Flag. Below is a take. Be sure to read the link for more. Thanks to DWTSGossip and Abby for the heads up.

“Obviously I’ve got a day job, and that’s first and foremost priority at the moment,” he told us. “The first two episodes [of DWTS] are going to be the biggest challenge scheduling-wise, but once we clear Sonoma and clear episode two, if I’ve made it that far and stay on the show, then we’ll have a much freer schedule and [I’ll] be able to dedicate 100 percent of myself to learning and improving and being competitive.

“But certainly up to that point, it’s going to be a challenge with the races that we have coming up and the travel involved and all that.”

“Today will be the first rehearsal session with Sharna, and we’ll do today and tomorrow,” he explained of what his schedule looks like. “Then obviously I’ve got to take off to my day job, and we’ll practice through the start of next week before the test in Sonoma and then over the weekend into the first show there.

“The real challenge will be show two, because I really only have Tuesday and Wednesday before I’ve got to take off to Sonoma for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and the next show is Monday,” he added. “The second show will be more difficult than the first if we get through there. We might have to do a little extra work in the days leading up to show one to already start preparing for week two.”

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Sasha Farber And Tessa Jole Talk To Access Hollywood About Dancing With The Stars And More

Sasha Farber and Tessa Jole talked to Access Hollywood about their new partnership on Dancing With The Stars. Are these two not adorable or what?! I have a feeling they will definitely “work it out”.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Even More DWTS Season 23 Promo Shoot Rehearsal Photos

In our starter post today, we posted Dancing With The Stars rehearsal photos of the cast at a promo shoot for the opening last night here. Well, if you go to East News, you can seen even more and they are beautiful. What a fun cast!

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Entertainment Tonight Reports On DWTS23, Behind The Scenes Of Title Shoot Photos

This is a cool report from Entertainment Tonight on the new cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 23. You can see them behind the scenes of their Title Shoot photos…

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Rob Wade: It’s “about bringing people – and America – together through dance”

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Executive Producer Rob Wade talked to People for why they asked Derek, Cheryl Burke, and Maks Chmerkovskiy back to the ballroom. It was “about bringing people – and America – together through dance”. Awesome. Here is more….

“When we knew had interest from Cheryl, Maks and Derek to come back, we felt strongly that the people we paired them with would be really suitable to them,” says Wade.

It’s only been one season since Hough won his sixth Mirrorball trophy (with Bindi Irwin on season 21), but Chmerkovskiy and Burke have not competed on the show since seasons 18 and 19, respectively.

“”This season is about bringing people – and America – together through dance,” says Wade. “And I think having Maks, Cheryl and Derek coming back to the family is a very important part of that.”

“It wasn’t easy because they have other opportunities, but they all love the show and are stoked to be coming back,” adds Wade. “I think it’s going to make for a really interesting season.”

To read the full article, see People. Also, People is starting to post quotes from the celebrities, things to know on them, etc.. So, be watching this link for even more goodies from them today.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Title Shoot Photos And Interviews

The Disney ABC site has released some of the official title shoot photos. You can view them HERE. Be watching the link for them to add more. Some individual shots can be seen at the official site and they keep adding more as I type. Breathtaking!! They outdid themselves this season in my opinion. Let us know what you think.

ETA: You can listen to some Title Shoot Interviews at this link as well. Too fun and lots to listen to when you can. Don’t give up if you don’t see your favorite couple yet as they will be uploading more I’m sure.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Rick Perry Interviewed On Dancing With The Stars And Why He Wanted To Learn To Dance – Video, Fun Photo

Rick Perry tells Fox he wanted to do Dancing With The Stars because he wants to be able to dance at his daughters wedding. He also plans to help Veterans however he can on the show. Photo and Fox News Interview below.

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Videos Of The GMA Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Cast Reveal And Extras

Below is some video coverage of the Good Morning America Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Cast Reveal. A huge thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for recording. Also, don’t miss seeing a summary on each celeb and some photos for Dancing With The Stars at the Official Dancing With The Stars site here. People also has a report on the cast with quotes from Rob Wade and more.

ETA: Here is a promo too with the cast….

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I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

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

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