Sorry, but I hope not. 🙂 I’m a Big Brother fan and that season was not fun. Anyway, Frankie has been all over social media doing a count down to a “big announcement”…and the day coincides with the DWTS announcement day. See….
Thanks to Siobhan, who clued Courtney in on Twitter, we also know that Frankie also regularly uses the phrase “Shine Bright Like a Frankie”. Well, I think the DWTS Snapchat snapped the following:
For those of you who don’t watch Big Brother, Frankie is Arianna Grande’s brother and a social media dude. Here’s his website: Frankie J. Grande
ET’s sources can confirm that ’80s sitcom star Kim Fields will be competing for the coveted mirror ball trophy when Dancing With the Stars returns for season 22.
The 46-year-old actress is best known for her role as Tootie Ramsey on The Facts of Life, and joined The Real Housewives of Atlantacast this past year.
News of Fields’ joining DWTS comes just a few weeks after ABC announced that Julianne Hough will not be returning as a judge. “I will miss being on the panel for Season 22, but have a lot of exciting stuff coming that I look forward to sharing,” Hough told ET in a statement. “The pro dancers, producers and crew at DWTS will always be my family.”
In the past, when twitter was…newer…celebs would immediately follow the show and their pro on twitter. We busted a TON of celebs that way. But recent seasons have seen either the celebs wise up a bit, or DWTS producers telling them to NOT follow them or their pros on social media. Antonio may not have gotten the memo, because following the show twitter and ONE female pro is rather…telling. 🙂 All that to say that I got curious and started looking around twitter a bit. We always do, because we often find stuff in twitter searches – but this season I hadn’t really started yet. This is NOT the rumor round up – this is me looking around twitter. Courtney will be doing the rumor round up as per usual when we get closer to the reveal.
So, when looking at Antonio, one thing led to another, then someone told me that Chase Chrisley was following OfficialDWTS on twitter. Which took me to the OfficialDWTS twitter, where I saw an unknown (to me) singer named Emma Lock also recently started following them. Now, Chase is following none of the pros and Emma is following ALL of them…and also alot of the SYTYCD dancers. Chase and his sister have talked about doing DWTS before, so that could be the reason for him…and Emma seems to love dancers. So perhaps both of them are a reach.
Speaking of Chase – his sister has wanted to do the show for a while and she was also talking about it the other day on twitter – which likely means she won’t be on the show. But she campaigning and it works more these days than it has in the past.
Another recent follow to DWTS is Brielle Biermann – Kim Zolciak’s daughter and star of a show on Bravo called Don’t be Tardy. I suspect she is following DWTS just because her mom was on the show, but one never knows.
In the vein of DWTS family related stuff – another Hough cousin really wanted to the show but her brother got picked instead. But she tweeted this today – and we’re in the right time frame:
Finally, one of the mob wives is…joking, but campaigning at the same time, I think. 🙂 I don’t think she would be retweeting everyone who says “you should be on DWTS” if she were actually on the show. But I guess you never know. 🙂
This morning, John talked with the Post Gazette about the rumor and odds of Pittsburgh Steeler’s Antonio Brown joining Dancing With The Stars. Read on…
John Lynn founded the PureDWTS.com site in Season 5 of the show. He said a combination of factors suggests the odds of Mr. Brown’s participation are at “80 percent.”
Pro athletes and TV celebs meet all the time at events and end up following each other on social media. “Saying ‘I’m going to follow “Dancing With the Stars” ’ is not the kind of thing that casually happens after a party or whatever. The two in combination seems to indicated it’s pretty likely he’s going to be on the show,” Mr. Lynn said.
“Of course, negotiations can always break down, and that’s where you have to be careful.”
Mr. Brown’s agent has not yet responded to the speculation.
Jacoby Jones placed third on “DWTS” as a Baltimore Ravens wide receiver awhile back; he recently was released by the Steelers. Football players generally do better than other athletes for a number of reasons, Mr. Lynn said. If they are likable (“charisma and personality, and Antonio Brown has that in spades,” he added), dance well (check out the AB moves on YouTube) and bring a solid fan base (hello, Steeler Nation), they are well on their way.
Generally, the celebrities meet their partners in the weeks leading up to the cast announcement. The first “Dancing With the Stars” episode is March 21. There always are leaks — “That’s our job,” Mr. Lynn said — so it’s possible to know who’s in the cast before then.
To read more (well done, John!), visit the Post Gazette. To read when we first reported on this rumor, see this previous post.
ETA – I take this as confirmation, personally. 😀 ~Heidi
ETA2: Thanks to CM for the heads-up on this, as I am Snapchat-illiterate 😛 Guess Antonio has thrown subtlety out the window completely – the jacket is kind of a dead-giveaway, as are the plastic containers in the background that say “Keo” & “Mark”…but who the hell is Dennis?????? And who is Shannon????? 😯 -Court-
Full credit to Corinne Mahaney and DWTSGossip for ferreting out this little tidbit!! Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers just started following Sharna Burgess and DWTS’ official twitter accounts. It happens every season. 😀
IF this is true, and he is partnered with Sharna, she has another legit shot at the MBT. She could take it home, for sure. That is, if he is even half the dancer with the charm of Hines Ward or Donald Driver.
How about Blac Chyna for the new season of Dancing With The Stars? Hollywood Life is reporting she wants to dance in the new season. Note that her boyfriend, Rob Kardashian, is said to approve of the idea. Also note that Hollywood Life is NOT a reliable source. Let us know what you think? I say PLEASE NO!
Heidi: I think I cry BS on this one. I do think she probably really wants to do the show (did anyone know who she was before she took up with Rob?), but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out that SHE is the source for the story, particularly the part where it says that “talks are being carried out”. It wouldn’t be the first time that a publicist planted something hoping to put a bug in a producers ear…or get a short burst of PR. If the producers go this route…ugh.
Blac Chyna, 27, might just be the latest to join next season’s Dancing With the Stars lineup. And you better believe she’s bringing the drama with her! In fact, she wants Scott Disick, 32, to join in on the action as she brings her Kardashian feud to the next level. Watch out world, the Blac/Kardashian tension is about to explode to new heights!
“Blac would love to do the next season of the show and talks are being carried out to make it a reality,” an insider revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. But Blac doesn’t want to the be only star on DWTS who’s associated with a Kardashian. “She would love to do the show with Scott Disick as well and the producers love that angle as well,” our sourced added. A Blac, Scott showdown? Now that is something we would LOVE to see — especially if it’s all done through dance! We have to hand it to Blac, this IS a pretty epic idea.
Sorry kids, the news is coming hard and fast this morning, so I’ve stepped in to help Vogue & Heidi a bit – and bear with me, because I’m hearing this 3rd-hand 😛
Apparently UFC Strawweight fighter Paige VanZant just started following @DancingABC on Twitter:
She also follows Mark (and Mark follows back), but it looks like they’ve been following each other for awhile. Source said that Paige’s agent apparently dropped some hints about her doing the show on Twitter, but I’ve been unable to locate any tweets from anyone in any sort of “official” capacity (if any of you want to go digging, be my guest – just take screen shots 🙂 ). Apparently she’s got some dance background – according to Wikipedia, her parents owned a dance studio when she was growing up, and she spent 13 years studying jazz, ballet, and hip-hop. She’s also posted some videos on Instagram of her busting a move:
A video posted by Paige VanZant (@paigevanzantufc) on
Thoughts? She’s super cute, seems like a fun personality, looks like she’s got some skills (and may be able to give Jodie a run for her money), and seems like she’s got a good work ethic. I’m all for it – seems like she’d be a good fit for either Mark or Artem. Only question I’ve got: when does the UFC “season” run? The only precedent we have for UFC fighters on DWTS is Chuck Liddell & Randy Couture, and I think both were already retired when they did the show. Not sure if she’d be able to do both DWTS and UFC, but admittedly, I don’t really follow UFC…so I know very little about how their schedule works 🙂
What do you guys think?
ETA: Thanks to several of you who found the interesting tweet from Paige’s manager. See below:
Also, thank you to Justin for pointing out this interview Paige did about a month ago…fast forward to the 16:00 minute mark to where she says something about “big things happening outside of the cage”:
Definitely a few interesting hints that give credence to the idea that she might be doing DWTS this season…
As you know from a previous report, Scott Disick is rumored to be considering an invite from Dancing With The Stars and at a hefty price. Since that time, US Weekly via an insider reported that Scott Disick won’t be dancing anytime soon and the producers would never give him $500,000. Well, Alfonso Ribeiro (who had some part in casting last season) had a few choice words to say about it as well. More below.
Listen to this new E News interview with Jodie Sweetin and Candice Cameron Bure and let us know what you think? Is Jodie Sweetin going to dance this season on Dancing With The Stars? I say…I bet she is….