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PureDWTS Season 23 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Aly Raisman is Trying to Get Simone Biles to Do the Show

With the Olympics currently underway, I’ve been seeing a lot of speculation about which athletes we might see on season 23 – with particular attention paid to the US women’s gymnastics team, since we’ve had 3 former Olympic gymnasts on DWTS (Shawn Johnson, Aly Raisman, & Nastia Liukin).  Well it looks like we may have gotten our first semi-solid piece of intel that the show is sniffing around for another gymnast – check out this feature that US Weekly did on Simone Biles:

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Teammate Aly Raisman was on 2013’s Dancing with the Stars and is urging Biles to follow suit: “I can’t dance, but that’s the whole point.”

I’ve always had a hard time getting a read on Aly (some of you might have seen me tweeting about it the other night), but I doubt she’d be encouraging Simone to do DWTS if the show hadn’t at least reached out to Simone already. And the fact that Simone thought to bring it up in an interview, no less, probably means that there is already a legit offer on the table.

I’m crossing my fingers AND toes that this one comes to fruition, because MY GOD, this girl is PHENOMENAL at what she does.  It’s hard to really leave me speechless these days – but watching her do her floor routine the other night was a revelation.  I think she could really wow us, even if she claims she can’t dance, because her work ethic just seems tireless. Also worth mentioning? Simone stands an itty-bitty 4’9″ – even tinier than Shawn Johnson and only a mere inch taller than Snooki…who was partnered by the diminutive Sasha, who also happens to boast the strongest gymnastic skills of any pro on the show.  If Simone gets cast, I can’t see any way that they couldn’t bring Sasha back – unless they run into another mismatch situation to ensure Val gets a spot, in which case I may roll my eyes so hard they get stuck and I’m unable to watch the rest of the season 😛 I think Sasha would be PERFECT for Simone.

So what do you guys think? Could Simone be contemplating a run for the mirrorball after the Olympics wrap up? Could she be Sasha’s best shot at an MBT? Or would you rather see another member of the US women’s gymnastics team on the dancefloor?

Special thanks to the @thetv_addicted for tweeting me this little nugget.

 

August 9, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

PureDWTS Season 23 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Another Racing Driver/James Hinchcliffe, Maybe?

One of the perks of being a lifelong resident of Indianapolis is that you usually have a pretty good ear to the ground when it comes to the goings-on down at the racetrack – I have at least 5 friends whose jobs are directly related to racing, and anything even remotely interesting that happens at the track usually makes it to the local news (even a dog getting loose on the track and delaying practice for 15 minutes…true story).

Occasionally, this connection pays off – as it did a couple weeks ago, when a friend who works very closely with the racing industry (I won’t give any more detail than that, lest I inadvertently get this friend in trouble) mentioned to me in passing that DWTS had been shopping around to cast another racing driver for season 23. Said friend mentioned that they were looking at Indycar, and the name that he/she kept hearing was James Hinchcliffe’s.  Given that Hinch was spotted in the audience this past season (see below), I don’t think it’s entirely unbelievable that the show might be angling to cast him.  Interestingly, James also favorited/responded to some interesting tweets asking if he would do the show – including one of mine:

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Pretty cool to be @dancingabc tonight for the live show! Where are you @heliocastroneves !?! #Indycar #DWTS

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For those who aren’t familiar with Indycar or are asking “So why would DWTS cast him?”, let me give you a crash course (no pun intended…ok, maybe a little) in Hinch: he’s Canadian, he’s basically the face of Indycar right now, he has a podcast, he has his own beer, he was on Family Feud recently, and the dude’s hilarious.  Charisma for DAYS. Oh, he also almost died in a crash last year and has made a recovery that is nothing short of miraculous. And with Indycar experiencing a resurgence in popularity in the past year, while NASCAR continues to decline in viewership, and the with the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 making the news? He’s got relevance. So to recap: big personality? Check. Relevance? Check. Amazing backstory? Check.  Even if this is the extent of his dance ability heading into the show, who the hell even cares? I’d probably laugh my ass off just listening to him read the phone book. 😛

Schedule-wise, it might be a bit of a challenge at first – the Indycar season doesn’t end until September 18 (in Sears Point, California…not too much of a trek from L.A.), so his partner might have to do some traveling with him prior to the start of the season and for the first week of the season; interestingly enough, the penultimate race of the Indycar season is on September 4 in Watkins Glen, New York…last year’s fall cast announcement was on September 2 on GMA, in NYC. See what I’m getting at here? 😉 For what it’s worth, the 2007 Indycar season didn’t end until September 9, and the season 5 cast announcement was on August 29…so Helio was in a similar position and had to rehearse with Julianne concurrently with the Indycar season. Ditto for the All-Star season – cast was announced on July 27, Indycar season didn’t end until September 15, season 15 premiered on September 24. So a bit of overlap between the seasons doesn’t necessarily negate the possibility of him doing the show. It’s also worth mentioning that Michael Waltrip had quite a bit of overlap with the NASCAR season when he did season 19.

If, for whatever reason, they opt not to cast Hinch (or he declines), there’s still some other casting possibilities within Indycar – you might remember that Tony Kanaan was a rumor a few years back, and nothing really came of it; he’s still very much an Indycar fan favorite, and recently appeared on both American Ninja Warrior and Family Feud. Also noteworthy? Alexander Rossi, the winner of the 100th running of the Indy 500 and the first rookie to win the Indy 500 since Helio won it back in 2001 – I could see the show running with that buzzworthy fact.  Granted, I personally just don’t find either to be as interesting a casting as Hinch (though TK comes close), but they’re options nonetheless.

So what do you guys think? Do you think Hinch or another Indycar driver would be a good get for this season? Who would you like to see him paired with, if he is cast?

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

More DWTS Cast Rumors and Wannabees: Rob Gronkowski, Jonathan Coachman, Slugger the Sea Dog, And More

The executive producer of “Dancing With the Stars”, Deena Katz, wants Rob Gronkowski “The Gronk” to dance in the new season of Dancing With The Stars. However, she’s having trouble getting him to commit.

“I think for many reasons he’d be great,” Katz told our Left Coast correspondent during the Television Critics Association press tour. “He’s great on camera. I think he gets it. I do think he can dance. And I think that the fan base that that team has is great for someone like him to be on it.”

Gronk has admitted that ABC’s mega-popular dance competition has wooed him in the past, but he just won’t commit. Katz hinted that the reason might be that 
either the twinkle-toed tight end or the Pats’ brass are afraid their oft-injured star might trip while tripping the light fantastic and hurt himself.

“I know people are concerned about him being injured. We had the best running back and the Super Bowl MVP on our show last season and we take very good care of them,” she said.

To read more and to read how she’d like to partner him with Cheryl Burke, see the Boston Herald.

Now for some “Wannabe’s”:

Jonathan Coachman – According to the Miami Herald, ESPN reporter and WWE star mentioned he wanted to do Dancing With The Stars.

During the Sunday afternoon (July 17) radio show “The Coach & Bretos” on ESPN Radio and the ESPN App, co-host The Coach Jonathan Coachman said he wanted to participate on one of his favorite televisions shows, “Dancing with the Stars,” on ESPN’s sister network ABC.

I have to admit…. I think I’d like to see this.

Slugger the Sea Dog – Who, you ask? Well, according to WMTW, Slugger is campaigning to become the first-ever mascot to participate on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Be sure to see the video at this link. Dancing With The Stars Season 1’s John O’Hurley is campaigning for this to happen as well.

Slugger is known for his outrageous dancing during Portland Sea Dogs games. He now wants to show his talents to a national audience.

In a video, Maine-native John O’Hurley, who appeared on season 1 of “Dancing with the Stars,” appears with Slugger to introduce the idea.

“Nobody is a bigger fan of the Sea Dogs than I am, and nobody is a bigger fan of ballroom dancing that I am,” O’Hurley said.

DWTS Gossip found a few wannabe’s too:

Roy Nelson – The UFC fighter says he’d like to dance on Dancing With The Stars at the Review Journal.

Claressa Shields – This Olympian Boxer wants to be a household name. From SB Nation

Outside of the boxing rings, the talented middleweight is getting more used to being an attraction. T-Rex, a documentary about her route to the London Olympics, just premiered on PBS. Shields wants to be on TV more often, and not just to play herself.

“My agent has a lot of things going back at home,” she said. “Right now, I guess some things are in the works. I wanna be an actress. That’s what I wanna do. I also want to be a dominant boxer. Who knows if I come back for 2020.

“But, also, I will be in acting. Hopefully I can do things like Dancing with the Stars. I mean, I’m down for all that stuff. I think I can dance a little bit [laughs]. I’m just taking this journey as far as I can take it. I believe that I’m going to be a household name after this Games.”

The casting rumors are really starting to ramp up now, aren’t they? The Pro Watch post is going up soon as well. Stay tuned!

August 8, 2016 I Written By

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.

DWTS Season 23 Watch Out: Emma Samms Of General Hospital And Dynasty Fame Has A Secret

This is just a wild guess and I don’t have a lot to support the idea except that Dancing With The Stars has had General Hospital contestants in the past, but, could actress Emma Samms be dancing in the new season of Dancing With the Stars? This might make a fun inspirational story too since at one time Emma was told she would never dance again. Anyway, this is just a “watch out”…

ETA: NOTE how Tom Bergeron also replied back to her. (thanks Carolyn!)

And no, she’s not coming back to General Hospital and nor is there a Dynasty reboot. Hmmm…

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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.

DWTS Season 23 Rumor: Michael Phelps Asked To Dance On Dancing With The Stars

Hollywood Life is reporting Michael Phelps has been asked to do Dancing With The Stars. He has been rumored several times. Will this finally be his time? Note that this source isn’t reliable.

There have been dozens of athletes to compete on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, and some among them Olympians. Now, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been asked to join their ranks and vie for that Mirrorball trophy — will he say yes?

Michael Phelps is known for his power and grace in the swimming pool. He’s the most decorated Olympian in the history of the games, with 22 medals, including 18 gold. That’s insane. And add to that the fact that he’s competing for more at the Rio 2016 games! But now that a Dancing With The Stars offer has appeared, will he take a break from his sport, hang up the goggles and nose plugs, and trade it all in for some soft shoes?

“Michael has been asked before (to do DWTS) and he was recently asked [to compete in] the upcoming season,” the source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “And though he has considered it, he doesn’t want to do it; he wants his legacy to be in the pool and not on the dance floor.”

More at Hollywood Life.

August 7, 2016 I Written By

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.

DWTS Watchout: Lori Loughlin Doesn’t Know If She Could Do Dancing With The Stars

Is it possible that Lori Laughlin might dance on Dancing With The Stars? Yahoo TV asked her about it. It sounds like she’s really not up for it (like last season), but, you never know and we like to cover all of the possibilities just in case. Read on…

Lori also addressed rumors that she’s following in the footsteps of her onscreen nieces, Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin, and joining the upcoming cast of Dancing With the Stars. “Candace Cameron is so on me to try Dancing With the Stars,” she said. “But, you know, I saw how hard she worked, and then I saw Jodie — and Jodie can really dance — and I saw how hard it was on Jodie. Oh, I don’t know if I could do it.”

More at Yahoo TV. I love this actress. I’d love to see her do Dancing With The Stars.

July 29, 2016 I Written By

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.

DWTS Watchout: And The Russell Wilson Dancing Rumors Begin Again

Remember the Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson rumors we’ve had in the past (if not, see here)? Well, I guess he told E News that he might be doing Dancing With The Stars (I wouldn’t mind if true. I love when football players dance). More in a Espy Red Carpet report below with Cheryl Burke. She weighs in on who she’d like to see dance too.

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July 14, 2016 I Written By

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.

DWTS Watchout: The Bachelorette Jojo For Dancing With The Stars Season 23??

Did someone say “rumors” in comments yesterday (Narice?)? Well, Dancing With The Stars would be nothing without a Bachelor or Bachelorette rumor. According to Hollywood Reporter maybe Jojo will dance in Dancing With The Stars Season 23? I have to say, I’m liking this idea after seeing the instagram below. Let us know what you think in comments.

If Jojo’s two dancing dates (Dancing with the Stars season 23?) and her affinity for the color red tell us anything, it’s that she might just be the real-life incarnation of the dancing woman emoji after all.

More at Hollywood Reporter.

Who will bring the heat and who will tango home after this 2-on-1? #TheBachelorette

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June 29, 2016 I Written By

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.

Lindsey Stirling’s New Music Video Featuring Derek Hough – Video

Today Lindsey Stirling released a new video for her new Single “The Arena”. What’s even more awesome is that Dancing With The Stars’ Derek Hough is in it and what a masterpiece it is!! You can watch it below. For more on Derek and all of his current projects, see Pure Derek Hough.

ETA: If you go to Pure Derek Hough, you can hear Lindsey talking on her new video, Derek, and how he choreographed her dance moves (via a report from ABC). She also said she’d do Dancing With The Stars and wanted to dance with Derek if she did so.

June 28, 2016 I Written By

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.

Carrie Anne Inaba Writes On DWTS Week 6, Leona Lewis In Audience Three Times This Season

Carrie Ann Inaba has written about Dancing With The Stars Week 6 at Access Hollywood. Wanya and Lindsay was her favorite this week. She gives advise to all the couples. She also talks on who was in the audience and more. Interesting for what she said on Leona Lewis. We better put her on our Rumor/Watch list.

ETA: According to a few fans in comments (thanks, Guys), Leona is dating Dennis Jauch (one of my new favorite dancers on the troupe). So, that may be why she’s been seen in the audience so much.

On a side note, I’ve seen Leona Lewis in the ballroom three times this season. I wonder if she is considering being a contestant on the show. Last night the audience was filled with fun folks. Michael Sam was in the house, Marissa Jaret Winokur an Lance Bass and Joey Fatone from *NSYNC all came for famous dances night. Famous Dance Night at DWTS can be a challenge because when you reenact an iconic dance, you are stepping into some very large shoes to fill. And last night’s dances were not easy dances to reenact. I would say the most difficult ones were, Michael Jackson’s “Bad,” choreographed by Jeffrey Daniels, Janet Jackson’s “Nasty,” choreographed by Paula Abdul, and Pink’s “Try,” choreographed by RJ Durell and Nick Florez. Because these dances were music videos, they were created to specifically highlight the singer’s unique style. They weren’t only about great dancing. The chore of the DWTS choreographer was to find a way to recreate these dances with their nonprofessional dancer and highlight what is great about them without losing what was great about the original. Once again, just a quick shout out to all the dancers who choreograph these routines every week.

Wanya and Lindsay were my favorite this week. That number was way too cool for school and has anyone noticed how thin Wanya is getting? He’s lost so much weight and he’s getting even better as he thins out. The choreography was incredible and really cool and innovative. They reminded us of the original performance with the intro but Lindsay and Wanya took it to a new level and owned that dance. They owned the night as far as I’m concerned. And Bruno agreed. Antonio came back with a bang… it was fun to see those feet in action. His Jive was very well suited for his athleticism. When he did those shuffles the beginning, his feel barely touched the ground. And that performance closed the night with a bang. I’m proud of him for what he taught us all about teamwork with his discussion with Sharna, but anyone who knows Sharna knows she’s 100% behind him and with him for the long haul. She’s a dedicated partner and he has nothing to worry about. But I will say that I (and the whole ballroom) were deeply moved by his teamwork speech. Go Steeler Nation.

Can’t wait for next week! Double Elimination. These couples better work hard this week and give us their best, because this season the competition is fierce. There is no consistent front-runner. It’s going to be a close race all the way to the end!

More at Access Hollywood including some cool behind the scenes photos.

April 27, 2016 I Written By

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.