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PureDWTS Season 22: Emma Slater “Taking a Break” From The Show

For those of you holding out for a glimpse of Emma in the troupe (or those of you in the fringe minority, hoping she’s a “surprise add” with Ben Higgins), we have some disappointing news – looks like Emma’s gonna be sitting this season out:

Gotta say – I’m sad about this, but I can’t say I’m surprised.  She almost got trouped last season, and I think it was a bit silly to bring back a 6-years-defunct pro (Edyta) and stabling a current, much-beloved pro to accommodate it. Lots of speculation flying around about what Emma’s got lined up next – a stint on Strictly Come Dancing? Some other commitments? Let us know what you think…

March 8, 2016 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, 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. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Dancing with the Stars Season 22 – GMA Cast Announcement LIVE BLOG!!

It’s that time once again, ladies and gents! The GMA Cast announcement live blog. If you’ve been paying attention (and lots of other blogs have been) we’ve been posting the Pros and the couples over the last week or two and you can find those posts at the following links.

DWTS Season 22 Couples
DWTS Season 22 Pro Watch

But today we’re going to live blog GMA to see…if we’re right. 😀 Here are the pros rehearsing…

Okay, I’m going to get ready for work. Hopefully someone will tweet me if they get started earlier than normal. 😀

I almost forgot…DWTS has announced a few couples early:
Jodie and Keo
Antonio and Sharna
Ginger and Val Read more..

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Kim Johnson Engaged to DWTS Season 20 Partner Robert Herjavec!!

So many congratulations and best wishes to Kym and Robert – perfect couple, both gorgeous and talented!! From People Magazine online:

Former Dancing with the Stars partners Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson are engaged, PEOPLE can exclusively confirm.

“I still can’t believe that a year after walking into a dance studio of all places, my life has changed this much,” Herjavec, who popped the question with a gorgeous 6.5-carat ring, tells PEOPLE. “Kym is an incredible woman and I’m just so excited for what the future brings for us.”

After the proposal, the couple returned home where they were greeted by over 30 friends and loved ones, including Kym’s mom from Australia, some of her Dancing with the Stars friends and close pal Carson Kressley, among others.

February 28, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

It’s Official: Derek Hough to Star in “Singing in the Rain” on Broadway

And I can’t believe he gave me the scoop last July. 🙂 I am so happy for Derek and I can’t wait to hit the great white way to see this show. Opens in January 2017, but Previews will likely begin in late November. Congrats to Derek!! To see all kinds of video and photos from Harvey Weinsteins Pre-Oscar Party where Harvey made the announcement, visit PureDerekHough.com!

February 27, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

John Of Pure DWTS Talks On The Odds Of Pittsburgh Steeler’s Antonio Brown Joining Dancing With The Stars

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-

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February 24, 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 22 Rumors and Watchout – Antonio Brown?

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.

February 23, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 22 – PRO WATCH!!

It’s that time of year again and who knows what kind of funky will go down this season. Will Derek finally hang up his DWTS shoes? Will Artem get hosed again in favor of the ever annoying Val? Will Sasha finally get his chance? Will Sharna continue to follow in the wrong footsteps, making unwise statements? Who will take Allison’s spot? These questions and more will hopefully be answered soon. 🙂

I don’t want to hear about Jenna being dance captain. I think that is likely decided among the dancers themselves and I doubt it has any significance in regard to the show – maybe she’ll be a pro, maybe she won’t. Derek and Julianne’s dance captain was someone you’ve likely never heard of. So what?

Kristyn Burtt claims that the pros have been told rehearsals start on February 22 – it remains to be seen if that is true or if it actually happens. Last season was so…fluid…that we’ll have to wait and see. I do think we’ll start to hear stuff from those with a lack of ability to keep their mouths shut. 🙂 There are some Derek fans that worry his media sweep happening next week will include an announcement about his status. The media sweep is because of Disneyland 60 – if an announcement happens, it will likely be that he’s out. If he says nothing or hems and haws, it might be that he’s in. He’s a tough call, as usual Read more..

February 10, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Pro Mark Ballas Engaged to BC Jean?

According to US Magazine, the lovely duo got engaged the day before Thanksgiving and have been keeping it on the DL. Good for them!  Respect for keeping it private. Hmmm….awful lot of pros getting engaged. Is there something in the water over there?? 🙂

Ringing in the new year with a ring! Dancing With the Starspro Mark Ballas proposed to longtime girlfriend BC Jean(aka Brittany Jean Carlsonin November, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly.

January 9, 2016 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Congratulations to Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy on their Engagement!

Best wishes to both of them!! I think they make a good couple and both seem very happy. And I love Peta’s hair in this picture. 🙂

ETA: Vogue here! You can read more on the wedding proposal at US Weekly. I am so so happy for them!!

The romantic moment went down at the end of a performance of Sway at the Olympia Theater in Miami, Fla. Sway stars the Chmerkovskiy brothers and Murgatroyd, as well as DWTS pro Tony Dovolani and DWTS alums Meryl Davis and Rumer Willis, who were partnered with Maks and Val, respectively, in their winning seasons.

“I’m in love with you and I want to be in love with you for the rest of my life,” Chmerkovskiy said, according to an eyewitness. “Will you marry me?”

She said 'yes' 😊 @petamurgatroyd

A photo posted by @maksimc on

December 5, 2015 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 11 – Final Power Rankings!!! Who Will Win?

At the risk of sounding cliched – where has this season gone? Seems like only yesterday, I was catching flak from Keo fans for predicting that Chaka would be an early out, hoping & praying that Victor would last longer than a week, and was actually enjoying Tamar putting Val through the paces 🙂 It’s been a wild season with multiple curveballs thrown into it, and I’ll be honest – I’ll be glad to get my Monday nights back for a little while. But it’s been a fun ride 🙂

Last night…was a bit underwhelming for me, I’m afraid, save for maybe 2 dances. I think I’ve said this before, but I’m kinda over the “judges’ choice redo” dance – even if the couples don’t improve, I feel like they get lavished with praise, and the dance almost never feels 100% fresh, new, and exciting. On top of that, I feel like some couples get dances that there is really not a ton of room for improvement on (Bindi & Carlos), while others get to redo ones that they completely f’d up the first time around (Nick), and others get saddled redoing dances that so well-remembered for other reasons that their redo dance is bound to be a bit of a letdown (Alek, trying to best his rumba with Emma).  I feel like the only one that really benefited significantly from the redo was Nick – the rest either did slightly better or stayed about the same. I would have rather seen the couples either re-dance their favorite dance, or redo their favorite dance with new choreography and a new song.

Something else I’m a bit tired of as well? Hearing about how the freestyle is “the most important dance of the season” or how it is the “make it or break it” dance for the couples.  As I think Heidi has said before – the freestyle is not nearly as special as it once was, and hasn’t been nearly as important in affecting the outcome of the show in recent seasons as it has in the past.  Ever since season 15, when they started making the team dances a freestyle, and starting allowing the couples to use massive sets and lots of extra dancers in their regular dances, the actual freestyle in the finale has felt considerably less special – to the point where it can end up looking pretty similar to something the couple has already done (Nick), or is something that doesn’t even seem to fit a couple well, because they’re trying so hard to be “out-of-the-box” (Carlos). And sorry, but if America isn’t already voting for you BEFORE the freestyle round – I highly doubt they’re going to suddenly throw some votes your way because of it. You’re actually probably better off treating it as “just another dance” than trying to outdo yourself – because in all honesty, it’s likely not going to make much of a difference in whether you win or not, unless you completely f*ck it up.

As for Carlos – I doubt anyone was super shocked that the Toker 4 Jesus left us last night (credit to @sally_braden for that gem!), and I started getting an inkling that he was toast after the judges’ OTT gushing about that bizarre foxtrot of his, which felt stiff and awkward, on top of having a lack of…well, actual foxtrot in it. Lawd Jesus, somebody PLEASE reinstate Witney’s outside choreographer privileges, because these last few dances have just been painful to watch. I found their freestyle to be the weakest of the 4 we saw last night, simply because they seemed to throw in several elements that neither fit together cohesively nor really fit Carlos, just for the sake of doing something that had “never been done before”.  The bit with the lights on the hands at the beginning? Looked like they were directing ground traffic at an airport, and also – already been done before (Shawn & Derek’s bhangra in season 15). Including Paula, Hayes, & Alexa? Ok, it hadn’t been done, but did it really improve the routine? We only saw about 5 seconds of each one moving kinda awkwardly. The lift? He seemed to struggle with it, and it was the same one Alek did in his freestyle – only Alek did it better. The one credit I will give Carlos & Witney, though, is that the hip-hop steps they did seemed more impressive than the ones we saw in Nick’s freestyle. But more on that in a bit… Read more..

November 24, 2015 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, 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. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!