Happy Monday, kids! Only 7 more days until the premiere Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave such kind, sweet words on yesterday’s mini spoiler post – you guys are the lifeblood of this site, and the reason I do what I do
So to help you guys keep track of all of our daily spoilers (as well as any spoilers that might crop up in Heidi’s upcoming “Who’s Dancing What?” posts), we’ve created a new search category – DWTS Spoilers. So if you’re just looking for spoilers, you can just click on the “DWTS Spoilers” category tag on the bottom of each of these posts to see all the daily spoilers we’ve posted. Pretty neat, huh?
Hope you all are having a good Saturday! Read more..
Now that all of the pairings have been verified, we want your initial thoughts: who’s your early favorite, and who’s the early favorite to win? Yes, we’re aware that we “haven’t even seen them dance yet!”, but considering that there’s so much more to success on DWTS than how well a couple dances, does it really matter? We just wanna know your first impressions And sometimes, they’re pretty spot-on – just look at the results of last season’s preliminary poll.
So who are your picks and why?
Here we are again with another live blog for an announcement of some kind. This time the cast. We’re pretty sure we already have the cast and their pros, as you may have seen on a previous post, so this should be just a formality. Of course, there’s the possibility that one or two are wrong, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
Okay…let’s watch and see what happens…
See below for the live blog portion. If you missed it all and want to cut to the chase, our spoilers were 100% correct!! Here’s a helpful table to illustrate who’s dancing with who and their heights:
|Betsy Johnson||5ft. 4in.||–||6ft. 1in.||Tony|
|Lolo Jones||5ft. 9in.||–||6ft. 3in.??||Keo|
|Sadie Robertson||5ft. 6in.||–||5ft. 8in||Mark|
|Bethany Mota||5ft. 4in.||–||5ft. 10in.||Derek|
|Janel Parrish||5ft. 2in.||–||5ft. 9.5in.||Val|
|Lea Thompson||5ft. 4in.||–||5ft. 11in.||Artem|
|Antonio Sabato Jr||6ft. 1in.||–||5ft. 4in.||Cheryl|
|Randy Couture||6ft. 1in||–||5ft. 5in.||Karina|
|Tommy Chong||6ft. 1in.||–||5ft. 7in.||Peta|
|Tavis Smiley||6ft. 1in.||–||5ft. 5in.||Sharna|
|Michael Waltrip||6ft. 5in.||–||5ft. 5in.||Emma|
|Alfonso Riberio||5ft. 6in.||–||5ft. 4in.||Whitney|
|Jonathan Bennett||6ft. 2in.||–||5ft. 3in.||Allison|
The first rule about spoilers is that you do not ask where we got zee spoilers The second rule? If you want to be surprised come Thursday’s cast announcement, whatever you do, DO NOT click the link below. Got it? Gooooood.
We’ll update this post with any additional spoilers that come our way between now & the official announcement. Please, no begging to know [insert pro here's] partner – we take the spoilers we get, and don’t always get to pick and choose what intel we get.
And he thinks it’s a great idea! Gee, what a shock. Not.
Turns out, the pros – in particular, one who was so “wronged” by her – don’t seem all that worked up by Julianne getting hired. In fact, this particular pro thinks it’s great because she’s actually won the show and is a trained ballroom dancer, unlike two of the other judges on the panel. Hell, Mark wasn’t even sure if it was a full time job because, unlike some, he has a life. I can hear it now – “Oh, they’re like family so of course he’s not mad.” Ya can’t have it both way, folks – he was the recipient of one of Julianne’s supposedly controversial comments and he’s cool.
Perhaps some should take notes of a mature, realistic reaction…. Mark talks to Perez Hilton.
Also – listen to the whole video. Mark says he called the other day to figure out his schedule and the producers haven’t finished pairing celebs with pros yet. So, with the exception of those who might have gotten requested, they selected their professional dancers without them having a partner in mind. This seems very unusual.
Most of you might know Allison Holker. She is most famous for her work on “So You Think You Can Dance”. She was a dance contestant in Season 2 and an all-star in Seasons 7 through 11. She started her dance training at only 4 years of age at “The Dance Club” studio in Orem, Utah (the same city where Derek began his dance and ballroom training). She began teaching at the same studio when she was 16. In other accomplishments, she’s performed with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2002 Olympic Games in 2002. She also starred in ‘High School Musical’ and ‘High School Musical 2′. Last year, she was nominated for “Outstanding Choreography” in the 2013 Emmy Awards (Heidi’s Note: She was nominated WITH Derek). You might remember the dances below when she danced on Dancing With The Stars in the past and the 2013 Emmy Awards last year. More on Allison at Wikipedia.
As for Keoikantse Motsepe, he was an undefeated South African Latin American Champion in every age category for 8 years. His formal dance training includes Latin American, Ballroom, and Contemporary. He has also performed on South African Idol and in the highly acclaimed dance show “Burn The Floor”. You can read more on Keoikantse at Afridiziak. Videos below. Fascinating and good luck to Read more..
Hi all!! Decided to start a new post because the other one was getting cluttered and would be hard to read for anyone coming back for the first time in a while. Click to read the old post.
I was watching GMA at the beginning and they teased nothing – which means I have to wait until they go to the first commercial. Boo.
ETA: Vogue here! GMA just said the announcement was soon coming. Will Derek Hough be back, they ask? We will soon find out!!
ETA: I’m back! They just teased it again, not mentioning any single pro, but showing Cheryl and Drew.
ETA: They just showed their play room with all the screens with big question marks and asked “Maks? Derek? Who will be back and what will their role be??”
ETA4: Okay, there are four pros in studio. I’m guessing Cheryl and Mark. Not sure of the other two. And then they show a child photo of Karina – I take it as she’s IN. They showed Maks/Meryl, Derek’s Ameska Macy’s and Cheryl/Drew – clues.
ETA5: Latest tease shows Derek and Jennie Garth and says 8:22 is the time for the reveal. Ask again about Derek and Maks’ role. Asked if they would be going “head to head”. Um, yeah, Derek is super competitive. :::rolls eyes:::
ETA6: Cheryl is in Studio and competing. Tony is in studio. Karina also in studio, along with Val. Switch up is back. Results show the first two weeks. Len gone for part of season. There will be some “guest judges”. COMMERCIAL/Local News Break.
ETA7: Next…Mark Ballas. See below for the rest. Can’t say I’m happy Derek is back. No vacay for Heidi. I was typing as I went and just realized no Sharna. Kinda devastated about that. Also, no Gleb in the pro lineup despite his wife’s tweet. He must be back in the troupe.
The starting positions below are based on the individual pro’s status last season. Troupe is still unknown. Read more..
I thought this was a VERY interesting read, considering all the discussion about DWTS and the Emmy’s, who should have been nominated and if they were even submitted. There was some speculation in some quarters that Maks wasn’t submitted, or Sharna wasn’t submitted, and so on. I think it’s safe to say, based on this, that ALL the DWTS choreographers had something submitted – Mandy Moore certainly did, and not just from SYTYCD. This is from Variety – click the link to read the whole thing (emphasis mine).
As they prepared to celebrate, this year’s Emmy nominated choreographers remarked at the growth in interest to see dance on television, noting that over 70 submissions from reality and scripted series went in to bid for five nominations.
“It’s still weird,” said Mandy Moore of her own nominations. Moore has previously been nominated for her work on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and this year submitted for “Dancing With the Stars” as well. On stage for the reception Moore took the opportunity to thank those who give choreographers a creative space, while director and Academy governor Gail Mancuso hailed the choreographers as “lifesavers. You complete us,” she said.
“Dance is one of those things where people do it because they love it and they’re passionate about it,” said Hough. “For all the blood, sweat and tears that you put into it, the reward can be quite low compared to the amount of work that you put in — it’s such a passion driven art form and you can really see that and it’s incredible.”