TGIF, kids! Only 3 days till showtime
Happy Friday Dancettes! Only three more days until showtime! In the meantime, how about feasting your eyes on some of the first Dancing With The Stars Season 19 official rehearsal photos. You can see more at each Getty link below. Beautiful!! You can also view some of the cast arriving to rehearsals at the Daily Mail and Just Jared Jr..
Aren’t these some great shots of Witney Carson and Chelsie Hightower? The two Dancing With The Stars pros attended the 2014 Industry Dance Awards Honoring Paula Abdul And Nigel Lythgoe at the Avalon in Hollywood, California. Beautiful. You can view more photos at Getty Images.
The Toledo Blade interviewed their very own Jonathan Bennett about Dancing With The Stars. I didn’t realize he lost his father recently to brain cancer…and he lost his mother too. Below is more and why this is part of Jonathan’s motivation behind doing Dancing With The Stars. Be sure to read the full interview at the link. I’m loving this guy and his energetic and passionate spirit!
Q: Do you have a motivation about being on the show besides your own performance? Is there something driving you?
A: I just lost my father to brain cancer not but three months ago and this was his favorite show on television. And when he was sick in hospice the only show he wanted to watch was Dancing with the Stars because he said this show made him feel good. So I’m doing this performance not just for myself but for my father because I know how badly he loved the show and how thrilled he would be that I’m on it.
I’m also doing this dance for my mother because she passed away a year before that and they both were huge fans of the show.
[Note: Bennett’s father was Dr. David Bennett, a Toledo physician, who died April 28 at the age of 74. His mother was Ruthanne Bennett, who died Nov. 30, 2012, at the age of 67.]
Q: That’s tough to lose both parents within a year.
A: Oh, very, very tough. The biggest reason I wanted to come on the show is to challenge myself but also each dance I do is for my parents. I’m doing every performance for both my parents because I know how much they would love to see my on this.
Q: What’s been the biggest challenge so far?
A: I think the biggest challenge is not memorizing the steps, it’s physically getting my body to move in ways that it’s never moved before . . . like firing muscles and engaging muscles that I didn’t even know I had.
The hardest one is the passé for me, where you bring your knee up really high, because I have bad flexibility in my hamstrings. Pulling my leg up that high that quick is pretty challenging.
Tommy Chong is cracking me UP! I’m also loving how Peta Murgatroyd laughs and is continually smiling! More below in a new Access Hollywood interview. They give hints on their dance for this week (the Cha Cha) and next week (the salsa).
This is too Funny. Team Quack Attack is singing for votes. Thanks to Lynne for the heads up!
ETA: Below is a new rehearsal video. They are so cute!
The promo continues for Julianne Hough and Dancing With The Stars. Last night, she was a guest on the Jimmy Kimmel LIVE. Below is some video coverage before and afterwards. You can also view lots of pictures at Getty Images. She was also interviewed by Mario Lopez of Extra. You can view some fantastic shots of her at the Daily Mail and Zimbio Pictures.
ETA: You can also listen to a new ABC interview at this link.
ETA2: Another pap video…
ETA3: You can listen to a new interview with Julianne and E News at this link.
Tavis Smiley plans to try his hardest on Dancing With The Stars. He talks with Huffpost Live today (video below) all about it and how he wasn’t allowed to dance when he was a kid. Excellent interview. Tavis gives hints on his first dance and song too. You can also listen to two audio interviews at Praise Indy and Geraldo Live.
Julianne Hough talked with Access Hollywood all about how she plans to judge Dancing With The Stars. Her judging will ‘always come from a loving place’. She also ‘always plans to be honest’. Go for it, Julianne! Stay tuned. More interviews are planned with Julianne. We’ll add them to this post as soon as we can.
ETA: You can view some gorgeous new photos of Julianne in Los Angeles at Getty Images.
4 days till the premiere! And we’ve still got spoilers for ya
If you’re looking for song and dance spoilers for Monday night’s show, check out Heidi’s “Who’s Dancing What?” post – we’ll continue to update it throughout the weekend. My mini-spoilers are primarily going to be intel on coming weeks and how the couples are doing in rehearsals…as well as any other random tidbits that fall into my lap Read more..