Pictured above is our new Dancing With The Stars judge Julianne Hough on Good Morning America today. If you head to Getty Images, you can view a bunch of high quality photos of her during and after her Good Morning America appearance. She also takes selfies with fans. So cute and I love her dress and shoes!
Good Morning America just announced the new “permanent” judge for Dancing With The Stars. Our new 4th judge will be…. JULIANNE HOUGH!
— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) August 21, 2014
For those who are new to the show and don’t know Julianne, she is a champion American professional ballroom dancer. She started competing in dance at age 9. She is also a two-time professional champion of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She was also nominated for a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy in 2007 for Outstanding Choreography in season five of the show. What’s more, Julianne is a country music singer and music artist. She’s also an actress. She’s starred in movies like Burlesque, Rock of Ages, Footloose, and Safe Haven. Julianne just recently danced in a 48 show ‘sold out’ tour with brother Derek called “Move Live On Tour” this past summer. You can read more on Julianne’s accomplishments at this link.
CONGRATS JULIANNE!! We couldn’t be more happy to have you on board (and hopefully performing in some pro numbers too!). Go get em, Girl!
Pictured above lighting us up today is Gleb Savchencko! The pro dancer attended the premiere of New Line Cinema’s and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ ‘If I Stay’ at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California last night. If you’d like to see more pics, see Getty Images.
Today, the official site for Dancing With The Stars posted some fun footage ‘behind-the-scenes’ of Season 18. Some of this is hilarious. Check it out.
Hey Dancettes, do you remember the “Ballroom With A Twist” blog written by Lois, and her friend, Kathy, from when they say the show in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on August 10th? Well, Lois sent us sent us some fun “Meet and Greet” pictures for when they met Sharna Burgess and Val Chmerkovskiy. These are adorable and check out Sharna’s face when she didn’t receive a hug too. So cute. Thank you Lois and Kathy for your pictures.
Did you know Dancing With The Stars Tony Dovolani has an autistic son? The Huffington Post has a wonderful piece about it and his family and how they have adjusted…and what they have been blessed to learn to. Below is a take, but, be sure to hit the link for much more including some fun pictures of Tony and his family. Thanks to Donamadrina for the heads up!
Dovolani also discusses the importance of the state assistance they are receiving. “We live in the great state of Connecticut where they have a program, where they send people to your home that help you with speech therapy, motor skills and everything else. It is part of the reason I live in Connecticut.”
Adrian goes to elementary school as well and takes advantage of about everything that school offers. Tony adds, that he does physical therapy, “but no medicine, it’s a personal choice. Our focus is just on him developing.”
Interestingly, one of the methods the family uses with Adrian is to not stick to routines in order to free him from his obsessive need for routine.
Dovolani can’t emphasize enough that they don’t treat Adrian differently than their two daughters: We try to put him on the same schedule as them; we all eat together, we all hang out together, we play together. He does not get excluded from anything and I think that is the most important thing for any child with special needs; is not to exclude them.
And of course, all three of the children dance. “We’re always active, we’re always dancing, we’re always doing something that has to do with activity — whether it be a trampoline or swing sets or running or playing tag or rollerblading, ice skating, skiing, bike riding. You name it, we do it,” says Dovolani.
I brought up the fact that sometimes in families who have children with special needs; there is a dynamic where the siblings feel they are not getting as much attention as the child with special needs. Tony is clear that they all get equal attention, “It depends on who needs the attention. As a parent you try to divide and make sure you give every single child attention, but we have been blessed with some really great daughters that are very sensitive to my son and they are helpful in every aspect, especially his twin sister. I call my wife my queen because she takes care of everything in such a wonderful way.”
Just a TV heads up! Tomorrow (Thursday) Good Morning America will be announcing a judge for Dancing With The Stars Season 19. Could this be Julianne Hough as rumored? *keeps fingers crossed*
Thanks to @Jahfan1 for this news. She saw it during a commercial during the show today.
So, all eyes on tomorrow. WOO HOO!
ETA: Apparently, the commercial said something about ‘sexy’ and they also showed a ‘woman’ dancing behind a screen. Fascinating. Thanks to Linz for the heads up!!!
How about a couple of interviews with Erin Andrews to start the day? She talks about football, Dancing With The Stars, and more. Thanks to Huffpost and Fox for the videos…
Or an attempt to start a real rumor? Who knows with Tommy Chong? But it’s from his facebook page. So….is he kidding? Is he high? I didn’t look through all the comments but the 200 or so that I saw seemed to think it was for real. Who knows?
Who knows if this news is true or not? Though note how TMZ has been a good source for Dancing With The Stars pre-season rumors for several years. Read on for more….
Sources connected with the show tell us … they’ve made an offer to Julianne to become the 4th judge … the other 3 are coming back. We’re told the 2 sides are in negotiations and are expected to make the deal.
Julianne left the show years ago to pursue an acting and singing career, but it’s been rough going … particularly “Rock of Ages” and “Footloose.” We’re told her commitment to DWTS is only a couple of hours a week, so she’ll still pursue acting.
And there’s this … our sources say Maksim Chmerkovskiy wanted the judging gig and wanted it BADLY … and he’s really pissed he didn’t get it and has made it known to producers.
I hope this is true. I love Julianne and I’m an even BIGGER fan after the Move Live on Tour! I’m also glad the three regular judges will be back.
ETA: Heidi here…TMZ has updated the story and removed the bit about Maks. I think someone made a phone call – perhaps Maks will still get his shot at a guest judging moment. But maybe not. Who knows?
ETA2: “Sources” talk to E News on Julianne and if she’s coming on as a 4th judge. Apparently, she hasn’t signed on…yet. A rep for ABC won’t comment. More below and at this link.