Goodness… So many awesome photos of the cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 20. I’m loving the white background better than the gold. What do you think? Be sure to see them all at Getty Images. Below are the pros (sorry, no Whitney though)….
Many of you have been following our journey with Gleb Savchenko as he dances on Dancing With The Stars Russia this season. Well, you might find this new interview with the Ice Network interesting as Gleb talks of how he got a chance to dance on the show with Adelina Sotnikova. He also discusses what rehearsals with her have been like, her strengths and weaknesses, and much more. Be sure to read the full interview and stay tuned. We’ll be making a new post on Gleb and Adelina for Week 4 of Dancing With The Stars Russia on Saturday!
ETA: Note how DWTS Russia is a charity project and that the money is donated to help children! Awesome!
Icenetwork: Although you are Russian, you’re mostly based in Los Angeles. How did you get the prime assignment of partnering Adelina Sotnikova?
Savchenko: When I knew that there was a chance for me to dance with Adelina, I got really excited, but I still had to think about it because it’s a big change for me to move from L.A. for such a long time. One very important thing made my decision easier: when I learned that DWTS Russia was a charity project and that the money would be donated to help children. After that, I didn’t have to think about it too long. Plus, Adelina is an Olympic champion, and I have a good chance to do well in this competition.
Icenetwork: How much time did you get to practice together before the first show?
Savchenko: We practiced for two weeks before the first show, but it wasn’t every day. She had other commitments and shows.
Icenetwork: How have your experiences on the U.S. DWTS helped prepare you for the Russian version?
Savchenko: It’s amazing how most of the countries have DWTS and all of them are so different. I still would say that the U.S. version is the best! I had an opportunity to be a part of it for three seasons. I’ve learned a lot being on the show, not just different dance styles, but in many other areas: how the production works, how they shoot the show.
Being a pro on the Russian version will give me a good chance to show what I’ve learned and how I can teach Adelina, producing a good quality of dancing and making a good show.
Icenetwork: What are your impressions of Adelina?
Savchenko: She works very hard, like a real champ; [she’s] very focused and will not quit until it’s done perfectly. We established good communication between us, and I treat her like my younger sister.
Icenetwork: She is a singles skater and, therefore, doesn’t have much partnering experience. What have been some of her challenges in doing partner work and what has she been a natural at doing?
Savchenko: She has a natural movement and great coordination, and is very musical. She’s never danced with a partner before, but it feels like it’s not a problem for her; she picks [things] up very fast. I’m working on improving her footwork, dance technique and posture.
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Tony Dovolani Says Suzanne Somers Is Giving Him Everything She’s Got In Rehearsals For Dancing With The Stars – New Interview
Tony Dovolani was interviewed by the Digital Journal. He chats about the new season of Dancing With The Stars Season 20 and his new partner Suzanne Somers and their rehearsals. She’s giving him everything she’s got so far.
In the 20th season of Dancing With The Stars, Dovolani is paired up with veteran actress Suzanne Somers from Three’s Company. “So far it has been great. Suzanne Somers has been just an absolute treasure in many different ways, because she is an icon. She is Suzanne Somers, and you don’t know what to expect when you walk into a room. She has been very kind and very hard-working. She gives me everything she’s got and she comes in with the right attitude. Let’s see where this takes us,” he said.
I’m really liking this pairing. He also talks on doing “Sway”…
One of his favorite experiences is being a part of Sway: A Dance Trilogy, along with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his brother Valentin Chmerkovskiy. “That was so much fun. Nothing ever compares to Sway. Literally, the three of us are bringing different perspectives to the stage. You feel like you are watching the evolution of dancing. My act is set in the 1930s and 1940s, where I am wearing a tuxedo and then they go to Val who does more urban and Broadway dances, and Maks does Latin dances. There is no dull moment in the entire show. Anybody that has seen this show has asked us when we will do it again,” he said.
He shared that they performed eight shows at The Space at Westbury in Westbury on Long Island and the fans have attended all eight performances. “People come to all eight shows. They keep wanting to see it again, and that tells me that it’s a good show,” Dovolani said.
Their next Sway show will take place on June 5 and June 6 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. “It’s going to be action-packed and so much fun. The audience is literally at the edge of their seats the entire time,” he said. “The response that we have gotten has been overwhelming.”
More at the Digital Journal on his family and more.
OH, this is too fun!! Enjoy….
US Magazine reports Chris Soules is dancing on Dancing With The Stars Season 20. Furthermore, he’s been meeting with producers over the last few weeks. Read on for more.
After Chris Soules gives out his final rose on The Bachelor finale, he’ll partner up with a different woman as the 12th contestant on season 20 of Dancing With the Stars, Us Weekly has confirmed.
When the celebs competing on the 20th edition of the ABC dance competition were announced on Good Morning America Feb. 24, one name was missing — the star partnered up with dance pro Witney Carson.
DWTS host Tom Bergeron said at the time, “Her partner couldn’t rose — I mean rise so early to be here,” and now Us can confirm that his misspeak wasn’t just a slip of the tongue.
A source told Us Weekly that Soules has been meeting with DWTS producers over the past few weeks to understand what, exactly, his run on the show will entail. He even called fellow Bachelor Sean Lowe — a Dancing With the Stars alum — for advice.
“He seems like he’s not totally sure what he’s getting himself into! It will be fascinating to see how well he does,” the source said.
Soules’ partner, reigning champion Carson, who took home the Mirrorball trophy with Alfonso Ribeiro in season 19.
More at US Magazine.
We haven’t heard a lot from the Patti Labelle and Artem Chigvintsev Camp, but, below is a take from the Clarion Ledger. It has quotes from Patti and how she’s fairing so far in rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars. Check out how Gladys Knight called her….
“It’s not easy. It’s not easy, but it’s something that I can do,” LaBelle said with a chuckle Monday, five minutes before her third day in DWTS rehearsals. “I’m learning, but it’s a lot to do when you do ‘Dancing with the Stars.’
“You’re dancing with professionals, and I am just a singer and I’m not a dancer. Girl, I’ve been working it, though. I’ve been working really hard to stay on point.”
The Grammy-winning LaBelle, who performs in Jackson Friday night at the Jackson Convention Complex, is in the cast of the 20th season of “Dancing with the Stars,” premiering at 7 p.m. March 16 on ABC. The singer who put “Lady Marmalade,” “New Attitude” and more on the hit charts is partnered with Artem Chigvintsev, who’s traveling with her to keep rehearsing. Some background footage for the show will be filmed here.
This, she said, is “totally different” from any past stage experience. “When I go out to sing, I know what I’m gonna do. I don’t practice for that. This, I have to practice for, because this is something I’ve never done.
“My friend Gladys Knight (a 2012 DWTS competitor) called this morning, and said, ‘Girl, you’re in for something!’ She said, ‘I’m so happy you said yes.’ I said, ‘At 70, why say no?'”
LaBelle may present her partner Chigvintsev at her Jackson concert. “It’s not definite if I will, but I’m going to use my judgment. … I think it would be nice.
“He is with me forever, until I’m put off the show,” she said, laughing. “He’s with me for a long time because I’m going to win!”
You can read more at the Clarion Ledger.
I think some of you might have guessed in comments last week that Kym Johnson’s partner, Robert Herjavec, has separated from his wife. E Online is confirming it now, but, not without ending their article on a positive note about him dancing with Kym on Dancing With The Stars.
“Human relationships are so difficult,” Herjavec told TMZ, which also reported that the ABC star has his eye on divorce court as well. “I wish nothing but love and peace for our family as we move forward from this.”
The 52-year-old Croatian-born and Canadian-bred businessman made his fortune in the security solutions industry, his Herjavec Group being one of Canada’s fastest-growing tech companies. He previously starred on the CBC’s Dragon’s Den before joining Shark Tank. (And yes, the overall concepts are the same.)
Herjavec has been paired with veteran DWTS pro Kym Johnson, who’s already been getting treated to the jet-set lifestyle as the partner of presumably one of the most monied of this year’s contestants.
“May be the fastest dip ever!! 600 mph @kym_johnson @DancingABC #sharkaroo,” Herjavec tweeted this afternoon along with a pic of a rehearsal in progress on a private plane.
More at E Online.
Is the mystery contestant on Dancing With The Stars Season 20 really Chris Soules? People made some alternate suggestions in case it isn’t. Could it be one of these choices instead?: Jesse Williams, Matt McGorry, Ryan Phillippe, Chad Michael Murray, Scott Foley and BONUS: Jamie Dornan. Read the link to see how they came up with those names. Below is a take that adds to the speculation….
Many have speculated that The Bachelor’s Chris Soules is a contender for that last spot in the DWTS cast, but the farmer from Arlington, Iowa, has been very vocal about his lack of any inherent musicality.
(Remember when he rapped? Game though he was, it still may have been the most embarrassing thing to happen on a season in which one contestant had a black censor bar covering her butt’s every short-shorted move.)
However, there have been hints. When DWTS host Tom Bergeron made the cast announcement on Good Morning America on Feb. 24, he said that the last contestant “couldn’t rose – I mean, rise early enough” for the big reveal.
Furthermore, Carson posted a selfie of herself on Instagram just one day prior to the announcement in the middle of nowhere – like Arlington, perhaps – with the caption, “Just moments away from meeting my new partner!”
That said, these could all be red herrings devised by ABC to drive us all mad from speculation.
Just in case Soules is not the mystery contestant, we’ve compiled five perfectly great contenders from other ABC franchises (plus one bonus) for the DWTS producers to consider. You’re welcome! (If any of them end up getting cast, we want a finder’s fee.)
Ryan Phillippe or Scott Foley….I say YES to those two. Let us know what you think?
Thanks to DWTSGossip for this find. Below in the two videos Rumer Willis talks about her new Broadway show in Chicago. Her Dancing With The Stars partner Val Chmerkovskiy also joins them to talk about the show’s upcoming season. They dance too. Their first dance is the Fox Trot.
ETA: Here they are on Extra last week. Val says she has natural ability and they are the best from all the couples….
ETA2: And they did an interview with ABC7 in Chicago too….