Tuesday night, Karina Smirnoff, Peta Murgatroyd, and Damian Whitewood attended the Samsung and Verizon Launch of The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in West Hollywood, California. The three looked hotter than ever and represented Dancing With The Stars in their stylish best as you can see. While there, E-Online was able to catch up with Karina to ask her why the show is trying to get more A-listers in “upping their game”. Below is how Karina commented.
But why the sudden snooty ‘tude from DWTS? When we caught up with Karina Smirnoff at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch at The Beverly, the dancing vet gave us her input on why the mystery A-listers need to up the show’s game:
“I think it’s great that we’re getting more A-list,” said Karina. “I think we can outdo America’s Got Talent and The Voice.”
I’m sorry, but, in my opinion, Dancing With The Stars shouldn’t try and copy anyone else. I like show just as it is. Plus, they are already at the top of their “A” game, aren’t they? Be sure to read the link in full because E-Online questions the show and their attidude a little and some of the people rumored to dance so far. They also dish who they think would make good “barely” A-Lister potentials. They list Lindsay Lohan, Ellen Degeneres, Demi Moore, Kellen Lutz, and Mariah Carey (no way will Mariah do Dancing With The Stars in my opinion. I think she’s going to be involved with the new US X Factor anyway?).
You can view more pictures of Karina, Peta, and Damian at the Samsung and Verizon Launch of The Samsung Galaxy Launch here and here.
Ok, so this is an older article, but, hey, we try to cover all possibilities and rumors here at Pure dancing With The Stars. We don’t want to miss anyone. Showbizspy reported at the end of April Kelly Preston had auditioned for the show. I kind of think they were dreamin’ at the time, but, you never know. What a coo it would be though if Dancing With The Stars could get Kelly on the show. She’s currently working on a new movie called “Gotti: Three Generations” which will star her husband John Travolta, Lindsay Lohan, and Al Pacino. But, that doesn’t mean Kelly’s schedule might not be free enough to do the show come Fall. Nothing else is listed on her schedule to do after the new Gotti movie…yet!!
KELLY Preston has dance fever!
The actress — who’s married to actor John Travolta — wants to follow in the footsteps her BFF Kirstie Alley by appearing on Dancing With the Stars!
“Kelly has auditioned and she is a shoo-in,” a source told In Touch Weekly magazine.
“If she wants on the show, there’s a good chance it could happen.”
We also have another “wannabe” to report on. Sherri Shepherd!! I’ll let these two tweets below do the talkin'”. Sherri has been a great supporter of Kirstie Alley this past Season as well. She wants to lose weight so she can get pregnant and what a better way to do so? Special thanks to @TeamGMak at twitter for sending us this possibility.
If this is what you can look like from dancing @Kirstiealley twitpic.com/57q2he "Hello Dancing w The Stars? Do U need another plus size?"
Ok, we have more names to throw around to you. What do you think of these people who are trying to get on the show?
Irish born singer, Paul Byrom is our first to report to you. If you do a search on his name at Twitter, you’ll see his fan base campaigning for him to be on the show. Here is a tweet from him today. If you aren’t sure who he is, check out this link under his name. Very nice, I must say. 😀
Not sure if it’s true or not, but, Lara Bingle has been approached to participate on the show. Special thanks to Pure DWTS fan Vin for this information from Sify. The link also mentions Brynne Edlston, Alby Mangels, and Chef Manu Feideo among a DWTS wish list.
The swimsuit model had rejected the offer four times but this time she is considering it, according to a source.
Melbourne socialite Brynne Edelsten, wild man adventurer Alby Mangels and saucy chef Manu Feildel are among those on the Dancing wish list, reports News.com.au.
Bingle will be in the US until early in the New Year.
Danny Gokey, third place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol, would also like a chance to show his stuff on Dancing With The Stars and maybe lose some weight at the same time. Here is a take from Country Music Tattle Tale.
Danny Gokey is where he is in country music because of one reality show: “American Idol.” Now, he tells CMT.com he’s eyeing another reality show. He says he would like to be on “Dancing With the Stars.” He says he likes dancing. And, on that show, “you lose weight, too.”
Danny says Simon Cowell told him he couldn’t dance. But, he says if he were on “Dancing With the Stars,” he could tell him, “you know, Simon, I’ll show you one day.”
LOL to Danny wanting to prove Simon Cowell wrong about his dancing abilities. That would be kind of fun to see. For some reason, I can see Danny dancing with Cheryl if this were to come true? Note: this isn’t the first time Danny has tried to get on the show. You can read an earlier post HERE from Season 9 for when Danny tried to get on the show and how the producers tried to work around his tight schedule. He is more free this Season. So, could this be a strong possibility?
Pop Stop TV is reporting that Kyle Massie’s brother, Chris, would like to dance on the show. More below. There is also a video at the link (it didn’t have a code to embed or I would have posted it).
PopStop TV correspondent Dena Kalil caught up with the brothers at the ‘Disney on Ice’ Charity event and he hinted exclusively that we might just see him on the show next season!
When asked the question, Chris answered coyly:
“Well, I would consider going on there because I would want to win it for the family. If I win it, I would give it [trophy] to him [Kyle].”
When we asked Kyle who he wanted to see on there, he told us he’d like to see Lindsay Lohan, Obama, and Oprah!
Judging by the way Chris’s eyes lit up when we asked him the question, we definitely think he knows something.
I’m not sure Chris is being as serious as Pop Stop would like to think, but, who knows? I liked Kyle Massey on the show. But, personally, I’m not ready for another “Massey” to be on the show…yet, anyway.
Marilu Henner is said to want to be on the show as well. From Showbiz Spy.
MARILU Henner wants to dance!
The Taxi actress, 58, says she’s desperate to appear on the hit US TV show Dancing With the Stars!
“I feel like the girl who’s waiting for the handsome guy to ask her to the dance,” she said.
Wow, and wouldn’t it have been cool if the DWTS producers could have convinced John Travolta to dance? Now that would have been a dream to see. However, he has politely declined. From Popcrunch.
…reality TV fans will have to wait just a little longer for ABC producers to convince the fleet-footed actor to showcase the fancy footwork that dazzled cinema audiences in Pulp Fiction and Staying Alive on the small screen sensation Dancing With the Stars.
We hear Travolta recently said “Thanks, but No Thanks” to an offer to join the cast of stars on the next season of the hit ballroom competition.
An DWTS insider tells Star: “They approached John. Everyone remembers him from Saturday Night Fever
and what a fantastic dancer he is. The ratings would be incredible.”
Though Travolta initially expressed interest in a starring stint on Dancing, the actor eventually politely declined, deciding instead to spend his free time at home in Florida with wife Kelly Preston and their two children, daughter Ella and newborn son Benjamin, Star claims.
“Daddy duties are his main priority right now,” the informant adds.
Ok, so what are your thoughts on these possible DWTS contenders? Of these choices, who can you see and not see on the show?
Holiday Greetings Everyone!! Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?? I’m almost finished. Just a few more things and I should be sitting good. Now all we need here is some snow! lol
Speaking of Christmas shopping, I ran into a fun eBay store which had DWTS Magnets, Calendars, Mousepads, and more. There might be some cool gifts or stocking stuffers that your DWTS friends and family might love. Heidi could use a “Derek Mousepad” I am sure. Here’s the store: Port Charles Place.
In some DWTS news out there, Hollyscoop.com caught up with Carrie Ann at ‘The Trevor Project’, which deals with suicide prevention for Gay young people. Carrie Ann talks about her thoughts on this project, the past season on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, her holiday plans and more.
Jennifer Grey is recovering at home from her Surgery. Here is a take from People.com.
Dr. Robert S. Bray Jr. removed “a huge fragment” from Grey’s back during the operation. The procedure was a success, and Grey, 50, is recuperating but feeling great.
“I’m still recovering at home. I have to rest a bit more, but I feel great – completely pain free,” she tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Bray, who performed the operation at the D.I.S.C. Sports and Spine Center in Marina del Rey, Calif., says Grey “can go back to her family, pilates, dancing – just about anything she wants to do.”
Maks lit up Twitter yesterday with a picture for where he’s at in the Ukraine currently. Gorgeous! What a beautiful place to spend Christmas and “very Dr. Zhivago” as one twitter follower said.
He also tweeted this.
Just a quick message (in light of the current news) to all the fans! I’m great! Having an amazing time and finding out a lot about myself in the process… Don’t read into things and I promise I’ll let you know what it is that I’m doing in due time. LOVE all the support I’m getting from you all and can’t wait to get back to NY and family/friends to celebrate 2011! And PLEASE don’t worry about all the haters……I sure don’t
Speaking of Maks, he along with Mark and Derek have made Glee So Rocks “TV’s 100 Sexiest Men of 2010” List. Mark came in at #58. Maks came in at #24. Derek came in at #26. Sssss, it’s a pretty cool list. I wouldn’t mind seeing any of these men on Dancing With The Stars next Season. How about you?
For those of you missing Jonathan and Edyta like myself, here they are dancing The Grand Pacific Ball Catalina Optivest.
It looks like Karina had fun celebrating her engaement in Las Vegas this past week with The Chippendales. Here a picture of her. More pics in a cool gallery at Wizbangpop.
Courtney will love this. Anna and Tony attended a charity event in South Florida last week which benefitted The Ronald MacDonald House Charity, The Lisa Boccard Breast Cancer Foundation, and Disabled American Veterans. Here is a picture and a take from Accidental Sexiness. Be sure to see the link for more and some video footage as well…especially of Tony saying he’d love to dance with Lindsay Lohan if given the opportunity.
On Thursday, December 9th, 2010 the venue hosted an evening with Dancing with the Stars pro’s Tony Dovolani and Anna Trebunskaya who were even more amazing in person than they are on television. ( I had no idea that was even possible!)
Tony is as dreamy and sexy as you could imagine and Anna’s fiery red hair is quite representative of her electric personality. Poor thing had her suitcase go missing in Los Angeles but she still managed to look fantastic for the event.
The couple performed two dances for guests of the casino, even those who were not participating in the meet and greet. Crowds formed to catch a glimpse of the dancing duo who sadly will never be paired off on the show. Yes, they were THAT good together!
Lastly, would you like to learn to dance with some of the DWTS Pros in the off season? If so, see how you can do so at Suite 101. I’ll take a lesson with Tony and Maks please.
Ok, this wraps up this media edition for now. Have a great upcoming week!!! xxxx
First of all, Carrie Ann was interviewed by Popstop TV this week. In the interview she talks about Lindsay Lohan, Todd Palin, her Christmas plans, and more. Here is a take. Be sure to see the link for more as well as a video that I couldn’t embed here.
“I’ve been asking for Lindsay Lohan since she went to jail the first time,” Carrie Ann Inaba dished exclusively to me.
“Honestly, I definitely think it’d be a great experience for her because she’s very talent. I think it would be a great come back for her.”
Lohan on Dancing With the Stars would definitely benefit not only Lohan but also the network! Who wouldn’t tune in to see Lohan’s foxtrots? But what about Todd Palin, who’s rumored to be in the works of being on the show right after his daughter Bristol?
“Nope,” Carrie Ann said. “I wouldn’t be interested in seeing his moves.”
Carrie Ann is also a big advocate for same-sex couples on the show. “I love breaking down boundaries just in general in my whole life. I think it’s important to break down stereotypes and break down boundaries so I would love to see a same-sex couple on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ but we’d have to figure out some judging changes.”
Any chances of Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi putting on their dance shoes in the near future?
“I would love that! I don’t know if we’re going to be able to get that but I think it would be great.”
Heidi’s Note: I believe that today was the semi-final of Strictly Come Dancing, so we know where Bruno and Len are right now.
In other news out there, Tony Dovolani has officially been picked to be a Judge for the 90th Miss America Contest to be held on Jan. 15th. From Google News.
“The View” co-host Joy Behar and actress Marilu Henner are among seven judges who will decide the next Miss America in January.
Judges for the beauty pageant in its 90th year also include country singer Mark Wills, “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry and Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner Bell.
“Dancing With the Stars” choreographer Tony Dovolani and shoe designer Taryn Rose are also on the panel.
The selections include plenty of ties to ABC, the network airing the pageant live Jan. 15 at the start of a three-year deal. The pageant hasn’t aired on network television since 2004, when ABC dropped it after record-low ratings.
Here is a new fun interview with Cheryl on her appearance in “Forever Tango“, the current broadway show that is coming to San Francisco from Dec. 21 – Jan. 9 (I am so dying to see this). She talks of why this show means so much to her (the roots of it go way back to when she was a little girl) and how she trained for it last summer in Argentina.
Speaking of shows, Mark Ballas says the show he’s doing, “Burn The Floor” is “bad ass”. Here is a take from The Houston Press.
“People should come to see Burn the Floor because it is bad ass from start to finish. High energy, in your face, awesome dancers, awesome choreography, and it’s a spectacle of our sport. People will love it. This is like Dancing With The Stars on steroids,” Ballas told Art Attack.
After learning eight routines in two days, Ballas opens tonight in Raleigh, North Carolina, then moves to Houston before taking a Christmas break and then rejoining the tour in Pittsburgh in late December and early January.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to keep dancing and be doing a show over the Christmas holiday. The choreographer [and director Jason Gilkison] is a good friend of mine and I have a lot of friends in the show so I thought it would be great to join. ”
Ballas said DWTS is very different from Burn the Floor because on the first, you’re dancing with an amateur. “You have to train them, mentor them and go out and perform with them. That’s in contrast to BTF,” a professional show with professional standards. “It was good to be able to really dance again and get into it and dance how I trained to dance,” he said.
Which isn’t to say he doesn’t enjoy DWTS. “It’s one of my favorite seasons I’ve ever done.” He said he enjoyed working with Bristol Palin “just because she was so sweet, so easy to deal with, so wonderful, so eager to learn, open-minded, kind, loving, caring and just fun to spend time with, and to see her journey from the beginning to where she ended up was just remarkable and as a coach just very satisfying.”
I wouldn’t mind seeing this show too. Also, if you’d like to see some pics of Mark’s new home, he tweeted that you can see some pictures of it in the new edition of Ok Magazine.
Anyone missing and wondering where Maks is like I have been this last week? Well, here he is arriving at the airport, filming, and being interviewed on the Ukrainian version of The Bachelor which he is currently starring in. Can anyone understand what he’s saying? Be sure to see the link for more on this project.
Kym has given Stylelist some of her backstage beauty secrets. Here is take.
“We’ve used hair extensions and pieces since the beginning on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ And now, everyone at home can achieve those looks. It literally takes five minutes to do. Believe me, your husbands and boyfriends will thank you for it because you’ll spend far less time getting ready.”
When asked how she personally likes to use the extensions, Johnson replied, “To achieve highlights or lowlights without changing my natural color, I use extensions a shade lighter or darker, depending on my mood. I just clip in the strips! It’s that easy and there’s no risk of damage like with glued-in extensions. My favorite piece is the Salsaloosa — it’s like a messy updo, you put your own ponytail in and you just wrap the Salsaloosa around twice like a scrunchy. I prefer the “buttered toast” shade. For the strips I use a shade lighter, like highlights, but you really can’t go wrong.”
And for the show?“Often we go for a 1940s-inspired look and those are complex and glamorous. I like to do a bun, too. I’ve got such fine hair and these just minimize the damage and don’t have that funny synthetic shine to them that lots of inexpensive hair pieces do. I was wearing the extenions when my friend Jai Rodriguez from “Queer Eye” came with me to “Skating With The Stars” and he couldn’t tell I had the extensions on, so I know they’re good, because he would totally have said something.”
What’s a typical day like during the season?“We start at 8 a.m. and half the day is spent in hair and makeup, but it’s fun and social. I go to the makeup area and use gel [under eye] patches from Shiseido and keep them on while my hair gets done — they tighten the skin under my eyes and feel great and cooling and wake me up. Also, you cannot underestimate great lashes. My eyelash curler is my best friend and I use Maybelline Great LashMascara or Christian Dior DiorShow. These are absolutely a part of my daily routine.”
How do you stay motivated?“Each season of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is grueling. We train about seven hours day every single day once the show starts. We get no days off at all. But it’s so much fun and I’m lucky to be able to do what I love for my job.”
Jennifer Grey’s surgery was a success this past week. She posted on it at Twitter a few days ago.
Thanks once again for all the good thoughts. Dr. Bray performed a perfect surgery yesterday and I am now safely home in bed.
As we enter the rumor season of the year, I want to remind everyone of the real breakdown of what we see on the net. Not everything is actually a rumor. And interestingly enough, today we have examples of all three possible situations when it comes to the potential cast of next season’s DWTS.
Category 1 – The Actual Rumor
Today, as EVERYONE has heard by now, the rumor is Lindsay Lohan. Prior to today, it fell more in the category of heresay, but now we have Radar Online saying it’s nearly a done deal. Just a website? Maybe, but like me (pats self on back) they have actually gotten it right at times. It’s officially a rumor:
This could be the ultimate comeback.
Lindsay Lohan is secretly in talks to be a contestant on the hit show Dancing With the Stars, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
After what seemed like endless legal woes that landed her in jail and now rehab, Lindsay is negotiating for the chance to change her image by appearing one ABC’s mega hit.
“Lindsay has been talking with the DWTS people,” a source close to the actress exclusively told RadarOnline.com. “She is definitely interested and considering being on the show.”
Of course, Gossip Cop says it ain’t so and quotes her Rep:
Gossip Cop looked into the matter again to see whether anything had cha-cha-changed.
We can bust the rumor once and for all.
“Lindsay Lohan is not doing Dancing with the Stars,” her rep exclusively tells Gossip Cop. “The story is false.”
Category 2 – Hope (aka “Please Put me on DWTS”)
Many, MANY people label this as “rumor”, perhaps in an attempt to get traffic to their site? But someone telling everyone who will listen that they want to be on the show does not qualify as a rumor someone is going to be on the show in except very rare cases (Kate Gosselin being one, who I reported as wanting it and eventually ended up thinking she was going to get it, thanks to Jay Leno. ). Today, in the Category of “Hope,” we have Ne Ne Leakes talking to People.com:
Will NeNe Leakes be the first of Bravo’s Real Housewives to be tapped for ABC’s Dancing with the Stars?
The Atlanta Housewife, who’s been getting a taste of reality competition while filming The Celebrity Apprentice, which is expected to air in March, says she’d be thrilled to get the call from the Dancing producers.
“Absolutely. They need a black girl like me. They really do,” Leakes, 42, said on TBS’s Lopez Tonight. “They need a black girl like me to keep it real on the show.”
Category 3 – I WISH
This doesn’t fall in either of the previous two categories. It’s not being rumored extensively to the point that you think where there’s smoke there might be fire, but it’s also not a celeb expressing their desires. It’s someone on twitter or elsewhere asking their favorite celeb if they’re going to be on DWTS, but doing it in a way that it makes me do a bit of research to see if there is any possibility or if someone is just throwing stuff at a wall to see what sticks. I call it “I wish” because this is usually what it’s all about. Someone is wishing upon a star. Today, our “wish” candidate is one that I wish were true or it even had a remote possibility of being true – Kristen Chenowith. This came up as a random tweet TO Kristen last night (which is why I’m actually posting it) – of course I can’t find the tweet again, but last night I checked and she never responded to it. It could be because she’s currently starring in “Promises Promises” on Broadway. I also think she’s too big for DWTS, in addition to being a little busy. Oh! Found the Tweet.
Hi!!! How are all of you Pure Dancettes today?? Just a few media updates. First of all, would you like to guess which pro-dancer this is? Answer will be revealed in the comment section tomorrow sometime. 😉
Next, and special thanks to PureDWTS fan Evaine, here is Maks with a new “Dance with me Soho” update. He tells us what he’s been up to and introduces Tony as his new partner in his dance studio ventures. They both are shooting a really HOT photo shoot that I can’t get enough of. I want too see more. Maks has disabled the embedding, but, you can SEE IT >>>HERE at his You Tube Channel.
Special thanks to PureDWTS fan Figmentation for more news on the “Same Sex Couple” idea. It sounds like ABC is canning the idea for now. Here is a take from Celebuzz.
After toying with the idea of including a same-sex couple on the next season of Dancing With the Stars, ABC has abandoned the notion, PopEater’s Rob Shuter reports.
A source within the network tells Shuter that the plan fell through after Ellen DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi turned down an offer to appear on the show and ABC was unable to come up with a non-controversial replacement:
“If Portia had agreed then this would have been a done deal. She was the only star that could have pulled this off without completely offending the program’s conservative viewers.”
Now, the source adds, producers have decided to hold off on the idea for a few years, hoping that cultural attitudes change, and don’t plan to “rush into creating a same-sex dancing couple just to get attention and publicity.”
In other DWTS ideas and possible contenders, what do you think about the idea of Lindsay Lohan as a contestant next Season? I’m kind of negative on the idea. It depends if she’s kicked her drug habits and done her time. Though that is controversial in and of itself being she’s never had to fully serve it. Why, I don’t know? Don’t the courts realize how much they are hurting her by letting her have her way? But, here is Kyle Massey’s thoughts. He’d also like to see Oprah and Kayne West do the show. Oh boy, not sure on the Kayne West idea either. 😮
Speaking of Kyle, he and Lacey helped with “Skating With The Stars” this past week. Unfortunately, the couple they helped had to back out since one of them was sick. From The Examiner. I love Lacey’s advice on how every “move” should mean something and be performed with intent. So true.
‘Dancing with the Stars’: Kyle, Lacey coach ‘Skating’s’ Brandon, Keauna — One of the most popular pairs from Season 11 of Dancing with the Stars appeared again on television Monday night. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer were brought in to coach Skating with the Stars’ competitors Brandon Mychal Smith and his professional partner, Keauna McLaughlin.
Mr. Smith and Ms. McLaughlin visited the dancing couple in the dance studio. There, they learned about choreography. Lacey Schwimmer told Brandon Smith that every move had to mean something. Each move must be performed with intent and tell part of the story the routine was trying to convey to the audience.
Although the skating pair seemed to gain ground from the Dancing with the Stars duo, unfortunately illness prevented Brandon Smith from competing live Monday evening. His partner, Keauna McLaughlin was in costume and ready to perform in case he appeared at the last minute, but he did not. Instead, ABC ran a video of the pair’s last rehearsal, shot on Sunday.
If you are in Las Vegas on Dec. 10th, be sure to check out Karina Smirnoff as she is planning to join the Chippendales and host “Ultimate Girl’s Night Out”. Here is take from Vegas News. Check the link for ticket information and more if interested.
On Friday, December 10, the Men of Chippendales – the global icon in women’s entertainment – will be joined by Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with the Stars, as she celebrates her new engagement with girlfriends and also hosts The Ultimate Girls Night Out!.
Karina will join the Chippendales onstage as part of the show’s ongoing celebrity guest host series which has recently featured The Bachelor winner Vienna Girardi and model/actress Estella Warren. In addition, Karina will be escorted on the red carpet by the iconic men who have recently been voted the Best of Las Vegas 2010 – Best Male Revue by both editors and readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal. A fan and media favorite of the hit ABC television show, Karina will be joined by a group of girlfriends, all coming to Las Vegas to celebrate her recent engagement to Major League baseball pitcher, Brad Penny, at Chippendales.
Movieline has rated their Top 10 Reality Shows for 2010. They’ve put “Dancing With The Stas” at #10. Here’s why…
10. Dancing with the StarsTV’s schmaltziest hour of dance and pseudo-fame is usually worth a couple episodes of actual entertainment, but this year, Bristol Palin’s relentless survival turned the show into a musical remake of Network. Fans rioted, ratings boomed, dignity died, and viewer outrage felt as flammable as one of Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s leisure suits. Though Jennifer Grey won the season, it was Bristol Palin’s weak hoofing and dictatorial reign that made for violently good TV.
I promised….I am not going to say a word. 😮 lol
Lastly, here is Chelsey and Kym on Access Hollywood doing a promo for their “Dancing” workout DVDs. Margaret Cho joins them as well.
Ok Kids, that is all for now. Though if you haven’t done so yet, don’t forget to VOTE in our “End of The Season Awards” >>>>>HERE!! Also, a reminder to VOTE in the “People’s Choice Awards” as well if you want to see the show and your favorite dancers win an award(s) this year >>>>HERE!!
According to a source involved with casting, the network approached Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg to join the dance card for the show’s 11th cycle but was unable to secure him. The network also lobbied unsuccessfully for Sylvester Stallone, political commentator Ann Coulter, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the real Erin Brockovich, billionaire Richard Branson, comic actor Tim Allen and former TV darling Suzanne Somers.
“We’ve approached a lot of people over the years,” executive producer Conrad Green told THR. “People say no for a variety of reasons. Some people like the show but think they suck at dancing. It’s a lot easier to say no than it is to say yes.”
If you think I can be mean? You ain’t SEEN mean until you’ve seen my reaction to the likes of Ann Coulter. I may have quit the website over her.
Although lobbying for a spot on the roster has proved successful in the past — hello, Melissa Joan Hart — the casting source said those who push usually have little success.
“Melanie Griffith tries to get on every season,” the source said.
And even before rehearsals begin, whispers of on-set drama are running rampant.
Bristol Palin, daughter of former GOP vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, already has been dubbed this season’s Kate Gosselin, who was famously difficult at times last season.
“Bristol was really annoyed by all the questions about whether her mom would be in the audience to support her,” the source said. “She kept complaining about the amount of press she had to do. She is acting like this is all a big pain.”
Oh dear. Click the link above to read the whole article. It’s very interesting and talks about compensation structure – much of which I’ve heard before, but it’s still interesting.
Joan Rivers Snubbed by ‘Dancing With the Stars’: Comedian Has Some Choice (4 Letter) Words for ABC
Joan Rivers is furious—and not it’s not with Lindsay Lohan this time. The Season 11 cast of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ has been revealed, and Joan Rivers’ name wasn’t on the list. The longtime Hollywood fixture was passed over for a spot on the hit ABC ballroom show. Despite telling producers of her interest in appearing on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ Joan Rivers has gotten nothing but crickets for her lobbying efforts.
ETA: Jennifer Grey is hilarious. She tweeted this:
@therealjgrey: It’s not DWTS til you look like a tranny. I love these, wore em to bed. Woke up looking like Hitler.
Our Pros, Celebrities, Judges and Hosts often say things that perhaps, from a professional standpoint, they shouldn’t. Sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re experiencing foot-in-mouth disease, sometimes they’re aggravating, sometimes it’s just none of their damn business. Courtney and I thought it would be fun to take some of these comments and discuss them, under the heading of “People say the Silliest Things”. Plus, some of us miss DWTS when it’s not on – this will be something to talk about.
“I enjoyed every bit of last season — well, most of it, I mean,” Tony Dovolani, who partnered with controversial contestant Kate Gosselin last season, told PEOPLE at the ESPY Awards Wednesday in L.A. “Next season I would like to have a more able partner, someone who doesn’t have so many distractions in their life. The producers know how I feel.”
Heidi: Oh, Tony, there are many things wrong with this statement, if remotely accurate. First off, some pros were not fortunate enough to even get a partner, let alone one that you (hopefully inadvertently) imply is disabled. Complaining about Kate – no matter how horrible she was (and she was horrible – no mistake) probably seems like Paris Hilton complaining about her new house only having 5 bathrooms to people like Dmitry, Lacey, Kym and others. And you know what, Jonathan is only sporadically on this show and he ALWAYS has a worse partner than you’ve had. Geez, you were on the cover of freakin’ PEOPLE magazine!! Besides, even slight disses against a former partner, no matter how true, strikes me as very unprofessional – and saying “the producers know how I feel” sounds arrogant. Not to mention the producers probably remember that you just took Melissa Rycroft to the final two seasons ago – more than Jonathan can say.
While dishing all the goss with the Dancing with the Stars crew recently, Tony had no problem telling it like it is about Jake Pavelka and Vienna Giardi’s recent “juvenile” break up: “It was such great TV I couldn’t help but watch,” Dovolani recently joked about Jake and Vienna’s ABC special. “Wow, wasn’t that a train wreck or what? My wife and I kept looking at each other like ‘Is this really happening’,” Dovolani reiterated. “But it was great TV. Thank you!”
Courtney: Ooh wee. Now while I agree wholeheartedly with our Albanian friend that the very public, very messy demise of Jake & Vienna rivaled some of the train-wreckery previously known only to various VH1 dating series (again, I reiterate: “Can we please get a poly-a-graph test here?!” only reinforces to me that Vienna should have been cast on Rock of Love XXVII instead of The Bachelor), Tony, honey, there are definitely things that could be said with a little more tact – or in this case, not at all. So much for the alleged camaraderie of the season 10 cast (which was tenous at best), and the reasonably classy reputation that the majority of the pros tend to keep in the media. It would honestly not surprise me in the slightest if some of the pros from this season were conveniently not able to participate next season due to “lack of celebrities to match well with” – if they can sit Kym out for a season for holding out for more money, I wouldn’t put it past the producers to punish some of the more mouthy pros by not asking them back for season 11. And without getting into detail, as far as relationships go – I don’t think most of the pros on the show are in any position to be giving out opinions on relationships – there’s been enough tabloid fodder about some of them (who shall remain nameless 😉 ) to make Jake & Vienna’s split look downright civil. Just sayin’…
Heidi: Isn’t it weird that the very YOUNGEST pro on the show is the one who has shown the most tact when asked about Jake and Vienna? Chelsie was asked a direct question and, from what I saw, left it at a “could see it coming” type thing. But Courtney…you left out the best (worst?) parts of this E! thing!!
“Honestly, not my worries,” Dovolani dished to us when we asked him what he thought of the recent Kate Plus 8 investigation. “I haven’t stayed in touch with her, she hasn’t stayed in touch with me. I needed a break and I got a break—which was awesome—with my family.”
Aside from persuading “Tone-dog” to team up with Lindsay Lohan on the next season of DWTS, the babe told us he’s had it with one group of so-called celebs allowed on the ABC hit.
“I think we’ve had enough Bachelors on our show,” T.D. ‘fessed.
As for whether he’s ready to give the boot to all reality TV celebs? He said the ban doesn’t have to go that far.
“As long as they have followers I guess they are stars.”
Heidi: Well, provided that Tony is accurately quoted here, I don’t really know what to say. Dude, it just seems to me that taking direct shots at the producers in public is not really the road to job security. I could be wrong – but this is a show that has 16 to 20 pros already in the stable and they’re likely to only go with 11 to 13 stars again. Do you want to take chances?? I mean, Derek is possibly out for Season 11 (who can tell, he may never leave the bedside of a certain malaria ridden, Brit pop princess), but as far as I can tell the rest of the gang is eager to dance with a star. As far as stars to match YOU, well, there’s Maks (who is being rather circumspect right now) and Dmitry. And I KNOW Dmitry wants back on the show. He’s tweeted as much. Dude, what ARE you doing?? Even if the producers don’t care, I’ve seen several articles about your comments with the word “me-ow” included, not to mention “thrown under the bus” and other indications that we’re not alone in thinking these weren’t the wisest words you’ve ever spoken.
Aaron Carter is moderately successful pop singer known more for his relationships (Hillary Duff, Lindsay Lohan) and for being the younger brother of Nick Carter of the Backstreet Boys fame. This guy is the male that should wrap up the tween/teen vote – whatever he can wrest away from the hot male pros on this show, that is. 😉 One of his fansites (and his Wiki IS a fansite, essentially – some stuff you just don’t wanna know) claims he is a dancer who has done his own choreography. Nothing unusual this season, unfortunately. Aaron also has something of an acting career – coincidentally, one of his credits is Sabrina the Teenage Witch starring…Melissa Joan Hart.
Aaron is 6′ tall and 21 years old, born in Tampa, Florida – and already paired with Karina Smirnoff; many are predicting that Karina might make him cry. The mean and twisted part of me hopes she does. 😉 Hey, it’s an entertainment show!!
Aaron Carter Details
Partner: Karina Smirnoff