Karina Smirnoff took time during the Thanksgiving holiday to help pass out blankets, food from KFC, drinks and even socks to the homeless in Los Angeles in the Blanket Drive 2013. You watch a clip with her below. Also, be sure to visit Zimbio Pictures as she also attended the “Hollywood Christmas Parade Benefiting Toys For Tots Foundation” on in Hollywood, California yesterday (pic above and thanks to DWTSgossip for heads up on this news). So cute and giving too!
Who knows how true this new rumor is. Though you know us, we can’t ignore anyone. Below is more from Showbiz Spy about the possibility of Renee Zellweger dancing on Dancing With The Stars.
“The producers are fixated on Renee, in part because she hasn’t done much dancing at all since Chicago more than ten years ago and there’s this real mystery about her and what she’s up to.
“They keep raising the amount of money they are willing to give her in the hopes that she’ll say yes, and the theory is that if they can get her to sign on, then it would attract some other really prominent Oscar winning stars — who wouldn’t normally do reality TV — to fall in step.
“Now that the rule that stars had to be total dance novices has been broken, it opens the door wide for someone like Renee, who hoofed it in Chicago, to strut her stuff.
“The DWTS masterminds think the idea of having a theme of Oscar winners would be a sure ratings-grabber.
“And it would be the perfect springtime ABC tie-in because the network already controls the rights to the Academy Awards show.”
So, what do you think? Do you like the idea of Renee dancing? I’m not a big fan, but, she’d be cool to get!!
ETA: Below is some Hollyscoop news on this…
PureDWTS Guest Blog: “Reflections On Season 17, A Commentary And Other Dancing With The Stars Musings”
As promised, PureDWTS Guest blogger and poet Lois is back with a commentary in wrapping up the season!!
REFLECTIONS ON SEASON 17 – A COMMENTARY AND OTHER DANCING WITH THE STARS MUSINGS
BY: Lois A Troutman, November 30, 2013
Anticipation was building to a fever pitch! Rumors were swirling! The announcement of the cast for Season 17 was fodder for Internet and water cooler chat! The nation was hungry to know the names of the brave celebrities who would be lacing up new dancing shoes! The smell of leather permeated the studios of DANCING WITH THE STARS! Shoes were waiting for twelve pairs of feet to fill them!
Re-wind to September 4, GOOD MORNING AMERICA! Finally the new cast and their pro partners were announced! Each brave soul entering the studio to begin their dancing journey!
The dance party had begun! The pairings would be:
EMMA SLATER and BILL ENGVALL
SHARNA BURGESS and KEYSHAWN JOHNSON
PETA MURGATROYD and BRANT DAUGHERTY.
CHERYL BURKE and JACK OSBOURNE
TYNE STECKLEIN and BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY
KARINA SMIRNOFF and CORBIN BLEU
TONY DOVOLONI and LEAH REMINI
DEREK HOUGH and AMBER RILEY
MARK BALLAS and CHRISTINA MILLIAN
TRISTAN MCMANUS and VALERIE HARPER
SASHA FARBER and NICOLE POLIZZI
VAL CHMERKOVSKIY and ELIZABETH BERKLEY LAUREN
I was familiar with many of the cast but not with a few. This is why I love this show every season. I am always pleasantly surprised by those I am not familiar with. I am pleasantly surprised by the growth of the celebrities on their dancing journey. I find each season fascinating! There are many learning opportunities by watching the show. From learning more about the celebrities to the dances we see.
I would be fascinated to go behind the scenes! I would love to see how the juggernaut, the brains behind the show, puts it on every week. We did see some behind the scenes commentary. But, they should put on a comprehensive special allowing us to follow from the beginning to end of a show. What goes on behind what we see on the air?
I would love to see a special with all of the dancing pros dancing together. And a special with exhibition dances by the dancing couples, no judges, no scoring. Just dances galore! Those specials would be music to my dancing lover’s heart!
For Season 17, changes were made to the format of the show. The most notable was the elimination of the Tuesday night results show. I wondered how they could pack everything into a two-hour show that had been done in three hours in previous seasons. My feeling still is that the show seemed rushed. Am I correct in my feeling that the dances, at least in the beginning, were shorter in order to make them fit into less time? Tom Bergeron needed to keep the pace of the show by limiting comments from the judges, for example. He limited the teams from doing longer celebrations. I still think a Results Show is needed. Yes, towards the end of the season musical guests appeared again. But, I still love the musical guests that were on the Results Show every week. I loved the extras that had to be eliminated due to time restraints, such as more rehearsal footage, etc. I preferred the Skybox for the couples as opposed to the glitter benches. They seemed more restrained there. It seems more appropriate for them to be located away from the judges.
Another thing that was limited by the two-hour time restraint were many more pro dances. I believe the show made up for that somewhat by the super-sized opening numbers. But I will take all the dancing I can get. I would love to see more pro dance numbers again. And, there were very few encore numbers. I loved seeing the encore numbers each Results Show. I hope the Results Show is reinstated for Season 18. I hope they keep the show on twice a year. I hope the show goes to Season 20 and beyond. I believe this show can be kept fresh by introducing things such as different type dances, like trio and fusion to name two of the ones introduced. The powers that be have done marvelous work so far. I expect they will continue to refresh the show.
Questions brewed, most importantly, the voting. I was a bit confused at first how the show could only be one night. And how our votes could be factored in. There was a voting snafu which saved all of the couples into the next week. I had read of voters thinking their votes were cast for the wrong couples when they voted on Facebook. Or having phone issues, etc. Of course, each season there are those who feel the show is rigged. I will never, ever believe the show is rigged. People must keep voting. The modern technology used in voting is not foolproof.
This season many talented dancers were eliminated, Elizabeth, Nicole, Christina, Brant. Some complained, which happens every season, that less talented dancers were saved. The debate will always be there, voting on popularity v. voting on who has improved the most, the best dancer. My opinion is just vote with your heart. There is no scientific formula, no right or wrong answer. There is actually fun in debates, but use common courtesy. We will never all agree on who has won the MIrror Ball Trophy.
This season brought three guest judges, JULIANNE HOUGH, CHER, and the one, the only MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY! I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh perspectives they brought to the table. The judges are the brunt of much controversy. Are the scores too high, too low? I feel I am not in a position to judge them. It will be what it is. Is there a need to replace the judges, add a judge? Again, that is not for me decide. I will just say if the judges’ system isn’t really broken, why fix it? AMERICAN IDOL has tried judge after judge. Few of them have measured up to the originals.
I would be remiss if I did not mention the astounding talents of every pro, teaching and the troupe! They are the backbone of the show. They make the dancers into what they become on their dancing journey! I am in awe of their talents!
One central thing to remember. DANCING WITH THE STARS is first and foremost a sparkling entertainment extravaganza! I love the entire show! From the sequins to the costumes to HAROLD WHEELER’s orchestra to the commentaries from everyone. Thank you for everything you give to me!
Season 17 is in the DANCING WITH THE STARS History Books! It was another season filled with the brilliance of the art of dancing! What more could we want?
Season 18 is around the dancing bend! See you in the middle of March, 2014!
Lois is back with not one, but, TWO poems in wrapping up Dancing With The Stars Season 17. She includes a “thank you” for reading her work as well. Enjoy and THANKS LOIS!
A SEASON 17 SHOW-STOPPING FOUR-STAR REVUE!
Four stars dancing for the Mirror Ball Trophy in full view
Rise and Shine dancing stars, it is your time in the sun
A sensational opening number and the show has begun
Three dances were performed to oohs and aahs galore
The much-awaited freestyles burning up the dance floor
The judges chose dances for a rousing, riveting encore
The dancing couples took their best turns once more
Jack and Cheryl, to a jovial, jaunty, jazzical, joyful Jive
Corbin, Karina, Quickstepped a dapper Dixieland vibe
Amber, Derek to Charleston chipper, charming, cheerful
Bill, Emma to Viennese Waltz elegant, exquisite, tearful
The Four Star Review highlighted a shining Samba Relay
A shimmering, star-spangled, spectacular, saucy array
The ballroom was shaking, the rafters quaking from above
Eager anticipation crescendoing for the freestyles we love
Jack and Cheryl spun a top hat and tails, tantalizing tale
A slap-happy, snap-happy, cane-tappy, hearty and hale
Corbin and Karina channeled a Michael Jackson THRILLER
A hanging-in-the-air, smooth as silk, a be-dazzling chiller
Amber and Derek with a Saloon group came on with a bang
Spicy, hand-clappy, feet-snappy, cheers from the crowd rang
Emma and Bill, Indiana Jones or the entertainer with a heart
Flying with theatrical flavor, his shirt playing a comedic part
The ending sadly for Emma and Bill, he graciously took bows
He went out proudly, a gentleman of charisma gave us wows
THE ALL-STAR FINALE will be continued, will be a Part Two
Another poem will be written, my gift from me just for you!
Written By Lois A Troutman, November 29, 2013
This past Wednesday, we posted the on-line coverage of the three finalists visiting Good Morning America after the finale of Dancing With The Stars, but, they didn’t post everything. Thanks to Heidi, she’s recorded everything in full (or close to everything in full) including the troupe dances, etc.. Enjoy and be sure to see Pure Derek Hough for more coverage with Amber and Derek if interested. Heidi has posted their appearance on The View, screen caps galore, and much more.
Wow, wasn’t Brooke Burke Charvet ‘s finale dress for Dancing With The Stars breathtaking?! I thought it was one of her all time best. She looked Egyptian Goddess-like. Below are a few instagrams that she posted after the show.
Also, check out the Daily Mail when you get a chance. They are featuring new pics of her and her home in Malibu with some quotes from her about it via Closer Magazine. Her family is pictured too. Her kids are so adorable!!!
Host Tom Bergereon talked with OK!TV about Dancing With The Stars. Never did he imagine when the show first started in the summer of 2005 that it would take off like it did. They ask him how they keep the show refreshing. Tom says the producers do a good job tweeking it, but, the key thing is that it’s a LIVE show with no safety zone (so true). Tom chats a little about America’s Funniest Home Videos as well. More below….
According to Radar Online, Tori Spelling is interested in doing the show so she can rehab her image. Below is more from the link. Note: this isn’t the first time this rumor has circulated. In Season 16, Tori was rumored to be thinking about doing Dancing With The Stars as well.
Producers of DWTS have approached the former 90210 star “to appear on the show in the past, but she has always declined because of other various projects Tori was working on,” a source told Radar.
“Tori has now decided to make herself available and wants to appear on the upcoming season which is scheduled to begin in March 2014. The main reason Tori wants to go on is to rehab her image in the aftermath of the fallout from her book. She doesn’t want the public to think she goes around picking on Katie Holmes and Martha Stewart.”
You can read more at Radar Online about her book, etc.
So, what do you think? Tori Spelling for Dancing With The Stars Season 18?
Hey All! How was your Thannksgiving? I hope you had a fun day!! So, are you ready to shop now on Black Friday? Yikes…I won’t be shopping, but, I’ll be working it this morning instead. Wish me luck!
So, just a few media starters today!! First, yesterday some “kitchen dance wars” were started at twitter between the Derek Hough and Maria Menounos families. While this was all going down, Mark Ballas and his family joined in on the action. After that, Amber Riley and her family dared them too. It’s hilarious and they are all so good…even dancing in their kitchens and living rooms. lol Be sure to see THIS POST at Pure Derek Hough to see them all!!
And speaking of Mark Ballas, he will be talking on the Dancing With The Stars Season 17 finale in a LIVE chat at Extra on Tuesday, December 3rd. If you’d like to ask him questions and listen in, bookmark this link.
Also, I’m not sure when this little Pop Candies interview with Tom Bergeron and Mark Ballas happened, but, they were asked about this past season of Dancing With The Stars and who they’d like to see dance in the future. Tom mentions William Shatner again, but, says he knows he’ll never do it. Poor Tom….he’s also asked some silly questions too. I don’t know how they keep their patience with the paparazzi sometimes.
Ok, more later!!xx