Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff was a guest on KTLA today to talk about her “A Night to Remember” Gala. She also talks about Dancing With The Stars a little. It’s so good to see her again. To purchase tickets to her Gala, email NightToRemember2016@yahoo.com.
Apparently New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. turned down Dancing With The Stars. Below is more from Fox Sports via Mike Francesa from WFA radio….
After New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. burst onto the scene with a tremendous rookie season in 2014 and followed it up with a second Pro Bowl campaign in 2015, a lot of off-the-field opportunities came his way including the chance to compete on Dancing with the Stars.
“Dancing with the Stars was an opportunity to do and I would love to do it. But I don’t want to do that and have [media, fans, critics] ready for the excuse that if anything were to happen this season, it’s like ‘oh he’s too focused on what he’s doing in the outside world and his fame.’ Whatever fame means. I had ‘fame’ tatted on me my freshman year in college– forgive all my enemies, or forget all my enemies.”
More here. We’ll have to put him on a watch out for future seasons (in an off season or after he retires?).
Not sure what this is about, but, if you live in and/or are visiting the Los Angeles area, be sure to check it out.
— Official DWTS (@DancingABC) August 15, 2016
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ETA: Apparently, Val, Witney and Sharna are going to be there as well…from DWTS snapchat:
A video posted by @purederekhough on
ETA2: Artem will be there too…
ETA3: Sasha Farber and Brittany Cherry have instagrammed that they will be at The Grove too. Also, if you’d like to take part in this event, you can register here. Though be sure to show up just to watch as well.
ETA4: If interested, tune into US Weekly Facebook HERE for live coverage at 5:00pm Pacific time….
— ingridmeilan(@ingridmeilan) August 17, 2016
ETA5: Lawd Jesus, this post is getting long. Thanks to @clairecharness for tweeting me this – Sharna posted this on Instagram the other day when they announced the Dance Lab, and she tagged a bunch of people. Apparently she quickly removed the tags shortly thereafter, and the post now only has @thegrovela, @dancingabc, & Artem tagged. It’s interesting to see who was and wasn’t tagged – no Tony, no Keo, no Sasha; although Sasha did tweet that he would be at The Grove tonight. So for those keeping track, the following are pros/troupe members/whatever that have confirmed (via Twitter, Instagram etc.) they will be at the Grove or have been tagged by others as being there: Val, Sharna, Witney, Mark, Lindsay, Artem, Gleb, Jenna, Alan, Hayley, Allison, Sasha, Brittany, Shannon; Dennis tweeted to tell people to watch his Snapchat, but didn’t specify why. Kiril appeared in the picture of the troupe that @DancingABC posted when they announced the Dance Lab, but hasn’t said anything; Keo, Karina, Edyta, Tony, & Emma have neither said they’d be at the Grove, nor been tagged by anyone. Peta is, of course, pregnant, and presumably out for the season. Any questions? -Court-
Ryan Lochte has announced he’s moving to California after the Olympics. Maybe this is nothing, but, could it really be because he might be dancing in Dancing With The Stars Season 23? We better put Ryan on a “watch out” especially when he’s been heavily rumored in the past. Thanks to Kristyn Burtt for the heads up.
Team USA’s Ryan Lochte, the 2nd most decorated male Olympic swimmer of all time, has announced his intention to move to California following the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Lochte, who won his 12th career Olympic medal as a part of the USA’s 4×200 free relay, has spoken in the past about wanting to live on the West Coast.
“On my bucket list it’s always been to go to the west coast, so, California here I come,” said Lochte in an interview with NBC.
ETA: Who know is this is true or not, but, Hollywood Life is reporting producers have taken the offer to Ryan off the table. Note how they mention the show is considering making an offer to Katie Ledecky(this is a new one) or Simone Biles (which we reported on).
“Dancing with the Stars producers have asked Ryan [Lochte] before in years past and always got a ‘No,’” a show insider told HollywoodLife.com exclusively — but this year it was different and it actually looked “like it was going to happen this season.” However, after the drama around his robbery going down in Rio, that all chanced. “The controversy happened in Rio and they have taken the offer off the table,” our source added.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t see any Olympians on the dance floor. The ABC show is actually “looking to offer both Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles the chance to be on the show,” our source says, adding they’d love both, but of course would be happy with either.
More at Hollywood Life.
It’s crunch time for Casting Director Deena Katz. She’s trying to score an Olympian for the new season of Dancing With The Stars. She comments on it and more below in a new ABC article….
These days, she’s busy trying to score names she hopes the country will want to watch for 10 weeks, and she told ABC News that means current Olympians.
But it’s too early to tell who will make the final cut, if any of them.
“You know it worked with Shawn Johnson, it worked with Misty May, it worked with Evan Lysacek, and that is our show, that’s America,” she said. “I’ve talked to a lot of Olympians but, unfortunately for them, I can’t really lock someone in so it’s kind of like putting that call out and then they’re all just waiting. And yet, they’re a little busy right now, too. So it’s this thing of, ‘OK, I’ve talked to you, you guys are great, now let’s wait and see what happens.’”
Model-actor Nyle DiMarco took home the Mirror Ball Trophy this year in the season 22 finale, beating out UFC fighter Paige VanZant, who placed second, and “Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee, who came in third. Katz said she places a premium on making the ABC reality show “really topical,” while at the same time mixing up “a little bit of current with a little bit of nostalgia.”
To read more from Deena, see ABC.
We hope everyone’s enjoyed a nice summer break. The announcement of the new DWTS pros and celebrities is nearly upon us, so I thought it would be time to kick off a private members only discussion on the next season. If you’re not a Pure DWTS Insider yet, you can do so here. If you are, then I look forward to the discussion in the comments.
Let me preface this rant with this: I know everyone is excited for the season to start. I know that there hasn’t been a whole lot to report (yet). So I’m willing to cut people a little bit of slack – I think we’re all just looking for stuff to discuss until the next piece of intel falls into our laps. What’s puzzling to me is that of all things there is to talk about, I’m seeing an inordinate number of questions about the troupe – a fixture on the show that I find to be of little consequence anymore.
Not sure if it’s just not as exciting to talk about the pros that we’ve seen year after year or if people really do feel passionately about the troupe, but I guess it’s just hard for me to relate when people seem very invested in whether or not [insert dancer here] is going to be in the troupe again or might get a shot at pro a certain season. It’s of such little interest to me that I don’t even really actively seek spoilers about the troupe in the pre-season – I’d rather focus my efforts on the pros and their celeb partners, so you’ll have to forgive me if I respond with a bit of frustration when I get questions on Twitter about “Have you heard who’s in the troupe?” or “Do you think so-and-so will get promoted to pro this season?”
So for those of you who don’t understand why the troupe is not all that important to me (and Heidi, really), I give you this: the 7 reasons why Court doesn’t care about the troupe. Read more..
It’s official! The new cast reveal for Dancing With The Stars Season 23 will take place on Good Morning America on August 30th!
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 12, 2016
Copied and pasted from Pure Derek Hough:
Just announced at the official Dizzy Feet Foundation site: On September 10th Derek and Julianne will not only be honored at the Dizzy Feet Gala (for which we reported last month), they will also be performing.
Marcelo Gomes & Arron Scott from American Ballet Theatre performing an excerpt from Sir Matthew Bourne’s All-Male “Swan Lake“, Derek & Julianne Hough, and the incredible Sergei Polunin dancing his solo “Take Me To Church.”
More at Dizzy Feet Foundation.
Is this what Derek was talking about in his chat yesterday for how he was going to be very busy soon with Julianne? Whatever the case, this is going to be so cool! More at Pure Derek Hough on all things Derek!
Dancing With The Stars Julianne Hough is on next month’s issue of Shape Magazine. You can see the cover below. I can’t get the video to work yet, but, you can also see a segment of her on Entertainment Tonight with some behind the scenes shots at this link. Thanks to Abby for the heads up.
ETA: ET video added below.
ETA2: You can read an interview and see some stunning photos of Julianne at Shape Magazine now. Thanks to Lori for sending.
— Mae _Muro (@Mae_Muro) August 10, 2016