I about cried when I saw this special Dancing With The Stars baby reunion for a birthday party they had today. See some familiar faces? Pics courtesy of Nicholas Kosovich. Beautiful!
Below is a new interview with Anna Trebunskaya taken backstage at Ballroom With A Twist! Thanks to Jim for the find and Ballroom With A Twist Facebook for posting. Don’t forget to catch the show in Patchogue, NY today with Gilles Marini added to the cast. For tickets, see this link.
According to the Greater Patchogue, Gilles Marini has been added to the cast of “Ballroom With A Twist” from Aug. 12 – 16 in Patchogue, NY. You can even meet him…
Not only is Marini part of the cast in the interactive celebration of song and dance called Ballroom with a Twist — which is running from Aug. 12-16 in Patchogue through Gateway Playhouse — attendees might even get to chat or dance with him.
They’d get to meet the other performers at Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts as well.
Those include Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower and others from the show Dancing with the Stars, as well as past participants of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. (See video from Wednesday’s warmups.)
In a pre-opening night interview Wednesday, we asked Marini if he was aware the local ladies had been asking about him.
“Saying like, what? What is he not wearing?” the French model responded.
“I’m very excited to do the show,” Marini continued. “People get involved. It’s not only watching and that’s it. There’s a lot more to it, that’s why we call it Ballroom with a Twist, because we’re making people involved.”
So how would admirers of his work and his, um, ability to shower respond to getting so up close and personal with him?
“I think the response is enjoyment and they realize we are very much human,” he continued. “People see the people from the movie industry or whatever it is, not too accessible, but we all become one. Whenever people come to the show we all become one.”
Here we are again!! It’s about that time of year, folks.
And, as usual, the pros that I don’t want to be in, are already in. Or in Derek’s case….mostly in. He’s been telling fans in Meet and Greets that he’s likely going to be on but doesn’t want to confirm in case something happens to change that. DWTSGossip says that he did indeed say yes to this season – but as she correctly pointed out, he’s said no before and it turned into a yes. But, this is Derek’s life right now (many, MANY irons in the fire) – he’s not doing it for PR, he just doesn’t know what’s going to happen. Drives me crazy. I’ll be writing a blog soon on PureDerekHough.com about my Meet and Greet and how he answered a particular question I asked him that bodes very well for his future.
Val has also said he’ll be back and, as reigning champ, that’s no surprise. He also doesn’t seem to have the options that Derek does. I also will be curious to see how much they pimp and manipulate for him and his partner, now that he actually has a MBT. This could be one of the more interesting things about this season – if their behavior toward him changes, now that it’s mission accomplished. Someone please explain to me why Sharna or Emma don’t get the pimpage treatment?? Their social media accounts can’t touch the men’s, but still.
What about Mark? I expect him back as it helps his music career, and now his studio, for him to be on the show. I think it’s about time for him to have another shot at the MBT again – it’s not like he’s been handed ringers the past couple seasons (unlike some), he’s just been surprised and fortunate, like Derek has in the past. But I haven’t seen any talk from him on the matter. Read more..
DWTS Chris Soules, Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower And More Set for Ballroom With A Twist In Beverly, MA And Westbury, NY
Dancing With The Stars and The Bachelor’s Chris Souls has been added to two Ballroom With A Twist Shows in Beverly, MA And Westbury, NY. Former pros Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin, and Lacey Schwimmer of Dancing With The Stars are also dancing. Lots more info below in a new press release. For tickets, see this link.
ABC star of ‘The Bachelor’ & ‘Dancing with the Stars’ CHRIS SOULES JOINS HIT DANCE SPECTACULAR NOW IN ITS 7TH YEAR
‘BALLROOM WITH A TWIST’
FEATURING CELEBRITY DANCE PROS FROM “DANCING WITH THE STARS,’ ‘SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE’ AND SINGERS FROM ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ AND ‘THE X FACTOR’
North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly MA – July 23 – 25 And NYCB Theatre at Westbury, NY Aug 9
Audiences who can’t get enough of reality television will enjoy BALLROOM WITH A TWIST’s very special guest star Chris Soules, a recent ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant and star of the most recent season of ABC’s ‘The Bachelor.’ Some lucky audience members will be getting a rose and dance with the hunky farmer turned reality star onstage!
Crowds can take their obsession to the next level when the spectacular dancing and singing extravaganza performs live on stage at the North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly MA and NYCB Theatre at Westbury NY. BALLROOM WITH A TWIST featuring celebrity pros from ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ dancing with finalists from ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ along with live vocals provided by finalists from ‘American Idol,’ and ‘The X Factor,’ will play three performances at North Shore Music Theatre from July 23 – July 25 and one show at NYCB Theatre at Westbury NY on Aug 9.
The full cast of BALLROOM WITH A TWIST includes ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Celebrity Dance Pros Tristan MacManus (celebrity partners have included Valerie Harper, Nancy Grace, and Dorothy Hamill), Anna Trebunskaya (celebrity partners included Evan Lysacek, Jerry Rice, Carson Kressley), Chelsie Hightower (celebrity partners have included Michael Bolton, Jake Pavelka , and Romeo), Lacey Schwimmer (celebrity partners have included Chaz Bono, Lance Bass, and Steve O), and Dmitry Chaplin (celebrity partners have included Mýa, Holly Madison, and Petra Nemcova).
Reminder: Watch “Celebrity Family Feud” Sunday Night, Dancing With The Stars Takes On The Bachelor – Video Teaser
Hey All, just a TV reminder that will be fun this weekend! Don’t forget to watch ‘Celebrity Family Feud’ Sunday night, June 28th on ABC. As you might remember from a previous posting, Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, Sasha Farber, Witney Carson, and Allison Holker will take on the “Bachelor” team: Kaitlyn Bristowe, Sean Lowe, Catherine Guidici, Jason Mesnick, and Molly Mesnick. The “Dancing With The Stars” team will play for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. The “Bachelor” team will play for Free the Children.
ETA: People just posted a new article and some scenes from the show. I love this…
According to a Disney ABC Press release, Dancing with the Stars” contestants and pro dancers are confirmed for “Celebrity Family Feud.” The show will premiere on Sunday, June 21, 2015. Read below for a list of the teams and contestants. I love how Karina Smirnoff with be a team captain….
ETA: Filming took place today for the Dancing With The Stars episode. See Sasha Farber and Karina Smirnoff’s instagrams for some fun pics and video (Go Steve Harvey! He should be on Dancing With The Stars). Anna tweeted this episode airs on June 21st. Thanks to Jim and Jennie for their help with this update.
Celebrity Families Will Compete Against Each Other On The Premier Of ABC’s “Celebrity Family Feud” (6/21)
CELEBRITY FAMILIES WILL COMPETE AGAINST EACH OTHER ON
THE PREMIERE OF ABC’S “CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD” A PRIMETIME VERSION OF THE ICONIC GAME SHOW “FAMILY FEUD”
Steve Harvey (Emmy Award – Winning TV personality, Game Show Host, Talk Show Host,
Actor and Comedian) Hosts
Celebrities from the World of Entertainment and Sports Will Compete
Against Each Other to Win Money for Charity
Watching two families spar off against each other in “Family Feud” is one of television’s most popular and enduring game show formats. In the new primetime celebrity version produced by FremantleMedia North America, “Celebrity Family Feud” will take the fun to another level over the six-episode special series. Steve Harvey, the highly popular multi-hyphenate standup comedian, actor, author, deejay and Emmy Award-winning game show host, will pit celebrities against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people. “Celebrity Family Feud” premieres on SUNDAY, JUNE 21 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network.
In each episode, two celebrity families and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, will compete against each other to win money for charity. Each team will be made up of a celebrity captain with four relatives or friends playing along. The winning celebrity team will be given a chance to win up to $25,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.
“Celebrity Family Feud” is produced by FremantleMedia North America and will be taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Gaby Johnston, Jennifer Mullin and Thom Beers are executive producers.
The celebrity captains and their teams are: Read more..
DWTS Tristan MacManus And Anna Trebunskaya Bring “Magic” To Winnipeg, Canada In Ballroom With A Twist – Review
What a wonderful ‘Ballroom With A Twist’ review from the Winnipeg Press. They wrote that Tristan MacManus And Anna Trebunskaya bring “magic” to Winnipeg, Canada. Below is more on the show. Also Producer Scott Stander tells us, “The crowds have been loving the show and the amazing dancers that make this show’s heart …beat!!”
ETA: Be sure to see the show if you can near you. Jimmbboe saw it in Winnipeg. He described it as an “awesome” and “amazing” show. Even a day after the show, he says he has a “Ballroom With A twist” hangover (lol). He particularly mentioned a funny scene with Anna especially when she told Jonathan to take his cake and get off the stage! lol Jim also said the Winnipeg Symphony was “outstanding” as they provided live music throughout! To see some fun photos, see Ballroom With A Twist Facebook and Tristan MacManus Fan Page at Facebook.
After a subdued orchestral introduction, the corps of five males came onstage to slink their way through The Look of Love. In fact, these testosterone-fuelled dancers were one of the show’s highlights (no bias here), as they performed the Bob Fosse-inspired choreography with swaggering ease.
Then Trebunskaya and MacManus took the stage for two dances: Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm — a stylized mosh pit of waltz, quickstep and Charleston — that earned the evening’s first loud cheers. This, in turn, morphed into Singin’ in the Rain that also provided one of the show’s true-blue ballroom dances.
The two then ostensibly became hosts, with the Irish-born MacManus introducing the famously red-haired Trebunskaya as “Little Red Riding Hood.”
Despite their, at times, awkward stage banter, they were nevertheless able to whip the already rowdy, younger crowd of 1,691 into a frenzy, cheekily promising “the hotter you get, the less clothes we wear.” The Russian-born Trebunskaya also showed her renowned, adorable wit during a Q & A session, with one audience member even shouting out a marriage proposal to the lithe artist.
The high-octane show is mostly well-paced, with ballads such as Smith’s blistering interpretation of Michael Bublé hit Feeling Good showing off his powerhouse vocals. Glocksen-Ruzicka also treated us to a soulful Gravity that also allowed the dancers to catch their breath — or change into their next, eye-popping, sequin-encrusted costume.
More at the Winnipeg Press including a beautiful new photo. If you missed this CTV News interview with Tristan MacManus and Anna Trebunskaya, be sure to see it too. For tickets to this show and more across the nation, see this link.
PureDWTS Tristan MacManus And Anna Trebunskaya Interviewed On Ballroom With A Twist, Give Dance Lesson
CTV News in Winnipeg talked with Tristan MacManus and Anna Trebunskaya about Ballroom With A Twist which is taking place in Winnipeg, Canada this weekend. They give a dance lesson too. It’s good to see them. If you’d like to see the show this summer, see this link for ticket information.
Are you interested in seeing “Ballroom With A Twist” this summer? If so, be sure you check out the new schedule at this link. The first show begins on May 7th and they run until August 16th. So far a combination of Dmitry Chaplin, Tristan MacManaus, Lacey Schwimmer, Chelsie Hightower, Oksana Dmytrenko, and Anna Trebunskaya are dancing at different shows. Again, see this link for new details and ticket information. It’s a great show. Be sure to see it!!