You might remember our previous posting for how Dancing With The Stars pros Tristan MacManus, Sasha Farber, Henry Byalikov, and Artem Chigvintsev were going to perform with Gladys Knight at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend. Thanks to Cal Vid, you can watch them dancing below. This video is a little blurry at first, but, it gets better as you watch. Go Gladys! What a special night for them all!
Great interview!! Karina Smirnoff, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Cheryl Burke talk on the new season, new pros, and more!
Most of you might know Allison Holker. She is most famous for her work on “So You Think You Can Dance”. She was a dance contestant in Season 2 and an all-star in Seasons 7 through 11. She started her dance training at only 4 years of age at “The Dance Club” studio in Orem, Utah (the same city where Derek began his dance training). She began teaching at the same studio when she was 16. In other accomplishments, she’s performed with Earth, Wind, and Fire at the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2002 Olympic Games in 2002. She also starred in ‘High School Musical’ and ‘High School Musical 2′. Last year, she was nominated for “Outstanding Choreography” in the 2013 Emmy Awards (Heidi’s Note: She was nominated WITH Derek). You might remember the dances below when she danced on Dancing With The Stars in the past and the 2013 Emmy Awards last year. More on Allison at Wikipedia.
As for Keoikantse Motsepe, he was an undefeated South African Latin American Champion in every age category for 8 years. His formal dance training includes Latin American, Ballroom, and Contemporary. He has also performed on South African Idol and in the highly acclaimed dance show “Burn The Floor”. You can read more on Keoikantse at Afridiziak. Videos below. Fascinating and good luck to Read more..
Music legend and much loved Dancing With The Stars contestant, Gladys Knight, is performing at the Hollywood Bowl this weekend. Not only that, and watch out, Dancing With The Stars pros Tristan MacManus, Sasha Farber, Henry Byalikov, and Artem Chigvintsev are performing with her too. Below is some coverage from George Pennacchio and ABC7. Great interview and isn’t fun to see them all again?
ETA: The Examiner has an article posted on the show. Below is take about she and the pros they danced. Be sure to see the link for more. LOL to “it was on my bucket list”.
Gladys Knight proved why she is at legendary status in her 75 minute set. The seven-time GRAMMY Award winner has earned number one hits in Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has also had a career in film, television. Knight showed why she is still in the business after all of these decades and her voice still incredible.
Knight kicked off her set opening the show sitting at the piano and performing “Hard To Say I’m Sorry”. She told the crowd “this is something you never seen me do”. She stated that she wanted to take piano lessons as a child but with there being four kids, her mom could not afford it so her sister Brenda got the piano lessons and she got to sing. She said it was on her “bucket list’ as she played the piano during the show. She then went on to perform “You Should Be Dancing” by The Bee Gees. Back up dancers come on stage to dance and it is Sasha Farber, Henry Byalikov and Artem Chigvintsev from “Dancing With The Stars”. Then comes Tristan MacManus who was Knight’s dancing partner when she competed on the hit television show to lead her into a dance routine. She joked afterwards saying “it was on my bucket list”.
Mary Murphy was at the show last night. She posted some fun shots. @JDSwartz posted some instagrams too…
And isn’t his a great shot?!
Well, Tristan MacManus fans might not be able to see him dance on Dancing With The Stars this Fall, but, you might be able to see him dance on “Strictly Come Dancing” in the UK. Just remember this news comes from the Mirror who is NOT an official authority. They are also reporting pro Artem Chigvintsev has left Strictly Come Dancing to stay in the US. To read more rumors on Strictly Come Dancing, see the link.
Dancer Artem Chigvintsev, 31, who was partnered with soap star Natalie Gumede last year, will also not be returning after deciding to stay in the US after appearing in the American version of the show.
Anya Garnis, 32, will also not return to dance with a celebrity, but will remain part of the choreography team.
Two new faces, Tristan MacManus and Joanne Clifton, will step into their dancing shoes.
Interesting. I’m just thankful Tristan will dance on a dance show. If this is true, I plan to follow “Strictly Come Dancing” online in my free time.
Thanks to Jaycee for the heads up!
This is Lori! That Switcheroo Thingy is upon us already and I am DREADING it!!!!! I don’t want it to happen, but it’s going to happen!!!
Apparently, the viewers are going to vote after the first elimination, for the Switch to happen (I am guessing) in week 3. And I am going to guess that TPTB are still trying to decide how they’re going to work it. Knowing them, they’re screw it up. Here is what what we know about the switcheroo, make sure you read if you’ve not already.
Anyway, since we are going to be STUCK with it, I thought we could take the time to share how WE would match them up. For our purposes, we will ignore the elimination, and just match all 12 celebrities to a pro, and since I don’t know how they’re planning it, I’m adding the Troupe in also.
Here’s the Celebrities:
Here’s the Pros:
So…. YOUR job now is to rematch the celebrities to a different pro, and unfortunately, ALL must be rematched. How would you do it, and why would you make the choices you did?
Here are mine. I picked two same sex couples, but, that doesn’t mean that the couples can be same sex or not for what they have planned.
1. Amy and Henry. I want her to stay with Derek, but since she can’t, I figured he is closer than the other choices. Or Sasha.
2. Diana and Cheryl, because Diana said she wouldn’t mind dancing with Cheryl.
3. Drew and Derek, because I liked that ad, and I’m sure that both Drew and Derek can come up with a creative dance full of humor.
4. Charlie and Karina because she is a top choreographer.
5. Candace and Val. No real reason, I just would like to see how he would work with her.
6. NeNe and Maks just to see if there’s fireworks
7. Meryl and Mark because he’s shorter than Maks.
8. Danica and Artem just to see what he can do, since I’m not familiar with him. I figure one week might be fine. Or Sasha.
9. Sean and Peta would make a gorgeous pair.
10. Cody and Emma because she’s young, and I’d love to see what she can do with a young partner
11. James and Sharna would make another gorgeous pair.
12. Billy Dee and Tony. This was BY FAR the hardest pair for me. I wanted to keep BDW with a female partner, but the ones I had left, I felt were just too young to pair with him, and I didn’t really want to shuffle the others around. Tony’s always done well with older partners, so I chose Tony…. With a lot of hesitation.
First, let’s WELCOME! the new cast of Dancing With The Stars, Season 18! If anything, this season will have people talking! I don’t know if that will be a good thing or a bad thing yet. Time will tell. Here’s a quick bio of our new cast, since it is unusual that everyone knows everyone. None of them will be complete, so I’m sure there’s things that you think I should have added. Put it into the comments section, please.
DANICA MCKELLER is 39 years old and has lived in the Los Angeles area for most of her life. Since it is stated in her IMDB profile that her mom owned a dance studio, it is probably safe to assume that she has had dance training. She was Winnie Cooper on “Wonder Years,” and I am old enough that I remember when that show was first on! She’s very intelligent, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA as a Math major, and has written a few books to help youth with math (I think…) In other words, she’s beauty AND brains! Danica is paired with Val Chmerkovskiy. I’m not sure yet about this couple. They look good together, and they will get past the halfway part of the season, because they look good together. That means they have TONS of chemistry to the judges, whether we can see it or not.
CODY SIMPSON is 17 years old and from Australia. He DOES have a girlfriend, she’s the daughter of one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills so if TPTB were hoping for some romance between him and Witney, they’re out of luck! And he’s a singer. And honestly, that’s about it! And he seems to be extremely popular on Social Media. Cody is paired with Witney Carson. This is her 1st season as a teaching pro, she spent 2 seasons in the Troupe, immediately following a season on SYTYCD. I will be honest, I was completely against pairing them up, and I still am against pairing them up. Yes, they needed someone young, since they cast a teenaged boy, but I think she’s too untested. I know Zendaya was the same age, but teenage boys do mature slower than girls. I keep remembering the other Cody, who was 19 when he was on. This Cody is even younger, so I do think that while he does need a younger female pro, he also needs someone quite mature, and I think Witney is too untested yet. And, I don’t think I know her choreography skills. I think she’s the latest in a long line of them trying to find Julianne 2.0 and I don’t think it will succeed. Again, they’re young and cute and look good together, so to the judges, it will equal “tons of chemistry.” Read more..
On Good Morning America today….our new troupe: Artem Chigvintsev, Lindsay Arnold, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson ! Thanks to @idolxfactor and The Video Vault You Tube (be sure you are following these two accounts for DWTS fun!!)….
ETA: Here they are in this teaser too….
As you know from a previous posting with new interviews, etc., Dancing With The Stars pro Mark Ballas has been performing at the Dancing With The Stars Live in Las Vegas show this week. Well, the Morning Blend has interviewed him as well where Mark talks about the 6 numbers he’s in, his pets (did you know he has two dogs and three turtles?), his favorite partners on Dancing With The Stars, his parents and how he got into music and ballroom dancing, and more. You can listen to the fun interview in full here. Thanks to CMHagey You Tube, here’s some great footage of Mark dancing in the show as well. I love this song!
Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars pro dancer Mark Ballas. Sunday night, he looked lean and mean playing his guitar at the Viper Room in Los Angeles. Seeing this picture and others like it at Getty Images makes me want to see him perform on Dancing With The Stars in a string duo with Val Chmerkovskiy again. How about you? Be sure to see all of the pics. They are some of the best music performing pics I’ve ever seen of Mark in action! He really gets into it!
Also, Fox 5 in Las Vegas interviewed Mark on Dancing With The Stars Live In Vegas. Last night, he danced for the first time in the show. He’ll be dancing until July 12th if you’d like to take it in. He will also be performing his music in the Tropicana Lounge on Thursday night. Details below.
Thanks to MarkBallas Facebook and MarkBallas.com for the heads up on the video above!
ADDING: KTNV in Las Vegas interviewed Mark as well as Sabrina Bryan. Yes, the two are reunited again. Watching this interview makes one wonder on if she will be back for the All Star season which is briefly mentioned? You can see the new interview HERE.