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Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli Returning As Judges On Dancing With The Stars

Not only do we have an update for the Pro Watch (SEE HERE!), Executive Producer Rob Wade has confirmed to E Online that Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, and Bruno Tonioli are returning as judges.

While DWTS had yet to finalize its cast when we spoke with showrunner Rob Wade, he told us fans could expect to see most of their favorites return for season 21. “I don’t think the cast will be much different than the one we’ve had the last couple of seasons,” he said.

Still, that doesn’t mean there won’t be any changes. So who’s definitely in and who might be out when the reality hit returns on Sept. 14?

The Judges: While Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli are all definitely returning to their seats at the judge’s table, the jury is still out on head judge Len Goodman’s involvement. (Goodman had previously said he was leaving the show prior to season 20, but then back-tracked.)

“It’s been back and forth the last year. I said to him, look, see how you feel,” told us. “I’m waiting. He’s in England, he’s working. I think there’s a good chance he’s not going to back for some of the shows…We’ll see where he lands, we’ll see how his health is, what he wants to do. But whatever happens this season, whether he comes back for some or none, the following season…I’m sure he’d be back for.”

For now, the show is once again looking at having some big names stop by to fill in for Goodman, with Wade confirming, “We’re looking at guest judges.”

Also, Val wants another mirror ball…

And fans shouldn’t expect Val Chmervoskiy to rest on his recent win with Rumer Willis, as the show’s casting director Deena Katz told us, “Three days after he won, he texted me like, ‘Babe, I need another one.’ I was like, ‘You just had one!’ And he’s like, ‘I need to do it again!'”

So yes, expect Val to return as well. (He even called and left a voicemail for Wade as we were speaking. No joke!)

EEk! More at E Online.

August 18, 2015 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Is the New Replacement Judge For Dancing With The Stars Season 21 “Michael Wentink’?

Take it for what you will and we’re not sure what’s what, but we’re hearing from the #Dancevine via “a very good source” that the new judge replacement on Dancing With The Stars is going to be Michael Wentink from South Africa. Also, the judge who is being replaced is not Len Goodman like many suspected, but, Bruno Tonioli instead.

To read about Michael Wentink and his dance history, see this link. As said, we’re not sure what’s up, so take this news for what you will. Also, we’ve never used this source before, but, it seems reliable.

ETA: Heidi here to say…is it possible that both Len and Bruno are being replaced?? We’re not sure…just reporting what we’ve heard.

ETA2: DWTSGossip says that she’s 99% sure that Tony is replacing Len. I’m torn because in the last three seasons or so it’s been quite clear that manipulation rules the day, so in that case the judges shouldn’t matter. But maybe now that their main tour guy has a trophy they’ll dial it back a bit and let nature and dancing take it’s course? ~Heidi

August 16, 2015 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Season 21 POLL: Who Do You Think the New Judge Will Be?

DWTSGossip dropped this interesting tidbit yesterday:

newjudge

Which seems to point to Len finally bowing out as head judge, and some new blood being brought in to round out the panel.  All signs seem to point to a male judge (not sure I could handle a panel of Carrie Ann “I Score with My Vagina, Not My Brain” Inaba, Bruno the Flamboyant, and Julianne, who can be a bit hit-or-miss), and a lot of folks seem to think it’s Tony – likely because he expressed interest in the position in an interview recently. Others are throwing out Louis & Maks’ names, and yet others are thinking it’s someone different altogether – I fall in the latter, as my gut is telling me that DWTS might borrow from another country’s version of the show and tap Jean Marc Genereaux from Danse avec les Stars in France (and DWTSGossip did mention that he/she had heard that DWTS France “would be involved in some way”).  I think there’s also a possibility that DWTS may try to “borrow” one of the ballroom choreographers from SYTYCD (Jean Marc or Tony Meredith fit the bill), or we might see Corky’s name thrown back in the mix. I do think the new judge will likely be someone who specializes in ballroom, though, as Len’s shoes are big ones to fill in terms of ballroom experience.

So assuming all of this is true – who do you guys think the new judge might be, and why? Tell us in the poll and the comments!

August 12, 2015 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

PureDWTS: The Pros, The Judges, & Their (Sometimes Embarrassing) Music Video Pasts!

Because it’s summer and there’s not much else DWTS-related to talk about – why not get a blast from the past and take a look at what some of our pros and judges do when they’re not performing on the show? And in this case, the activity in question is appearing in music videos – with varying results.  Some of them are pretty cool, others are blink-and-you-miss-it cameos, and some…should probably stay buried forever :-) Let’s check it out… Read more..

August 3, 2015 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Dancing With The Stars 10th Anniversary Show To Be Televised Again On Sunday

A TV Heads Up: In case you missed it the first time, ABC is re-airing the Dancing With The Stars 10th Anniversary show on Sunday, May 31st. Be sure to tune in. It’s a great show. Thanks to Jennifer for the heads up.

May 29, 2015 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Backstage DWTS Season 20 Finale Show Reports From Pennsylvania Anchor

Ali Lanyon, Pennsylvania Co-Anchors the very early Morning News show from 4:30 am to 7 am on WHTM TV, ABC27, Harrisburg, PA. She also wears a Reporter’s Hat for the station. She filed Backstage Reports from The Monday and Tuesday Finale shows. Also, seen commenting on the video clips are her Morning News Co-Anchor James Crummel. And the Morning News Weather Anchor, Brett Thackara.

She interviewed Tom Bergeron, Noah Galloway, Sharna Burgess, Riker Lynch, Allison Holker, Val Chmerkovskiy, Rumer Willis, and Carrie Ann Inaba. She also did a fun segment on those with tickets waiting outside the studio to get in. Even if you have a ticket, there is a chance you will be turned away.

Please check out Ali’s reports at the following links:

By Lois A Troutman, May 23, 2015

May 24, 2015 I Written By

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The Dancing Poetry Corner – Seasoned With Gold – A Perfect 10 Celebration

Finale – Part Two

The Perfect 10 Tenth Anniversary, Season 20, came to a close. From start to finish, an air of celebration permeated inside and outside of the Ballroom. Champagne was sipped, the bubbly flowing freely! The show was vibrant, jam-packed with dancing, singing, remembrances, Ike a non-stop party! A brand-new pristine white outdoor stage was debuted! A highlight was a Rehearsal Blooper Reel with the cast being their playful selves! Tony Dovolani and the Pros spoofed a Bruce Willis movie Die Hard. Their version was Dance Hard! It was a cute, clever concept! A trip through the season was taken highlighting theme weeks, a double elimination, Trios, Team Dances, and the Semi-Finals. Stars talked about their fellow Finalists.

The Road to The Mirror Ball was paved with Gold! A brand-new, blinged-out Trophy awaited the winners at the Finish Line! The Finale was: Read more..

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Sharna Burgess Writes On Her DWTS Journey With Noah Galloway, Thanks Fans For Their Support

Sharna Burgess has written a last blog for Dancing With The Stars Season 20. She and Noah may not have won the Mirror Ball, but, she feels they won in another way. Sharna also thanks fans for their support. Below is more from Closer Weekly.

We may not have received the Mirror Ball Trophy, but Noah and I won this competition in so many other ways! He inspired me every minute of our journey together, and I’m so thankful he trusted me to tell his inspiring story through dance.

It takes an extremely brave individual to overcome what Noah has gone through. Noah gave me his all on the dance floor each and every week, and I could not be more proud of him. He pushed me creatively and it has been incredible to choreograph his routines. Noah is and will always be my hero.

Thank you to our Team Shway fans for your support throughout this DWTS season! We are beyond grateful for your part in our journey and adore each and every one of you! I hope to see you at my newest venture, Dance Fuzion, a three-day weekend dance convention that gives people from all experience levels the opportunity to learn from choreographers and celebrity dancers from around the world. Much love!

Awww, I love her so much and what an unforgettable pairing not only for their inspiration, but, for their amazing lines and lifts. To read Sharna’s last blog of the season in full, see Closer Weekly.

May 22, 2015 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Afterbuzz TV Reviews The Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale

Kristyn Burtt, Dava Darv, and Suri Serano review the Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Finale. Let us know what you think as always….

May 20, 2015 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars seems to have this way of bringing all of those things together. One of my favorite dancing quotes at the moment: "No matter what, nobody can take away the dance you've already had...." ~Gleb Savchenko . For fun music and dance mixes, visit WilUnleashed Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

The Dancing Poetry Corner – The Spirit of Freedom

Finale – Part One

Freedom – Performing without restriction, the state of being free, a right or a privilege to be able to live in freedom, ease of movement or performance

The Finales of Dancing With The Stars are populated with highly anticipated Freestyles. There are no restrictions, the sky is the limit for the creative juices to be flowing. Freestyles can range from an epic production to a subdued dance telling a story. Any number of elements can make up a Freestyle. A Freestyle is usually a water cooler subject. A freestyle can be remembered as a highlight of the Dancing With The Stars viewing experience!

Some of my favorite Freestyles – Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke – Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy; Julianne Hough and Helio Castroneves – Banana Man Quickstep; Julianne Hough and Apollo Anton Ohno – their adorable Hip Hop routine; Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson – their high energy, tap happy dance; there are too many to mention.

The pairs had two dances to do for the finale – their repeated personal choices and the Freestyles.

The Tenth Anniversary. Season 20, Finale Freestyles were done in:

The Spirit of Freedom

Freestyle Spirit – Set One
Noah and Sharna
Contemporary – Titanium
With Troupe Assist

Noah the Vulnerable, depicting a heartbeat of pain
A powerful reality exhibition, a spirit of steel
With heart and love, poetic and meaningful
Breaking out, being free celebration
An inspirational transformation

Freestyle Spirit – Set Two
Riker and Allison
Contemporary – I Won’t Dance
With Troupe Assist

Broadway Revue Blockbuster, a spotlight for Riker
With flair, finesse, and piñache ala Fred Astaire
All the elements of a Freestyle
A strike down Riker’s alley, the past meets the present
Full of dazzling razz-ma-razz and pizzazz

Freestyle Spirit – Set Three
Rumer and Val
Argentine Tango/Contemporary Fusion – Toxic
A cover of Rumer on vocals, Val on violin

Their own personal stamp and personal expression
Completely their own, pure and brave
Intoxicating, invigorating, bewitching intensity
Sharp, staccato sensational movements
Perfect depiction of their style and journey

Personal Choice – Set One
Noah and Sharna
Argentine Tango – Rather Be

Clarity of movement, connection of partners
Picturesque bends and lifts
With newly-found confidence, subtle nuances
Owning the space, with a survivor spirit

Personal Choice – Set Two
Riker and Allison
Jack Sparrow Paso Doble – He’s A Pirate

A showstopper, blockbuster, fierce, fabulous
Powerful Jack-Of-All-Trades Paso
Treasure trove of content, a barn-storming devil
A swashbuckling, epic, dynamic dance

Personal Choice – Set Three
Rumer and Val
Foxtrot – Take Me To Church

Lyrical, light-as-air, swirling, twirling
Purely exquisite, like poetry in motion
Lovely flair of movements, pure Ballroom Bliss
A flawless exhibition of Dancing Royalty

The pairs laid it all out on the dance floor. Their devotion, determination, and spirit shown through dance. Their spirits were soaring as Finale Night – Part One came to a close.

The Spirit of Freedom was exhibited in many ways. Deeply personal emotions were on full display. The spirit of happiness and fun was on full display. The Freestyles were danced with spirit into the Dancing With The Stars Memory Books!

Written By Lois A Troutman, May 20, 2015

Please stay tuned for Finale – Part Two

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