…with Susan Lucci, Cameron Matheson and Rebecca Budig. I don’t think this particular interview really reveals anything. Cameron clearly uses the word IF on number of occassions. That said, I prefer the “evil” idea of putting her with Maks to see if she could try to push him around. :-)
For those of you not convinced (or properly terrified of the idea) of Kate Gosselin, I present this (please god false) tidbit of information from Extra:
Giving new meaning to the phrase ‘shake it mama,’ mom of six Kate Gosselin is reportedly lacing up her dancing shoes to compete on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
Intrepid entertainment reporter and co-host of Los Angeles’ KEARTH 101’s morning show Lisa Stanley reports Kate is practicing her two step at the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Stanley says the reality show star is “under a shroud of security,” boning up on her bossa nova at the posh hotel.
We have VARIETY this week!! At least one person we haven’t heard from before, and a video of another that rather defies expectations, I think. And then there are the things that make you go, ‘WTF?’ We’ll start with things that make you go ‘WTF’. Mark Ballas finding his way into People Online talking about Maks and Karina? In what universe is that appropriate? Bad Marky. :-) I know that Maks and Karina spent time at Derek and Shannon’s house, but I didn’t realize you two were so tight that you would discuss him with People. Derek and Cheryl also supposedly weighed in with a “it won’t affect the show, they’re professionals, blah blah blah” but that’s standard verbiage when asked questions by paparazzi. Mark goes a little further.
“He’s doing okay but he’s not happy,” says Ballas, who spoke to Chmerkovskiy Wednesday night for several hours. “I know he loved Karina. He loved her very much.”
Ballas says he doesn’t know why his fellow dancers split but was “shell-shocked” when he learned the news. “I don’t really know who made the decision but obviously he’s upset,” Ballas tells PEOPLE.
Other DWTS pros Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke said the split wouldn’t affect the hit show. “They have been dancing together for years, so they will be fine,” Burke says.
Ballas, who has been friends with Chmerkovskiy for 14 years, says reports that Chmerkovskiy’s family did not warm up to Smirnoff were untrue.
“I highly doubt that,” he says. “Neither his dad or his mom really speak English. I don’t know where that come from.”
Despite sounding “low” during their phone conversation, Ballas says, Chmerkovskiy is finding joy in his new dancing partner.
Next? Maks and Karina speak for themselves on Entertainment Tonight:
Stars past and present handicap this seasons celebs on Extra:
Next up – Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani on Extra!! She’s seems like such a nice woman, but I’m afraid for her on this show. She claims she’s “clumsy”. Not good.
As most of you have probably heard, Derek Hough and Julianne Hough were up for an Outstanding Choreography Emmy and did not win. But, Derek was correct yesterday when he said it was an honor to be included in that event:
Met Derek Hough at yesterday’s Creative Arts Emmys and decided he was too cute not to make my Morning Man today.
Derek was nominated for his Dancing With the Stars choreography but lost out to some dude from So You Think You Can Dance.
Derek said of his Emmy chances: “I’m not expecting to win, I’m just very happy to be here. It’s an honor. I’m honored and privileged to be a part of such a fantastic show and to be able to create and choreograph these things out of thin air is a lot of fun and I love it.”
I reminded Derek that some of the contestants got injured last season so would be take it a little easier on the choreography?
“No, on the contrary,” he said. “We always have to kind of up our game and make it a bit more daring and exciting each season. I think we should take care of ourselves a little bit more that’s all.”
He went with Joanna Krupa and lord knows they looked Gorgeous, both of them. One photo below, a whole bunch more at PureDerekHough.
Speaking of Joanna, she’s heavily featured in this paparazzi video from Friday night when she was out with Derek and another friend. She actually seems like a cool girl, IMO. I’d hang out with her. You have to listen to a couple non-DWTS people and then Derek kisses the women good night and we have Joanna. And Derek being a responsible boy and taking a cab home. :-)
Here’s a video of the intro to the Dancing with the Stars Season 5. The highlight is definitely the swing dance routine by the professionals.
Here’s the full list of stars and dancers for Season 5 of Dancing with the Stars:
Josie Maran, supermodel, actress – partner Alec Mazo
Mel B, singer and member of Spice Girls – partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Sabrina Bryan, actress, singer, and member of The Cheetah Girls – partner Mark Ballas Jr.
Helio Castroneves, Indy Car Series driver – partner Julianne Hough
Mark Cuban, owner of Dallas Mavericks – partner Kym Johnson
Jennie Garth, actress – partner Derek Hough
Cameron Mathison, actor, television host – partner Edyta Sliwinska
Floyd Mayweather, Jr., boxer – partner Karina Smirnoff
Wayne Newton, singer and actor – partner Cheryl Burke
Marie Osmond, singer – partner Jonathan Roberts (dancer)
Albert Reed, model – partner Anna Trebunskaya
Jane Seymour, actress – partner Tony Dovolani
Looks like an interesting group of stars. However, I honestly found the dancers the more interesting part. I’ve grown to love so many of the professional dancers that they are all stars in their own right. Looks like we have a great season in store on Dancing with the Stars. Much more Dancing with the Stars info to come.