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DWTS Producer Conrad Green Dissects The Official Dancing With The Stars All Star Pairings

The producer of Dancing With The Stars, Conrad Green, has written on each of the official pairings at Entertainment Weekly and what he thinks of each of them. For instance, on Kym and Joey, Conrad writes, “I think Kym took a good laugh being with Joey. It’s a lot of hard work, but sometimes it’s just fun. We want that sense of celebration. He and Drew are very good friends, they smart at each other all the time. For personality, exuberance, and how much he puts into the dance, he’s a natural.” Be sure to read all of Conrad’s commentary on each couple here. It’s pretty interesting.

Thanks To PureDWTS reader Andrea for the heads up on this news item. xx

August 13, 2012 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.

DWTS All Stars – Who’s Dancing with Whom? Pairs Announcement Live Blog!!

How live will it be? Well, that remains to be seen. Are they going to do a massive pairs dump or are they going to string it out over the second hour of GMA?? Stick around and find out. If you want to go back to my guesses on the pairings from a few weeks ago and amuse yourself until it’s time, then check it out —> Who’s gonna dance with whom?

ETA: Well, so far so good. They’re teasing it pretty good on GMA. Lara says there’s “a lot of overlap” – no idea what that means. George claims he got a sneak peek.

ETA2: Just teased it again, Lara said it was “surprising” – which I think means everyone’s getting a new partner, but we’ll see….

ETA3: Lara just talked about Cheryl having “3 of them” on the show previously and asked the question “Which one will she dance with this time, or will she dance with any of them? Does she have any say?”  Heidi says, yes, let’s make it about Cheryl, her head ain’t big enough yet. ::eyeroll::

ETA4: Pairings coming up at 8:12!!!

ETA5: Here we go!!

ETA6: Tony on the show now. Boring, boring, boring.  Can’t believe they are going this way. Melissa has no shot.

ETA7: Well, that’s it. How crappy. Gotta go dig!

ETA8: Whoo Derek/Shawn and Gilles/Peta!!

ETA9: Hmmm….well, the obvious favorite would be Joey/Kym. Not only did he get his former partner but he’s been dancing for a couple months now.  But Derek and Shawn?? She’s so dang short…time will tell if they actually have a shot or not. Tristan/Pam will be hilarious, I think.  Maks/Kirstie?? Boring.

All Stars – The Pairs!!

Celebrity Height Pro Height Pro
 Pam Anderson  5ft. 7in.  5ft. 11in.  Tristan
 Kelly Monaco  5ft. 3in.  5ft. 9in.  Val
 Melissa Rycroft  5ft. 4in.  6ft. 1in.  Tony
 Shawn Johnson  4ft. 9in.  5ft. 10in.  Derek
 Kirstie Alley  5ft. 7in.  6ft. 2in.  Maks
 Bristol Palin  5ft. 5in.  5ft. 8in.  Mark
 Joey Fatone  5ft. 11in.  5ft. 7in.  Kym
 Helio Castroneves  5ft. 8in.  5ft. 2.5in.  Chelsie
 Drew Lacey  5ft. 6in.  5ft. 4in.  Anna
 Emmitt Smith  5ft. 9in.  5ft. 4in.  Cheryl
 Apolo Ono  5ft. 8in.  5ft. 5in.  Karina
 Gilles Marini  6ft. 1in.   5ft. 7in.  Peta

ETA10: Vogue here and you can see a video of the GMA coverage of the LIVE announcement at this LINK.

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Sharna Burgess Recaps Her Summer, Shares Thoughts On New DWTS All Star Cast

This is fun!! As promised, Dancing With Stars Sharna Burgess has written to us all about her summer and what a busy and fun summer at that from her working in London, taking a little vacation time, and returning back to the States to work on So You Think You Can Dance and judging the Hip Hop International tournament. She’s excited about the new All Star season of Dancing With The Stars and has some fun thoughts to share with us on that as well. THANKS SHARNA!!! You rock! We can’t wait for you to be back on the show too and do “your thing”!!!!! Without further ado, more below from the beautiful and talented Sharna (including pics)….

Pure DWTS “Summer Recap”
by Sharna Burgess

My thoughts on the new cast:

Wow what an exciting diverse bunch! I was surprised they bought back so many mirror ball winners, but at the same time each of them are great competitive energies to throw into the mix. I think it will be very interesting to watch these guys the second time around – the defending champions should be just as nervous as the rest! I know the runner-ups like Kirstie Alley, are definitely looking to take that mirror ball home. Even the old favorites coming back are in it to win it! Everyone is coming in on an even playing field, they now all have dance experience and know what to expect. It’s not about getting to know them anymore, it’s about what they can do! It definitely won’t be any easier the second time round, as the bar has been raised and we expect to see some fantastic dancing this season!

My summer has been crazy! Between flying straight to London after DWTS, judging Hip Hop International, the USA championships held in Vegas, and working on SYTYCD… I have been a busy girl! Read more..

August 11, 2012 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.

Cheryl Burke Dishes On New Dancing With The Stars All Star Season With Mario Lopez

Pictured above is Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke. She chatted with Mario Lopez about the new All Star cast and her former partners at The Grove. She wants to dance with one of the three. As of now, she claims she has no idea who her partner will be until the announcement on Monday. She says rehearsals for the show begin August 30th. Mario jokes if they were dancing together this season, they’d win for sure and Cheryl agrees. By the way, has Cheryl had some work done to her face in some way or is it just me? Anyway, you can listen to the new interview at On With Mario Lopez. You can also see another picture of Cheryl here.

August 10, 2012 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.

PureDWTS All Star Season: Who’s Following Who At Twitter? (Speculate Post)

With the Dancing With The Stars pairings announcement about to take place on Monday on Good Morning America, it’s fun to take a look at “who might be following who” at twitter? As some of you have posted to let us know in comments and twitter (thanks so much All!), some of the cast this past week has made a move to follow each other. Does this mean they are dancing together? Maybe and maybe NOT!!! Time will soon be telling. In the meantime, it’s kind of fun to wonder, comment, and speculate on it.

So, here’s what we have so far and if you notice any changes or additions that need to be made, be sure to let us know in the comments section. NOTE: this list only includes new follows!

Male Celebs:
Drew is following Anna
Gilles is following Karina and Peta

Female Celebs:
Kelly is following Val

Male Pros:
Val is following Melissa and Kelly
Mark is following Kirstie

Female Pros:
Karina is following an Emmitt DWTS Fan page and Gilles
Chelsie is following Joey and Emmitt
Anna is following Helio, Gilles, and Apolo (Gilles and Apolo are older followings)
Peta is following Gilles Marini’s Official Facebook page (this could be nothing. She follows everyone who follows her at facebook)

Let’s get Miss Heidi and Courtney’s thoughts…. Read more..

August 9, 2012 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.

Extended Interviews Of ABC DWTS Cast Announcement Press Conference (Videos)

Thanks to Movies N More You Tube, below is coverage of the press conference that took place after the Dancing With The Stars All Star cast Announcement. Brooke Burke, Tom Bergeron, Helio Castroneves, Melissa Rycroft, Bristol Palin, Pamela Anderson, Kelly Monaco, and Gilles Marini all answer some really cool questions on the upcoming season. It’s well worth your time to take in when you get a moment. Thanks to Dee @UpClose22 for sending these to us. Be sure you subscribe to Movies N More You Tube. They have all kinds of great entertainment coverage. They may have more in the future on Dancing With The Stars.

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August 5, 2012 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.

Karina Smirnoff On DWTS15 Cast: “Women are very strong, but the male celebrity guests are a little bit stronger overall”

Karina Smirnoff not only made an appearance at the “It’s So Miami” pop-up pool Party in NYC, she also gave her thoughts on the upcoming cast of Dancing With The Stars. Below is more from People today. Check out what she says about Bristol Palin too.

“The women are very strong, but the male celebrity guests are a little bit stronger overall,” Smirnoff told PEOPLE at an event sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. “I mean, we have an Olympian male guest – Apolo Anton Ohno. I’m sure he’ll go very far.”

Otherwise, added Smirnoff, it’s a crapshoot. “It’s going to depend on the chemistry that [the stars] have with their partners, the quality of the dancing that [they] do, and who has more fans,” she said.

There is one star for whom Smirnoff doesn’t have high hopes, however. “I’d be very, very surprised if [Bristol Palin] won,” she said. “Bristol was not known as the best dancer of [her] season. … There was so much controversy when she was on.” (Still, the reality star landed in the finale during season 11.)

See People for more.

August 4, 2012 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.

DWTS2012 Val Chmerkovskiy Just Thankful To Be Dancing This Season (New Interview)

Check out Dancing With The Stars pro Val Chmerkovskiy! Today he was a guest on Access Hollywood to tease us some more on the new season. They ask him who he wants for a partner. He didn’t want to speculate on it. He is just thankful to still be dancing on the show and be able to do his thing. When asked, he’d be happy to dance with Bristol if that’s who they pair him up with. Below is more…

Have I said…. I love Val! Like with Derek, I love his humbleness. I hope he gets a really good partner this season…and no, please not Bristol.

August 2, 2012 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.

More Great Interviews With New All Star Cast of Dancing With The Stars (Must See Videos)

We have some more fun interviews to share that took place last week after the cast announcement. First see an interview with Drew Lachey, Melissa Rycroft, Kelly Monaco, Gilles Marini, Helio Castroneves, Bristol Palin, and Pamela Anderson at E Online (thanks to Gitte for sending). Drew says he’s in good hands for whoever he gets. Melissa is excited to see her former cast friends. Pamela is ready for anything. Gilles doesn’t plan to take his shirt off (too funny how he comments!). Kelly will be doing her homework. Helio says at the end of day, they are all going to have a great time. Bristol will be honored to dance with any of the pros. More at the link.

Access Hollywood also posted these interviews with Pamela, Helio, Kelly, Gilles, and Bristol last night that took place last week. A great way to start off the day and they will get you even more excited for the show to begin if you are like myself….

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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.

Las Vegas Odds Makers Make First DWTS Season 15 All Star Predictions

Wow, would you believe the odds makers in Las Vegas are already predicting who will the new Dancing With The Stars All Star Season? For now, Las Vegas Sports Betting has Helio Castroneves taking it all with Apolo Ohno, Emmitt Smith, and Shawn Johnson neck and neck behind him. I was shocked to see how low they placed Gilles Marini. In my opinion, he should be placed further at the top if not winning it. I would have placed Apolo higher than Helio. I don’t think Pamela Anderson is going to do this badly either. 8O

Helio Castroneves 9/2
Apolo Anton Ono 5/1
Emmitt Smith 6/1
Shawn Johnson 6/1
Drew Lachey 7/1
Joey Fatone 7/1
Kelly Monaco 15/2
Gilles Marini 10/1
Kirstie Alley 10/1
Melissa Rycroft 12/1
Bristol Palin 15/1
Kyle Massey/Sabrina Bryan/Carson Kressley 20/1
Pamela Anderson 25/1

Let’s get Miss Heidi and Court’s takes on this and be sure you let us know your thoughts too in the comment section.

Courtney: I honestly feel a little weird commenting on odds this early, since we don’t even know the partnerships yet – but alas, I guess I should get used to this season not feeling “normal” :-P I agree with Vogue that I think they’re somewhat overestimating Helio – I think the two Olympians, Apolo & Shawn, are probably going to be the ones to beat (perhaps with a slight edge given to Shawn), with Gilles & Joey following close behind…then MAYBE Helio & Drew.  I wish I disagreed with their odds for Pam, but I think she may really struggle with votes – she did on her own season, and I daresay she’s up against bigger fan favorites this time around.  And like I’ve said before to folks around here that are freaking out about Bristol – I really think they’re giving Bristol too much credit.  She’s not the “innocent girl next door” she tried to portray in season 11 anymore, she’s up against more popular contestants, and better dancers.  If she thinks she’s just going to coast all the way to the finale like she did the first time around – she’s got another thing coming.  As for the final all-star we’re voting on…hmmmm.  I’m fairly certain Kyle is pretty much a lost cause, since he seems to be campaigning the LEAST out of the 3; I think Sabrina may be relying a bit too heavily on other people to promote her; and I think Carson is making the best effort to get himself cast.  If we get Carson – I doubt he’ll be a stellar dancer,  but I could see him outlasting at least Pam and Melissa, perhaps Bristol.  If we get Sabrina – I still think she’ll be gone before the midpoint of the season.  But I’m reluctant to say anything “in stone” until we hear the last all-star and the pairings announced – because I think that could change the odds quite a bit.

Heidi: Yeah, I think the pairings are going to be the deciding factor this time around. I think that a large part of both Helio’s and Apolo’s success was their partnership with Julianne – everyone thought both couples were so charming and “cute”.  I think both men were good dancers, but they gained a lot of ground due to shippers and others who just liked them as couples. Julianne ain’t around this time, so this is where the real test begins. Both men were pretty heavily criticized in their early rounds and then once they kept going on, the judges started getting on board.  Will they this time?? As for Gilles – are they under rating him?? I don’t know. I thought he was a pretty good dancer, but it will be interesting to see how he looks compared to the other guys. Yeah, his partnership with Cheryl was important, but will Cheryl be the Cheryl that William had or the Cheryl that originally had Gilles or Drew??  Speaking of Drew, I think Drew, Joey and Kelly are going to find out that this ain’t the same competition that it was when they were originally on it.  The bar was raised when Julianne, Derek and Mark came on board and all the other pros stepped up. So I think they might have their work cut out for them.  Another thing that will be key will be those people who get their original pro – the competition will either be weighted in their favor (Mark and Cheryl, in particular) or they could find even better pairs from the new couples.  A lot of these people were great in their own seasons – but how will they look against people who were also very good in their seasons? We won’t know until we see them. Sabrina? She’s toast, so I agree there. She may be a good dancer, but there are a lot of good dancers – all with much larger fanbases. And if she doesn’t have Mark, as I suspect? Well, all those little shippers may find their impact minimized. If she snags Derek (doubtful) she might stand a chance because I think he will soften the hard lines. ANYWAY, that is my long winded way of saying that it’s much too soon to do the odds – the pairings will be the first critical hurdle, then it will be how well these pairs look opposite each other.

August 1, 2012 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.