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.
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.
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.
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….
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. 😯
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” 😛 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.
Today Louis Van Amstel was a guest on Good Afternoon America to promote his workout/dance program “LaBlast”. They dance a Samba to get things shaking. After they get finished dancing, they ask him about the three wild cards on Dancing With The Stars. Louis says he loves all three (Carson Kressley, Kyle Massey, and Sabrina Bryan), but, in the end, he begs us to vote for Sabrina. Ok, so, as speculated in the comments, I think we might know who Sabrina’s partner might be if she wins?
Pro Derek Hough was a guest on Access Hollywood today. He runs through his partners (“wives”) on his 10 seasons with Dancing With The Stars. They ask if the pros have any input for who they get as partners which they don’t (but, he may make suggestions). Also, he always tries to have other projects going to keep dancing refreshing. Derek also talks of making music again and his new movie coming out which he gets to see for the first time this week. Great interview for the Hough Addicts like myself. Lots more at Pure Derek Hough. Stay tuned as our Miss Princess Heidi will be making some big updates there soon on Derek’s recent Dizzy Feet weekend and more.
Lovely and always good at explaining and sizing up the competition, below is dancing With The Stars pro Karina Smirnoff on The View today. This is good. You’ll love this.
For the non-US viewers, go HERE. Thanks Jimmbboe!!
As promised, here is the Good Morning America spread they promised! A great little teaser to set us for the new Dancing With The Stars All Star season….
And here is their wild card segment with Carson Kressley, Kyle Massey, and Sabrina Bryan….
Access Hollywood has released some videos from the ABC Summer Press Party after the cast was announced where some of the pros were present. They answer questions on potential partners, past partners, and being asked to dance on Dancing With The Stars again. They are all excited and ready for a competitive season. They are tight lipped as ever too (figures, lol).
Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke, Bristol palin, Gilles Marina, Kelly Monoaco, Helio Castroneves, and Melissa Rycroft were interviewed about the cast as well. This is from ET….
UPDATE: Here’s some interviews with Extra…