Today during the ABC Press tour and Dancing With The Stars All Star cast announcement, photos were taken of some of the cast members. Seen above is Pamela Anderson, Drew Lachey, Kelly Monaco, Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Melissa Rycroft, Helio Castroneves, Bristol Palin and Gilles Marini. You can view a slew of more fun pics of them at ABCMedianet. You can also read their official press release of the Dancing With The Stars cast announcement here.
E Online was at the ABC Press Tour. They report Dancing With The Stars contestant Bristol Palin was swamped by the press with questions for why she decided to dance. Bristol wants to provide for her son. She also said the press is going to talk about her no matter what, so she might as well dance again. More below and at the link.
Bristol received the bulk of questions during the press conference and grew increasingly defensive about her reasons for doing another reality show, ending the press conference by quipping, “Do I like to provide for my son? Yes, I do.”
Bristol repeatedly blamed the press’ overbearing nature as her prime reason for doing DWTS, saying (repeatedly), “God provides opportunities for me…The press is going to be talking about me no matter what, so I may as well be having fun.”
When asked if she believes she has made herself more of a target by doing reality TV instead of quietly going home to raise her son after the 2008 election, Bristol replied, “Like I said before, this is a fun gig. I’m not whining; I’m not complaining about anything. I’m gonna go out there and I’m going to have fun. You guys, the media, you will talk about me whether I’m in my little Alaska life or doing this.”
The reporters on hand were mostly members of the Television Critics Association, and when someone asked if there was any aspect of the show coverage Bristol does like, Bristol gave more of the same: “God provides opportunities for me. This is an amazing opportunity to for me. I get to work with awesome people. And it’s a positive, active show. It’s going to be awesome.”
At one point, the conversation turned to politics and Palin’s beliefs on homosexuality (“What will you think if you get a gay partner?”), to which Pamela Anderson immediately exclaimed, “I love gays!”
“I like gays,” Palin said. “I’m not a homophobic. And I’m so sick of people saying that. Just because I’m for traditional marriage doesn’t mean I’m scared or anything of anyone else. I don’t hate anybody. You know, people are going to make up stuff about me no matter what and…whatever. I’m going to go dance and I’m going to have fun and I’m just going to go have fun on this show. It’s not about politics. It’s not about traditional marriage and anything like that. It’s just about dancing and it’s going to be fun and that’s all I have to say about it.”
Oh boy, I’m not sure I’m ready for this again? HEIDI HELP!!!
Heidi: What an idiot. So everything is everyone else’s fault. You’re always misquoted. You never say or do anything wrong. Everything is the media’s fault. Or God’s. I can’t say anything else without getting hate mail from wackado’s so I think I’ll leave it at that. Oh, but if Derek gets her?? This will be the first season I don’t vote for him.
Vogue: I think she must be a glutten for punishment or this is her only way of keeping herself out there. She likes the attention more than not any attention at all.
According to ABC: they have announced 12 celebrities for DWTS All Stars while allowing the fans to choose the 13th celebrity to be on the show.
One thing I noticed is that all three choices are part of the DWTS Live Show in Vegas.
So as many of you might have watched, Good Afternoon America announced the new cast for the new Dancing With The Stars All Star Season. Below is some videos from their official site. They do a little spread on each celebrity contestant. Kirstie Alley calls in. She’s excited, scared, and has no idea who she’s dancing with. Val Chmerkovskiy and Aaron Carter join in to talk about the line up. Val thinks Emmitt Smith is the front runner right away for the work ethic he has, his mentality, and also that he is an athlete. Val is excited about everyone who is returning. Aaron thinks the front runner is Gilles Marini and especially if he’s paired up with his former partner Karina Smirnoff for the “chemistry” they’d have together. Aaron thinks it’s all about chemistry which equals having respect for one another, being able to get along, and listening to one another. Great spread today. It’s great seeing Aaron again too and his interesting perspective. More below….
Awww, check out the video Brooke just tweeted. Could she be dancing in the new all star edition of Dancing With The Stars? This is so cute….
Also note that @DWTSGossip at twitter is reporting that Carson Kressley, Sabrina Bryan, and Joey Fatone are expected to be a part of the new cast….
This day is wild already and I still don’t have a shower in yet? Thanks to Heidi for the help!
It’s been a great day for news and rumors and here is more from Entertainment Weekly. They say Melissa Rycroft, Joey Fatone, and Pamela Anderson are “likely” to dance (Yay, I hope this is true and I especially love Pamela!). Look what they also report on Carson Kressley, Bristol Palin and Stacy Keibler. Be sure to read the full story at the link.
The industry whisperers have been quieter than usual this cycle, but we’re still hearing names of a few celebrities who are expected to return to the ballroom: Melissa Rycroft (Season 8), Joey Fatone (Season 4) and Pamela Anderson (Season 10) are likely to don sequins when the show resumes this fall.
Also, we hear Executive Producer Conrad Green is injecting a new twist to the casting process this year:
ABC will let fans pick a returning star. The network will announce the names of three former Dancing contestants (we’re hearing Carson Kressley is one of them) and let viewers vote on which celebrity gets the final spot on the show.
And what about Bristol Palin? With her Lifetime show bombing isn’t she ready to return to the reality TV big leagues? No intel there yet. Though we’re hearing that you shouldn’t expect another attention-getting Dancing alum, Stacy Keibler, to take a break from George Clooney to hit the dance floor anytime soon.
So, what do you think? Interesting that Carson may be one of the people we will be voting on!
With all of the coverage of the upcoming all-star season we’ve been doing, we realize it can get a little hard to keep up and remember who’s said yes, who’s said no, who’s just a maybe, etc. So for the sake of maintaining everyone’s sanity and trying to keep at least some degree of organization, here’s a handy list of what celebs we’ve been covering as it pertains to the all-star season, broken down by their original season, along with a brief summary of where they stand. We’ll keep this post stuck to the main page until the cast announcement, and we’ll post updates in red as they come in.
ETA #1: Updated with coverage of Joey Fatone & Trista Sutter, and an update of Ralph Macchio.
ETA #2: Added info on Kelly Monaco.
ETA #3: Update on Maria Menounos.
ETA #4: A little over 24 hours until the cast announcement and updates & rumors coming fast & furious! Thanks Vogue & Heidi Updates on Gilles Marini, Joey Fatone, Melissa Rycroft, Stacy Keibler, Kendra Wilkinson, & Carson Kressley; added info on Melissa Joan-Hart & Pamela Anderson.
Trista Sutter – a few interesting tweets that seemed to imply she was heading somewhere to do something secret, but now says she is definitely not taking part in the all-star season
Kelly Monaco – hinted at a GH fan event that she was “going to need fans’ help with something that’s getting announced next Friday!”
Stacy Keibler – played coy, said “possibly” if she was asked to return; says we’ll “have to wait & find out”; rumored as a possible X-Factor host; Entertainment Weekly claiming she’s not likely to do the show
Drew Lachey – said he “had a blast and would be open to doing it again”, but wasn’t sure how things would play out
Jerry Springer - said he may do SOMETHING for the show and would love to be in the audience, but wouldn’t dance again
Mario Lopez – spilled the beans about being asked to do the all-star season on Live with Kelly way back in May, and was thinking about it; however, he now says he’s “too busy” and “doesn’t think he’ll be able to do it” – mentioned as a rumored candidate to host X-factor
Joey Lawrence - asked fans on Twitter to vote for him to get on the all-star season
Joey Fatone – says he isn’t really sure if he’d do it or not, and that he hasn’t gotten a call yet; Entertainment Weekly claiming he’s “likely” to do the show Read more..
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.
As promised, Annie Barrett of Entertainment Weekly posted the videos of her backstage interview with Tristan MacManus, Lacey Schwimmer, Joey Fatone, and Carson Kressley before she saw Dancing With The Stars Live In Las Vegas. Carson shows off all of his costumes including his “Vogue” and “Moves Like Jagger” costumes. Tristan and Lacey talk on their injuries and the show’s ‘different vibe’ from the TV version. They say Tom Bergeron is jealous of Carson’s part and he is a “Silver Fox”. Joey Fatone talks of why he returned to dancing and how he loves his two dances. You can see more of this fun interview in four parts HERE.