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PureDWTS Season 22: Ben Higgins Confirms He is NOT Doing DWTS, There is No 13th Couple

*shakes head* Normally I wouldn’t even feel the need to post this, but after the last 24 hours or so and some of the nonsense I’ve had to field on Twitter, I feel like it was necessary…

…despite suspicions from some fans that a surprise “13th couple” was getting added to this season’s already stellar lineup, and that Ben Higgins was going to announce this morning on GMA that he was joining the cast, he confirmed to Variety Magazine that he is definitely NOT doing DWTS this season:

Higgins says he will not compete on ABC’s reality dance competition because he wants to focus on his engagement — but he did allude to an offer.

“My focus is not on what’s next. It’s on Lauren and I. Any decision that was made post show was based on what was best for us, and I believe that what’s best for us is to really concentrate on what’s best for us and to really spend as much time together as possible,” Higgins said.

Asked by Variety if he received an actually offer, “The Bachelor” tried to explain, saying, “Right now, a lot of those requests come down through the ABC pipeline so, I don’t want to call it offers, but just people asking if I’m interesting comes down from a group that is separate that me. Was I asked? I’m sure it was talked about.”

However — the couple will be watching “DWTS.” They agreed, “It’s a great cast!”

For once, a Bachelor contestant seems to recognize that doing DWTS immediately after he & his lady go public is maybe not the best thing for their relationship – just ask Chris & Whitney. Kind of refreshing…even if he come across kinda dodgy & redundant saying it 😛

I guess I have to place just a bit of the blame for the hoopla on this picture that Jenna posted on Instagram, though, as it seemed to whip fans into a frenzy, thinking “she got a promo shot, that means she’s a pro!”

9 more days 🙀 #dwts22

A photo posted by Jenna Johnson (@dance10jenna) on


ETA: Oh looky…promo pic of the whole troupe. Makes it a bit less suspicious that Jenna got her own, eh?

Also seeming to incite speculation about a thirteenth couple: the fact that Emma has deleted this post she made last week explaining that she’s taking a season off from the show.  I’m guessing she took it down due to some of the irrational rage from fans in the comments section, as Emma has always done a stellar job of keeping things low-key and drama-free…but of course, some interpreted it as “she took it down because she got a partner after all!”

Apparently pointing out that a) we’ve never had 13 couples in a spring season, b) there were none of the typical smoking guns (subtle-as-a-sledgehammer clues during the cast announcement, pictures taken at McCadden, leaks from other media sources), and c) none of my sources have seen Emma at McCadden for the past 2 weeks, or have heard anything about a 13th couple, makes me a big ol’, spirit-crushing meanie to some on Twitter.  Gosh, facts are so inconvenient sometimes, aren’t they? 😛 Denial is not just a river in Egypt, folks, and I just don’t see the point in indulging some kinda childish fantasies when I know for a fact that there are no more additions to the cast.

So what do I make of all this? I think TPTB were keeping either Emma or Jenna (or even both) in their back pocket, just in case Ben did sign on – the last time we reported, he was waffling pretty heavily.  Could explain why Jenna got a promo shot, and why Emma was seen rehearsing with the cast a few weeks back.  However, as I told another Emma fan on Twitter – Emma’s a smart girl, and I think she may have recognized that potentially getting trouped was both a demotion and a pay cut, and likely not worth her time. She may have said “Y’know what? No thanks, I’ll sit this one out.” Which left Jenna – and then when Ben ended up passing on the offer, they just kept her in the troupe.  This is all speculation on my part, but I think it makes sense.  I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Emma, and I do think Jenna will eventually become a pro – it’s just not happening this season.  It’s already gonna be a bit of a bloodbath, with so many big names this season – if Ben had signed on, I doubt he would have lasted very long, anyway, up against the likes of Antonio, Ginger, Von, etc.

Soooo…can we all agree that this season has 12 couples now? 🙂

March 15, 2016 I Written By

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DWTS Season 22 Rumor Watch Out: Producers Considering Model Ashley Graham??

Hollywood Life is reporting Dancing With The Stars is eying Model Ashley Graham to dance. Keep in mind, Hollywood Life is a tabloid. For more on Ashley, see Wiki. So, what do you think? Do you like the thought of Ashley dancing? I usually like Models, so, I will say bring her on if true.

The spots on Season 22 of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ are filling up, but will Ashley Graham be taking one of them? HollywoodLife.com has the EXCLUSIVE scoop on whether or not the ‘Sports Illustrated’ model will compete on the show!

Ashley Graham, 28, seems to be everywhere we look these days, but will she be showing up on our TV screens during the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars? ABC is eying the model for one of the final spots on Season 22…and HollywoodLife.com has EXCLUSIVELY learned if she plans to accept.

“There’s been talk about having Ashley Graham on,” an insider tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “She’s someone the producers think could get a lot of buzz. The word is she’s interested, too, but it’s a matter of whether or not they can come to an agreement.”

More at Hollywood Life.

March 4, 2016 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.

Ben Higgins ‘Needs To Decide’ If He’s Dancing On Dancing With The Stars Season 22

Several of you in comments have been wondering if Ben Higgins is dancing on Dancing With The Stars Season 22. As you know this rumor has been around since the end of last season. Well, according to E Online, he’s still trying to decide.

Before the honeymoon comes a trip to the ballroom.

Choosing between his final two in The Bachelor’s March 14 finale isn’t the only major decision Ben Higgins has coming up in his life. Aside from the big Lauren B. vs. JoJo dilemma, it sounds like Ben needs to decide if he wants to compete on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars, which premieres March 21 on ABC.

“I’m not against any opportunity that presents itself,” Ben told E! News’ Will Marfuggi about joining the cast of DWTS when we caught up with him at the Women Tell All special. “I need to analyze if that option was there to say, OK, is this the best thing for me?” I don’t know yet, I don’t. I don’t want to say this is the way I’m going to go with it because I haven’t decided.”

So wait, does that mean he’s already been offered a spot in the ballroom? ABC doesn’t comment on casting rumors, so we won’t know for sure until the cast is officially unveiled on March 8 on Good Morning America.

More at E Online.

March 3, 2016 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.

DWTS Season 22 Rumor: Blac Chyna Wants To Dance On Dancing With The Stars

How about Blac Chyna for the new season of Dancing With The Stars? Hollywood Life is reporting she wants to dance in the new season. Note that her boyfriend, Rob Kardashian, is said to approve of the idea. Also note that Hollywood Life is NOT a reliable source. Let us know what you think? I say PLEASE NO!

Heidi: I think I cry BS on this one. I do think she probably really wants to do the show (did anyone know who she was before she took up with Rob?), but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find out that SHE is the source for the story, particularly the part where it says that “talks are being carried out”. It wouldn’t be the first time that a publicist planted something hoping to put a bug in a producers ear…or get a short burst of PR. If the producers go this route…ugh.

Blac Chyna, 27, might just be the latest to join next season’s Dancing With the Stars lineup. And you better believe she’s bringing the drama with her! In fact, she wants Scott Disick, 32, to join in on the action as she brings her Kardashian feud to the next level. Watch out world, the Blac/Kardashian tension is about to explode to new heights!

“Blac would love to do the next season of the show and talks are being carried out to make it a reality,” an insider revealed to HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. But Blac doesn’t want to the be only star on DWTS who’s associated with a Kardashian. “She would love to do the show with Scott Disick as well and the producers love that angle as well,” our sourced added. A Blac, Scott showdown? Now that is something we would LOVE to see — especially if it’s all done through dance! We have to hand it to Blac, this IS a pretty epic idea.

February 22, 2016 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.

Alfonso Ribeiro Comments On Scott Disick Dancing With The Stars Casting Rumor

As you know from a previous report, Scott Disick is rumored to be considering an invite from Dancing With The Stars and at a hefty price. Since that time, US Weekly via an insider reported that Scott Disick won’t be dancing anytime soon and the producers would never give him $500,000. Well, Alfonso Ribeiro (who had some part in casting last season) had a few choice words to say about it as well. More below.

February 18, 2016 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.

Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Watch-Out On Jodie Sweetin Continues – New Interview

Listen to this new E News interview with Jodie Sweetin and Candice Cameron Bure and let us know what you think? Is Jodie Sweetin going to dance this season on Dancing With The Stars? I say…I bet she is….

February 17, 2016 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.

More DWTS Season 22 Rumors – Danny DeVito and More

One of my twitter followers said Dish Nation reported Danny Devito, Scott Disick, the Bachelor, some football player, and Taryn Manning are possibly dancing on Dancing With The Stars Season 22. Take this with a grain of salt for now though as they might be just guessing or speculating. Note how we’ve reported on all the rumors they have, but Danny DeVito. Heidi plans to TIVO the show tonight and watch it in the morning to do a follow up on it. Thanks to @brittsims97 for the heads up. I hope it’s true about Danny DeVito. He would be a gas to watch!!

ETA: Thanks to Brittany for finding, below is video of what she heard on Dish Nation. You can watch what they said on the rumors at the 7:32 mark. Note how they mentioned Rhea Pearlman and Mike Tolbert too. Also note that Danny DeVito was a wish by one of the reporters.

February 16, 2016 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.

DWTS Season 22 Rumor: Scott Disick Considering Dancing With The Stars

Awww, I love TMZ during rumor season. Below they report that Scott Disick is considering an invite from Dancing With The Stars. However, he won’t come cheap. Let us know what you think. If you don’t know who he is, see this link. Note that Scott was also rumored to dance last season and several of us liked the idea.

Scott Disick’s considering a spot on the next season of “Dancing with the Stars” but his cha-cha and rumba don’t come cheap … $500k minimum.

Our ‘DWTS’ sources tell us Scott got the invite for the 22nd season. He’s been asked before, but this time we’re told he showed interest … but set his price at half a mil.

We’re told the ‘DWTS’ honcho who called Scott said there was a strict policy to pay everyone the same amount … although we’re told that’s just not the case. Scott was offered $125k guarantee and if he made it to the finals he’d get $345k.

More at TMZ.

ETA: According to US Weekly, Scott Disick won’t be dancing in Season 22. More below at the link.

Maybe next year? Scott Disick has been asked to appear on Dancing With the Stars “so many times,” a source tells Us Weekly, but he’s not joining the hit ABC reality show anytime soon.

Producers are casting the next season of the show, and TMZ reported on Tuesday, February 16, that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star had been invited to join the upcoming 22nd season, with negotiations stalling because Disick, 32, wants $500,000 to compete.

But the source tells Us there is “no chance Scott would be on the show,” while a DWTS insider tells Us that ABC “would never give him 500,000.”

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 22 Watchout: How about Carolina Panther Jonathan Stewart?

How about Jonathan Stewart of the Carolina Panthers for Dancing With The Stars? I say heck yeah. Even if Jonathan might be just goofing around, you never know if TPTB might make him an offer if they see this? Thanks to DWTSGossip for the fun find.

#handjive holla at me dancing with the stars! #nfl #panthers

A video posted by Jonathan Stewart (@jonathanstewar1) on

February 10, 2016 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.

Teresa Giudice Turned Down Dancing With The Stars Season 22

I meant to post on this yesterday and got side tracked. Anyway, People is reporting Teresa Giudice was in talks to do Dancing With The Stars Season 22, but, she said no.

Teresa Giudice won’t be stepping onto the Dancing with the Stars stage.

A source tells PEOPLE that the Bravo star was in talks to be on the next season of the hit dance competition series but “she didn’t do it because she didn’t want to be away from her girls.”

“Her focus is family,” the source adds. “Her kids are in school and she would not have wanted to be away from them, even for a couple days a week. She sacrificed a nice paycheck to be home with her girls.”

A DWTS insider says no formal offer was ever made.

More at People. I have to say…I’m not too heart broke on this news.

February 9, 2016 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.