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DWTS Season 23 Rumors And Watchout: More Speculation On Simone Biles

Remember the other day when Court posted about Simone Biles doing Dancing With The Stars? Well, an insider tells US Weekly producers have their sights on her.

From Brazil to the ballroom? Dancing With the Stars producers have their sights set on Olympic gymnastics hero Simone Biles to join the season 23 competition, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.

The show insider tells Us that Biles, 19 — who nabbed a whopping five medals in Rio this month — is producers’ top pick among this year’s standout Olympians to show off her fancy footwork.

“They would love to cast some Olympians if possible,” says the source, who points out that the ABC competition series’ team was waiting until after the games unfolded to see which athletes stood out.

To read the article in full, see US Weekly.

August 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.

New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. Turns Down Dancing With The Stars

Apparently New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. turned down Dancing With The Stars. Below is more from Fox Sports via Mike Francesa from WFA radio….

After New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. burst onto the scene with a tremendous rookie season in 2014 and followed it up with a second Pro Bowl campaign in 2015, a lot of off-the-field opportunities came his way including the chance to compete on Dancing with the Stars.

“Dancing with the Stars was an opportunity to do and I would love to do it. But I don’t want to do that and have [media, fans, critics] ready for the excuse that if anything were to happen this season, it’s like ‘oh he’s too focused on what he’s doing in the outside world and his fame.’ Whatever fame means. I had ‘fame’ tatted on me my freshman year in college– forgive all my enemies, or forget all my enemies.”

More here. We’ll have to put him on a watch out for future seasons (in an off season or after he retires?).

August 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 23 Watch Out – Ryan Lochte To Dance On Dancing With The Stars?

Ryan Lochte has announced he’s moving to California after the Olympics. Maybe this is nothing, but, could it really be because he might be dancing in Dancing With The Stars Season 23? We better put Ryan on a “watch out” especially when he’s been heavily rumored in the past. Thanks to Kristyn Burtt for the heads up.

Team USA’s Ryan Lochte, the 2nd most decorated male Olympic swimmer of all time, has announced his intention to move to California following the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Lochte, who won his 12th career Olympic medal as a part of the USA’s 4×200 free relay, has spoken in the past about wanting to live on the West Coast.

“On my bucket list it’s always been to go to the west coast, so, California here I come,” said Lochte in an interview with NBC.

ETA: Who know is this is true or not, but, Hollywood Life is reporting producers have taken the offer to Ryan off the table. Note how they mention the show is considering making an offer to Katie Ledecky(this is a new one) or Simone Biles (which we reported on).

“Dancing with the Stars producers have asked Ryan [Lochte] before in years past and always got a ‘No,’” a show insider told HollywoodLife.com exclusively — but this year it was different and it actually looked “like it was going to happen this season.” However, after the drama around his robbery going down in Rio, that all chanced. “The controversy happened in Rio and they have taken the offer off the table,” our source added.

Of course, that doesn’t mean we won’t see any Olympians on the dance floor. The ABC show is actually “looking to offer both Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles the chance to be on the show,” our source says, adding they’d love both, but of course would be happy with either.

More at Hollywood Life.

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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.

Deena Katz Trying To Score An Olympian, Comments On New Season Of Dancing With The Stars

It’s crunch time for Casting Director Deena Katz. She’s trying to score an Olympian for the new season of Dancing With The Stars. She comments on it and more below in a new ABC article….

These days, she’s busy trying to score names she hopes the country will want to watch for 10 weeks, and she told ABC News that means current Olympians.

But it’s too early to tell who will make the final cut, if any of them.

“You know it worked with Shawn Johnson, it worked with Misty May, it worked with Evan Lysacek, and that is our show, that’s America,” she said. “I’ve talked to a lot of Olympians but, unfortunately for them, I can’t really lock someone in so it’s kind of like putting that call out and then they’re all just waiting. And yet, they’re a little busy right now, too. So it’s this thing of, ‘OK, I’ve talked to you, you guys are great, now let’s wait and see what happens.’”

Model-actor Nyle DiMarco took home the Mirror Ball Trophy this year in the season 22 finale, beating out UFC fighter Paige VanZant, who placed second, and “Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee, who came in third. Katz said she places a premium on making the ABC reality show “really topical,” while at the same time mixing up “a little bit of current with a little bit of nostalgia.”

To read more from Deena, see ABC.

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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.

More DWTS Cast Rumors and Wannabees: Rob Gronkowski, Jonathan Coachman, Slugger the Sea Dog, And More

The executive producer of “Dancing With the Stars”, Deena Katz, wants Rob Gronkowski “The Gronk” to dance in the new season of Dancing With The Stars. However, she’s having trouble getting him to commit.

“I think for many reasons he’d be great,” Katz told our Left Coast correspondent during the Television Critics Association press tour. “He’s great on camera. I think he gets it. I do think he can dance. And I think that the fan base that that team has is great for someone like him to be on it.”

Gronk has admitted that ABC’s mega-popular dance competition has wooed him in the past, but he just won’t commit. Katz hinted that the reason might be that 
either the twinkle-toed tight end or the Pats’ brass are afraid their oft-injured star might trip while tripping the light fantastic and hurt himself.

“I know people are concerned about him being injured. We had the best running back and the Super Bowl MVP on our show last season and we take very good care of them,” she said.

To read more and to read how she’d like to partner him with Cheryl Burke, see the Boston Herald.

Now for some “Wannabe’s”:

Jonathan Coachman – According to the Miami Herald, ESPN reporter and WWE star mentioned he wanted to do Dancing With The Stars.

During the Sunday afternoon (July 17) radio show “The Coach & Bretos” on ESPN Radio and the ESPN App, co-host The Coach Jonathan Coachman said he wanted to participate on one of his favorite televisions shows, “Dancing with the Stars,” on ESPN’s sister network ABC.

I have to admit…. I think I’d like to see this.

Slugger the Sea Dog – Who, you ask? Well, according to WMTW, Slugger is campaigning to become the first-ever mascot to participate on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Be sure to see the video at this link. Dancing With The Stars Season 1’s John O’Hurley is campaigning for this to happen as well.

Slugger is known for his outrageous dancing during Portland Sea Dogs games. He now wants to show his talents to a national audience.

In a video, Maine-native John O’Hurley, who appeared on season 1 of “Dancing with the Stars,” appears with Slugger to introduce the idea.

“Nobody is a bigger fan of the Sea Dogs than I am, and nobody is a bigger fan of ballroom dancing that I am,” O’Hurley said.

DWTS Gossip found a few wannabe’s too:

Roy Nelson – The UFC fighter says he’d like to dance on Dancing With The Stars at the Review Journal.

Claressa Shields – This Olympian Boxer wants to be a household name. From SB Nation

Outside of the boxing rings, the talented middleweight is getting more used to being an attraction. T-Rex, a documentary about her route to the London Olympics, just premiered on PBS. Shields wants to be on TV more often, and not just to play herself.

“My agent has a lot of things going back at home,” she said. “Right now, I guess some things are in the works. I wanna be an actress. That’s what I wanna do. I also want to be a dominant boxer. Who knows if I come back for 2020.

“But, also, I will be in acting. Hopefully I can do things like Dancing with the Stars. I mean, I’m down for all that stuff. I think I can dance a little bit [laughs]. I’m just taking this journey as far as I can take it. I believe that I’m going to be a household name after this Games.”

The casting rumors are really starting to ramp up now, aren’t they? The Pro Watch post is going up soon as well. Stay tuned!

August 8, 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 23 Watch Out: Emma Samms Of General Hospital And Dynasty Fame Has A Secret

This is just a wild guess and I don’t have a lot to support the idea except that Dancing With The Stars has had General Hospital contestants in the past, but, could actress Emma Samms be dancing in the new season of Dancing With the Stars? This might make a fun inspirational story too since at one time Emma was told she would never dance again. Anyway, this is just a “watch out”…

ETA: NOTE how Tom Bergeron also replied back to her. (thanks Carolyn!)

And no, she’s not coming back to General Hospital and nor is there a Dynasty reboot. Hmmm…

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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 23 Rumor: Michael Phelps Asked To Dance On Dancing With The Stars

Hollywood Life is reporting Michael Phelps has been asked to do Dancing With The Stars. He has been rumored several times. Will this finally be his time? Note that this source isn’t reliable.

There have been dozens of athletes to compete on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, and some among them Olympians. Now, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been asked to join their ranks and vie for that Mirrorball trophy — will he say yes?

Michael Phelps is known for his power and grace in the swimming pool. He’s the most decorated Olympian in the history of the games, with 22 medals, including 18 gold. That’s insane. And add to that the fact that he’s competing for more at the Rio 2016 games! But now that a Dancing With The Stars offer has appeared, will he take a break from his sport, hang up the goggles and nose plugs, and trade it all in for some soft shoes?

“Michael has been asked before (to do DWTS) and he was recently asked [to compete in] the upcoming season,” the source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “And though he has considered it, he doesn’t want to do it; he wants his legacy to be in the pool and not on the dance floor.”

More at Hollywood Life.

August 7, 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.

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

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence

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.