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DWTS Season 17 Rumor: Philanthropist Scott Lazerson With Chelsie Hightower As His Partner?

What a morning so far! Who needs coffee to get a person going when you have new Dancing With The Stars rumors? lol First we had a rumor with country singer Jo Dee Messina and now check out this Instagram. Scott Lazerson is a famous philanthropist. Could he possibly be doing Dancing With The Stars? What’s more, could Chelsie Hightower be his new partner? Or is this just a joke between them? Interesting, either way. Let us know what you think?

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Thanks to John for the find and Court for the help this morning!!!

August 16, 2013 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.

Chelsie Hightower Hopes To Dance On DWTS Season 17, Finds Out In Mid-August, Promotes Reebok

Chelsie Hightower was a new dance collection for Reebok. She was a guest on ABC4 in Utah to talk all about it. The new dance collection is about being fashionable and cute…and comfortable too. Chelsie talks a little of Dancing With The Stars as well and what she’s been doing in the off season. She also says the pros will find out if they get to dance this season in “Mid-August”. Her dream partner is Justin Timberlake. Lots more below….

August 5, 2013 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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 17 – PRO WATCH!!

It’s that time of year once again, boys and girls – time for Pro Watch. :-) I’m starting it a bit earlier than normal because we’ve gotten confirmation about Derek and a maybe about Maks earlier than ever before, as I recall. While Derek often knows very early, he’s not usually big on sharing – that seems a bit different this year. He’s confirmed he’s back with both the LA Times and Access Hollywood when they asked him. Now, it’s possible that this could just mean he’s open to it, not that he has a partner, but I suspect if he wants to do it, he gets to do it.

Also, at the TCA Summer Tour, Paul Lee, the ABC President of Entertainment, was asked about Maks and he gave an answer that was interpreted by differently by different outlets. No shock there. Access Hollywood said he said Maks “may well be back” and TV Guide said he said “likely” be back – now, call me crazy, but those are actually different interpretations. So, I am going with “maybe likely” as a happy medium. Particularly after last season, when Maks himself was saying he was back and then he wasn’t. And sorry Maks fans – it’s not a sure thing because, contrary to your world view, the ratings didn’t actually go down because Maks wasn’t there – they have been on a constant downward trend for a few seasons now, including those when Maks was present. We’ve been writing about it for a few seasons now, including after All Stars which was down 20% from season 14 – Maks was on both seasons. Sixteen was lower again = downward TREND.

As for the rest?? Well, Lizzie was asking who we wanted Val to dance with this season, but that could well be a “if we talk like it’s true it will become true” PR style. I suspect he’ll be back though. I wouldn’t count on Gleb or Louis…and maybe not even Tony. I really think they need to give Henry a shot, and I expect that both Mark and Tristan will have spots. As for the ladies, I suspect that Cheryl and Karina, and possibly Sharna, are the only sure things. Everyone else seems like they could go either way.

The big question mark for me?? Will there be a troupe?? I suspect there will be, although we won’t see them nearly as much early in the season. Don’t worry, Troupe fans – if what Paul Lee says about a possible return to two shows a week in the spring is true, then all may not be lost.

ETA1 Vogue here with an UPDATE: According to Enstarz, Val Chmerkovskiy will be dancing in Dancing With The Stars Season 17. He not only told them he will be dancing, he also told them his dream partners as well as saying, “I just want a partner who is willing to work and has a strong work ethic” and “You can be a supermodel, an actress, an athlete… but to be a good partner, you have to be willing to put in the work.” Be sure to read the link for more!

ETA2: Chelsie could be “possibly in”. See this post for more details!!

ETA3 Vogue here again: Due to this tweet by Sharna, we suspect she might be “possibly in”.

ETA4 Vogue again: After discussing this with Court and the way she read Sharna’s tweet, we’ve decided together to take out “Possibly In” for Sharna. The pros may be posting optimistically looking forward to season 17 (or the craziness of it, etc), but, that doesn’t mean they are “in” or are “possibly in”.

ETA4: This is sad. I hate to even report this, but, according to US Weekly, Kym Johnson won’t be dancing this season. She tells the magazine, that she has an “amazing work opportunity back home in Australia.” More here. Thanks to Lori for the heads up. Also, Chelsie tweeted of receiving “good and bad news”. We have no idea what she’s referring to, but, we’re changing her status to “unknown”.

ETA5: Karina is IN per @DWTSGossip!

ETA6: @DWTSGossip is also reporting Peta, Cheryl, Tony, Val, and Mark “in” as well.

ETA7: The hits just keep on coming, as DWTSGossip tweets that Maks “will not be returning” for season 17. -Court-

ETA8: The day of the furious pro watch updates continues, as DWTSGossip reveals that Anna & Chelsie are out and that Lindsay & Emma are in…although the “I guess” at the beginning of her tweet seems to leave a bit of margin for error…-Court-

ETA9: And now we have a bit of news on Henry. We think he’s “Possibly in the Troupe” or been “Promoted” because of what was tweeted in this twitter exchange. As Court just wrote to me privately, the problem with the guys right now is that we don’t know if any of the male troupe members are getting promoted. So, Henry may be in the troupe or he may have gotten promoted based on the tweet. In conclusion, we’re going to side with caution and assume it’s the troupe. -Vogue and Court

ETA10 Vogue: DWTSGossip is reporting Sharna is also “in”! She’s also reporting via twitter that she knows for a fact Sasha is not a Pro “as of now”. @Dwtsgossip writes to us that Sasha may very well still be in the running. Also, Tristan and Gleb are not confirmed yet.

ETA11: Oksana is out via Val’s twitter. Though the tweet has now been deleted. So, we’re going to mark her as “possibly out”.

ETA12: Just a little update on Troupe member Julian Tocker. He has tweeted that he won’t be dancing full time because of the new format, but, we’ll still see him around. Sad as it makes you wonder if it will be the same for some or all of the troupe members? Also, and if there is a full time troupe, how many will there be in it?

ETA13: Some good news and some bad news today (depending how you look at it and who are your favorite pros). @DWTSGossip is reporting Tristan is “in”, but, Gleb” is “out” (sad, I was hoping to see him back). So, what does this mean for the 6th male spot left? Will it be filled by a returning Pro (Louis? or did they change their mind and decide to make Maks a pro?), a promotion for a troupe member (Sasha or Henry?), or will it be someone entirely new? Penny for your thoughts!

ETA14: Guess what Kids? @DWTSGossip says she got mixed up and Gleb is IN! YAY!

ETA15: I’m baaaaacccckkkk!! And here to report that @dwtsgossip just tweeted “Sasha dancing with Snookie?? Mark out??” Clearly, those are question marks, so don’t get too excited. :-) If true, good for Markie – time to go full bore on that music career, bud. -Heidi

ETA16: And Markie is in…and Sasha may not be. @dwtsgossip can’t confirm him, but he/she can confirm Mark. Again, certain sources out there have a piss poor track record – dwtsgossip is not one of those, and neither is TMZ. I’ll leave it at that. :-) But seriously people -always consider the source. And remember no one is infallible. Don’t get worked up until September 4th. :-) p.s. see mark’s tweet to dwtsgossip. :-)

ETA17: Heidi here to tell you that a few spots in Pro Watch may just be WRONG. Dead wrong. Sorry, that’s all I can say right now. We’re in for one surprise tomorrow and a couple other mild surprises. ;-) Maybe – take it with a grain of salt as usual when mysterious sources appear. 

ETA18: Errr…well, the cat seems to be out of the bag on some other sites (and Heidi is already in bed), so here it goes: Lindsay has allegedly been downgraded to troupe along with Gleb, Sasha has allegedly been upgraded to pro from the troupe, and one of the “non-troupe lurkers” I mentioned almost a month ago, Tyne, has allegedly been fast-tracked straight to pro.  Witney & Henry remain in the troupe, which is now only 4 strong.  I’m not exactly happy with this new development (especially since Tyne, to my knowledge, is just a contemporary dancer), but I’m interested to see what you guys’ thoughts are…and keep in mind, this does seem to contradict some of what we’ve already heard from reputable sources, so take it with a grain of salt. -Court-

Male Pros

Derek – IN
Val – IN
Tony – IN
Mark – IN
Sasha - IN
Tristan – IN

Female Pros

Cheryl – IN
Tyne Stecklein - IN
Sharna – IN
Peta – IN
Karina – IN
Emma – IN

Out For the Season
Kym - judging position on DWTS Australia
Maks – OUT per DWTSGossip
Anna – OUT per DWTSGossip
Chelsie – OUT per DWTSGossip
Louis – OUT per Louis’ twitter
Lacey – Most Likely OUT

Super Troupers, Past and Present
Oksana Dmytrenko -  OUT of the Troupe
Sasha Farber – Promoted to Pro
Henry Byalikov – IN Troupe
Emma Slater – Promoted to Pro
Kiki Nyemchek – OUT
Nicole Volynets – OUT
Ted Volynets – OUT
Dasha Chesnokova – OUT
Witney Carson – IN Troupe
Julian Tocker – Not dancing full time in troupe this season, but we’ll still see him around.
Gleb Savchenko – downgraded from pro to troupe
Lindsay Arnold – downgraded from pro to troupe

August 4, 2013 I Written By

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. :-)

PureDWTS Chelsie Hightower And Sasha Farber Add “Taste Of Glamour” To Dallas Dance Show

Dancing With The Stars Sasha Farber and Chelsie Hightower also celebrated National Dance Day this weekend. The two pros travelled to Dallas, Texas to perform and teach dance for Bree Hafen’s Positive Space Company at the Eisemann Center for Performing Arts. You can see a fun picture of them at this link. Sasha has also tweeted some fun pics of them before the show. Below is a take from a fun review at Theatre Jones. Note: the program continues today at 2 p.m. at the Eisemann Center. Don’t miss it if you live in the Dallas area.

The belly-dancing: Habibi and Egyptic performed by Janelle Issis, was another matter altogether. Wearing a flowing white skirt and bra in Habibi and gold cape and blue skirt in Egyptic, Issis seems barely to move as a cascade of rippling abdominal muscles flow in tiny isolation. When she does skirt the floor, some part of her body—hips, arms, or torso—continues to undulate like uncoiled snakes.

And then for a taste of glamour, two cast members from Dancing with the Stars, Chelsie Hightower and Sasha Farber, heat up the stage with some saucy Latin dancing.

The second act features Positive Space performing three dramatic acts by Ms. Hafen: “Humanity,” “Home,” and “Healing.” The centerpiece involves a couple and their daughter, with the husband banned by his wife, who reconciles, and then loses her when she goes off to war. Three “fates” intervene from time to time, and at the end the dead wife returns as an angel, imploring her husband to seek a new wife.

If the story gets a bit too treacly at times, there is another clever dance episode to compensate, especially when the ensemble shots legs and arms out in all directions.

More at Theatre Jones.

July 28, 2013 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.

Mark Ballas Answers Questions About Cory Monteith And DWTS, New Photo Shoot With Derek Hough

Pop Candies caught up with Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas leaving the Bootsy. He shares his thoughts and sympathies for Glee’s Cory Monteith. He also takes a time out to talk a little of Dancing With The Stars and who he’d like to dance with in the new season.

Also, you can see some fun pics of Mark attending Chelsie Hightower and Peta Murgatroyd’s Birthday Charity Event for Unlikely Heroes at Getty Images. Here he is below pictured with Chelsie and Peta as well. I always liked him paired with Chelsie….uhhh, dancing that is. :)

One more thing: Be sure to head over to Pure Derek Hough to read about a new “mysterious” photo shoot with Derek Hough and possibly Mark Ballas when you get a chance. Sounds fascinating! Now if we only knew more?

July 20, 2013 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 Chelsie Hightower And Peta Murgatroyd’s Charity Birthday Party Part 2 (New Interviews)

Yesterday, we posted about Chelsie Hightower and Peta Murgatroyd’s Charity Birthday Party for “Unlikely Heroes” that took place in Los Angeles, California Thursday night. Today we have some video coverage of the event which includes a new interview with Peta. Peta talks of the new season of Dancing With The Stars coming up. She talks of how jammed packed a one night show is going to be. She also mentions that she’s not sure if the troupe will be back (which we’ve all been worried about. This is going to be sad if true). Lots more below…..

Below is an interview with Chelsie too….

To see even more interviews at this event, go here.

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.

DWTS2013 Chelsie Hightower And Peta Murgatroyd’s Charity Birthday Party (Photos)

Awwww, I love waking up to pictures of our Pros…especially if it has something to do with a Charity event such as Chelsie Hightower and Peta Murgatroyd’s Charity Birthday Party for “Unlikely Heroes” that took place in Los Angeles, California last night. Friends Sean Lowe, Donald Driver, Jake Pavelka and more all made a showing to support it as well as fellow pros Emma Slater, Dmitry Chaplin, and Sasha Farber. To view some fun pictures of this event, see Getty Images. As always, I’m loving Peta’s taste for dresses. Chelsie looks like a doll. What do you think?

July 19, 2013 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 Media Tidbits: A Beach Party, Lots Of Forever Tango Reviews, Judge Returning

Good Monday All! How are you and are you anxious for the new season of Dancing With The Stars to start yet?

Just a few media things to share today. First up, according to this tweet Carrie Ann Inaba will be returning as a judge for the new season of Dancing With The Stars. I’m not sure what to think. I’m ready for some new blood in this area especially in Carrie Ann’s and Len’s spot, but, hey.

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Dance pros Karina Smirnoff and Maks Chmerkovskiy continue to make waves in the Broadway world in “Forever Tango”. There are some raving reviews out there and some not so raving reviews out there. To read and see some awesome photos, see these links….

“The show is called Forever Tango, and they weren’t kidding with that title….” via Hollywood Reporter Thanks to Miss Heidi for this one)

“Think of the show as an Argentinian tasting menu of music, moves, mystery and mucho sensuality — but without a 12-hour flight to Buenos Aires….” via The NY Daily

“The big draw of course — besides Santa Rosa — is former Dancing With the Stars (and formerly engaged) pair Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, who perform in a handful of the dances to rapturous cheers from the crowd. The couple is, in a word, dazzling. Smirnoff glides beautifully, and Chmerkovskiy shakes his hips (and his booty) with such skill, it’s clear he was born with the talent….” via Entertainment Weekly

“Two pros from ‘Dancing With the Stars’ pull focus from the sultry moves and artistry….” via USA Today

“Performing routines choreographed by Horvath and Galoto, the popular duo perform with a more show-bizzy style; making more of an effort to play to the audience than their counterparts. Chmerkovskiy isn’t above clowning a bit with his partner’s skirt, granting peaks at his well-developed chest and shaking his fanny in the direction of squealing fans. I’ll leave it to the dance critics to evaluate the technique of each couple but the intense sexuality of Horvath and Galoto seems to exude more authenticity….” via Broadway World

“Both are comfortable here — having appeared in the 2009 ballroom extravaganza “Burn the Floor,” they’re Broadway vets by now — and they sure deliver something, if not traditional steps. With Karina, it’s a haughty stare and “Don’t mess with me” attitude. With Maks, it’s a bubble butt and hints of sculpted pecs….” via The NY Post

Lastly, there was a beach party over the weekend in which some of our dance pros and past contestants from Dancing With The Stars attended. You can see some cool pics of Cheryl Burke, Kelly Monaco, Chelsie Hightower, Mark Ballas, Peta Murgatroyd and more at the Daily Mail and Zimbio Pictures. Derek Hough was in attendance too. See Pure Derek Hough for some fun pictures of him.

And that is all for now. More later …I hope. xxx

ADDING: Here is a new interview with Maks and Karina with Hollywood TV. Thanks to @DWTSMaksimFans for this one. I love what Karina says about Dancing With The Stars and how it helped her and Maks get their roles in Forever Tango.

There are also some great pics of Maks and Karina taken over the weekend at Getty Images where they attended a “Celebrities Visit Broadway” celebration. Karina also attended a Major League Baseball’s All Star Bash. They also sprinkled “Forever Tango” cupcakes. See this link for more.

July 15, 2013 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.

DWTS2013 Beauty And Style Tips With Pro Dancer Chelsie Hightower

This is fun. Recently, Dancing With The Stars Chelsie Hightower gave out some of her beauty secrets with Red Carpet Tips at Duliakas’ Oscar Suite. She’s so cute. Check her out!

July 6, 2013 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.

TV Columnist Asked If Chelsie Hightower Will Be Returning To Dancing With The Stars As A Regular Pro

Columnist Matt Webb Mitovich of TV Line was recently asked by a fan if he knew if pro Chelsie Hightower would be returning as a pro on Dancing With The Stars Season 17. Below you can read how he replied. Note how Matt really isn’t telling us anything new being many of the pros are under contract and anything can happen in leaving them on or off of the show (such as what happened with Chelsie, Anna, and Maks last season), but, it generates a little excitement reading over this and speculating never the less.

If anyone can find the answer to this question, I’m sure it is you, Matt: Is there any chance that we will see Chelsie Hightower return as a pro on Dancing With the Stars? –Lindsey

I perhaps have not watched an episode of DWTS since Kelly Monaco’s Season 1, but I’m game to take this one on. I am told that since Chelsie is still under contract with the ABC series (and last season popped up in some of the “pro dances”), there is at least the possibility she will be part of the Season 17 cast — though we won’t know for sure until late August.

What do you think and while we’re on the subject, what partner did you enjoy Chelsie dancing with the most?

I liked Chelsie dancing with Roshon Fegan the most!! Just as long as Sharna and Karina are dancing, I’ll be happy for whoever else is picked to dance including Chelsie. One more thing: I’d rather see Chelsie dance versus Cheryl ANY DAY.

June 14, 2013 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.