Be sure to watch Paul Mitchell’s Shall We Dance on Ice this Saturday, February 13th or on Saturday February 27th on ABC. It includes Dancing With The Stars pros Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, Anna Trebunskaya and Damian Whitewood. Rumer Willis, Meryl Davis, and Charlie White are also part of the show. Below is a fun promo.
Stay tuned for Episode 8 of “Agent Carter”. Entertainment Weekly is reporting Louis Van Amstel has choreographed a dance that will be featured. Not only that, several pros from Dancing With The Stars and other dancers will be performing. Read on for details. I don’t watch this show, but, I may have to watch this episode.
Here’s the deal: “Episode 8 ends with a cliffhanger where Peggy and Jarvis [James D’Arcy] get in big trouble and are knocked out,” executive producer Michele Fazekas tells EW. “Episode 9 begins with a dream sequence that starts in black and white — by the way, [Atwell] was made for black and white. She looks like Rita Hayworth. She looks spectacular.”
Then, in true Wizard of Oz fashion, everything goes into color, leading into a full-on Broadway musical dance number that features an original song from lyricist David Zippel and composer Christopher Lennertz, in conjuction with executive producers Tara Butters and Fazekas.
Choreographed by Dancing with the Stars’ Louis van Amstel, the sequence features a number of pros from DWTS, including van Amstel, Dmitry Chaplin, Karina Smirnoff, Anna Trebunskaya, Sasha Farber and Damian Whitewood. Dancers Robert Roldan, Malene Ostergaard, Amanda Balen, Serge Onik, Jenya Shatilova, Lacey Escabar, Alla Kocherga and Paul Kirkland also join them.
See Damian Whitewood, Dmitry Chaplin, Chelsie Hightower, Oksana Dymetrenko ,Chris Soules In Ballroom With A Twist This Weekend In Harris, Michigan
If you live in the Harris, Michigan area and you want to watch a fun dance show this weekend, check out “Ballroom With A Twist” Friday (tonight) and Saturday to see Damian Whitewood, Dmitry Chaplin, Chelsie Hightower, Oksana Dymetrenko ,The Bachelor Chris Soules and more!! Below is a fun video teaser if you click on the link. For TICKETS, see Island Resort and Casino.
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ETA: Here is a segment about it at TV6. They interview the dancers…and check out Damian! I’d love to see him again….
They got one season to show us their stuff as a pro – and then we never saw them (as a pro) again. They’re the pros whose tenure on DWTS was woefully short, and for some of them, we wonder if things had been different if they had gotten a different partner, or had a bit more experience, etc. etc. etc. But I keep seeing a few names in particular that seem to pop up in the comments section, and it got me thinking: is it time for TPTB to revisit some of these names as pros again? Let’s hear what you think – which one of these one-and-done pros was your favorite? And which one would you like to see as a pro again?
For me, it was a no-brainer: Sasha. I think the dude’s only shortcoming (no pun intended) is that he’s simply too small in stature to be a suitable partner for the bulk of the female celebs that get cast. After seeing how great of a substitute partner he was to Nastia last season, and how he does whatever is asked of him without complaint – I’m convinced that we could see AMAZING things out of Sasha as a pro, if they would only give him another shot. I hear the Olsen twins are short…and not really up to much these days 😉
Oddly enough, the other pro I found myself curious about was Anna Demidova – I remember that she actually was quite good with Michael Irvin, and seemed to be a teacher that was very good at communicating with and motivating her partner. Found myself thinking of Gleb, too – he may not have really shined terribly brightly with Lisa, but once he moved over to DWTS Russia I think he really hit a nice stride. Would he be able to hang with our pros, though? Who knows…
How did you vote?
On February 7th and 8th, Dancing With The Stars Peta Murgatroyd reunited with Damian Whitewood to dance and give lessons at Park Lane Jewelry’s National Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can see a photo of them at Park Lane Jewelry’s official facebook page. It’s so good to see them together again. I always liked Damian and hoped he’d be back to dance on the American version of Dancing With The Stars one day!!
Also, don’t miss seeing Miss Peta out and about Hollywood yesterday at Getty Images. She looks so cute and happy! Also, I love her purse!! 😀
Poor Damian Whitewood! For the past few days, some reports have been blaming him for the split between his former Australian dance partner, Danielle Spencer, and Russell Crowe. He sets things straight in the interview with ET Online below. NOT TRUE! It’s sad he even has to defend himself, but, maybe this interview will help stop the rumors and sensationalism.
In his Access Hollywood interview from after Monday night’s show, Mark explained his reasons for “breaking hold” in he in Bristol’s quickstep – and he also insinuated that a few other couples also broke hold in their quicksteps this week, yet didn’t get called out by the judges. So it got me thinking: did the judges, indeed, turn a blind eye to some couples’ rule-breaking, while calling out others?
First, a little bit of background as to why breaking hold in quickstep is such a big deal. Earlier this year, I went into detail about it in one of my “Ask Courtney” posts – the basic gist is that quickstep is the only ballroom dance on DWTS that is only danced in the International Standard style, in which you cannot break hold at all, and they’ve carried that rule over to DWTS. I personally think it’s kind of a dumb rule, considering that DWTS is not a real ballroom competition (and never will be), and considering that you can break hold in the waltz, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, and sometimes tango (the last one is whole different debate). Read more..
You know the drill by now, kids – go here if you want to see the previous editions of this series. I’ve got 2 more editions to get through after this, and very little time to do it in before the premiere 😛
For Pam’s best dance, I picked her famous “9 to 5” quickstep:
And for her worst dance, I picked her waltz:
I’ll be honest: I don’t think Pam is a GREAT dancer. I’d even go so far as to say that, besides Kelly & Bristol, she is probably one of the weaker dancers this season. But there is something about her that is just so FUN to watch – she may have been totally missing steps and getting off-time in that quickstep, but to see her bobbing around and smiling so big and having a great time doing it, I was mesmerized. Ditto for any of her other dances – she got so into the character of her cha-cha, foxtrot, rumba, paso doble, and Argentine tango that it didn’t seem to matter as much to me if she was wobbling awkwardly or missing steps. She was just fun to watch. That’s not to say that I was completely able to overlook her snafus, though – on the whole, I really liked Pam, but she always struck me as a bit of a stiff mover, even though she was really quite flexible. And when she wasn’t able to completely connect to the character of her dance (such as in her waltz), she seemed to look a bit aloof and lost. Her waltz, while not technically bad, just felt bland and chilly to me. I get the feeling that she’s someone whose performance hinges greatly upon playing a character – and if she can’t really play one, she’s just kinda…there.
Now unlike some of her cohorts this season, Pam has actually done something in the past year to hone her dance skills that I think may come in handy. As Vogue (and reader Carlos) reported last summer, Pam competed on the Argentine version of DWTS, Bailando por un Sueño, with Damian – here they are doing what looks to be a paso doble:
Granted, they did withdraw in week 4, but I still say that any contestant this season that has somehow managed to do some dancing within the last year or so (even better if they did more ballroom) is probably going to have at list a little bit of a leg up on those who haven’t danced at all since their original season.
Court’s verdict: Pam’s not the strongest dancer, but I do think she’s fun to watch – and that could keep her around for at least a little while. Bonus points if she can connect well to both the dance and her partner.
What do you guys think of Pam? Is she going to stick around awhile…or be out early, as she was in the Argentine verison of the show?
Isn’t it great to see Damian Whitewood? I wonder if we’ll ever see him dance on the US version of Dancing With The Stars again? I’m hoping we see him in some fashion this season. Maybe he’ll come and be a mentor to Pamela and Tristan for one week? I don’t know,..but, here he is on the Red Carpet at Kandy Magazine’s 1st Anniversary Party at Lure in Hollywood, California on August 17th. So cute as always. You can view more gorgeous takes of him at Starpulse.
Since I saw a bunch of people already asking this question in the comments on the site, I figured I would go ahead and give my guesses. These are guesses only – I have no inside information. All I do is use heights, perceived personality, and any other information floating around out there. In the case of this season, I think I will also look at history combined with the knowledge that fairness plays NO part in the decisions TPTB make.
There is also a twist here – one that Mark Ballas hasn’t realized yet in his campaigning for Sabrina. Mark says he’s “100%” dancing on the show this coming season. The pairs are announced on GMA on August 13. Voting for the 13th dancer doesn’t end until August 24. Do the math. The ONLY way that Mark can be dancing with Sabrina is if the voting thing is all bull. Mark can only dance with Sabrina if they cancel the voting on August 13 and let all three people dance. Otherwise, Mark has already been paired with someone else and someone who isn’t sure if they have a spot yet will dance with Sabrina – if she wins the vote. My guess? Louis…or perhaps someone like Henry. Someone shorter and not always guaranteed a spot on the show. Maybe it’s Derek, since all signs are that he had something else to do this season until recently. But my guess is that Derek already has a partner too. So, I guess we’ll see if the voting thing is for real, or if it’s all hype that they will cancel on the 13th. I hope it’s not all hype – I think 15 dancers is WAY too many. The most couples in a season was 16 and that was a nightmare. I hope they don’t go that route again, unless they have a double elimination the first week. Note: if the voting thing is a fraud, they will have to pull up a female dancer from the troupe unless Julianne or Edyta are magically coming back – doubtful in both cases.
So, you’ll notice, below, that I went with the assumption that ALMOST everyone is getting a new partner. Will TPTB go this route? Well, it would certainly make the show much more interesting – which means they won’t do it. I’m hoping they do, just to add to the entertainment value and to make the playing field a bit more level.
Heidi’s Guesses for the Women!!
|Celebrity||Height||Pro Height||Pro||Former Partner|
|Pam Anderson||5ft. 7in.||6ft. 2in.||Maks||Damian|
|Kelly Monaco||5ft. 3in.||5ft. 10in.||Derek||Alec|
|Melissa Rycroft||5ft. 4in.||5ft. 8in.||Mark||Tony|
|Shawn Johnson||4ft. 9in.||5ft. 9in.||Val||Mark|
|Kirstie Alley||5ft. 7in.||6ft. 1in.||Tony||Maks|
|Bristol Palin||5ft. 5in.||5ft. 11in.||Tristan||Mark|
Some explanations for my female pairings:
– I put Maks and Pam together because they would be HOT
– I put Kelly with Derek because she was supposedly running her mouth about him AND she fits the Derek partner mold
– Melissa and Mark, and Val and Shawn?? Still not sure about these. Shawn’s older now, so Mark isn’t critical, but…
– Kirstie and Tony?? It pretty much has to be either Tony or Maks, because Kirstie is tall and big boned – she would overwhelm most of the other men PLUS I would bet she wants someone in the “family”, if you know what I mean
– Unfortunately, Bristol got Tristan by process of elimination. I didn’t try to pigeonhole her there. As exciting as a Maks or Derek pairing with Bristol would be, they will give her to someone more easy going. If it’s not going to be Mark, I think it’s Tristan
Heidi’s Guesses for the Men!!
|Celebrity||Height||Pro Height||Pro||Former Partner|
|Joey Fatone||5ft. 11in.||5ft. 7in.||Peta||Kym|
|Helio Castroneves||5ft. 8in.||5ft. 5in.||Karina||Julianne|
|Drew Lacey||5ft. 6in.||5ft. 4in.||Anna||Cheryl|
|Emmitt Smith||5ft. 9in.||5ft. 7in.||Kym||Cheryl|
|Apolo Ono||5ft. 8in.||5ft. 2.5in.||Chelsie||Julianne|
|Gilles Marini||6ft. 1in.||5ft. 4in.||Cheryl||Cheryl|
I found the men to be a bit harder to match up. Here is my rationale:
– I started with the shorter men, and the most obvious pairing, to me, is Apolo and Chelsie. They won’t be able to resist putting Apolo with a mini-Julianne>
– That left me with Drew, who will also need a shorter female. I picked Anna. I just couldn’t see Anna with Apolo, which was my other choice, because…
– I had already put Karina with Helio. I can kinda see that pairing…certainly more than I can see Anna and Helio.
– When you pair up the shorter girls with the short guys, you’re left with Joey, Emmett and Gilles. I really wanted Peta with Gilles, but I have a feeling that Cheryl will get her way on this one. Again.
– I could see Peta better with Joey than Emmett and Kym better with Emmett.
So there you have it. I kinda hope it goes this way, since ONLY Kym and Cheryl (of the female pros) would be able to dance with former partners and this way it would be a tiny bit more even. What do you think??
ETA: Completely forgot about our wildcards!! Well, there is only one female pro left – Lacey. Lacey has already danced with Kyle and she’s not too short for Carson. And they would be fun together as well. As for Sabrina – well, Louis is pimping her a lot on Twitter and since Mark already knows he’s dancing, he can’t be dancing with Sabrina unless something is rigged. I kinda think that they might give Mark/Sabrina another go round – but I also think that they don’t care that much about the pros. I think they think of it more in terms of giving *Sabrina* another chance. They aren’t shippers.