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Guest Poem: “Bubbles In The Ballroom” For Dancing With The Stars Season 18

Lois is back and just in time for the start of Dancing With The Stars Season 18 with some bubbling perspective…

BUBBLES IN THE BALLROOM

Uncork the champagne, the bubbles will rise
Season 18 opens March 17 before our eyes

Glasses will clink together, a toast we will share
New couples will celebrate their time on the air

Diverse in nature, new couples will take the floor
Excitement crescendoes, the audience will roar

Popping bubbles will be twelve dancing pairs
Introduced and descending the ballroom stairs

Danica and Val will be ready to shimmy, to shake
Meryl and Maxsim’s moves take the ballroom cake

Charlie and Sharna will dazzle the ballroom crowd
Drew and Cheryl will accept applause so very loud

Amy and Derek will charm the ballroom, will be sweet
Peta and James will dance to the beat with their feet

Candace and Mark will twirl, whirl with amazing grace
NeNe and Tony can’t help but put a smile on our face

Cody and Witney will bring enthusiasm with their faces
Billy Dee, Emma will shine in heels and dance shoelaces

Diana and Henry will dive right in with gusto and glee
Sean and Karina will be a spectacular sight we will see

BUBBLES IN THE BALLROOM will tickle and will delight
Our glasses raised anew each marvelous Monday night!

Written By Lois A Troutman, March 4, 2014

THE CAST WILL BE READY, THE BALLROOM WILL GLOW!
BREAK OPEN THE BUBBLY AND IT IS ON WITH. THE SHOW!

March 5, 2014 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 Producer Conrad Green Comments On Switch Up Dance And More

According to Producer Conrad Green via Hollywood Reporter, the “Switch Up” dance will take place halfway through the season of Dancing With The Stars. He also says the casting is getting more difficult with each season. Below is more including his thoughts on why they decided to make the changes they did. Be sure to read more at the link!

“The practical reality is that we have to keep engaging with a younger audience as well as our substantial older one,” says executive producer Conrad Green. “Obviously life would be easier for us if we were only judged on the sheer scale of our audience.”

The play for younger viewers, which saw veteran co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet and longtime bandleader Harold Wheeler axed, hasn’t been without strife. The American Federation of Musicians president Ray Hair blasted the decision by ABC and producer BBC Worldwide to drop Wheeler and his 28-member orchestra, describing it as “artistic fraud.” The new, smaller band led by Ray Chew will be more focused on current hits — prerecording the more produced elements in lieu of using costly master tracks. “This was a creative decision to increase the amount of live music on the show,” says Green, who maintains Dancing still will emphasize the band. “The way the union responded on this, without ever talking to us, was pretty poor.”

Green admits each season becomes more difficult to cast (Winter Olympians Charlie White and Meryl Davis, reality star NeNe Leakes and NHL alum Sean Avery headline season 18). He says new interactive elements are the real draw. Voters will have final say in eliminations, and pairings briefly will be switched halfway. Also, fan favorite Maksim Chmerkovskiy will return after quitting in 2012. Says Green: “Our viewers want to see him competing again.”

ETA: According to some new cast interviews with E Online, the Switch Up dance will take place in week 3!! Thanks to Kaitlyn for letting us know. More HERE!!

EAT2: You can read more of what the pros think of the Switch up dance at Today. Below is a take…

“I don’t know how it’s going to be,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who’s returning to the show after a two-season break from the competition, told TODAY. “They’ve tried explaining it to us four times. There was a lot of confusion. It’ll be a little awkward if I get paired up with someone who loves me, but (my partner) Meryl (Davis, the Olympic ice skating champ) wants to stay with me, too.”

“Normally, I don’t mind change,” said Tony Dovolani, who’s paired with “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes. “But changing partners is raising my eyebrows. I don’t like sharing my women! I grow them into the partners that I want them to be, and … halfway through the season there will be a switcheroo? You can feel cheated.”

Changing partners can also potentially affect the progress that stars make under their assigned pro.

“You build a relationship with your partner,” offered Sharna Burgess, who’s paired with Davis’ Olympic partner, Charlie White. “You develop your own language, and you learn how to work with each other. The odds of someone moving to another person with (equal success) are unlikely.”

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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.

Official ABC Dancing With The Stars Season 18 “You Switch” Promo

Below is a new ABC Dancing With The Stars promo from the official site. It makes one even more curious for how they will do the “Switch” partners thing? 8O

ETA: As said in the Press Interview post, pay special attention to Sharna and what she says on the “Switch” dance in the On The Red Carpet interview which we added below. I was trying to keep an open mind. Not sure I like this now?

March 4, 2014 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.

Post GMA Press Interviews With The Cast Of Dancing With The Stars Season 18 (Videos)

The press interviews after Good Morning America are starting to come out. Below are a few of them from Access Hollywood. Keep checking back. We’ll post more as they come out….

ETA Special Note: Scroll below to hear Sharna Burgess explain the Switch dance and let us know what you think!

ETA: Here is one with Derek. Derek also talks of switching partners at the end of his interview for how it might take place. Fascinating. Be sure to see Pure Derek Hough for more coverage with him and Amy!! Read more..

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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.

Behind The Scene Pics From The DWTS 2014 Cast Photo Shoot And More Media

So many fun news items coming out fast now on the new cast of Dancing With The Stars. First of all, E Online has posted new items for each of the celebrities with their reactions and getting to know them. Don’t miss reading them all at this link.

Also, the official site of Dancing With The Stars has been loading up some glorious new photos from “behind the scenes” of the first cast photo shoot as well as “getting to know you” things. Don’t miss it all here and here.

Stay tuned for updates….

ETA: You can read an ABC press release of the cast at this link. They also write of the “switch up” some.

In a first for “Dancing with the Stars,” the competition will feature a new game changing twist called “The Switch Up.” This season, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrities and professional dance pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners at a point in the season. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition.

ETA2: According to the Hollywood Reporter, the switch ups will only take place for a week. Thanks to @DWTSgossip for the heads up on this news…

but even partnerships aren’t a sure thing this season. ABC also used the cast announcement to to reveal a slight twist in the competition. At one point in the season, after the duos have settled into their working relationships, fans will vote on partner swaps for one week of the show.

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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.

Video Coverage Of GMA Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Cast Announcement

Please give it up and thanks to @idolxfactor’s The Video Vault You Tube Channel! She’s getting the Good Morning America footage of the Dancing With The Stars cast Announcement up for us as soon as she can.

More coming! Stay tuned!

ETA: Ok, below is the Question and Answer part of the announcement:

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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.

PureDWTS Season 18 Cast Announcement – LIVE BLOG!!!

It’s finally here, kids – after weeks of speculation about who’s dancing and who they’re dancing with, all questions will be answered in just a few short hours :-) This post is going up the night BEFORE the cast announcement, so be sure to bookmark it, as I will be posting all updates as they occur live on GMA on this post.

Before the fun begins, here are the ground rules:

1.) If you’re watching along and see that I haven’t posted something yet, DO NOT GO RUSHING INTO THE COMMENTS TO POST IT YOURSELF.  It takes time to update this site – especially during high traffic times like the cast announcement, and it only slows us down further when we have a bunch of people spamming the comments with the very same information we’re trying to update with in the main post.  If you do this, don’t be surprised if you find yourself on comment moderation.  You’ve been warned.

2.) Please do not refresh the page every 5 minutes and repeatedly post in the comments “Have we heard anything yet? Have they announced it yet???” When I say this page will be a live blog, it will be a LIVE BLOG – I literally post things as they happen…even the trivial time-wasting stuff that GMA has become famous for in the minutes leading up to the announcement.  If you don’t see it posted, IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET.  Remember – needless spamming & refreshing only slows the site down and delays us even further from posting.

3.) This goes without saying, but if you want to watch the cast announcement in your own time zone and want to be surprised – like, seriously, GTFO.  This is essentially a spoiler post – so if you don’t want spoilers, don’t read it.  Yes, circumstances have arisen in the past that make me feel like I should make this abundantly clear to our readers.  Don’t ask. :-P

Got it? Gooooood.  Now let’s play :-) I’d also like to give a shout-out to Heidi, who is tweeting simultaneously from our @puredwts Twitter account, and Vogue, who is manning the controls over at PureDerekHough and posting news and rumors here before and afterwards.  All Angels on deck – show us some love :-)

9:45 PM EST, night before the announcement: The carefully guarded cast list seems to have sprung several leaks today, as we were hit with a bunch of new names.  If you haven’t already, go check out our rumor round-up and interesting things on Twitter posts to refresh your memory on some of the rumored celebs.  At this point, the only celebs that I personally feel confident that they’re going to be on this season are Meryl, Charlie, NeNe, Drew, Cody, & Diana.  The rest? Could go either way.  As for the potential partnerships – the only thing I know for sure is that Derek is NOT dancing with Meryl.  Please, Derek + Meryl partnership-wishers, get all of the whining out of your systems tonight…because I ain’t gonna have time for it come tomorrow morning. So which celebrities do you guys think are in? And who do you think they’re dancing with? T minus 9 hours till all is revealed :-)

7:00 AM EST: I’m up, I’m up – and so is Tom, who is flanked by Jenna & Lindsay from the troupe. Sasha & Artem are also there, entertaining the audience. They are going to announce both the celebs & the partnerships. Stay tuned…

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7:22 AM EST: Nothing so far…but here’s the best pic I could get of Sasha & Jenna jiving to “Happy”:

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7:32 AM EST: Our first clues from Lara: one celeb may be “racing” to the win, and another “may have the force behind him”. Sounds like she’s referring to Diana & Billy Dee.

7:40 AM EST:In case you wanted to know some other current events: Oscar Pistorius is on trial, Robin Thicke is trying to win his wife back, and it’s pretty effin’ cold pretty much everywhere except Florida. Zzzzzzz.

7:46 AM EST We’re allegedly “moments away” from the announcement. We’ve been moments away since 7:00…apparently GMA & I have different definitions for the term “moment”.

8:00 AM EST: Robin said that they have a “full house” over in LA. So clever, those GMA anchors :::roll::: And the “is Derek back? Is Maks back?” has started.

8:01 AM EST Lara’s next corny clue? One celeb “knows how to score…goals”. Probably Sean Avery. I find it hilarious that they really haven’t let Erin talk yet. Who wants some king cake? Don’t chip your tooth on the plastic baby, Robin. I speak from experience. :-P

8:07 AM EST: 10 minutes till the big reveal!

8:18 AM EST: Here we go! Your season 18 celebrities are: Danica McKellar, Cody Simpson, Billy Dee Williams, Diana Nyad, James Maslow, Sean Avery, Drew Carey, Candace Cameron-Bure, Charlie White, Meryl Davis…and that’s it. I’m thinking Derek’s partner is getting revealed at a later date…Robin confirms this.

8:31 AM EST: And the partnerships are: Danica & Val, Cody & Witney, Billy Dee & Emma (love it), Diana & Henry, NeNe & Tony, James & Peta, Sean & Karina, Drew & Cheryl, Candace & Mark, Charlie & Sharna, and Meryl &…MAKS?! Twelfth celeb is Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, partnered with Derek.

8:37 AM EST: BIG twist this season: at some point in the competition, all the partnerships are going to switch – and America’s going to do the voting. Bet ya anything Maks loses Meryl as a result. Well kids, I’m kinda over thing trying to update this post when I keep getting kicked out of the dashboard…and I have to go to work. Catch you later…discuss amongst yourselves. :-)

11:05 AM EST: Went ahead and put together the height chart for the couples…just cause.  Note that one couple has a much greater height difference than the rest…11″ compared to most other couples being only about 6″ or less in difference.  Just throwing that out there, for the good of the order…why do you think that might be? Discuss. ;-)

NeNe Leakes 5ft. 10in. 6ft. 1in. Tony
Meryl Davis 5ft. 3in. 6ft. 2in. Maks
Candace Cameron-Bure 5ft. 2in. 5ft. 8in Mark
Amy Purdy 5ft. 8in. 5ft. 10in. Derek
Danica McKellar 5ft. 4in. 5ft. 8in. Val
Diana Nyad 5ft. 6in. 5ft. 10.5in. Henry
Drew Carey 5ft. 10in. 5ft. 4in. Cheryl
Sean Avery 5ft. 10in 5ft. 5in. Karina
James Maslow 6ft. 1in. 5ft. 7in. Peta
Charlie White 5ft. 9in. 5ft. 5in. Sharna
Billy Dee Williams 6ft. 0in. 5ft. 5in. Emma
Cody Simpson 5ft. 11in. 5ft. 5in. Witney
March 3, 2014 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, 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. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS – Anna Trebunskaya Talks On Derek Hough’s Leaving DWTS & Wants Bill Clinton To Dance!

Marc Malkin from E-Online wrote in his blog that Derek could be the next Justin Timberlake. But, at the “Waiting For Forever” premiere in L.A, Anna told E Online that Derek is “really a triple threat”. Read her explanation below. Also, check out how Anna would like to have Bill Clinton on the show. I’d love that too. :)

“He’s really a triple threat,” Hough’s pro pal Anna Trebunskaya told us at the premiere of Waiting for Forever. “He’s a great actor, dancer, he can sing… I’ve actually seen him three years back before Dancing With the Stars on the West End in London and he was the lead in Footloose and he was excellent!”

Sound’s like Hough may have what it takes to join Hollywood’s exclusive triple-threat club, which already includes gorgeous guys like Social Network star Justin Timberlake and Mr. Wolverine himself Hugh Jackman.

“I’m going to miss Derek a lot [though],” says Trebunskaya. “I love Derek. I love his energy, his perfect hair, always perfect, but I’m very happy and excited for his new project. He totally deserves great things because he’s awesome.”

And although Trebunskaya tells us there’s no word on which pro dancers will be coming back for DWTS’ upcoming season, there is one famous face she’d love to see on the show.

“You know what would be kind of cool, and the person would win hands down, would be Bill Clinton,” she laughed. “I’d be his partner! He has a charm. He’s an old fox.”

Here’s Anna giving good face on the Red Carpet of the “Waiting For Forever” Premiere.

February 4, 2011 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 – Pick The New DWTS Season 12 Cast

How many of you have gone to the Official Dancing With The Stars site to actually vote for the new Season 12 cast? I have submitted my wish list several times (for David Cassidy and Susan Dey, lol). I’m not sure they will listen. But, hey, you never know??

I was noticing when I first submitted my wish list, I did so in a message box at one link. Well, unless I didn’t see it when they first posted the idea, now the site has it broken up in several “Catagories” for Actor/Actress, Singer, Athlete, Reality Star, Comedian, Model, and Other! So, now it really does make you wonder if they are listening being they needed it to be more “organized”?

Anyway, like voting for our favorite dancers each week when the show is airing, it might be just as important to get your votes in for who you’d like to see dancing on the show. Our votes speak in numbers as we’ve learned and even the hard way sometimes. So, be sure to do so when you get a moment and DON’T FORGET >>>>> HERE!! (yes, I’m just as insistent at home when there is something my husband needs to fix or attend to. lol) There are no rules or anything. Just leave your wish list (and as many people as you want) in the box provided under each catogory.

Taking a look at the posts in each catagory right now (and keep in mind, I could be missing some people), I would say Paul Byrom (for Singer) and Colleen Zenk (for Actress) have the most fans and popular “teams” working for them currently. Kelly Ripa, Shirley Jones, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Melanie Griffith are popular names being thrown around in the “Acting” catagory. Brett Favre and Cathy Rigby are popular in the “Athelete” catagory. Wes Hayden is popular in the “Reality” catagory. Jeff Foxworthy and Kathy Griffin’s names are popular the “Comedian” catagory. Heidi Klum is popular in the “Model” catagory.

It’s going to be interesting to see if any of these people get picked and/or agree to dancing on the show and if our voices were heard, isn’t it?!! Time will soon tell. ;) xxx

January 8, 2011 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 – More “Put Me On The Show” Contenders & We Wishes

Ok, we have more names to throw around to you. What do you think of these people who are trying to get on the show?

Irish born singer, Paul Byrom is our first to report to you. If you do a search on his name at Twitter, you’ll see his fan base campaigning for him to be on the show. Here is a tweet from him today. If you aren’t sure who he is, check out this link under his name. Very nice, I must say. :D


Thanks for all the votes on DWTS.hope ABC notice
@paulbyrom
Paul Byrom

Not sure if it’s true or not, but, Lara Bingle has been approached to participate on the show. Special thanks to Pure DWTS fan Vin for this information from Sify. The link also mentions Brynne Edlston, Alby Mangels, and Chef Manu Feideo among a DWTS wish list.

The swimsuit model had rejected the offer four times but this time she is considering it, according to a source.

Melbourne socialite Brynne Edelsten, wild man adventurer Alby Mangels and saucy chef Manu Feildel are among those on the Dancing wish list, reports News.com.au.

Bingle will be in the US until early in the New Year.

Danny Gokey, third place finalist on the eighth season of American Idol, would also like a chance to show his stuff on Dancing With The Stars and maybe lose some weight at the same time. Here is a take from Country Music Tattle Tale.

Danny Gokey is where he is in country music because of one reality show: “American Idol.” Now, he tells CMT.com he’s eyeing another reality show. He says he would like to be on “Dancing With the Stars.” He says he likes dancing. And, on that show, “you lose weight, too.”

Danny says Simon Cowell told him he couldn’t dance. But, he says if he were on “Dancing With the Stars,” he could tell him, “you know, Simon, I’ll show you one day.”

LOL to Danny wanting to prove Simon Cowell wrong about his dancing abilities. That would be kind of fun to see. For some reason, I can see Danny dancing with Cheryl if this were to come true? Note: this isn’t the first time Danny has tried to get on the show. You can read an earlier post HERE from Season 9 for when Danny tried to get on the show and how the producers tried to work around his tight schedule. He is more free this Season. So, could this be a strong possibility?

Pop Stop TV is reporting that Kyle Massie’s brother, Chris, would like to dance on the show. More below. There is also a video at the link (it didn’t have a code to embed or I would have posted it).

PopStop TV correspondent Dena Kalil caught up with the brothers at the ‘Disney on Ice’ Charity event and he hinted exclusively that we might just see him on the show next season!

When asked the question, Chris answered coyly:

“Well, I would consider going on there because I would want to win it for the family. If I win it, I would give it [trophy] to him [Kyle].”

When we asked Kyle who he wanted to see on there, he told us he’d like to see Lindsay Lohan, Obama, and Oprah!

Judging by the way Chris’s eyes lit up when we asked him the question, we definitely think he knows something.

I’m not sure Chris is being as serious as Pop Stop would like to think, but, who knows? I liked Kyle Massey on the show. But, personally, I’m not ready for another “Massey” to be on the show…yet, anyway.

Marilu Henner is said to want to be on the show as well. From Showbiz Spy.

MARILU Henner wants to dance!

The Taxi actress, 58, says she’s desperate to appear on the hit US TV show Dancing With the Stars!

“I feel like the girl who’s waiting for the handsome guy to ask her to the dance,” she said.

Wow, and wouldn’t it have been cool if the DWTS producers could have convinced John Travolta to dance? Now that would have been a dream to see. However, he has politely declined. From Popcrunch.

…reality TV fans will have to wait just a little longer for ABC producers to convince the fleet-footed actor to showcase the fancy footwork that dazzled cinema audiences in Pulp Fiction and Staying Alive on the small screen sensation Dancing With the Stars.

We hear Travolta recently said “Thanks, but No Thanks” to an offer to join the cast of stars on the next season of the hit ballroom competition.

An DWTS insider tells Star: “They approached John. Everyone remembers him from Saturday Night Fever
and what a fantastic dancer he is. The ratings would be incredible.”

Though Travolta initially expressed interest in a starring stint on Dancing, the actor eventually politely declined, deciding instead to spend his free time at home in Florida with wife Kelly Preston and their two children, daughter Ella and newborn son Benjamin, Star claims.

“Daddy duties are his main priority right now,” the informant adds.

Ok, so what are your thoughts on these possible DWTS contenders? Of these choices, who can you see and not see on the show?

January 2, 2011 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.