Judge Carrie Anne Inaba told Good Day LA how excited she is on the new cast of Dancing With The Stars. She raved about the “amazing dancing”. She also explains what it takes to win and it’s unpredictable. She runs through some of the dancers faults and plus sides. More below including information how she is hosting the Humane Society Genesis Awards this weekend.
Even though William Levy has garnished a reputation for his good looks and sexiness in Jennifer Lopez’s “I’m Into You” video and for his modeling and acting roles in Latin America, his partner Cheryl Burke says there is more to him than being good looking. You can read on her exact words below…
Levy may not be shy about flaunting his assets, but he doesn’t seem quite so open when it comes to discussing his relationship status. When Us Weekly caught up with him after the DWTS premiere Monday night, he refused to spill about his love life. “I have my partner right here!” He laughed, putting his arm around Burke.
Burke, for her part, seems thrilled about their pairing. “He’s not just good looking,” she insisted to Us. “There’s more to William than just that. He’s funny, he’s got a good personality, he’s very humble, and he’s a good dancer…Well, so far!”
More at US Magazine including a photo from a sexy “Wild West” shoot he did in 2007.
Thanks to Ms. Taz for sending this article to us. I like this guy and I agree with Cheryl how he seems to be very humble.
Showbiz Tonight talked about William Tuesday night as well on the impact he might be having on the show already including bring new fans from Latin America to Dancing With The Stars…
William is going to have an interesting journey on this show. I can’t wait to see how well he does in the dances coming up?
Donald Driver told Access Hollywood that he did Dancing With The Stars so people could see him in a different light other than football. He wants to promote his charity for homeless people since he use to be homeless once himself. Peta is in the interview as well and they talk all about their dancing. Fascinating interview especially since we haven’t seen a lot of promotion from these two yet….
As always, what a difference the Las Vegas Odds can make after that first dance on Dancing With The Stars. Below is how the Las Vegas Odds are going down currently at Vegas Odds On. Note how the odds makers are still putting William Levy in first and Gavin and Martina in last. Compared to last weeks odds, there has been a total shake up in the middle.
William Levy 7/2
Jaleel White 11/4
Donald Driver 4/1
Maria Menounos 13/2
Katherine Jenkins 15/2
Roshon Fegan 8/1
Jack Wagner 15/1
Gladys Knight 15/1
Melissa Gilbert 18/1
Sherri Shepherd 20/1
Gavin DeGraw 35/1
Martina Navratilova 50/1
So, do the odds makers have it right this time? I was shocked to see Donald so high and Sherri so low (not that I have an issue with it? )? Let’s get Heidi and Court’s thoughts….
Heidi: Well, of course they’ll leave William up there, cuz going by the screams in the audience he’s a shoe in to win right? Ummm….no. The odds makers have NEVER understood how this show works, have never taken the time to figure it out, and consistently show week after week, season after season, that they are willing to drastically change rankings every week after being proven wrong the week before. They really should hire me, Court or Marianya to do this odds crap for them. We would be right far more often than they could ever hope for. Ah well, they do provide additional fodder every week for us to poke fun at.
Courtney: Reading through these odds, it’s as if these oddsmakers just trolled the internet, reading various reviews of Monday’s show, and then somehow combined them into some weird, non-cohesive odds that neither make them look like geniuses nor complete idiots. Of course they’re buying into the William hype, since the judges all seemed to temporarily grow va-jay-jays when they scored him – plus the oddsmakers picked William to win before the season started, and I doubt they’d back down from that opinion so soon, lest they look a bit silly. They honestly think Donald has a better chance than Jaleel at this point??? Don’t get me wrong, Donald has potential, but there was a good 5-point difference between the two, and Jaleel’s technique is already miles ahead of pretty much everyone except Katherine, while Donald is…flaily. :-) The one that really baffles me is Melissa having better odds than Sherri – meek, awkward dancer with debatable fanbase vs. a big personality with daily exposure that can actually dance pretty well? Might wanna rethink that one, guys. Maria over Katherine? Not if the judges keep handicapping the latter. Martina & Gavin at the bottom, I agree with – but I don’t think their odds should be THAT low. Maybe 25-1 for Gavin and 40-1 for Martina. The only one I think they got spot-on was Roshon – the odds seem about right, and he’s at about the right position in the pack. Now the real test will be next week, when the Latin golden boy has to do a ballroom dance…should be interesting to see if he maintains his lead in the odds, or falls
This is hilarious. In the first video from Extra, Kirstie Alley tells her thoughts on the cast for Dancing With The Stars Season 14. She loves how diverse and funny it is. She also tells of how Melissa came to watch her when she danced with Maks. She gives some advice to her and how to handle Maks since he can mess with one’s mind. Kirstie knows him best, doesn’t she? LOL!! She also has some advice for Maria…
Adding: And here’s Kirstie again on Access Hollywood with some more advice…
As for Nancy Grace, she was on The View today along with Sherri Shepherd and the gang. She had some advice for Sherri and Dancing With The Stars. She said, “Number one, show no fear”. Then she said, “Ignore all the haters!” Then third, “Have fun!” Great segment! You can see it here. More behind the scenes advice as well below (*cracking up)…
So, would you believe the odds makers in Las Vegas are already wagering on who will win Dancing With The Stars Season 14? Below is how the stars stack up from first to last place according to Vegas Odds On. Notice currently how they have William Levy in first place….and this is without even seeing him dance yet. As you can see, they have Martina in last place which I think is a mistake knowing how fierce she can be on a competitive level?
William Levy 4/1
Jaleel White 5/1
Donald Driver 5/1
Maria Menounos 11/2
Gladys Knight 15/2
Roshon Fegan 17/2
Katherine Jenkins 10/1
Sherri Shepherd 12/1
Melissa Gilbert 12/1
Jack Wagner 15/1
Gavin DeGraw 18/1
Martina Navratilova 20/1
The NY Daily has written up a good article on this subject. Check out the predictions from American Line and Wynn Las Vegas. I can understand William Levy to win, but Sherri Shepherd?
“Last season, we correctly predicted J.R. Martinez as the favorite and eventual winner,” America’s Line President Ben Eckstein told the Daily News.
“This season, we’re gonna try another Latin star, William Levy. Known as the ‘Cuban Brad Pitt,’ Levy is gorgeous, he has a ‘special’ relationship with Jennifer Lopez, and with J-Lo as a mentor — remember she wa a former Fly Girl — how can he possibly lose?”
Easily, according to Wynn Las Vegas’ oddsmaker, the mirror ball trophy belongs to “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd, a 5-1 favorite in their book.
Let’s get Heidi’s and Courtney’s thoughts on this and be sure to let us know what you think too in the comments section:
Courtney: No joke – I actually LOL’d at these preliminary odds Why? Because these oddsmakers seem to be playing into a few stereotypes that likely aren’t going to be true of this season’s cast. Their biggest mistake: assuming that William will be the 2nd coming of Gilles. As I was discussing with someone yesterday, Gilles was a total fluke – a good-looking relative unknown who ended up having quite a bit of natural dance skill. While I don’t think William will be terrible, I also don’t think they should expect lightening to strike twice for Cheryl – she’s a great teacher, but she also just got incredibly lucky with Gilles. I think they may be overestimating Gladys – she is a legend, yes, but she’s also the oldest competitor this season, and she isn’t going to get by on votes alone – at least not in the long run. I think they’re overestimating Katherine as well – she may be young and a pretty good dancer, but it ain’t gonna mean squat if she doesn’t have any stateside voters behind her. I think they’re probably underestimating Roshon, who I expect to be the best dancer this season in terms of technique; I also think they’re underestimating Melissa & Sherri, who will likely have a good part of the viewing audience rooting for them. But to give you guys some perspective, here are the preliminary odds from season 13 & season 12 – and they’re even more laughable in retrospect. They initally had Kendra winning season 12 – she ended up placing 6th, and they had eventual winner Hines in 4th place. For season 13, it was even wackier – they predicted Elisabetta to win (she got sent home the 2nd week) and had JR way down in 9th place! They also had Carson, Kristin, & Chynna in 2nd, 3rd, & 4th place, respectively – so in short, they were wayyyyy off Which is why I’m just kinda smiling & nodding with these odds…because I highly doubt they’re gonna hold up in the long run.
Heidi: There is another odds making site out there that has Maria at nearly even money to win. So there you go. These guys will make adjustments every single week until it appears they get it right…in week 10. Last season was just absolutely ridiculous. They had Ricki being the 3rd or 4th person eliminated. Of course, if Sherri has been practicing with Val for months, then she really could win. This is wacky – they should pay US to determine the real odds. This site gives it to Martina, with Maria being in second place and Katherine at 25 to 1, William at 10 to 1. This site has William at 25 to 1, Martina at 18 to 1, Maria at 3 to 1 and Gladys for the win. Oookay. As you can see, they don’t really take into account judges scores, professional partner – anything other than their own personal stereotypes. I don’t think they watch the show. Or consider the DWTS demographic when it comes to voting. It’s rather important, as we all know.
Celebuzz talked with Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian to promote their new novel “Dollhouse”. While doing so, they asked them about Rob’s dancing and making it to the finals on Dancing With The Stars. Below is what they had to say about it. It sounds like he has surprised them as much as he has us.
LS: Well as you know all of us at HarperCollins send her our best. And we’re all very much cheering for your brother Rob.
Kourt: It’s so exciting. Like watching him last night, how the judges picked him to do the dance because they wanted to see his dance—it’s so cool, I’m so excited for next week.
Khloe: I literally cried when they said he was safe. I was like, I’m so lame, all alone in my hotel room, crying by myself, but it’s just so cool to see the growth from week one to whatever week it is now. None of us thought he would last this long—just because he has no dance background; he’s the youngest on the show… He’s definitely confident with us, in the privacy of our own home, but I can see how much more confident he is now. And I’ve loved seeing that transformation.
LS: He never danced as a little kid, around your house?
Kourt: No, never. Like Khloe said they used to do the running man together.
Khloe: Like, play-dancing. But we don’t even do that right. So this is amazing to see.
LS: Well we’re very excited and we hope that he takes it all!
Ok, the odds makers in Las Vegas have placed their bets. Below are the new wagers from OLBG. What do you think? Does this look about right or are they way off?
J.R. Martinez 1.47
Rob Kardashian 4
Ricki Lake 5.5
I’m a little surprised to see Ricki at 3rd instead of 2nd? Right now I think anything could happen though depending on how they dance? There is no room for any error…not even physically. Do you agree?
So, if you were to vote and bet on who will win Dancing With The Stars Season 13, who would you vote and bet for? Be sure to place your vote below so we can get some early numbers. Let us know in the comment section who you think will get 2nd and 3rd.
I’m voting for Rob to win. I think Ricki will come in at 2nd and J.R. in third. I think J.R.’s injury is going to hurt his chances.
Heidi’s Note: Nah, these guys haven’t been right all season long, except with JR – why would they be any different now. I think JR will win, barring misfortune, Ricki will be second and Rob will be third. But you know what? I wouldn’t be surprised if Ricki won…and I wouldn’t be surprised if Rob won…I wouldn’t be surprised by any combination of the three. I think, for the first time in a long time, it’s going to be CLOSE – UNLESS the judges do some serious ranking. If they throw it to the viewers, then all bets are off. If Rob and JR are splitting the votes for the male celebs, Ricki could come out ahead. Rob could win due to his own growing likeablity AND his sisters fanbases. JR – well, he’s the whole package as well. Popular, a pro who’s never won, a great story, a great dancer. I will be happy, regardless of who wins – and I think, for the first time in a long time, the contestants will likely say the same thing. Dont’ get me wrong – I think they all WANT to win, but I don’t get the sense that any of them will be devastated if they don’t. I’m very happy with this final three actually – so happy, I almost don’t care who wins. That doesn’t mean I won’t vote for my favorite.
So, let’s take a look how the odds makers are predicting next week’s turn out on Dancing With The Stars. Last week, they finally got it right picking Nancy to leave. Below SportsBoDog is predicting Rob to go home next. Do you agree or disagree? Be sure to vote in our new elimination Poll below and let us how you voted in the comments section.
J.R. Martinez 1.14
Ricki Lake 5.00
Hope Solo 11.00
Robert Kardashian 36.00
Along with the odds makers, I’m voting for Rob as the one who will be leaving next even though I very much like him and wish him the best. Same with Hope!