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DWTS Season 18 Premiere – The Switch Up, the Opening Number and “Creative Oversight” by Derek Hough

Well, the producers haven’t given much new info regarding the switch – likely because they don’t know – but I do read it as one week. As you might imagine, however, it’s the second paragraph that has me most interested. :-) Thanks to Kaitlyn for sending this to me.  From the ABC Press Release:

“Episode 1801” — “Dancing with the Stars” is back, and for the first time ever the show will premiere with a massive opening number featuring all pro dancers as they perform live with musical guest Jason Derulo. Derulo will sing his mega hit song “Talk Dirty,” marking the first time ever a musical guest has accompanied a season’s opening number. Each couple will then perform a Cha Cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America’s vote. The two-hour season premiere begins MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network

This season, “Macy’s Stars of Dance” returns to “Dancing with the Stars” with creative oversight by Emmy® Award-winning Choreographer and Pro Dancer, Derek Hough. “Macy’s Stars of Dance” showcases some of the best choreography and performers from all different styles of dance, and gives them the opportunity to perform in front of a national audience.

As previously announced on “Good Morning America”, the competition will feature a new game-changing twist called “The Switch Up.” For the first time ever, 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 one point in the season. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition.

March 10, 2014 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. :-)

Erin Andrews to Replace Brooke Burke?? DWTS Season 18

Oh lord, no. From “The Big Lead”. Thanks to @DWTSGossip for the heads up on this…I think.

Erin Andrews, the Fox Sports sideline reporter, is going to be the new co-host of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, two sources tell The Big Lead. The network is expected to make the announcement Monday. An ABC spokesperson didn’t return a call Saturday evening seeking comment.

ABC announced Friday that Brooke Burke, who had been Tom Bergeron’s co-host on DWTS for the last seven seasons, would be leaving the show.

Andrews is not leaving Fox Sports, sources say. She will continue her sports duties – sideline reporting, hosting – for Fox, and co-host Dancing with the Stars on ABC during the week. Michael Strahan of Fox Sports has a similar deal – he co-hosts “Live with Kelly and Michael” during the week for ABC.

Sorry, I haven’t liked Andrews since she was all “mean girl” on DWTS. I don’t see it changing with her as host. But I do sense an opportunity for Courtney and I…. :-)  But still, I’m going to pray that “the Big Lead” is full of crap. Or a spoof site and I missed it. Or drinking too much. Or something. ;-)

ETA: People.com jumps on the Erin rumor bandwagon. As I told someone in the comments, it’s not truly “official” until ABC updates their website or announces it in some other way.

It’s time to welcome a new host to the ballroom.

Erin Andrews will replace Brooke Burke-Charvet as the host of Dancing with the Stars, a source confirms to PEOPLE.

The FOX Sports reporter, 35, will take over as Tom Bergeron’s co-host for season 18 of ABC’s dancing competition. Andrews is no stranger to the series, having competed on season 10 ofDWTS with pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

ETA2: This is sweet. KTLA did a tribute to Brooke on their show today…. Read more..

February 22, 2014 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. :-)

DWTS Season 18: No More Brooke Burke??

Well…sorry Brooke. And if any of you pros are asking for too much money…well, I guess there is only so far they will go cuz they ain’t got none.  Seriously, though, this makes me very interested to see what other cuts they will make.  Although, in the new one night format there really wasn’t room for two hosts – and Tom rocks.  From Rumor Fix:

RumorFix has learned exclusively that Brooke Burke Charvet, who has co-hosted the show for seven years with Tom Bergeron, will not be returning this season.

On November 25, 2008, Brooke, herself, and partner  Derek Hough won the competition during Season Seven.

RumorFix has reached out to ABC and Brooke’s reps for comment.

ETA: It’s official. From E! News:

Burke-Charvet exclusively confirms to me that she will not be returning to the ABC show.

“I have enjoyed seven seasons co-hosting DWTS but understand the need for change considering the position of the show at this juncture,” she said in a statement. “I’ve always been one to embrace change and looking forward to pursuing opportunities I previously wasn’t able to entertain because of contractual obligations to the show. I’ve seen my fair share of shocking eliminations in the ballroom but this one takes the cake.”

 

February 21, 2014 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. :-)

Mark Ballas Furthers the Derek Hough Myths in a New Interview with Inside Pulse

Gee, Mark, just when I start to actually LIKE you again, you attempt to give the Derek-Myths some actual substance. Careful, your jealousy is showing.  Then, look at your own partners – you’ve not exactly paid your dues either. The average age of your partners is 26, while the average age of Derek’s partners is 33. Being eliminated first doesn’t give you cred or “dues” – it just means your partner wasn’t popular (and that she wasn’t paired with Derek, since he’s had some unknown/unpopular people as well).  You get it right later in the interview AFTER throwing Derek under the bus – it is luck of the draw. Too bad you had to try to discredit Derek’s accomplishments as “luck” before you got to that TRUTH.

February 15, 2014 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. :-)

Sharna Burgess And Paul Kirkland Interviewed By Kanan’s Rules About DWTS, Careers, And More

Kanan’s Rules of UBNRadio interviewed Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess and her boyfriend and dancer Paul Kirkland last night. Sharna starts out the interview highlighting her dancing career and how she met Paul in the movie “Street Dance 2″ (*just ordered this on Blu-ray! :D ). Interesting as Sharna also mentions how she and Paula are both “Gemini’s” which Sharna says is like having “4 personalities living in one house”. Sharna is also asked about Dancing With The Stars. She was first asked to do the show in 2009 during her run in “Burn The Floor” on Broadway. At the time, she didn’t want to quit. She wanted to finish the show out and also she was bound to a contract, but, the producers of Dancing With The Stars waited (even after making “Street Dance 2″ as well) and kept calling until Sharna could finally do the show in 2011. After that, they chat about Sharna’s Dancing With The Stars partners Andy Dick and Keyshawn Johnson and the differences between them in personality on the dance floor. Not much is mentioned about the new season of Dancing With The Stars except that Sharna says they are “in the dark” like we are about who’s dancing and what will happen. Fun interview. Be sure you listen to it in full to get more details in the Podcast section at Kanan’s Rules of UBNRadio.

February 6, 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 Season 18: Things That Make You Go “Hmmmm….” James Maslow

As you may have seen, Vogue earlier reported that Peta was out on the town with James Maslow of Big Time Rush (and Nickelodeon). In what may be a case of EPIC denial, his fans are all claiming/hoping/praying that he was only out with her because DWTS starts next month and “maybe they’re partners.” I, of course, got a chuckle out of this because in the past I’ve seen way too many fangirls desperately hoping DWTS was the explanation and not just a good, old fashioned DATE. :-)

But since I laughed, an interesting thing happened. Julz Tocker followed a couple of the girls who were speculating that James was going to be on DWTS. For me, that elevated this to a “Hmmmm…” post. NOT saying he’s going to be on the show, just saying that I want to put it out there as a huge speculation or minor possibility. This isn’t even a rumor at this point. Honestly, I doubt it because Peta would be foolish to be seen out with her DWTS Partner at least a month before the announcement is made – not to mention that she’s probably not even sure yet she’s getting a partner this season.

But ya know? We’ve seen weirder things happen and we’ve seen things that never happened before happen in the recent past – like a person who is on a show on another network actually make it to DWTS (Amber Riley).

Not to mention that I’m curious to see if certain websites who like to get their news from us (and the Daily Mail) also pick up this story. ;-)

February 4, 2014 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 18 – Has the Orchestra Been Cut??

If this is true – and it seems legit – they certainly have been. This is a real shame as this is one of the things that made DWTS so unique in television today. Yes, we occasionally critiqued the singers for butchering a song – but the orchestra was killer. That said, I think I mused some time ago that this was one way to cut costs if that was required. The claim is that they are going in a way to attract a younger crowd. I tend to think that’s an excuse. You?

This is from Rick Baptist’s facebook account - he is apparently the lead trumpet for DWTS’ orchestra. Rick’s IMDB Page.

Rick Baptist

January 31, 2014 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. :-)

Cody Simpson Confirms DWTS Season 18??

Okay, we’ve reported on Cody Simpson a couple times as rumored for Season 18, here and here. Now, it seems, from his own mouth he’s confirming that he’s on – and there is much squealing on twitter from his fans. But does he really confirm?? I hear the word “probably” thrown in there.  What do you think??

It won’t let me Embed the Video so click this link. :-)

January 21, 2014 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. :-)

Pure DWTS Questionnaire Looking Back On 2013: What are your “favorite” and ‘best of” thoughts?

Hi Everyone!! We thought it might be fun to look back on the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars (Season 16 and Season 17) to get your “favorite” and ‘best of” thoughts. As always, answer to your best ability or for whatever comes to mind first in the comments section. Also, try to answer with only one choice, but, you can name a few honorable mentions if it’s too difficult to choose only one. Ok, here ya go….

1. Taking into account the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars in 2013, who do you think deserves an award for Top Female Pro?

2. From the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars in 2013, who do you think deserves an award for Top Male Pro?

3. Now taking your top two picks from above, which pro deserves the Vanguard Professional Dancer Award for 2013?

4. The Best Dancing With The Stars Troupe Members in 2013 were __________________ and ___________________. (Try to name only two)

5. Taking into account the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars in 2013, who were your top 3 favorite couples? Rate them in order as well.

6. The celebrity dancer to surprise me the most in 2013 was ________________________.

7. The celebrity dancer to tug on my heart strings the most in 2013 was _________________________.

8. The Most “Entertaining” Celebrity Dancer of 2013 was ________________________.

9. The “Best” Celebrity Dancer of 2013 was _________________________.

Good luck and see you in comments! As always, thanks for your fun participation and here’s to Dancing With The Stars in 2014. ;) xxx

January 7, 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 Season 18 Rumors!! Naya Rivera and Cassie

Hmmm….really?? I am skeptical.   From GWL magazine:

First up is the beautiful and newly-engaged Naya Rivera, who is rapper Big Sean’s fiancee’ and most known for her role as Santana Lopez on FOX musical drama, Glee. Although Naya has yet to confirm or deny the news, the source confirms she’s “very excited about this opportunity” as she prepares to release her debut solo album this Spring and currently planning her wedding.

We also hear that singer and model Cassie Ventura will be shaking her tail-feather on the show this season. An inside source tells Star Magazine that “Cassie loves to dance” and, although she has actually passed on a similar opportunity in the past, she is now ready to join the new season of the show.

 

Naya Rivera is Amber’s cast mate at Glee and would undoubtedly be good…but two Glee stars in a row? Would not surprise me, but I think it’s important to remind people that rumors that come out this early are usually just that…RUMORS. They usually turn out wrong. But with her coming out with a new album in the spring??

As for Cassie – never heard of her before, but maybe that’s a good reason for her to do the show.  Thanks to @DWTSGossip for the heads up.

December 18, 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. :-)