It’s crunch time for Casting Director Deena Katz. She’s trying to score an Olympian for the new season of Dancing With The Stars. She comments on it and more below in a new ABC article….
These days, she’s busy trying to score names she hopes the country will want to watch for 10 weeks, and she told ABC News that means current Olympians.
But it’s too early to tell who will make the final cut, if any of them.
“You know it worked with Shawn Johnson, it worked with Misty May, it worked with Evan Lysacek, and that is our show, that’s America,” she said. “I’ve talked to a lot of Olympians but, unfortunately for them, I can’t really lock someone in so it’s kind of like putting that call out and then they’re all just waiting. And yet, they’re a little busy right now, too. So it’s this thing of, ‘OK, I’ve talked to you, you guys are great, now let’s wait and see what happens.’”
Model-actor Nyle DiMarco took home the Mirror Ball Trophy this year in the season 22 finale, beating out UFC fighter Paige VanZant, who placed second, and “Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee, who came in third. Katz said she places a premium on making the ABC reality show “really topical,” while at the same time mixing up “a little bit of current with a little bit of nostalgia.”
Marcelo Gomes & Arron Scott from American Ballet Theatre performing an excerpt from Sir Matthew Bourne’s All-Male “Swan Lake“, Derek & Julianne Hough, and the incredible Sergei Polunin dancing his solo “Take Me To Church.”
Is this what Derek was talking about in his chat yesterday for how he was going to be very busy soon with Julianne? Whatever the case, this is going to be so cool! More at Pure Derek Hough on all things Derek!
Dancing With The Stars Julianne Hough is on next month’s issue of Shape Magazine. You can see the cover below. I can’t get the video to work yet, but, you can also see a segment of her on Entertainment Tonight with some behind the scenes shots at this link. Thanks to Abby for the heads up.
ETA: ET video added below.
ETA2: You can read an interview and see some stunning photos of Julianne at Shape Magazine now. Thanks to Lori for sending.
Dancing With The Stars Allison Holker and hubby tWitch attended the Premiere Of Sony’s ‘Sausage Party’ last night. Click the photos below for a huge gallery. You can watch a video of them on the red carpet as well.
The executive producer of “Dancing With the Stars”, Deena Katz, wants Rob Gronkowski “The Gronk” to dance in the new season of Dancing With The Stars. However, she’s having trouble getting him to commit.
“I think for many reasons he’d be great,” Katz told our Left Coast correspondent during the Television Critics Association press tour. “He’s great on camera. I think he gets it. I do think he can dance. And I think that the fan base that that team has is great for someone like him to be on it.”
Gronk has admitted that ABC’s mega-popular dance competition has wooed him in the past, but he just won’t commit. Katz hinted that the reason might be that either the twinkle-toed tight end or the Pats’ brass are afraid their oft-injured star might trip while tripping the light fantastic and hurt himself.
“I know people are concerned about him being injured. We had the best running back and the Super Bowl MVP on our show last season and we take very good care of them,” she said.
To read more and to read how she’d like to partner him with Cheryl Burke, see the Boston Herald.
Now for some “Wannabe’s”:
Jonathan Coachman – According to the Miami Herald, ESPN reporter and WWE star mentioned he wanted to do Dancing With The Stars.
During the Sunday afternoon (July 17) radio show “The Coach & Bretos” on ESPN Radio and the ESPN App, co-host The Coach Jonathan Coachman said he wanted to participate on one of his favorite televisions shows, “Dancing with the Stars,” on ESPN’s sister network ABC.
I have to admit…. I think I’d like to see this.
Slugger the Sea Dog – Who, you ask? Well, according to WMTW, Slugger is campaigning to become the first-ever mascot to participate on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Be sure to see the video at this link. Dancing With The Stars Season 1’s John O’Hurley is campaigning for this to happen as well.
Slugger is known for his outrageous dancing during Portland Sea Dogs games. He now wants to show his talents to a national audience.
In a video, Maine-native John O’Hurley, who appeared on season 1 of “Dancing with the Stars,” appears with Slugger to introduce the idea.
“Nobody is a bigger fan of the Sea Dogs than I am, and nobody is a bigger fan of ballroom dancing that I am,” O’Hurley said.
DWTS Gossip found a few wannabe’s too:
Roy Nelson – The UFC fighter says he’d like to dance on Dancing With The Stars at the Review Journal.
Claressa Shields – This Olympian Boxer wants to be a household name. From SB Nation…
Outside of the boxing rings, the talented middleweight is getting more used to being an attraction. T-Rex, a documentary about her route to the London Olympics, just premiered on PBS. Shields wants to be on TV more often, and not just to play herself.
“My agent has a lot of things going back at home,” she said. “Right now, I guess some things are in the works. I wanna be an actress. That’s what I wanna do. I also want to be a dominant boxer. Who knows if I come back for 2020.
“But, also, I will be in acting. Hopefully I can do things like Dancing with the Stars. I mean, I’m down for all that stuff. I think I can dance a little bit [laughs]. I’m just taking this journey as far as I can take it. I believe that I’m going to be a household name after this Games.”
The casting rumors are really starting to ramp up now, aren’t they? The Pro Watch post is going up soon as well. Stay tuned!
This is just a wild guess and I don’t have a lot to support the idea except that Dancing With The Stars has had General Hospital contestants in the past, but, could actress Emma Samms be dancing in the new season of Dancing With the Stars? This might make a fun inspirational story too since at one time Emma was told she would never dance again. Anyway, this is just a “watch out”…
I have some good news but I can't tell you yet which is annoying. Though probably not as annoying as this tweet. Sorry.
Hollywood Life is reporting Michael Phelps has been asked to do Dancing With The Stars. He has been rumored several times. Will this finally be his time? Note that this source isn’t reliable.
There have been dozens of athletes to compete on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, and some among them Olympians. Now, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has been asked to join their ranks and vie for that Mirrorball trophy — will he say yes?
Michael Phelps is known for his power and grace in the swimming pool. He’s the most decorated Olympian in the history of the games, with 22 medals, including 18 gold. That’s insane. And add to that the fact that he’s competing for more at the Rio 2016 games! But now that a Dancing With The Stars offer has appeared, will he take a break from his sport, hang up the goggles and nose plugs, and trade it all in for some soft shoes?
“Michael has been asked before (to do DWTS) and he was recently asked [to compete in] the upcoming season,” the source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “And though he has considered it, he doesn’t want to do it; he wants his legacy to be in the pool and not on the dance floor.”
The East Valley Tribune published a new interview with Val and Maks Chmerkovksiy. They talk about their new tour. Also, Val mentions Dancing With The Stars and how he’s talked with his partner for Dancing With The Stars. Hmmmm….
Val and Maks have been inspired during their time on “Dancing,” which returns Monday, Sept. 12. It’s uncertain whether Maks will return, but Val slipped.
“I’m not going to say who, but I was talking with my ‘Dancing with the Stars’ partner yesterday,” Val said. “We started the new season.
“I told my partner that as magical as (‘Dancing’) has been to me, it doesn’t define who I am. It doesn’t define my journey or my story or my ambition or what I ultimately want to do with this platform.
“It isn’t my dream to go to Hollywood and become the next Fred Astaire.”
Instead, Maks and Val wanted to make their parents proud.
Heidi: Val “slipped”?? That wasn’t a slip, that was a brag. He’s so full of crap half the time that I don’t know what to think. Already talking to his partner and getting a leg up on the competition by establishing a relationship? Nice. Since they’re on tour, it’s probably only a phone conversation, but still. It’s not his dream to go to Hollywood?? Um…he works in Hollywood. He also claims to not understand why fans see this rivalry with the C-bros and Derek when he fans the flames every time he opens his mouth. I think he might be more obsessed with what Derek is doing than I am. 🙂 If DWTS didn’t define him, he wouldn’t place so much emphasis on winning. And the implication that going to Hollywood and making his parents proud are mutually exclusive is just idiotic. These boys are great dancers…but they should really stop talking.