She gives the list of the ones she heard and one of which I forgot to mention: David Hasselhoff. His name has been bandied about some this week and of course Landon Donovan is still out there as a rumor. Also, based on this interview, I think Derek and Chelsie were told there were going to be on the show because TPTB knew they would be asked while doing press at the Emmys – Derek is usually more careful if he doesn’t actually know if he’s on or not.
Well, it has gotten to the point (as usual at this point before the seasons starts) that I don’t know what’s an actual rumor and what is just internet chatter. I do know that I’m hearing/reading a bunch of stuff that has the potential to be highly annoying. We’ve even got trolls trying to manufacture rumors to get me to post them! I’m actually flattered, but also smarter than your average troll. All of this was my long winded way of qualifying this post with a – “there are too many rumors and too much speculation to figure out which is which”. I’m going to write out what I’ve read and we’ll just see what happens in a week.
A certain Perez Hilton claims that Audrina Patridge and Brandy are going to be on this season. Problem with this is that Perez prints even the most sketchy of sources as rumors with no editorial opinion of what he thinks of these sources – which is what I try to do. So, I’m going to file this one under “even a stopped clock is right twice a day” and say that I think he might be right this time. Mainly because we discussed both Audrina and Brandy as possibles for previous seasons. Brandy as a rumor a year ago and Audrina as a done deal until MTV put a stop to her participation – this was discussed in the comments of a previous post. “The Hills” is done now, right? That could explain it.
Another one that cracks me up and scares me all at the same time is Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino. Good lord. OK! Magazine is reporting (EXCLUSIVE! my ass ) that he is IN.
You might not think the tango, mamba or waltz would require rock-hard abs, but Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is setting out to show that his GTL skills can translate to the dance floor! OK! has exclusively learned that the Jersey Shore cast member who named his own muscles has signed on to the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars.
They even managed to get a quote from Derek at the Creative Arts Emmys, and his quote cracks me up. Couldn’t agree more, big D.
OK! spoke to DWTS‘ reigning pro champ, Derek Hough, who says the presence of the Jersey Shore guido will get fans glued to their screens.
“It’s People like that who come on the show who people will tune in and watch because either it will be a travesty or it will be interesting to see somebody turn something completely around so I’m up for anybody,” he told OK! at the Creative Emmys Saturday in L.A. “For me it’s classic entertainment, it’s fun. Whatever gets people talking and tuning in is interesting to watch.”
As a reminder of why I always have to wonder about these “exclusives”, besides the fact that he’s been all over twitter as a rumor for a month or more now, is that we reported on Mike back in July. This is Kate Gosselin all over again. Casual mention on a talk show and “ta da!!” they’re on the show. OK! also says that Audrina and Brandy are signed up (and Kurt Warner), but they likely just cribbed that from Perez. My faith in “journalism” is non-existent.
The above are, IMO, actual solid rumors. We now venture into the area of what is likely fanciful dreams (or nightmare, depending on your perspective) and wishes. Have you ever played the telephone game? That’s what a lot of this is probably about. Someone says “hey, wouldn’t it be cool…” and before you know it some “source” is reporting it as fact.
Lindsay Lohan – I don’t know what it’s about, but I’ve heard lots of talk on twitter about her getting a rehab reprieve and doing DWTS. I think this is straight up bull, but I would not be surprised to be wrong. Does anyone know why this chatter is happening? Or is only because of a story on E! News about her possibly getting out of rehab early? Personally, I think it would probably be good for her.
The nightmare category – Oksana Grigorieva and Rachel Uchitel. I’m pretty sure this is all just chatter and crap, but I gotta say: since when does sleeping with a famous man make one famous? Just gross. This better not be true. I don’t want to have to utter the words: “You’re dead to me, Dancing with the Stars.”
So, have I left anything out?
Today’s the day when they start finding out. Today’s the day I haunt Twitter more than ever – usually. Today I was outside most of the day and am sunburned. But here’s what I found when scanning twitter. I’ll post more info as it becomes available.
First up, Miss Chelsie Hightower. Now, I’m thinking Chelsie is almost a lock for this season. For one thing, she was on Extreme Makeover Home Edition with Derek and I think everyone who did that show has a better than even chance of being back. Secondly, Chelsie tweeted earlier, in response to Ashly Costa, that she didn’t know yet – this was like 17 hours ago. Then, a few hours ago she tweeted “Leaving SLC – won’t be back until November”. Now, when I tried to find this tweet I couldn’t because I think she deleted it. I did find where a fan retweeted it saying how glad she was that Chelsie was back on the show. Well, either Chelsie realized she was giving a wrong impression, or she spilled some beans she wasn’t supposed to – you pick. You could tell the fan that’s not what you meant – or you could delete the tweet and hope no one else (Like me ) saw it.
Next – Dmitry Chaplin. Dmitry tweeted this earlier and he hasn’t taken it down. He doesn’t strike me as the arrogant type who would assume he’s back (especially since he wasn’t last season), so I take this as a confirmation. Ya know Dmitry is not my favorite – I find him too quiet and kinda boring. But after the behavior of a couple pros who shall remain nameless (for now), I’m definitely glad if he’s back.
The only other clues I have right now are the Extreme Home Makeover pros – Derek, who stayed nearly all week, Anna T, Chelsie, Tony and Mark. I have to think that they will be back, since they are on that show, but I could be way off base of course. Plus, Derek was at the studio for no known reason a week ago. Hmmm…you be the judge.
NOTE 1 – People, just because MSN says Julianne is back this season, doesn’t mean she really is. She’s NOT – she’s filming Footloose in Atlanta and she’s said straight up that she’s not back. Do we need to have the conversation about not believing something just because you see it in print from a supposedly reliable source??
NOTE 2: A little bird (who’s first initial is C) tells me that Jackie Josephs has moved to LA. Just sayin’. Is this her Twitter? If it is, she’s following and talking to some interesting people.
You may remember us reporting a couple months back that General Hospital soap star Nancy Lee Grahn had tweeted something about being on a possible casting list for season 11. Well, beyond that, she hasn’t really said or done much to suggest that she was, in fact, going to do DWTS…until now.
Whilst browsing around for GH spoilers today at soaps.com (yes, I’m an avid GH viewer!), I noticed the following posted under the “Comings & Goings” section:
* Nancy Lee Grahn has gone on vacation, which means Alexis won’t be seen again until after the actress returns in mid-September.
Now while this may seem pretty pedestrian on the surface (everyone takes time off - soap stars included), it just seems like a very interesting time for Nancy to take a vacation…especially since the entire cast of season 11 will be present at the live cast annoucement/press conference on August 30. Then you add in the fact that the celebs start practicing with their pros immediately after the cast is announced, and they’re also wrapped up with preseason photo shoots, media, etc…maybe Nancy decided to put GH on hold for a few weeks to prepare for this season of DWTS.
Also interesting to note – the major storyline that Nancy’s character, Alexis Davis, had been involved in at the beginning of the summer has pretty much drawn to a close, which leaves Alexis only appearing in one or two scenes a week…which leaves Nancy with more time to devote to other ventures
What do you guys think: is Nancy’s vacay strategically-planned to coincide with the first few weeks of DWTS training, or is it just a strange coincidence?
Well, interesting coincidence (or not?) – Xzibit is on site this week with Extreme Makeover Home Edition helping with a house in Wisconsin. Why is this relevant, you ask? Mainly because the episode being filmed is a DWTS themed episode. Really, it’s about using dance to fight obesity and a bunch of DWTS pros were there for the day (and Derek is apparently staying all week). That’s pretty interesting for a reason that didn’t occur to me until one of Derek’s fans at PureDerekHough asked me the question (thanks DJ!) when looking at pictures of Xzibit with the DWTS Pros also on site – “Wasn’t Xzibit rumored to be on DWTS?” Why yes, DJ, he was – and now he’s the only non-DWTS person on the Extreme Makeover set, surrounded by Derek, Mark, Chelsie, Tony and Anna. That’s too big a coincidence for me to let is slide by un-mentioned.
Well, people?? Just a coincidence?? Or, are they doing a clever tie in – DWTS pros and one of the celebs build a house? Keep in mind that Extreme Make Over Home Edition doesn’t have a season premiere until September 26 – nearly a week after DWTS own premiere.
The first several posts on PureDerekHough have pictures (and one vid) from the site – and links to where you can see more pictures of the various professionals. A couple really cute pictures of Chelsie, John.
Ahhh…less than a month until the cast announcement (most likely). This is when it starts to get a bit fun, and tiring. We have campaigns out the wazoo, random (and possibly baseless) rumors, and comments that make you go whut? This is also the time of year that I do a rumor round up. Well, guess what? The producers are on to people like me – and have pretty successfully clamped down on the loose celebrity lips that marked DWTS two seasons ago. So, more than anything, we have people begging to be on the show and not many real rumors. I do have a really random, based on absolutely nothing rumor – and that is Kurt Warner. A couple people on twitter asked him if he was doing DWTS this season; he didn’t answer and I couldn’t find any reason as to WHY they would be asking him such a thing – so it’s likely nothing. Isn’t he still playing football?? Maybe they are being mean to him and I didn’t get it. I’m much too lazy (it’s, like, 500 degrees here) to research what is likely baseless. At least a couple of the tweets claimed they were “seriously” asking the question.
First things first – I also usually recap rumors from previous seasons, because sometimes it takes a few seasons for something to come true. I’ll do that in a follow-up post, as this one is already kind of long. New rumors for this season, all of which I’ve already written about, are few and far between thus far:
Arianny Celeste – UFC Ring Girl
Xzibit – Rapper. I doubt this one. The offer may have been made, but it doesn’t sound like he’s going to do it.
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino – I don’t know if this is a rumor or wishful thinking…but remember I said the same thing about Kate Gosselin.
Landon Donovan – US Soccer team. This is another one that keeps popping up.
Chris Jericho – WWE Wrestler and host of the show Downfall (an ABC show, which bodes well for him in the future).
The campaigns for this season are numerous and, in some cases, extraordinarily annoying. Lay off the Twitter, Johnny Weir fans, PLEASE. Most of you campaigners should take notes from the Martha Byrne fans, although they could lighten up a bit on the twitter too. Here’s a break down of the campaigns I know about:
Nancy Lee Grahn – actress (General Hospital)
Leslie Jordan – he’s been working on this since before Season 10; he’s started a Facebook Campaign Page.
Greg Louganis – still has a minor campaign going. Greg was driving his campaign last season, don’t know if he still is.
Antonio Sabato Jr – relatively new campaign, with relatively annoying fans. Antonio is on board with this one.
Tenley Molzahn (The Bachelor) has a little campaign that fans started for her, but she’ll be quite happy if they succeed.
Pete Wentz?!?! Could he really want this? Well, his fans have started a petition.
Shelley Martinez – female wrestler who has been campaigning for a good bit and is still going strong.
Martha Byrne – soap actress. This is the strong, non-annoying campaign.
Johnny Weir – Olympic Ice Skater, with Karina Smirnoff in his corner. I kid you not a few of his fans were tweeting THE SAME THING several hundred times a day, before they realized they were bugging the ever living hell out of a good number of people. I’m not even exaggerating in the slightest. I actually feel sorry for ABC’s various twitter accounts because I guarantee they saw nothing but Johnny for days on end. NOT HELPFUL.
Bern Nadette Stanis – Thelma from Good Times
Melissa Peterman – actress (Reba). Melissa has a few fans who have been tweeting ABC; nothing on the level of Johnny Weir or Martha Byrne.
Amy Schmolt – Model (True Beauty). Amy was on a show I hate with the passion of a thousand burning suns. It’s just bad. She tweeted this earlier today:
Tune in later this week, when I recap rumors from previous seasons that could still happen. Sig Hansen, for one.
The rumor about Nastia has been floating around for a few seasons now. This time it’s Nastia doing the talking, to Access Hollywood:
In related Nastia news, the gymnast said she hasn’t decided yet whether she’s going to compete in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, but if “Dancing with the Stars” came around, she might be interested in that opportunity.
“It’s a great show and I think it’s fun to be able to go outside of your element and do something that you have no idea what you’re doing,” she laughed. “A lot of people think the Olympians have an advantage with ‘Dancing with the Stars’ and I think that the only advantage that they have is to be able perform in front of a live audience.
“Everything else is so out of your element,” she continued. “I’ve never taken a dance class in my life.”
Sounds like she’s already trying to fight the ringer label.
Thanks to Jeniffer in the comments for this little tidbit. From TSN:
UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste could be following in the footsteps of Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell. The Maxim cover girl says via Facebook that she has been invited to join the cast of “Dancing with the Stars” next season.
UFC ring girl?? Okay. She’s pretty, for sure.
Okay – several qualifiers. I can’t tell if this is his real twitter or if it’s a fan-created twitter. It looks real but you never know. As for the Facebook campaign page – no idea who started that, but the Twitter page promotes the Facebook page. You guys be the judge – but I can get behind this hottie on the show.