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DWTS Season 12 – PRO WATCH!!

IT’S ALMOST TIME!!!!!  :-)

Well, it’s about that time again, folks, and even though we are having a Hough-less season I find myself very excited to start this all over again!! Last season was rough there at the end and I’m looking forward to a fresh start – the time off (mostly) did me good. :-) So where are we on the pros?? Well, the only thing certain right now is Derek is out. Most of the remaining pros appear to be assembling in LA, including Damian and Peta – although I’m not sure where Maks and Tony are. But do they really need to be in LA to find out?

Check back here often – we will update this post as we go. With my luck stuff will happen when I’m unavailable. But maybe Courtney and John can update if they don’t see me do something rather quickly and can’t get me online. Here’s the list we’re starting with – I’ve intentionally left out Alec and Edyta based on their tweets, but let us know if I’ve neglected anyone.

The Men

Derek – Out for Season 12; filming Cobu 3D
Maks – ??
Mark – Per @BewitchBallas,  his Management says end of next week he finds out.
Louis – IN (see below)
Tony – IN – per Disney News and the tweet shown below
Damian – ??
Dmitry – ??
Jonathan – ??
Corky – ??

The Women

Cheryl -IN (changed from tentative to “fer sure” per Cheryl’s Facebook)
Anna T. – ??
Lacey – IN (?? see below)**
Chelsie – IN (? See Video Posted by Vogue)
Karina – ??
Kym – ??
Anna D. – ??
Ashly – ??
Peta Murgatroyd* – ??
Julianne* – ??

*I included Peta and Julianne with the women mainly due to some internet blather about Jules and lots of clues about a potential Peta appearance as a full time pro (really, will the producers be able to resist a new “couple”??).

Lacey tweeted a comment not too long ago to Derek saying something like “I’m excited to be your dance class buddy”  – people took this several different ways. Some thinking it meant she was out for the season and working her Dad’s studio, and Derek was participating in some way. I took it to mean that Derek was taking lessons related to his movie, and she and/or her dad was somehow involved. It could be both, I suppose, but Lacey has been abnormally quiet on the subject of DWTS and I can usually rely on her to blab. :-) Times like this I actually LOVE that about her.   But if I find out she has a part in Derek’s movie, I may go postal. :-)  You’ve been warned.

Cheryl and Mark fully intend to be on this season and are waiting to find out if they are or not. I think some questioned whether they would be around based on Cheryl’s book tour and Mark’s music related activities.  Louis also wants to be on the show pretty badly, based on his excitement over finding out. The rest, as far as I can tell, have been pretty mum on the subject.  TALK, PEOPLE!! :-)

ETA:  Think Lacey is in??

ETA 2: How about Louis?? I’ve updated the tweet I had with the one below – when someone tweeted asking if that meant he was on DWTS for sure, he responded with only a wink. :-)

I love shopping in NYC...woohooo....my credit card doesn't. Oh well, I gotta get new clothes for rehearsals....:-)
@LouisVanAmstel
Louis Van Amstel

ETA 3: Tony doesn’t usually say, as I recall, but I’ll take his smile here as a yes.

:) RT @TMCFan4Life: @DWTSMakeup its gonna be very nice to have @TonyDovolani back in the ballroom in a month YAY!cant wait.hes my favorite.
@TonyDovolani
Tony Dovolani
February 18, 2011 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 12 Cast Rumors – Al Sharpton Says “No” To Dancing With The Stars

Well, dang!! Al Sharpton would have been a hoot on the show in my opinion. From TMZ today.

Rev. Al Sharpton just turned down ANOTHER offer to join “Dancing with the Stars” … but not because he’s scared of the competition — in fact, Al insists, “I’ve got moves … I’D BLOW ‘EM OUT!!”

The Rev claims he just doesn’t have the time due to his commitments with the National Action Network — but wants to make one thing clear … “There would be no chance for anybody to touch me!”

Be sure to visit the link to see a video of him too. I’d embed it here, but, they have the embedding feature turned off. Here he is busting some moves. lol

February 15, 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 Season 12 Gossip and Innuendo – LeAnn Rimes

I saw this the other day and ignored it because I thought it was likely just more crap. LeAnn is a bit too big for the show – or she was. LeAnn says she was asked three times, including (or in addition to) this season. I don’t think I believe LeAnn here. For one thing, she implies that Benji Schwimmer is on the show and that she would only do it if he did it. Really?? I hope like hell they don’t hire Benji to get LeAnn. A DWTS sans Derek I can deal with. A DWTS WITH Benji? Not so much. I didn’t think he was a ballroom dancer, in any case.

February 14, 2011 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 – Anna Trebunskaya Dishes On Her Favorite Travel Destinations

Anna was recently interviewed on her favorite destinations in the world by the Chicago Tribune. You can read a snippet below. To read the interview in full, be sure to check the link.

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination?
A: It would have to be split between London and Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I love the art, history, theater and fashion in London and the fact that everything is in English. You can’t beat that. And the beauty of beaches, amazing resorts, food and friendliness of locals are so attractive in Cabo San Lucas. They’re both amazing.

Q: Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A: New York City, San Francisco and Northern California and Las Vegas.

Q: What are your favorite hotels?
A: I have traveled a bit, so I do appreciate a beautiful hotel. My favorites would be the Casa Dorada (casadorada.com) in Cabo San Lucas; the Palazzo (palazzo.com) in Las Vegas; the Phoenician (thephoenician.com) in Scottsdale, Ariz.; the Ritz-Carlton (ritzcarlton.com) in Philadelphia; the Gramercy Park Hotel (gramercyparkhotel.com) in New York City; the Fairmont (fairmont.com) in San Francisco; the InterContinental (icchicagohotel.com) in Chicago; the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee (thepfisterhotel.com); the Hotel Du Pont (hoteldupont.com) in Wilmington, Del.; and the Fontainebleau (fontainebleau.com) in Miami.

Q: What are your favorite restaurants?
A: In California, Zane’s (zanesrestaurant.com) in Hermosa Beach; Sashi (sashimb.com) in Manhattan Beach; Aroma Bakery & Cafe (aromabakery.com) in Encino; Asia De Cuba (tinyurl.com/4bwvepr) in Los Angeles and The Little Door and The Little Next Door (thelittledoor.com) in Los Angeles. I also like Wagamama (wagamama.com) in London; Le Procope (www.procope.com) in Paris; and Mix (mandalaybay.com/dining/mix.aspx) in Las Vegas.

So, have any of you been to these places and were they cool to visit?? I’ve been to San Francisco, New York City, Chicago, and Las Vegas. All great cities I’d highly recommend seeing in different ways depending on your interests!!

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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.

Pure DWTS – Kym Johnson And Julianne Hough At The Grammy Awards

A few of our pro dancers were seen at the Grammy Awards last night. Julianne showed up on the Red Carpet in a dress designed by Catherine Malandrino. I wasn’t sure I liked it on her at first. But, it reminded me of Spring. And well, Julianne just says “Spring” anyway.

You can see a Red Carpet interview with TV Guide with Julianne >>>>HERE!!! They ask her if she’ll ever return to Dancing With The Stars.

Kym was intervewed backstage by 965Tic Radio. I couldn’t embed it, but you can listen at the link. The link has a little picture of her as well. She discusses the DWTS Hair extensions used on the show, the new Season, and David Hasselhoff.

Just a little heads up too that Cheryl Burke will be on The Ellen Show tomorrow promoting her new book too. So, stay tuned. We’ll try and post some video footage.

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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.

DWTS Season 12 Cast Rumors – Time To Address The Brett Favre DWTS Rumors (Daughter Tweets “No”)

At the beginning of this week, we were hit with an article from Popeater with Kurt Warner’s desire for Brett Favre to dance on Dancing With The Stars. Since that time, other news sources have picked it up and the rumors have grown like a wildfire. Will Brett Favre dance on the show or not remains to be seen. But, the quote below (in bold text) from Popeater had me thinking this is not going to happen from the beginning of the week onward and why I dismissed even reporting it.

Kurt has made his thoughts on Brett known before, and recently told The New York Times that although he’s a “surefire Hall of Famer” and one of the game’s greatest, “I do think some of the things that happened off the field has to hurt his legacy to some degree. I do think people look at him differently now — at least in the short term — than they did five years ago.”

Maybe Brett should follow Kurt’s advice and dance those cell phone images right out of our minds. That’s if ABC would ever invite him, a prospect that my source says is unlikely.

“No way would ‘Dancing’ want any part of Brett,” a show insider tells me. “They love having colorful people in the cast but you have to remember this is a family show and not the right fit for someone who has been accused of e-mailing private photos of himself to young ladies.”

Not only that, USA Today is reporting that he won’t be dancing on the show. His daughter just posted this tweet this morning.

Brittany Favre, the daughter of longtime NFL QB Brett Favre, moved to stop speculation that he father might be joining the cast of Dancing with the Stars on Friday.

“No to DWTS rumors,” Brittany Favre said on Twitter a day after speculation ran wild that the 41-year-old QB might be the next NFL player to join the show.


No to DWTS rumors… However, I feel like I would be a great candidate for Thintervention right about now.
@brittanyfavre
Brittany Favre

I would say this is a “NO” go? Keep in mind though that an ABC news affiliate has reported Favre is on a “DWTS Shortlist”.

Heidi’s Comment: I think this entire thing comes from the mouth of Kurt Warner. And ABC is regurgitating crap they heard, which is regurgitated crap they heard, which is regurgitated crap they heard and so on. See it every day on twitter – the wishful thinking of one person turns into fact by the great game of “telephone”. I could be wrong. :-)

February 11, 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 – Karina Smirnoff Launches New DVD & Make-up Line, Wedding Date Set, & DWTS Talk

Last night, Karina launched her new workout DVD and “Girlactik” make-up line at Sweet E’s Bakery in Los Angeles. She discusses her new products as well as her wedding plans (the date has been pushed up to January 2012). But, what I found interesting (and tell me if I am speculating too much here?) is that she mentions how the show will help her keep fit for the wedding. Does she know something we don’t? Does this mean she’s a “go” for this season and/or the next? Read more below from the Daily Mail and let us know what you think.

‘With the show [Dancing with the Stars] being as intense I’ll probably lose the weight, then gain it back, then before the wedding lose it again,’ she joked about getting in perfect wedding dress shape.

After announcing her engagement Karina initially said she wanted to get married quickly.

However, the plan to get married in a few months has clearly changed.

Karina, 32, who was previously linked to Extra host Mario Lopez, also discussed her new fitness DVD at the event.

‘It’s about 35 minutes of actual workout, but it’s really intense and you are going to get sore but it does work.’

Edit to add a Video Interview at this event. See it >>>>HERE.

I also found this tweet to Johnny Weir last night very interesting. For those that don’t know, these two were rumored to be paired up last year.


@JohnnyGWeir any chance DWTS is in the cards this season? Xoxo
@Karina_Smirnoff
Karina Smirnoff

So far, he hasn’t answered her. I know…I am pipe dreaming again. :)

February 10, 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 – Anna Trebunskaya & Jonathan Roberts’s Do The Nate Berkus Show

Anna and Jonathan were guests on The Nate Berkus Show yesterday teaching him some dance moves. I can’t embed the video, but, you can see them dancing and shimmying with Nate and a few guests >>>>> HERE!!!

Anna and Jonathan also talked backstage about their idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day. Check them out. They are so cute as always.

Be sure to see today’s (Feb.9th) episode in full for more.

February 9, 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 Season 12 Cast Rumors/Speculation – Lee Meriwether To Do DWTS?

Ok, so this is a long shot. But, it’s been noted by several of the Pure DWTS writing team that Lee Meriwether has recently added some people to her twitter account that has a connection with “Dancing With The Stars” including some fans to the show and ourselves. Now maybe this is nothing and Lee is just trying to garnish some publicity for her role in “Women of Spoon River“. Then again, we know the former Miss America, actress, and Broadway star would very much like to do the show and was rumored to be a contestant last year. From 10Xdur, here’s a quote from Lee last April.

Now at the age of 74, this femme fatale wants to claw her way onto the cast of Dancing with the Stars. Unlike some of the other older contestants like Buzz Aldrin and Cloris Leachman, Lee might possibly have a chance of winning.

“As a performer, I think I can dance,” she told us. “I know better in my heart that it will take a lot of work, but I think I can sell it. As a performer you pretend to be a dancer, and I know I can be a dancer.”

“I love the show. I watch it. I tape it. I watch the dances over and over and over again,” she went on to say. “I just love the show.”

Edit to add a tweet from this last November:


@ItsMeMrTrevor #DWTS is my dream! I would LOVE to do the show! Trying to get on…cross your fingers!
@LeeMeriwether
Lee Meriwether

Again, this is a long shot. But, everything sure seems coincidental, doesn’t it? If this turns out to be true, who do you see Lee dancing with? I would say Corky but then that would be too much of a repeat for what we saw last year with him and Florence. Maybe Louis? Or maybe Tony who she might have seen and talked with at the Miss America show last month? Whatever the case, Lee wears fancy dress gowns well, doesn’t she? ;)

Heidi’s Note: Lee’s been wanting to be on the show for a while and we’ve written about her before. :-)

February 7, 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 2011 Pro Possibilities

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m ready for Dancing with the Stars 2011 to start already. I always think that the Spring season of Dancing with the Stars starts earlier than it does. While we wait, I (and the rest of the Pure DWTS peeps) have put together info on who the DWTS 2011 professional dancers might be and other conjecture. Also, be sure to check out the previously posted Dancing with the Stars season 12 cast rumors.

Alec Mazo – Alec hasn’t said much on Twitter about it, but I think it’s safe to say he won’t be back. I’m sad about this since if they brought him back, then Edyta would probably come back. I think very few will care if Alec’s back or not though, which is probably why the producers haven’t brought him back every season.

Anna Demidova – Sadly her Twitter updates have gone private. How weird is that? I could understand maybe have a private second account for real friends and family, but I’d think she’d want as much exposure as possible. Even if she only updated it with professional things. I’d say she’s out.

Anna Trebunskaya – I haven’t seen anything either way. However, she’s had a STRONG showing these past couple seasons. So much so that even I fell in love with her despite a pretty bad start. I’d say she’s definitely back. The show needs a feisty little red head with an accent anyway.

Ashly DelGrosso (Costa)


fingers crossed, we find out soon who is going to be on next season of DWTS!!!!
@ashlycosta
Ashly Costa

Well, that pretty much says it all. Ashly would like to be on the show, but she doesn’t know yet if she’ll be on DWTS 2011 or not. I predict that she will. She deserves a season with someone who can actually move.

Chelsie Hightower – No news so far, but can anyone imagine her not being on the show. I guess the only possibility would be if there were no short male celebrities. Although, a taller man with a shorter women isn’t as bad as the other way around. I’m sure Chelsie will be back. She did mention that she has a new boyfriend.

Cheryl Burke


@dancingmiranda I heard Tony and Cheryl will be back. Did Dmitry say anything?
@DWTSGossip
DWTSGossip

As you can see @DWTSGossip says she is back. They seem to know Cheryl pretty well. I’d say if Cheryl wants on the show she’ll be back. So, I say she’s back. Nothing on her Twitter account, except she’s definitely trying to pull together some publicity for her book tour. It’s funny to see her Twitter name dropping through the previous DWTS casts. I guess that happens when you’ve been on DWTS that many seasons.

Corky Ballas – No word, but I’d say he’s probably a no. Unless, DWTS somehow convinced Betty White to be on the show. Now wouldn’t that be something.

Damian Whitewood – Word is that Peta (who could be a pro on DWTS 2011 as well) and Damian are on their way to LA. Now why would they need to be in LA I wonder? If they aren’t regular pros, then I’m sure we’ll continue to see them doing some pro dances for the results show.

Derek Hough – I think most people know that Derek is filming a movie Cobu 3D and won’t be on DWTS season 12. He did say he’d be back for DWTS season 13 and be “more edgier” and “musclier.” I wonder where Princess Heidi’s votes will go with Derek out.

Dmitry Chaplin – I’m not sure about Dmitry. He mentioned that he’s done some choreography work for SYTYCD Ukraine during the break. I could see it going either way with Dmitry.

Edyta Sliwinska – Word is she won’t be back. She’s busy at school and other dance events. I’m guessing it will take another season or two for her and the producers to cool off. If I didn’t have this blog, I’d stop watching until the producers put her back on. The Edyta eye candy is definitely missing from the show for me.

Elena Grinenko – She seems to be doing Grinya’s Entertainment full time now including this really cool Celebrity Dance Camp which I wish I could have attended. So, I wouldn’t expect her back. We would welcome her to guest post about DWTS on here though.

Jonathan Roberts – Jonathan will definitely be back doing at least a result show dance with Anna. As far as the show, I have no idea. There’s really nothing to hate about Jonathan, but he doesn’t have the enormous fan following either. So, I think he could go either way. I would have LOVED to see the following which he described in a tweet:


@ after party n Vegas. I wish I had taken pictures of @atrebunskaya & @LouisVanAmstel dancing. It was like a full show n the club haha
@JonatRoberts
jonathan roberts

Julianne Hough – Julianne is off to Hong Kong with Derek. The real question is if she’ll ever be back on DWTS. I think it would be quite the achievement if the producers get her back, but I’m not betting on it. Julianne did get some amazing seats at the Super Bowl. So not fair. I bet she barely even knew which teams were plaing.

Karina Smirnoff


Ok, that was weird. But it gave plenty of ideas for choreography this season! Lol
@Karina_Smirnoff
Karina Smirnoff

Well, looks like Karina’s learning dance moves from the UFC fight. Interesting that she says for this season. I’m sure it was a bit of a slip since I don’t think the producers have told anyone yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she has a long term contract and so she knows more or less that she’ll be back. Either way, the show loves a little Karina. Her facial expressions are priceless.

Kym Johnson


Just landed, so happy to be back in LA.. I just hope Lola remebers her Mommy!!
@kym_johnson
kym johnson

Kym’s back in LA too. Seems like all the pros are heading to LA. Coincidence? Maybe not. Would be odd for her to be the showpiece on HSN for the DWTS hair line and then not be on this season.

Lacey Schwimmer


Getting ready for the day and clearing my dvr before my work begins.
@LaceySchwimmer
Lacey Schwimmer

Of course, Lacey could be talking about a lot of work or even the work that day. However, usually you clear off the DVR before work like being on DWTS when you’re too busy to go and watch your DVR’d shows. Although, I think that Lacey’s still on the bubble like last season where she wasn’t on the show and then something happened (presumably the Edyta fall out) which got her back on the show. I expect more of the same for her this year, but we’ll see.

Louis van Amstel


2 more weeks b4 I find out about season 12….some fun changes r scheduled for this season. You’ll love it!!…or not….lol
@LouisVanAmstel
Louis Van Amstel

Looks like Louis doesn’t know. Although, it seems odd that he’d know about some changes for the show, but not whether he’s on the show or not. Any guesses on the changes?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Maks is a hard one to peg. Will he be stuck in the Ukraine doing Bachelor? I’m guessing not. Bachelor UK isn’t as big as being a pro on DWTS I don’t think. @LizzieGrubman asked if Maks would be back on Twitter and then the next day said Maks is back. I’m not sure if she knows anything special, but I’d be very surprised if Maks isn’t back. Some have asked about Maks’ brother on the show. I’d say maybe, but probably not.

Mark Ballas – Will he be too busy touring for his album to be on DWTS 2011? I’d guess probably not. There’s little publicity for his album that’s better than him being on DWTS. So, I expect he’ll be back and don’t be surprised if he performs on the results show. I bet that’s part of his contract negotiation now.

Tony Dovolani


@dancingmiranda I heard Tony and Cheryl will be back. Did Dmitry say anything?
@DWTSGossip
DWTSGossip

@DWTSGossip says he’s back on DWTS 2011. Looking at the lineup of male pros. I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be back on the show.

Good times. There are my thoughts, conjecture and run down of the various Dancing with the Stars pros. What do you think? Which pros will be back on Dancing with the Stars 2011 and which ones will be watching from home?

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Better known as Charlie.