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Encounter with Tom Bergeron, Conrad Green, and More at Dancing with the Stars Live Las Vegas

I’m sure that Princess Heidi, Vogue, and Courtney have been wondering and waiting for me to finally get around to posting about the Dancing with the Stars Live Las Vegas event. I apologize for the delay. Needless to say that it was a night to remember.

I think I’ll save comments on the show itself for another post and just include some of the pre and post party entertainment in this post. Although, it’s worth mentioning that Dancing with the Stars Live Las Vegas was incredibly well designed and wonderfully executed. I actually plan to go and see it again. I hope the show does really well and gets extended for a really long run. Las Vegas needs a ballroom show. So, go and buy some tickets for DWTS Live Las Vegas. Looks like it’s already been extended through July 7th.

Now, to the pre-show festivities. I showed up quite early to the Tropicana to meet my friend for dinner. We chose to eat at the delicious Bacio inside of the Tropicana. We ate at a table that was basically out in the main hallway. Turns out that it was the perfect table. As we sat their eating our dinner we saw almost every star and DWTS pro pass by. If I was in full paparazzi mode I’d have pulled out the video camera and gotten some footage. Although, I just felt creepy doing that. Sorry guys. It’s just not me. I would recommend you doing the same if you go to the show. I bet you’ll see many pass by before the show since the hotel tower is down that hall and I’m sure many of the stars and pros are staying in the tower.

After enjoying the dinner and Dancing with the Stars gazing, I headed over to the pre-party for the show. Yep, there was a pre-party cocktail hour and then a post-party at the club in the Tropicana. I wasn’t sure who would be at the pre-party, but it turns out a bunch of the DWTS pros that were attending the premiere stopped by.

Probably the most popular person at the pre-party was Tom Bergeron. When I saw him, I knew I had to get a picture with him to make Princess Heidi jealous. In fact, I think I told him as much. Tom seemed to respond fine to the idea of him being her boyfriend.

If you take a look at the photo, many of you might not recognize the man in the middle (I’m the one on the left and Tom is on the right of course). At first I wasn’t sure who he was either, but after talking for a minute with Tom and him I correctly guessed him as Conrad Green, executive producer of Dancing with the Stars. He was shocked when I asked him if he was Conrad Green saying something like I surely didn’t recognize his face. I’ll admit that I was pretty lucky since I’m usually terrible with names.

The great part of meeting Tom and Conrad was that I mentioned Pure DWTS and they both knew about the site. It sounded like Tom had seen our work on Twitter before and Conrad seemed to know the site really well. In fact, he mentioned that the thing he loved most about Pure DWTS is that we were real fans of the show as opposed to other media outlets that are just trying to file a story.

Conrad also paid Pure DWTS a great compliment when he told me that he was always amazed at how good Pure DWTS was at predicting the partners for the upcoming season of DWTS. He then kind of hypothesized out loud that it kind of made sense that we could do it so well since we go through a similar process to what they do in matching partners. Of course, we all already knew that this is basically what they were doing when they paired up the couples. If I was quicker on my feet I would have suggested that Pure DWTS could help him with the pairings if he wanted. Read more..

April 23, 2012 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing With The Stars In Las Vegas Premieres (Photos)

Friday night, April 13th, the new Dancing With The Stars Las Vegas show premiered at the new Tropicana. Pictured above is Anna, Kym, and Cheryl attending the event. Also pictured are Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer dancing. You can view more fun pictures (including Tom Bergeron getting in on the action) at the Daily Mail. You can also view a fun album at Zimbio Pictures and Getty Images. Stay tuned, John was in attendance as well. He’s planning to give us a full “up close and personal” report.

April 15, 2012 I Written By

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Dancing with the Stars Live Show in Las Vegas

Vogue posted about the Dancing with the Stars Live Las Vegas show previously, but we’re starting to get more and more details about the show. So, I thought I’d do a little update post. The show is starting with a 12 week run beginning Saturday, April 14 and you can see all the specific show dates and times on tickemaster. I love the idea of a permanent DWTS Las Vegas show even better than a Dancing with the Stars tour which they’ve done in the past.

Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas is being directed by Amy Tinkham and choreographed by Jason Gilkison (you might know him from So You Think You Can Dance). The show will run 80 minutes and will be at the Tropicana Las Vegas. I think the Tropicana Theater is a great place for the DWTS show in Las Vegas.

Dancing with the Stars alums that will be featured in the opening run, include Carson Kressley, Joey Fatone, Kyle Massey, Sabrina Bryan, Tia Carrere, Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer. They’ll also have a “Las Vegas Troupe” dancing with them in the show. From the pictures we’ve seen on Twitter and embedded below, we can see Iveta Lukosiute, Anya Garnis, Ryan DiLello, Jaymz Tuaileva, Armen Way, and Janette Manrera. We think Artem Chigvintsev and Pasha Kovalev might be in the troupe as well, but can’t quite tell from the picture. (Note: Props to Courtney for identifying many in the pictures) Quite a few past So You Think You Can Dance and Burn The Floor dancers in the troupe, but with Jason Gilkison involved it makes a lot of sense.

Tickets are on sale NOW and range from $40 – $89 plus tax and applicable fees. VIP packages are also available for $165 and include a top-price table seat on the floor, exclusive Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas merchandise and a post-show meet and greet and photo opportunity with the cast. Tickets are available on Ticketmaster.

The best news of all. This Friday I’ll be seeing the DWTS Las Vegas show! I’ll see if I can get some pictures and video from the show and possibly before or after.

April 9, 2012 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars 2010 Tour

In this interview, Derek Hough got the following question:
“When will the next DWTS tour be?”

Derek’s answer to the DWTS tour question:
We keep hearing rumors that there might be one this winter, but no one knows for sure.

Does anyone else know any information about the Dancing with the Stars 2010 tour? Seems like it’s time for another Dancing with the Stars tour, no? SYTYCD has a tour and America’s Got Talent is even doing a tour. Time for Dancing with the Stars to do a tour again too.

I’ll be keeping an eye for Dancing with the Stars on Ticketmaster. Let me know if you know anything else about a 2010 Dancing with the Stars tour.

October 4, 2010 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Quick Hitting Dancing with the Stars News, Interviews and Rumors

Looks like I was right about my prediction that Mark Ballas Jr will be with Shawn Johnson. Check out these pictures of Mark and Shawn at their first Dancing with the Stars practice:
Shawn Johnson practices for Dancing With the Stars      Shawn Johnson practices for Dancing With the Stars
 

A Night For Change Benefit

Maks also talked about Shawn Johnson being on the show along with pleading the fifth about Julianne Hough paired with Chuck Wicks:

TVGuide.com: What sort of unique challenges face Shawn Johnson, who is just 4-foot-10?
Chmerkovskiy: I actually think her main challenge is that she’s so young [age 17] in a big girl’s world, so to speak. Her challenge will be to spice things up if the judges say that she’s too quiet and calm. But we all saw her at the Olympics — she’s amazing and focused and determined. A very hard worker.

TVGuide.com: She could break into a tumbling pass in the middle of a Paso Doble!
Chmerkovskiy: Oh, she could do a cha-cha on her hands! We’re kind of guessing that she’ll be paired up with Mark [Ballas], and he’s crazy with the [choreography].

TVGuide.com: Some are speculating that dancing as a team could be tough on Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks, her country singer-boyfriend. But I think if DWTS has shown us anything, it’s that it cultivates romance. They could come out of this stronger.
Chmerkovskiy: I don’t want to start the season with a usual Maks rant, so I’m going to plead the fifth on that pairing!

Maks is great. Probably the best interview on the show. Anyone have a connection with Maks? I’d love to interview him for this blog.

Maks told People these 2 little nuggets:

“Planning the proposal was the most nerve-wracking thing of my life,” Chmerkovskiy, 29, tells People magazine.

The couple plans to wed in late 2009 and Chmerkovskiy said the they definitely are looking forward to starting a family. “Our kids would be rock stars,” he told People. “They’re going to be like royalty.”

Finally, check out this short video from the Dancing with the Stars tour finale in Philly. Derek (and other dancers) pulls a lucky fan out of the crowd for a little spin spin and dip on the dance floor.

February 12, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Tour Videos

While we wait to hear the official Dancing with the Stars cast announcement on Sunday and we take a break from the Dancing with the Stars rumors, here’s a bunch of videos from the Dancing with the Stars tour. Still 4 or 5 DWTS tour stops left.

Dancing With The Stars professional Group Dance

Maurice Greene “Mo” Dance

Lance Bass singing Bye Bye Bye *NSYNC - No Strings Attached - Bye Bye Bye

Toni Braxton, Alec Mazo, Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer

February 3, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Tour Video – Dallas, TX

I found this video on Youtube which included both video from the Dancing with the Stars tour and also pictures. Not the best quality video, but still entertaining to watch.

You can still go and Buy Tickets to see the Dancing with the Stars tour live.

January 20, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Live Tour Experience – Rosemont, IL

I’ve had a ton of interest in my post about the Dancing with the Stars tour. There only about half way through the tour, so you can still get tickets to see some of the best Dancing with the Stars dancers live.

Recently I had someone post a comment about how much they enjoyed the Dancing with the Stars tour visit to Rosemont, IL and I asked her to write a guest post about the experience. Here’s Mary’s description of the Dancing with the Stars tour.

Hello everyone!

I am Mary and I attended the Dancing with the Stars Live Tour at the Allstate Arena on January 9th, 2009. When I got to the Allstate Arena, I was wearing my ” Maksim” outfit made up of a grey sweat shirt and black sweatpants with Maksim written all over it. I saw one girl with a hot pink poster that said I Love Lance!

My mom, sister, and I went to the tour. My mom bought my sister and I a shirt that cost $30 and my sisters cost $35. We found our section, which was 210. Our tickets were $50 each, which wasn’t bad. I thought that the seats would be ok, but they were pretty good. We saw everything.

The stage was really cool and it was smaller than I thought. The show started 20 minutes late and I was kind of mad. There were commercials and a local dance competition between Chicago couples. That was kind of cool.

Then the show started and each dancer was introduced and all I heard was screaming. I love Maksim and when he was introduced, I screamed so loud! lol The dances were really upbeat and the different kinds of music was amazing. Serious, aggressive, and romantic music. The crowd favored Cheryl Burke, Lance Bass, and Maksim C.

Toni Braxton sang two of her songs and the dancers danced to them. There was a 20 minute break. We walked around and talked to a couple of coppers who we know. The show started again and the dances got even better. The focus was on everyone more than individuals. The final group dance was everything I expected and then I was sad to see it end.

I would definitely rate the DWTS Live Tour a 10, because the dancers were so energetic and the crowd truly enjoyed the experience of seeing them dance live. Afterwords, my mom, sister, and I went downstairs and waited in the back for the dancers and celebities to come out and sign autographs. I thought I recognized Lacey Schwimmer with out her tall heels and her colorful hair extensions, and I said Lacey and she gave me a hug. I asked her to sign an autograph and she said sure, sweetie. Then she took a picture with my sister and I. I said thank you and she gave me another hug. She was so nice and approachable. She was the nicest one! lol

We also saw Lance Bass, Maurice Green, Eytda S. with a robe and boots on, and Alec Mazo. We were waiting to see if Maksim would come out ,but the cops said you guys have to go home. I was so mad, because we paid for tickets and I think that we have a right to wait for the dancer to come out and sign a couple of autographs. It wasn’t worth fighting with cops, so we just left. The tour was amazing and If Maksim is on the next season of DWTS, we will for sure attend the tour again. Amazing show! Great job to all of the dancers and the band was amazing.

Thanks for the writeup Mary. If anyone else has attended the Dancing with the Stars tour, I’d love to have you do a writeup of your experience as well.

January 16, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Tour 2008 Dates and Locations

The 2008 Dancing with the Stars Tour dates and locations have been announced. You can purchase tickets to the show on Ticketmaster.

The following Dancers and professionals are planning to be on tour: Lance Bass, Toni Braxton, Maurice Greene, Marlee Matlin, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Alec Mazo, Fabian Sanchez, Lacey Schwimmer, Edyta Sliwinska, and Karina Smirnoff.

December 2008
17 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Sports Arena – Buy Tickets Online
18 – Ontario, CA – Citizens Business Bank Arena – Buy Tickets Online
19 – San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion – Buy Tickets Online
21 – Reno, NV – Reno Events Center – Buy Tickets Online
22 – Sacramento, CA – ARCO Arena – Buy Tickets Online
27 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center – Buy Tickets Online
28 – Glendale, AZ – Jobing.com Arena – Buy Tickets Online
29 – Las Vegas, NV – Orleans Arena – Buy Tickets Online
30 – Salt Lake City, UT – E Center – Buy Tickets Online

January 2009
2 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center – Buy Tickets Online
4 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center – Buy Tickets Online
5 – San Antonio, TX AT&T Center – Buy Tickets Online
7 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center – Buy Tickets Online
8 – Moline, IL – i wireless Center – Buy Tickets Online
9 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena – Buy Tickets Online
11 – Detroit, MI – Joe Louis Arena – Buy Tickets Online
12 – Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre – Buy Tickets Online
13 – Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center – Buy Tickets Online
15 – Indianapolis, IN – Conseco Fieldhouse – Buy Tickets Online
16 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center – Buy Tickets Online
17 – Cincinnati, OH – US Bank Arena – Buy Tickets Online
18 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena – Buy Tickets Online
20 – Nashville, TN – Sommet Center – Buy Tickets Online
22 – Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum – Buy Tickets Online
23 – Sunrise, FL – BankAtlantic Center – Buy Tickets Online
24 – Orlando, FL – Amway Arena – Buy Tickets Online
25 – Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center – Buy Tickets Online
27 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum – Buy Tickets Online
28 – Raleigh, NC – RBC Center – Buy Tickets Online
29 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center – Buy Tickets Online
30, 31 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena – Buy Tickets Online

February 2009
2 – Providence, RI – Dunkin Donuts Center – Buy Tickets Online
3 – Wilkes Barre, PA – Wachovia Arena – Buy Tickets Online
4 – Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Buy Tickets Online
6 – Newark, NJ – Prudential Center – Buy Tickets Online
7 – Atlantic City, NJ – Boardwalk Hall – Buy Tickets Online
8 – Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Center – Buy Tickets Online

If you are planning to attend the Dancing with the Stars tour, let us know in the comments. We’d love to have you post your experience going to the tour and any pictures you might take from the tour.

November 20, 2008 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.