Maksim Chmerkovskiy sat down with The Insider. He reveals how he’s having a baby boy with Peta Murgatroyd. He’s excited to say the least. He also talks on their wedding plans (I love how they are planning to dance for the baby). So cute.
What a fun night at The Grove last night for some lucky fans and the potential Pros of Dancing With The Stars Season 23. If you didn’t see our first report which includes videos, social media photos, and snap chats made by Miss Heidi, see this previous post. Afterwards, feast your eyes on the beautiful photos below courtesy of Getty Images. Isn’t it great seeing Gleb Savchenko again (still dying here)? 🙂 Also, note how Kym Johnson was there too. Click on any of the photos to see more.
From Brazil to the ballroom? Dancing With the Stars producers have their sights set on Olympic gymnastics hero Simone Biles to join the season 23 competition, a source tells Us Weekly exclusively.
The show insider tells Us that Biles, 19 — who nabbed a whopping five medals in Rio this month — is producers’ top pick among this year’s standout Olympians to show off her fancy footwork.
“They would love to cast some Olympians if possible,” says the source, who points out that the ABC competition series’ team was waiting until after the games unfolded to see which athletes stood out.
To read the article in full, see US Weekly.
As you know from previous reports, the pros of Dancing With The Stars are having a Fitness Dance Class at The Grove in Los Angeles, California tonight at 5:00pm Pacific time. US Weekly Facebook will be posting some coverage of the event. Al aka @Idolxfactor1 is recording what he can for us. Stay tuned and keep checking back for videos, social media photos, and anything else we can find.
From DWTS 👻 : so this is happening! 😉 pic.twitter.com/TK60Lvs2oF
— A&T #ChiVitto (@jane9668) August 17, 2016
ETA: US Weekly Live, Videos, and Photos. Note how Sharna mentions there will be more Pro Numbers this season. YAYYY
According to Ingrid – ‘senior’ reporter for US Weekly – yes, they are. This could tell us more about the pro cast for the season!
— ingrid meilan (@ingridmeilan) August 17, 2016
Guys, I waffled over whether to even post this or not, because The Sun is pretty…tabloid-y, and of dubious veracity. But if nothing else, you can discuss and possibly giggle over it – because they are claiming that Gleb is returning as a pro this season to “replace Derek”:
HE quit Strictly Come Dancing earlier this year to spend more time in his native Russia.
But now heartthrob pro dancer GLEB SAVCHENKO is waltzing over to the US for their version of the show after accepting a big money offer for Dancing With the Stars.
He will move over to Los Angeles along with his wife Elena and daughter Olivia for the 23rd series which kicks off next month.
A telly insider said: “Producers in the US offered Gleb a deal which was too good to refuse and he jumped at the chance to take it.
“As well as a hefty pay cheque, they’re sorting his living arrangements and education for his family.
“His wife and daughter are his top priorities but producers assured him they would take good care of them so taking the job was a real no-brainer.”
The announcement will officially be made at an event in Los Angeles later this evening.
But he will have big shoes to fill when he takes to the dance floor as he is replacing one of the show’s most famous dancers, DEREK HOUGH.
I could barely get through the article without laughing, for several reasons. First, there is no “replacing” Derek – to truly “replace” Derek, they’d have to find another male pro with 6 MBT’s, 2 Emmy’s, movie experience, stage experience, and music experience under their belt – and that’s a tall order, and it’s certainly NOT Gleb. If anything, he’d simply be filling a vacancy left by Derek’s departure – but it wouldn’t be like he’d fit seamlessly into D’s shoes. Second of all – why all of a sudden would TPTB decide to bend over backwards to accommodate a guy that has (1) season as a pro (with an early elim) and one season in the troupe under his belt, after not having him for 3 years? Sure, he did stints on SCD and DWTS Russia, but aside from Artem (who has actually turned out to be a dud), DWTS isn’t exactly known for aggressively pursuing the pros of other iterations of the show. Now suddenly they’re willing to relocate Gleb & his family, provide them with education, and a hefty paycheck? Riiiiight.
Gleb’s hot – I’ll give him that. But a sparkling personality and brilliant choreography he is not. Given that he allegedly left SCD in order to “spend more time with his family”, it seems fishy that he’d suddenly accept a position on DWTS…then again, money (and potential exposure) talks. I heard someone mention that it’s supposed to get announced tonight at the event at The Grove, but can’t recall if someone was just speculating and the internet ran with it or it was from a legitimate source. But stranger things have happened…thoughts?
PureDWTS Season 23 Cast Rumors & Watchout – Did Gabby Douglas Just Reveal That Laurie Hernandez is Dancing This Season???
Forgive me, friends, because I’m kinda flying by the seat of my pants at the moment – was about to settle down and head to bed when someone tweeted to tell me that U.S. women’s gymnastics team member Laurie Hernandez allegedly let it slip on Facebook Live that she is doing DWTS this season. Bear with me, currently trying to find this interview…would certainly welcome any help, if anyone’s lurking! 🙂
But if this is true…what do you guys think? Laurie was my second choice after Simone Biles, so I’m totally cool with this! The fact that Mark was tweeting the other day about Laurie does kinda make one wonder if she’s his partner though, doesn’t it? 😉
ETA: Got it! Thanks @DancingABCStats. The”smoking gun” in question starts around the 8:20 mark, when the girls answer a question from Twitter about which one of them is gonna “dance with the stars”. They all mutter “it’s a secret”, but Gabby gestures at Laurie and Laurie shoots her a look and shakes her head, like “dude, not now!” I think if none of them were dancing this season, they probably would have said “nobody!”, so I do tend to think at least one of them is…and I think Gabby may have let the cat outta the bag. I hope the poor girl doesn’t get more social media hate for it.
Also worth mentioning? Mark was tweeting the other day about how much he loves Laurie and asks if she “needs a dance teacher”. She also is pretty good friends with the Ribeiros, which makes me wonder if they maybe had a hand in convincing her to do it:
I think the only thing that bugs me about Mark possibly being her partner is that she would be his THIRD Olympic gymnast. THIRD. Sorry, but I need a little more variety than that – I would ideally like to see her with Sasha, but part of me worries that they may give her to Val…I have to wonder if they already sorted out the contractual stuff before she even left for Rio, which might explain why Val claimed to have already talked to his partner on the phone. On one hand, this would be a true test for him: can his choreo and teaching skills hold up when he’s got so much talent to work with? On the other hand, I don’t want to see her talent wasted on craptastic choreography and gimmicks. Thoughts? Anyone?
ETA2: Good job, Court. Also, if you go to this link, note how Laurie is not taking part in the Kelloggs Tour. ~Vogue
So with the Olympics in Rio drawing to a close this coming Sunday (and the pros starting to meet their partners later this week), there’s obviously been speculation that we’re going to see some Olympians on the show this season – seems like Ryan Lochte & Simone Biles are the two most talked-about when it comes to casting rumors. Which got the Pure Angels thinking about all the previous Olympians we’ve seen on the show, and how well (or not well…) they did. So why not take a look back at every Olympian (from both the summer AND winter games) that’s ever done DWTS, and see how they stack up?
The main rankings are mine, but Heidi, Vogue, & I all had slightly different rankings when it came to the top 10 – so you can see their individual top 10’s at the bottom. I’ve included videos of a few of the dances we mention, to jog memories – lord knows ours needed jogging from time to time 😯
Interesting patterns? Gymnasts and skaters seemed to fare the best, and tennis players and boxers tended not to leave much of an impression on any the three of us. I think we all universally agreed on at least the bottom 2 on the list – they were THAT bad 🙁 Read more..
Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff was a guest on KTLA today to talk about her “A Night to Remember” Gala. She also talks about Dancing With The Stars a little. It’s so good to see her again. To purchase tickets to her Gala, email NightToRemember2016@yahoo.com.
Apparently New York Giants Odell Beckham Jr. turned down Dancing With The Stars. Below is more from Fox Sports via Mike Francesa from WFA radio….
After New York Giants wideout Odell Beckham Jr. burst onto the scene with a tremendous rookie season in 2014 and followed it up with a second Pro Bowl campaign in 2015, a lot of off-the-field opportunities came his way including the chance to compete on Dancing with the Stars.
“Dancing with the Stars was an opportunity to do and I would love to do it. But I don’t want to do that and have [media, fans, critics] ready for the excuse that if anything were to happen this season, it’s like ‘oh he’s too focused on what he’s doing in the outside world and his fame.’ Whatever fame means. I had ‘fame’ tatted on me my freshman year in college– forgive all my enemies, or forget all my enemies.”
More here. We’ll have to put him on a watch out for future seasons (in an off season or after he retires?).