One thing we wanted to do in this off season was talk with pro Lindsay Arnold for the big mark she made on Dancing With The Stars last season. She sealed so many of us as big fans now not only for her sweet and humble personality, but, for the dancer, teacher, and choreographer she’s become. In a new PureDWTS interview below, Lindsay talks all about the last season of Dancing With The Stars. John was able to ask her so many cool questions on her most favorite dance in her career, whether she’ll be back for the next season of Dancing With The Stars, her thoughts on the pros using outside choreographers for some of their dances and so much more. She also talks with us about the new Dancing With The Stars Live Tour and how different it is this time from previous shows. Enjoy and THANK YOU LINDSAY for your time! We hope you are back as a Pro for Dancing With The Stars Season 22!! For Tickets to see Lindsay on the Dancing With The Stars Live “Dancing All Night” tour, see DWTStour.com.
Dancing With The Stars Troupe member Brittany Cherry talked with The Dayton Daily News. She talks of the new Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. She mentions the Cinema portion of the show which is so incredible!! She also talks on “So You Think You Can Dance” and doing Ed Sheeran’s video “Thinking Out Loud”. Fascinating….
“We’ll all be running around the entire time,” she said. “There’s also a cinema portion that recreates songs from famous movies. I’ll be in the James Bond one.”
Dancing since she was 3 years old, Cherry broke through at 19 on Season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance,” which she described as a “brief but awesome experience.” She was the first to be cut after making the Top 20.
“Doing the Afro-jazz number my first week on the show was really fun and challenging,” she said. “I’m from Utah, and that took me really far out of my comfort zone.”
It’s not uncommon for “SYTYCD” alumni to land on “Dancing With the Stars” as a pro dancer, though Cherry has been working on the show in various capacities for several years since appearing on the kids’ version of the competition at 13. She has been a full-time pro dancer on the show for two seasons now.
“ ‘SYTYCD’ makes you really well-rounded,” she said. “That’s good for ‘DWTS,’ because you do all different kinds of dancing.”
Cherry acquired a bit more fame when she did a ballroom dance with Ed Sheeran for the video to his hit song “Thinking Out Loud.” In a social media post, Cherry jokingly recollected she was a little wary because she didn’t know Sheeran’s level of skill as a dancer, whether he a was more of the “fist-bump and twerking” type.
“We went backstage and had him move around, lift me, just show what he could do, and we choreographed the whole thing based on that,” she said. “The theme was that I was taking him through this, and he wanted to dance through the entire video. He’s a hard worker and one of the best people I’ve ever worked with. It’s my favorite job.”
To read more, see The Dayton Daily News.
Dancing With The Stars Kym Johnson is in New York City, New York to promote her new book “The 5-6-7-8 Diet”. Yesterday she did a book signing and visited with Extra. You can see some photos below. She also did Good Morning America today. She talks on her book, dieting, and she even teaches some dance moves. So cute. Thanks to @idolxfactor1 for recording. Note that Kym will be on The Doctors later today as well. If you haven’t read our review of Kym’s new book, see this previous link. It’s a gem. To order Kym’s book, go to ReganArts.com and make sure you use the discount code “PUREDWTS” to get $7.00 off the purchase price. Go Kym! And looking lovely as always and look at her SHOES! 😀
Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Aaron Tveit promoted their upcoming musical “Grease: Live” at Sirius XM studios in New York City. You can view some photos at Extra. Getty Images has some photos of Julianne too. We’ve got lots to report today. Stay tuned! 😉
ETA: Abby tells us to be sure to see the Grease Live You Tube page for some fun videos too.
ETA2: Be sure to pick up a copy of People this week. See why in a video below.
ETA3: You can download the Grease Live sound book here if interested.
ETA4: Below is a report on Julianne and her wedding plans. You can also read about them here. Thanks to Lori for the heads up.
Maks Chmerkovksiy co-choreographed Zendaya’s new “Neverland” video. You can see them “behind the scenes” in this video courtesy of People. This looks beautiful. You can read more on the video and more at People.
Another fun Pericsope….actually two periscopes in one video. This time we can see Julz Tocker, Emma Slater, Alek Skarlatos, and Brittany Cherry talking about the Dancing With The Stars Live tour behind the scenes. I’m so glad @Idolxfactor1 has us covered with these. Thanks Al!
Hey All! Today is the official release of Kym Johnson’s new book “The 5-6-7-8 Diet: The 14-Day Plan for Healthy, Lasting Weight Loss”. I got my copy and I just want to say that this book is so much more than a nutrition and exercise book. It reflects on Kym’s whole dancing career and what she’s learned along the way. She writes of her past partners on Dancing With The Stars and her training style. Let’s just say, Kym was tough and yet, she taught her partners so much more than just ballroom. She made them check their ego (if they had one) at the door. She also taught them grace, how to be confident if needed, and put their dreams into action. She also tells of finding love with Robert Hervjavec. Yes, you get to hear their personal story through her own eyes in the “cherry on top” ending chapter. I can’t stress enough what a gem of a read this is with wise and winning advice. I love how personal it is as she connects with the past …and the present. It’s also full of all kinds of fun photos too from her personal collection. It’s a great collector’s piece for any Dancing With The Stars fan. To order Kym’s book, go to ReganArts.com. Again, make sure you use the discount code “PUREDWTS” when ordering and you’ll get $7.00 off the purchase price.
Julianne Hough talked with FOX11 about her role in “Dirty Grandpa” which hits theatres this Friday, January 22nd. You can read a little below how her character is nothing like her real self. She also talks of being more laid back now than when she first started her career.
“It’s really fun because it’s so random,” she shared. “I play Zac Efron’s fiance who is very uptight and very control freak; quite aggressive at times. She is a bridezilla for sure. There are moments when I was doing scenes, and I would call him up (Brooks Laich) just like, FYI, this is not me, I promise.
Hough, 27, says she’s a lot more laid back now than she was earlier in her career.
“I would say young Julianne should give old Julianne the advice which is stay true to you, and have fun,” she explained. “Because at the end of the day, when I was five years old, I only did things because they were fun and they were my passions. But when you get older, you start losing the fun, and what’s next for my career, and this and that, and then lose the fun of it. It’s almost like my five-year-old self giving my older self advice, like stay true to you and have fun.”
To read more, see FOX11.
Julianne Hough was a guest on Jimmy Fallen last night to talk about “Grease Live”. She and Jimmy are hilarious! Julianne is excited to say the least about this new role. Check them out….
Heads up to those living in Palm Coast and Lakeland Florida, Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson and Chris Soules are reuniting to dance again in “Ballroom With A Twist”. Chris talks all about it with The Daytona News Journal. Here is a take from the link. For tickets, go here or here.
Carson didn’t repeat as victor in season 20 — “her hopes of becoming champion were pretty dim once she had me as a partner,” Soules said — but she’ll be paired with him once again on the Ballroom with a Twist tour, which stops in Palm Coast Wednesday evening.
The tour showcases a robust roster of TV stars from shows such as “American Idol,” in addition to the aforementioned dance-centric series.
Though Soules stumbled upon fame inadvertently, Carson and many of the other Ballroom with a Twist cast members have pursued careers in entertainment and the arts since childhood.
Carson said she auditioned for “So You Think You Can Dance” right out of high school when the show came to her home state of Utah. “My mom actually pushed me to do it last minute,” Carson wrote in an email interview. She not only made it onto the show, but reached the top six.
She was hired on as a troupe dancer for “Dancing with the Stars” soon after, and within a season was promoted to professional dancer status. Her specialties are Latin and ballroom dancing, because they are “graceful yet so powerful,” she said. “I love the way two people move together to create magic. It’s one thing to do it but yourself but with two people you have to be completely in sync. It takes discipline and trust!”
As Carson’s partner on “Dancing with the Stars,” Soules said trust came fairly easily. Her status as reigning champ didn’t hurt. “I had a lot of confidence in her. For a (22-year-old), Witney is extremely talented, smart and mature.”
In Ballroom with a Twist, Carson will be paired with Soules for a jive, “the first dance we did on Week 1, then we’ll do contemporary, which is the dance we received the highest score on later in the season. So they’re two of my favorite dances to perform,” said Soules.
One of his favorite dances from a choreography perspective was the cha-cha, but don’t expect him to break it out Wednesday. “I completely screwed it up during the live portion of the show and we scored really horribly,” he said. “… I think I kind of cracked in to the pressure that week.”
While the show was “one of the most stressful experiences I’ve ever had,” Soules said, and at times “I literally thought I was gonna lose my mind” when faced with the crowd and cameras, “it was exciting and scary at the same time.”