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PureDWTS Season 21 Preliminary POLL: Which Couple is Your Favorite? Who Will Win?

It’s that time again – to see what all of you made of what you saw on GMA this morning and try to predict who will win this season, as well as share with us who your favorite couple is, based on first impressions.  DISCLAIMER: if you are just here to bitch & moan about “we haven’t even seen them dance yet!!!”, you are going to get deleted.  Had about enough of snooty, holier-than-thou comments lately, and some of us are just here to have fun. You can go be unfun over there…the rest of us are having a party over here. :-)

Be sure to let us know in the comments how you voted and why!

September 2, 2015 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

Rob Wade Speaks On The New Cast Of Dancing With The Stars Season 21, Quotes From Some Of The Cast

USA Today has a great feature up with the new cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 21. Executive Rob Wade talks on the cast. Some of the cast also speak about dancing on the show.

Less than two weeks ago, National Guard specialist Skarlatos “was on a train in France (and now) he’s become a genuine national hero. It’s very exciting that we can have someone like this on this season,” says executive producer Rob Wade, adding that Skarlatos is representing his close friends and fellow heroes Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler.

Season 21’s celebrities also include controversial celebrity chef Paula Deen and the contest’s first married competitors, Alexa PenaVega (Nashville, Spy Kids franchise) and Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush).

Don’t expect any competitive trash-talking in the PenaVega household. If the two faced elimination, “I would want to be the one voted off because … I want him to do well. But he also wants me to do well,” Alexa PenaVega says. “We’re not good at being competitive.”

There is a friendly wager, she says during a joint interview with Carlos. “If I go further in this competition, he has to salsa with me whenever I want.”

The two actor/singers were approached simultaneously but separately about appearing. (Jewel and her then-husband, Ty Murray, were supposed to be the first married celebrity competitors during Season 8, but a training injury forced her to cancel her appearance.)

“This opportunity to learn something brand new and challenge ourselves really drew us to” say yes, Carlos PenaVega says.

More at USA Today.

Also, don’t miss reading this People article as well for a few more thoughts from the cast. Here is just a little take from the link. You know where to go for more.

“This is going to be more terrifying than jumping on top of a crocodile,” Irwin told PEOPLE, who exclusively broke the news of her casting. Still, the 17-year-old revealed that she will use this “new and exciting adventure” as a way to pay tribute to her late father, Steve Irwin.

“My dad will always be with me in spirit,” Irwin said. “Embarking on this journey, I really want to make him as proud as possible.”

Helping her along that journey will be her partner, Derek Hough, who described the teenage wildlife conservationist as “a breath of fresh air.”

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

GMA Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Pairings Announcement Coverage – Photos, Videos

Here ya go! Below are some photos and videos of the Good Morning America Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Pairings Announcement! Thanks to @idolxfactor for the video coverage and here is to the new season! WOO HOO!

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 21 – Complete Cast List Live Blog!!

Good Reveal Day morning, Ya’ll!! Finally the tedium of the Day by Day (kinda sorta) reveal is over and it will all be out there for everyone to obsess over. If you haven’t been here in a while, or have never been here before, please do us the courtesy of reading the DWTS Season 21 Reveal Day-by-Day post and ALL of the comments before commenting here. It’s not fun for us to answer questions that have been asked (and answered) 500 times. ESPECIALLY if it’s something easily googled. Really, people, google is a wonderful thing. I’ve also added links to previous posts for couples that were revealed previously, so you have them for easy reference.

ETA: Figured out why Derek, at least, isn’t in NYC. His new TV show with Julianne and Maria Menounos started shooting last night.  Yes, they turned their holiday dance battles into an ABC show. Very enterprising people, the Houghs…and Maria.  I would imagine that the pros who are not present had other plans – and the power to say “can’t do it”. Or perhaps rehearsing with the celeb out of town who had previous plans, ala Allison.

ETA2: They brought out most of the announced celebs – those who could be there, obviously – and same with the pros. Looked like Val was expecting more of an ovation.

ETA3: Okay, I confess, Paula is cracking me up. Oh, look, the last celeb is down there!

REVEAL #1 – Bindi Irwin

REVEAL #2 – Victor Espinoza

REVEAL #3 – Nick Carter

REVEAL #4 – Hayes Grier

REVEAL #5 – Alexa Vega

REVEAL #6 – Carlos Pena, Jr.

REVEAL #7 – Chaka Kahn

REVEAL #8 – Andy Grammer

REVEAL #9 – Gary Busey

REVEAL #10 – Kim Zolciak

REVEAL #11 – Tamar Braxton

REVEAL #12 – Paula Deen

REVEAL #13 – Alek Skarlatos

And here are the pairings…will update as the show progresses.

ETA: Ugh. Louis is definitely back.

The Pairs!!

Celebrity Height Pro Height Pro
Paula Deen 5ft. 5in. 5ft. 10in. Louis
Bindi Irwin 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 10in. Derek
Alexa Vega 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 8in. Mark
Tamar Braxton ?? 5ft. 10/11in. Val
Kim Zolciak 5ft. 9in. 6ft. 1in. Tony
Chaka Khan 5ft. 4in. 6ft. 2in. Keo
Hayes Grier ?? 5ft.5in. Emma
Alek Skarlatos ?? 5ft. 3in. Linday
Victor Espinoza 5ft. 2in. 5ft. 5in. Karina
Andy Grammer 6ft. 1in. 5ft. 6in. Allison
Nick Carter 6ft. 0in. 5ft. 6in. Sharna
Carlos Pena, Jr. 5ft.6in. 5ft. 3in. Witney
Gary Busey ?? ?? Anna

*My old research has Val at 5’9″ but I met him in the middle since Google has grown him since then. :-) All heights are approximate. As I noted the other day – anyone can make any claim they want on the internet.

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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. :-)

Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Emma Slater and Witney Carson Head To DWTS Rehearsals – Photos

Just Jared Jr. has some new photos of Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Emma Slater and Witney Carson. They look happy and raring to go. #DWTS #LetsDoThis

September 1, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Witney Carson, Derek Hough, Julianne Hough Attend 2015 Emmy Choreographers Reception – HQ Photos

Last night, Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson, Derek Hough, and Julianne Hough attended the 2015 Emmy Choreographers Reception. Photos below courtesy of Getty Images. Click any of the photos to see more. More coverage at Pure Derek Hough as well.

2013 Emmy Reception by derekhough

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August 31, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Bindi Irwin and Hayes Grier Nae Nae for DWTS Season 21

These are fun little videos although neither of them look particularly comfortable doing it. That’s okay – most humans aren’t. :-) Especially on camera. Derek and Emma might have their work cut out for them. 😉

August 30, 2015 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. :-)

Dancing With The Stars Amy Purdy Marries Daniel Gale In Beautiful Idaho Wedding

Copied and pasted from Pure Derek Hough:
Is this not beautiful and happy news? Derek’s former Dancing With The Stars partner, Amy Purdy, was married Saturday to long time partner, Daniel Gale!!

After 14 years together, Amy Purdy and Daniel Gale are married.

“We felt it was just finally time to come together and make a commitment to each other,” Purdy, 35 – who announced her engagement to Gale in May – tells PEOPLE exclusively.

The former Amazing Race contestants exchanged Neil Lane rings Saturday afternoon in front of approximately 160 guests at The Barn at Hidden Springs in Boise, Idaho.

More at People including a beautiful wedding photo. The Daily Mail has a sweet article published as well which includes a photo of her and Derek. CONGRATULATIONS, AMY!! SO SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!

My dad and I! Something special is about to go down. Can't wait to see my love @dang_ale !

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Sharna Burgess Talks About an Exciting Opening Pro Routine and Pro Packages

Sharna got on Periscope yesterday and gave out some interesting tidbits about the show! I have two clips below, but if you want to follow Sharna on Periscope or see the whole thing, click the link. She looks just stunning – the hair and the eyes. Flawless.

This is just two small parts of the whole periscope – when it starts she’s talking about Derek, the rest you can figure out from there. Very excited about both DWTS-related things she talks about. :-)


Sharna Periscope 1 by dereklvr1013


Sharna Periscope 2 by dereklvr1013

August 29, 2015 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 Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Morning Media Start Up

Good Day All! Rise and shine!! First, how about some new pics of Julianne Hough at the Daily Mail. She looks so cute as she attended a Taylor Swift concert the other night. Derek Hough did so as well. You can view some new shots of him at Pure Derek Hough.

And for those wondering, Kaitlyn Bristowe will not be dancing in the new season of Dancing With The Stars. It’s not the right time. You can read more at E Online. Allison Braver will not be dancing in this season either according to this tweet. Dang, she would have been a good one.

Also, US Weekly has a fun article about Nick Carter and some of the Backstreet Boys costumes he should recycle for Dancing With The Stars. *Awww, memories. Bring it, Nick! I can’t wait to see how he and Sharna will get creative in this area.

Excited to be a part of this season of @dancingabc! Thank you for all your support #dwts

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Lastly, Andy Grammer was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. He sang and he got his groove on. Peta has a good one this season….

Vogue over and out….for now!xx

August 27, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.