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More Coverage Of The 2014 Young Hollywood Awards, DWTS Season 19 Talk, And More

Just a few more things from the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards. First, and in case you weren’t able to watch them on The CW Network last night, check out Pure Derek Hough. We’ve added some video of Derek Hough dancing with his Move Live On Tour dancers. It’s awesome. They killed that stage. Heidi added some more HQ photos too. *sigh*

Also don’t miss Kristyn Burtt’s interviews with Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, and Amy Purdy at the Red Carpet Closet. They talk on their summer and current projects. Mark and Derek also talk on Dancing With The Stars and if they are returning. Kristyn also has a summary of her interviews at She Knows. Here is a little take….

Ballas was asked about his inspiring new single and said it was an awesome song for all women. “I want them to feel sexy no matter what shape, race or color.” The dancer-singer-songwriter added that he just wants all women to feel empowered when they hear his tune.

“All women that’ll hear this song will feel sexy and confident,” Ballas continued, “They’ll be like ‘That’s my song!’”

Derek talked about the success of his sold-out tour and how happy he’s been with the response. “It was amazing. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”

As far as coming back for Season 19 of DWTS, Hough joked he “may come back as a curtain.” But, as there are still many challenges left to be accomplished on the dance competition series, the blond dancer may just come back for one more go.

Lastly, Glamour interviewed Mark, Derek, and Amy Purdy. Below is more for what they found out out about their projects and future on Dancing With The Stars. Be sure to read the link for more. Note the mentions on Oprah….

Here’s the thing: Every season on DWTS, Derek wants to be inspired. Rightfully so. He is the choreographer of our generation. Even though Derek didn’t take home Mirrorball number six last season, it was probably his most rewarding season to date, thanks to his partnership with Amy. So is there anything left? “I don’t know yet,” he admitted to me at the Young Hollywood Awards (airing tonight on the CW). “I have a few weeks [to decide].”

The rumor is that after a grueling tour schedule (Derek and sister Julianne finished their Move Live tour in Los Angeles on Saturday night), an upcoming book launch (Taking the Lead: Lessons From a Life in Motion), and numerous other projects, the Emmy-winning choreographer is ready for a break—or a new challenge. “I just want to be inspired,” he stated quite matter-of-factly.

If there’s anyone to inspire him to sign up for more Dancing, it’s Oprah. In fact, Derek and Amy are finally planning their much-talked about lunch with Lady O. “I’m seeing her in two weeks,” he revealed. Amy is actually going to team up with Oprah on her “Life That You Want” tour, and Derek has been invited to perform with Amy. Does all that bonding time with Oprah mean something more? Could Oprah actually join DWTS and partner up with Derek? “That would be amazing! Or we could just start up a whole new dance show on OWN and call it Own the Dance Floor!” he joked. “OK, that was awful. [Laughs]”

Meanwhile, Derek’s best friend, colleague, and all-around “package deal” (his words, not mine) Mark Ballas revealed a little bit of insight into DWTS negotiations. According to Mark, the reason that none of the pro-dancers have committed yet is that none of them has actually been offered a deal. “We usually don’t get the call until about five days before,” he revealed. “It’s usually that late, so we’ll see.”

Wow, Oprah doing Dancing With The Stars would be amazing, but, I doubt she’d do it. And let’s hope we find out more soon on whether Mark and Derek will be back for Dancing With The Stars Season 19!! *keeping my fingers crossed*

July 29, 2014 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.

New TV Show for Derek Hough and Mark Ballas “Excellent Flip”

I’ve been saying for years that Derek has all kinds of irons in the fire on a variety of projects. It seems this is the year where a bunch of them come to light. Tour with Julianne. Check. Write a book. Check. Flip a house with Mark???  Ummm…Check??  Knew he was flipping a house, didn’t know it was going to be a TV Show. Only four episodes, but it should be interesting….from EON:

Instead of dancing a perfect paso doble, champion dancers Derek Hough and Mark Ballas from ABC-TV’s Dancing with the Stars will be kicking up dust on their latest project — a home renovation series on HGTV. Mark & Derek’s Excellent Flip, a four episode series, will follow along as the multi-talented entertainers who recently co-purchased a house in Southern California completely gut and rehab the property before flipping it for profit. Currently slated to premiere on HGTV in early 2015, the series will be produced by Scott Sternberg Productions.

“At the end of the day, this house is a significant investment in more ways than one, so we have to make this flip work. We’re putting our own blood, sweat and money on the line.”

Hough and Ballas are ready to tackle the challenge of a total home renovation and say the finished residence will be a stunning showcase for the property’s amazing mountain views. Each will play an active role on the work site — participating in everything from demolition to décor.

“Mark and I have worked together for years, but flipping a house is uncharted territory for us,” said Derek. “At the end of the day, this house is a significant investment in more ways than one, so we have to make this flip work. We’re putting our own blood, sweat and money on the line.”

Mark added, “When we bought this house Derek and I both had BIG ideas. Since I am not much of a DIY guy, I’m really grateful that HGTV has stepped in to lend some expertise. We have good creative vision within several areas of the rebuild and I am really looking forward to seeing some of these ideas come to fruition. It’s an important summer project for both of us!”

July 28, 2014 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 Amy Purdy, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas At The 2014 Young Hollywood Awards Part 2

What an incredible night at the 2014 Young Hollywood Awards. Don’t miss heading to Pure Derek Hough as soon as you can as Derek Hough and his dancers took center stage. Also, Derek won an award for “Hottest Body of Work”. You can view video and see more pictures.

Below are more pictures and some video too of Cheryl, Derek, and Mark. I had to throw in our 2nd place winner from Dancing With The Stars from last season too…. Miss Amy Purdy. Beautiful!!

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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 Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, And More At The 2014 Young Hollywood Awards

The Young Hollywood Awards are being taped in Hollywood as I type. They won’t air until tomorrow night at 8:00pm ET on The CW Network. Until then though, Getty Images is coming out with Blue Carpet arrival photos of Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, and Mark Ballas. Derek Hough’s “Move Live On Tour” dancers are also pictured being they are performing with Derek. Here are just a few of the pics coming out. Be sure to watch this link as it’s being updated continually.

July 27, 2014 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.

Sold Out Move Live On Tour Wraps Up, Derek and Julianne Hough And Cast HQ Photos

What an incredible summer it’s been for Derek and Julianne Hough and their talented cast as they travelled the United States in the “Move Live On Tour”. Yesterday and last night, they wrapped it all up in Los Angeles, California to another sold out crowd. Below are some breathtaking shots. These faces say it all! For more, see Getty Images. Pure Derek Hough has more coverage as well as lots of fan blogs (and some new blogs coming up Heidi tells us). Each and every one of them are so special. Be sure to check them all out at this link. A “moving” tour never to be forgotten!

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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.

Give It Up To Julianne And Derek Hough And The Cast Of The “Move Live On Tour”

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Have you seen the Move Live On Tour yet? I was blessed to be able to see it in Denver, Colorado this past week. I wrote all about my experience at Pure Derek Hough if you’d like to read it and see my photos. Let’s just say, I was beyond “moved”! Derek and Julianne could not have been more kind and warm hearted when meeting them. As for their dancing….they gave it up and then some as well as their talented and fabulous dancers who brought the same intensity in different ways. The quality of this show is off the hook! The tour is on it’s last legs now as it travels to Arizona and California this next week, but, don’t give up on buying tickets if you see that some shows are “sold out”. Check the venues themselves and places like Stubhub.com, Ebay, etc. The price is worth every penny. Check twitter too as I’ve seen some people at the last minute who weren’t able to go. If you’d like to blog and review on your experience, see this link.

“After you move, don’t you feel good?” ~Derek Hough

Yes, I did!!!

And guess what? (Our) John also saw the show in Sandy, Utah this week. Here’s a little bit of what he saw. Thanks to John Von Dreele (another John) for sending…

More on all of the shows and more at Pure Derek Hough.

July 19, 2014 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.

What’s Going On With The Older Pros And New Producers Of Dancing With The Stars?

What’s going on with the older pros and the new producers of Dancing With The Stars? Some of you have been commenting on this in comments. In some new interviews with Access Hollywood and an ESPY interview in Glamour, Cheryl Burke has mentioned that she wasn’t sure if she was coming back to the show.

Earlier in the day on Access Hollywood Live, Cheryl Burke revealed to Billy Bush and Kit Hoover that she wasn’t quite sure if she’d be returning to Dancing With the Stars this season. When I caught up with the stylish star (seriously, has she ever looked better?), she admitted that indeed, she may not be returning. “I have spent a decade on the show, and it may be time for me to move on. I don’t know. I’ll decide in a month from now. I love my Dancing family, and I will always be a part of it. Would I still love to do it? Absolutely. But is it time [to move on]? Who knows.”

Also, George Pennacchio posted a tweet yesterday saying this about Cheryl.

Look who’s joined the reporter world! @CherylBurke is working for #ABC, interviewing stars of the fall season.

It sure makes one wonder if Cheryl has other things in the works like reporting on the show for ABC instead of dancing?

And what about Maks Chmerkovksiy? In a new Ballroom With Twist interview (see in a previous post), Maks said he “didn’t know” he was coming back to Dancing With Stars and couldn’t say yet as “life gets in the way” sometimes.

Also, Life & Style (thanks Lori, you are just in time), are reporting Maks is itching to take Len Goodman’s place at the judging table. He’s just waiting to see what Len decides.

Life & Style has exclusively learned that reigning champ Maksim Chmerkovskiy is itching to take his place. “Maks really, really wants to be a judge,” a DWTS insider dishes to Life & Style. “He’s just waiting to see what Len decides before he makes his announcement.”

In light of this news, Maks’ recent confession to Life & Style about his future with the dancing competition series makes a lot more sense: “Len and I will get together and think about [whether I will return],” Maks recently told the mag. “When the season’s over, I’m depleted. I have nothing left.” Sounds like he’s ready to take a seat at the judges’ table!

Derek Hough is a big question mark as well. Though at the Denver “Move Live On Show” (and this I witnessed for myself.), he said (when asked if he was coming back for the new season) he will always be a part of Dancing With The Stars, but, he didn’t know in what role yet.

“Role”? What did he mean by role exactly? Dancing, producing, choreographing for Macy’s …or something else?

I just hope the show isn’t going to rid of old pros too much if that’s what happening? I love Cheryl and Derek as pros and I don’t want them to leave (not to mention that these are my Dad’s two favorites and I’m not sure he’ll watch the show without them). Then again, if they are still staying on the show in another way, I’m open to seeing what they are doing to before deciding.

As for Maks, I really would rather not see him be a pro if his heart isn’t into it. I wouldn’t care if he was a judge as long as it was just a one time thing.

Also, what about Tony? No word on him …yet. I’d like to see him retire from Dancing With The Stars and concentrate more on reporting. He’s excellent for Extra…especially when Leah Remini is around.

Let’s see what Heidi and Courtney think?

Courtney: Well, I think we’ve been predicting this for a few seasons now – that some of the “old guard” would finally hang up their dancing shoes and move on. Cheryl & I are pretty close in age, and if she’s anything like me, the big 3-0 tends to bring with it a shift in priorities – you start to think more about what you really want to do with your life, and how to make it happen. She’s had a great run on the show (particularly the past two seasons), she looks fantastic, and she’s got a lot of opportunities opening up for her – now may be the perfect time to bow out and pursue other endeavors. And we’ve been bittersweetly hoping that Derek moves onto bigger and better things for the better part of 2 years now – and I think he’d probably already be gone if the show didn’t keep finding new ways to challenge him. But he’s done it all now – is there really anything that could top the thrill of helping a double amputee make it all the way to 2nd place? I get the feeling that’s a memory that he might not want to even try to top. And as always, he’s got 15 bajillion other irons in the fire – a book, a national tour, tv shows, movies, etc. I could see him returning to the show in some other capacity (more choreographing, guest judging, etc.), but I think he’s probably gotten all he’s going to get out of being a pro. As for Maks – in the 3-ring circus of ridiculous publicity that has become his post-season 18 legacy, I just find myself rolling my eyes and going “Yeah, whatever” to basically everything he says/that’s said about him. Part of me thinks he doesn’t want another stab at being a pro, because he likely will never win again (unless they set him up with the same primo situation they did this season); but part of me thinks he wants the attention badly enough that he’d begrudgingly accept a pro spot again if they don’t give him the judging job he apparently wants. And the worst part? I think TPTB just might be dumb enough to give it to him, if Len really is passing the judging torch. Since they’ve apparently decided that Maks is the lifeblood of this show (not the case – the show is bigger than any single pro), I could see them figuring that his season 18 win is the perfect lead-in for his segue into judging. Nevermind the fact that he’d be judging not only his own brother, his best bud, and two of his ex-girlfriends, he’d also being lecturing some far more experienced and successful pros on how to win. No thank you…

Heidi: In terms of Maks, we should also look at this Glamour article I posted the other day that says that Len says he’s coming back. So if Maks wants a spot it’s as judge number 4. It’s also pretty stupid of Maks to claim that he and Len will discuss it; it’s not up to EITHER of them as to whether Maks is a judge or not. The only reason he could plausibly make such a claim is if the producers told him he could have Len’s spot if Len decided to leave. Well, in the article I linked, the producers said that all three judges would be back. All that said, I have to agree with Courtney that it seems like a natural segue to the producers. And considering the fact that the BWAT show on Saturday is less than half sold, I think he should probably jump at it.  This may also explain the 3-ring circus around him. And really, if you want people to stop speculating about your private life, STOP TALKING ABOUT IT.   Cheryl? I can see people saying, “Oh, she always says that at this time of year because they don’t know if they have partners.” No, listen to what she says in the second video on this earlier post by Vogue. She explicitly says SHE hasn’t decided yet. Not that she hasn’t heard. She goes on to say that she’s been on the show for 10 years, which is a really long time. None of the usual claptrap about “oh, I have to wait to see if I get a partner.”  Very telling, IMO. They might lure her back…but they might not.  Maybe Billy and the other AH chick are right and she’s negotiating her contract. I’ve thought that Derek has been going season to season for a while, I imagine Cheryl (and others) are too. As for Derek….well, I may have to fly to LA and slap him if he signs up for a partner after such a great, DWTS-career defining one as Amy. Dude, please. But besides that, if he actually gets a partner he will have been dancing nearly every day 8 months, assuming he yet again makes a trip to the finals. This on top of all the other stuff he has going on.  When I saw him in June, it certainly sounded like he wouldn’t have a partner if he was on again. I’m thinking Macy’s. Interestingly, Julianne was asked the question too and didn’t say an outright “no” which also makes you wonder.  Perhaps Maks has some competition in the judge department? ;-)

Courtney: Ooh! About Tony – some of you probably saw me talk about it on Twitter, but the bf actually had dinner with Tony last Friday when he was in town doing a meet-and-greet at a dance wear store in Indy (they go back to Tony’s competition days – they hated each other back then, but get along well now). Tony didn’t say anything SPECIFICALLY, but the bf said that Tony “spoke as if he were planning on coming back”. The bf is of the opinion that Tony can probably stay on the show as long as he wants, as he played a “pretty pivotal role” in getting a lot of the pros to do the show back in the early days, and gave the producers a lot of suggestions about the format itself. For that reason, a lot of the pro ballroom world kind of looks at him as the “godfather of DWTS”. That probably has a lot to do with his longevity on the show – and if Cheryl does opt not to return this season, Tony will become the longest-tenured pro on the show. But anywho – random fun fact: Tony is apparently a big cigar enthusiast, and convinced the bf to go to a cigar bar after dinner. Take note, fangirls looking to woo him :-P

Heidi: Ugh.  The man needs to retire. But Courtney…which fangirls are you talking about? Tony’s or your bf’s? :-D

Courtney: Tony’s. My bf’s already got too many fan girls (his students) and his newfound fondness for cigars is a habit I’d rather not encourage. :-)

July 18, 2014 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.

Glamour Talks to New DWTS Executive Producer Rob Wade

I love Jessica, but she’s all about the ship at times. Dancing? Not so much. :-) Anyway, she interviews Rob and the other producers at TCA last night and then hit the jackpot when Tom Bergeron showed up to give his thoughts. We can always count on The Berge. :-) From Glamour.com:

Glamour: Where are you in terms of casting for the new season?
Joe Sungkur: At the moment, we’re in our early days, but there’s a lot of people we’re talking to…
Ashley Edens-Shaffer: But obviously we can’t say!
Glamour: When will the new cast be announced?
Ashley: That hasn’t been announced.
Glamour: I know, that’s why I’m asking. [Laughs
Ashley: We’re not allowed to say yet.
[Ed. Note: Because DWTS premieres a week earlier than usual this year, expect a cast announcement sometime in mid-late August.]

Glamour: Which of the cast members from last season most surprised you?

Joe: That’s an obvious one: Amy Purdy.
Ashley: Yes, Amy Purdy.
Rob: Amy Purdy.

Glamour: In the finale last season, Len Goodman hinted that he may not be returning, but then when I saw him backstage, he said, “Oh, no, I’ll be back!” So, will Len be back, as well as Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli?
Rob: Absolutely. We want all of the judges back.
Glamour: But it’s not a done deal at the moment?
Rob: We’re talking at the moment because we’re in the off-season, but I’m very confident that they’ll be back. As well as the host! Oh hi, Tom Bergeron!
Tom Bergeron: What a surprise!

Glamour: You’ve gone on the record saying that you thought Maks and Meryl had more of a brother/sister relationship. Fans do not like to hear that!
Tom: I’ve been ridiculed on social media for it! I’ve seen some great tweets saying, “That’s not like any family reunion I’ve been to!” But I never saw it as a romantic affection. I saw it as a very real affection, and I thought it brought out a side of Maks that I had seen backstage, but he had never allowed himself to be vulnerable on the air before. I thought that was charming, and it couldn’t have ended better. On a year when you watched a woman who had no legs absolutely mesmerize you, and Derek working with her—he’s like our Gene Kelly or Fred Astaire—but when you have that, and then Maks and Meryl… Wow.

July 16, 2014 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. :-)

ABC Congratulates DWTS on 7 Emmy Nominations

Short…but very sweet. :-)

July 15, 2014 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, Season 19 Premieres September 15, 2014

And that’s not all. According to an ABC Press release, Cheryl was partly right when she said that DWTS might go back to 2 nights.  Apparently there will be two special results shows (not counting the two night finale, I’m guessing).  I tend to assume that perhaps they don’t have other programming on those nights OR these two nights are a “test” to see if they like the numbers or not. :::shrug::: If it means we get more pro dances – preferably, choreographed by Derek and one of his SYTYCD buddies – I don’t care too much about the reasoning…

…unless they do something REALLY stupid, like a big, double elimination or some such thing. I guess we’ll have a better idea when we see how big the cast is. :-)

In addition, there will be two special nights of “Dancing with the Stars Results Show” this season, airing on Tuesday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 23, from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET. 

 

Monday, September 15

8:00-10:00 p.m.             

Stay tuned for more later. Maybe. :-)

ETA: Regarding Spring and fall seasons, from Glamour, via DWTSGossip:

*Paul Lee said that Dancing With the Stars will continue with spring and fall installments. There had been rumors that it would be cut to once a year, but Lee said that “the plan is for two installments a year.” Lee also mentioned that he’s very happy with the pairing of Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

ETA2: And regarding Erin…from ABC News Radio:

Finally, Andrews wanted to be clear to DWTS fans that she still plans to co-host the show.

“I am going to have time for Dancing with the Stars. That was all part of our negotiations with them. In February when they came to us, I kind of hinted when I took the job, I was going to be on the Michael Strahan program, now more so than ever,” she said. “He works crazy hours on Sunday, I’ll be doing the same thing. I’m literally going to be going from the football field to the ballroom just like ‘Stra,’ he goes from the studio in New York to his show with Kelly Ripa.”

And look who’s playing reporter!!

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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. :-)