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Derek Hough Talks DWTS and World of Dance

It’s quite fascinating to hear Derek talk about how he came up with the Emmy nominated Kairos and the input from other folks on that dance. He also talks a good bit about World of Dance and how he often wasn’t happy with the results. Great interview. Whenever I watch his interviews, he strikes me as so genuine – much more so than any other male pro except maybe Mark. I love genuine. There is never anything put on or false.

August 18, 2017 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 Season 25: Rumors or Wishful Thinking? Gina Rodriguez and Michael Delorenzo

In the absence of ANYTHING concrete (yet), I was roaming around twitter looking for clues about celebs for next season of Dancing with the Stars. Looks like Michael Delorenzo would be up for it if they asked – check out his feed, as he’s talking about it a lot and using some interesting emoticons. 😉 I’m quite sure you’ll recognize him as a character actor from Blue Bloods, CSI Miami, and other things. Long resume.

Secondly, thanks to Dee for the heads up that Gina Rodriguez is now following Sasha Farber! Guess who Gina is friends with? Derek Hough…the dude who said he knew someone that was going to be on this season. 🙂 I questioned Dee relentlessly since Sasha is way down on Gina’s follow list if you look on the actual twitter, however she says that Sasha was Gina’s most recent follow on the app she uses. Not sure how Twitter sorts all that stuff. Anyway, just in case – plus, it appears that Derek and Sasha are the only two DWTS folks she follows. I could be wrong since I can only go down so far in her list right now. I think she would be great and would give Sasha a real shot at the MBT, if she is on.

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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. :-)

Carrie Ann Inaba Chats On Pet Health, Cats, And The Best Routines On DWTS

Parade interviewed Dancing With The Stars Carrie Ann Inaba on the best routines and more on Dancing With The Stars. She also chats on her cats and the importance of pet health.

Tell us a little bit about your fur babies.

They make life amazing! I have three cats. Mimi is my oldest, she’s about 12 years old. She’s a rescue, and she’s a black cat. We call her Mimi Vader because she’s got some chronic health conditions, so she snorts when she breathes. There’s Reb, who is just over a year now. He was a feral kitty, and he’s shy around people, so he requires a little bit more care. I spent the first three months making sure I spent quality time with him every day. Now he loves to be petted, and he’s the most social cat. Then, we have Sophie, who’s the kitten. She’s a Russian Blue and about five months old. She was found on the streets. A friend of mine dropped her off to me because I’m that lady. I was going to take her to a shelter, but they were so filled up. Reb walked over to her and pulled her in and started to clean her, and they have been inseparable ever since.

Let’s talk about Dancing With the Stars. What has been your experience as a judge on the show?

It’s so much fun. When I was 18 and figuring out what I wanted to do with my life, I never would’ve said, I want to be judge on a ballroom dance show. It was not anything I ever wanted or thought about. Now that I’ve been doing it for 25 seasons, I feel really lucky. Dancing With the Stars is more than just a dance competition show. It’s people getting out there, trying something new, which is so important in life. It’s inspiring, and I get to take that home with me every time I’m there.

What are some of the best routines you’ve seen on the show?

There’s been so many! I will say that Gilles Marini, when he danced with Cheryl Burke—that’s one of those outstanding partnerships. That’s the definition of Dancing With the Stars. The passion they had was incredible. Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough were also one of those couples that was hard to beat. They were fantastic. This past season, Normani (Kordei) and Val (Chmerkovskiy) had something spectacular.

I want to say that this year, one of the best partnerships was Rashad (Jennings) and Emma (Slater) because there was something really profound about their journey, and I think everybody at home tapped into it. What I love about our show is that people vote with their heart—they don’t have to vote for the best dancing.

Great interview. Be sure to read the interview in full at Parade.

In honor of#blackcatappreciationday -I present Mimi Vader!!!!! The coolest cat ever. Even today, someone said to me, "I don't usually like cats but I love her. " Mimi came to me by way of @perrys_place_la and is a rescue. She was once part of a feral colony… and she loves herself a good pack to run with. When the dogs run in our house, Mimi is right up with them… she's the most friendly cat ever. She always comes when you call her. She brings you toys… mostly the big dog bone stuffed toy. And she never complains even though she suffers from a chronic sinus infection. She's always cheerful and she just makes everyone smile. Another unique quality? She has curly hair on her tummy! So, on this special day, we honor you #Mimi -our sweet little girl. #blackcat #cat

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

Carrie Ann Inaba Talks On Her Wedding Plans And Dancing With The Stars Season 25

Who Would Carrie Ann Inaba like to see on Dancing With The Stars Season 25? Find out below (I love her choices) as well as her wedding plans and more in this new Insider interview…

August 16, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 – PRO WATCH!!

It’s that time of year once again folks. And sans Derek and Mark, I can’t say I’m terribly enthused…unless we can get Sasha or Sharna a MBT this time around. 😉

If you have something to contribute, PLEASE PROVIDE a SOURCE – by that I mean a link. We appreciate the help, but it needs to be sourced, otherwise it’s just a distraction. Thx.

Derek recently said, very firmly, that he’s not coming back. Since he’s committed to NBC I would assume that to be solid, despite what he says about Celine Dion. 😉 I’m fairly sure I heard Mark say that he is out as well, but I’m not as sure about that. Peta has started playing the Chmerkovskiy salary negotiation game – all three (Peta, Val and Maks) have implied they “might” be back. Peta pretty much outright said if she gets a good partner. I have a question mark by Jenna with the word out because I think it hinges on SYTYCD. Based on her pick, I suspect she’ll be available.

ETA: Let the guessing begin!! I guess Tony and Cheryl.

Male Pros
Val –
Gleb –
Mark – OUT (?)
Artem –
Derek – OUT
Sasha –
Maks –
Keo –

Female Pros
Sharna –
Kym –
Emma –
Witney –
Allison –
Lindsay –
Jenna – OUT (?)
Cheryl –
Peta –

Status of Former Pros (You never know!)
Tristan MacManus – No, appears to have sworn off TV dancing
Anna Trebunskaya – Expecting Baby #2
Lacey Schwimmer – Unlikely
Louis Van Amstel – ?
Chelsie Hightower – ?
Corky Ballas – ?
Karina Smirnoff –
Edyta Sliwinska –
Tony Dovolani –

The Troupe
Brittany Cherry – ??
Britt Stewart – ??
Alan Bersten – ??
Hayley Ebert – ??
Brandon Armstrong – ??
Artur Adamski – ??
Shannon Holtzapffel – ??
Dennis Jauch – ??
Kiril Kulish – ??

August 10, 2017 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. :-)

Executive Producer Deena Katz Talks On The Casting Of Dancing With The Stars Season 25

Executive Producer Deena Katz talked to CNN about casting the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Note that she has a couple of slots still open for Season 25, but, she’s not wanting to offend anyone with political figures. Read on….

“I really don’t want to offend anyone and right now, it’s a pretty volatile atmosphere out there,” she said. “I kind of feel like right now, I want everyone to be able to just enjoy themselves.”

She admits the publicity and buzz garnered from high-profile castings is “appealing.” She would never sacrifice the show’s bottom line for it, though.

“I’m not gonna lie, those kind of names don’t hurt. That kind of press does not hurt, as long as it’s genuine and good for the show then I think it’s great,” she said.
Katz also keeps in mind her desire to have a tight-knit cast, who often becomes “like a family,” she said.

“Part of the reason the show works so well is that everybody is rooting for everybody else,” she said of the cast. “And there shouldn’t be any tension and there hasn’t been. That’s not the kind of environment I’m going to make.”

Katz sees her job as “putting together the best dinner party you’ve ever seen,” filled with unexpected characters from varying backgrounds. This year will be no different.
“We do draw from everywhere,” she said. “It’s not me. It’s not my politics. It’s really a cross section of America.”

I really hope she doesn’t choose someone politically. I’m so over it. More at CNN

August 7, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Edyta Sliwinska Weighs In On The Season 25 Casting Rumors, Would Love To Dance

What I’d give to see Edyta Sliwinksa return to Dancing With The Stars. And she’s open to the idea. Check out this new interview with her and The Insider. She weighs in on all the rumors and her new little baby too…

August 3, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Sean Spicer Has Reportedly Turned Down Dancing With The Stars

In a previous posting, we reported that the producers of Dancing With The Stars had approached Sean Spicer to dance. According to Page Six, he’s turned the show down. More in detail below…

Looks like “Dancing with the Stars” won’t be getting Spicy this fall.

Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer has reportedly turned down the TV show’s invite to be a contestant on their upcoming 25th season — saying he’ll have an “overwhelming number of commitments” to attend to.

Sources close to the 45-year-old told TMZ that he probably would have been a terrible contestant anyway, seeing how he basically has two left feet.

“He’s not a good dancer,” a source said.

While this may have been a deciding factor, Spicer was said to have backed out of the deal simply because he’ll be too busy in the fall.

With all the political division in this country currently, it’s probably for the best. To read the full article, see Page Six.

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

Derek Hough Knows Of Someone Who Is Dancing On DWTS!

Below is Derek Hough talking with ET about the finale of World Of Dance. He is also asked on Dancing With The Stars. Note how he was a secret of someone who is dancing. He also says he’d come back to dance with rumored singer Celine Dion. He’s so cute…

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

Dancing With The Stars Nominated For Favorite Dance TV Show In 2017 Industry Dance Awards

Dancing With The Stars (as well as “World Of Dance”) was nominated for “Favorite Dance TV Show” in the 2017 Industry Dance Awards! Mandy Moore and Derek Hough were also nominated for Favorite Choreographer. Be sure to vote HERE and HERE.

July 20, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.