Access Hollywood has some more videos up with Val Chmerkovskiy. In the first video, Val talks about Maksim and how they’ve always been best friends. He talks a little of how different they are and how Maks has a “charm”. He also talks of how he had to defend Maks when they were in Russia last year. “It’s family over everything!”
In this video, they ask Val if he’s attracted to his partner Elisabetta and if there is a romance. Check out what he says about how Elisabetta isn’t as focused as he is on dancing and why. It’s a hoot!!
I so love this Guy!!!!
Adding: Geez, these two should do a modeling gig together. From Elisa’s twitter…
Maks and Hope were guests on The View today! They talk of Hope’s soccer accomplishments! Then they talk of how Maks convinced her to do Dancing With The Stars. They also talk of how he’s taught her to walk in shoes as well as trying to help her become a dancer. They point blank ask Maks if he’s found the love of his life embarrassing him (why did they have to ask him that? I’d think twice now about doing The View next time if I were him). He says No and explains. Then Hope talks of her dancing saying how she is having posture issues. See why and more below. Watch this space later for a new Access Hollywood interview with these two as well. Read more..
Ricki couldn’t be more thankful about having Derek as her partner on Dancing With The Stars. She has nothing but good things to say about him in her make-up room while she prepares for their Title Shoot pics. Derek is, as always, humble to a fault. Be sure to see Pure Derek Hough for some fun paparazzi shots outside the rehearsal studio, new family pics, a team t-shirt contest, and more!! Heidi and I are expecting some new interviews coming out with these two, so stay tuned for more of them soon. ;)
J.R. Martinez says he’s not nervous to dance yet, but, he will be come Sept. 19th on the premiere of Dancing With The Stars. He’s not intimidated, it just adds to “the coolness” factor. He also explains how he got on the show and how he’s getting ready for it. His first dance will be the Viennese waltz. Here is a take below, but, be sure to visit the Dalton Daily Citizen (his hometown newspaper in Georgia) for more. He talks of the last All My Children episodes as well.
“I don’t have any formal (dance) training. When I was a teenager, my mother would always try to dance with me and teach me to dance. But I didn’t want to until I figured out that girls like guys who can dance. Then it wasn’t an issue,” he said.
To get ready for the show, he began practicing with his partner, Karina Smirnoff, five days before the cast was officially announced. Now, they and the other dance teams are practicing up to five hours a day six days a week to get ready for the premiere.
“One thing that benefits me is that I work out and stay physically active. I felt like I was in great shape, and I am. But when I wake up, I’m not sore, but it’s like I got a good workout,” he said. “It feels good now. But talk to me as we get further into the competition, when it will get even tougher.”
Martinez’s debut dance will be the Viennese waltz.
“It’s a very beautiful dance, very elegant, very graceful. Sometimes I’m not so graceful, and that’s one of the things I’m having to teach my body — to get the hand movements exactly right or to make sure my arms are in the precise place they need to be,” he said. “It’s a tough dance, but it’s a beautiful dance, and I’m glad it’s my first dance.”
Martinez says he feels confident that he’ll be ready come show time.
“I can look at it and honestly say ‘That’s not bad,’” he said. “We have the routine down. We have the steps down. Now, it’s just a question of fine-tuning everything and making sure it’s where it needs to be.”
Martinez gives much of the credit to Smirnoff, who has won numerous ballroom dancing titles and has appeared on eight previous seasons of “Dancing with the Stars.”
“Karina has been great at putting up the whole routine. She is so talented. And she has a great personality that meshes really well with mine,” he said. “She’s a great teacher. We are having fun, but she’s breaking it down for me in ways that lets me understand what I really need to be getting my body to do.”
While the practices have been intense, Martinez says he has gotten a chance to spend time with the other celebrity contestants on the show.
“We all practice in the same facility, so we all hang out together. It really depends on when they take breaks. The person I’ve been seeing most is probably Chaz Bono. We seem to be on the same schedule,” he said. “Another one is Rob Kardashian. It’s really cool. Everyone is nice and easy to get along with. Our competitive nature is saying ‘You’re going down. You’re all going down.’ But at the end of the day, it’s all fun.”
Picture above from Karina’s twitter. Wow, I am loving those “lines”!! Beautiful hold!! :)
ADDING: And below is a rehearsal video from ET!! Wow, he looks fantastic dancing this early in the game in my opinion! He also talks of how he was burned. My heart goes out to him.
E Online went into Mark and Kristin’s rehearsals today. Kristin tells us why she decided to do the show wanting to conquer her fear of performing live and to get over a breakup. They also talk on the Chaz controversy. They say Chaz is such a great person. They talk of how this is a dance show and meant for fun and entertainment and not to be used as a platform to be mean to others. You can see the two dancing at the end.
Carson Kressley Talks About Dancing With The Stars, Immitates Nancy Grace, And More (Rehearsal Video)
ET went to Anna and Carson’s rehearsal studio today. You can see the two dancing and how he plans to get dates. As always, there is never a dull moment around Carson! He also has a killer immitation of Nancy Grace (LOL!!). He gets serious for a moment on Chaz Bono too and how important “diversity” is for the show. I couldn’t agree more! Don’t miss it!
Access Hollywood goes into Kym Johnson and David Arquette’s rehearsals to interview them. David said he was so happy to see Kym when he opened the door to see he got her as a partner. Kym was equally excited and didn’t know what to expect. David is looking forward to really letting loose, being himself, and having fun on the show. Kym says they are having a lot of fun and David is doing “really really well”. These two spell excitement and entertainment to me….old hollywood. I can’t wait to see them in dancing action!
They both weigh in about the Chaz Bono controversy as well. David says it’s not Chaz with the issues. It’s the people out there who intolerant and judgemental about Chaz. Isn’t that the truth. More below….
DWTS Val Chmerkovskiy Says Elisabetta Canalis Is Very Talented And Capable (Rehearsal Studio Interview)
Ahhh, the rehearsal interviews begin and first up is Elisabetta and Val!! Val talks of how he thought there would be some kind of rookie initiation, but, how lucky he was to be partnered with Elisabetta. He hopes to present her the best he can and not pay any attention to the press. She is very talented and capable and he has to remind himself to slow down with her. Elisabetta says Val is very sweet. More below and is Val’s hair not cute or what?!! I think I’m going to pass out? 8O :D
If you are like myself, you are loving all the “behind the scenes” video coverage of the new Dancing With The Stars cast. Here is some of the guys talking about their costumes and shoes. Carson is especially a hoot!! Ron likes Prince, but, he doesn’t want to look like Prince. LOL!!
And below is a video from Extra! You can view the cast talking, posing, goofing around, and dancing, etc.! I think this is going to be one of the most entertaining Seasons. See if you can pick out a winner already?