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DWTS at the CMT Awards – Exclusive Pictures!!

Yes, they are exclusive in that I took them myself. Julianne Hough, Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson attended the CMT Awards in Nashville tonight. The pictures I took are below. Julianne is one of the tiniest people I’ve seen, but then Mark Ballas is not a large guy. Cute though. :-)

*Click on any of the pictures to comment on that picture and then click on the picture again to see the full size picture.

June 16, 2009 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. :-)

Miscellaneous Videos about DWTS

Videos I hadn’t seen before…which doesn’t mean they’re new, just that I hadn’t seen them before. :-)

These are cool – the Paley Center panel on DWTS. I had posted a couple of these before, but I hadn’t seen quite a few of them:

Conrad Green on Casting Stars

Judges on the Shows encouraging of Dancers

Jane Seymore and Drew Lachey on Dancing

Len Goodman on Constructive Criticism

Co-hosts on the evolution of hosting

Hosts and Dancers on Relationships

Dancers on Best/Worst Costumes

Drew Lachey on dancers getting hurt

Dancers on choosing costumes

If you let the video play to the end and then the next videos come up automatically, there are interviews with all of the Season 8 stars and pros – more that I had never seen before. :-)  A cute one with Shawn Johnson. It appears there is one for each star for week one and week two.

June 12, 2009 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. :-)

GMA Interview with Maks and Lacey

Interview after the final performance show.

June 10, 2009 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. :-)

New TV Guide DWTS Videos – Infanity

This is a much cleaner copy of previously posted videos uploaded to You Tube by TV Guide.

Part 1 – Injuries

Part 2 – The Pros

Part 3 – The Wardrobe

Part 4 – The Judges

Part 5 – The Stars

Part 6 – The Show

Part 7 – The Hookups

June 9, 2009 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 – The Tour

What tour, you ask? Well, there isn’t one this summer. It’s really annoying. I’m experiencing serious DWTS withdrawal, particularly after having gone to one of the tour shows this past winter.  Yeah, I go outside. Yeah, I have cocktails with friends. But still.  Today, for the first time in a while, my filter box search turned up 4 entries on DWTS.  FOUR?!?! Are you kidding me?  Sheesh.

So, to try to cure my withdrawal symptoms, I’ve been posting DWTS tour video in that other place where I spend lots of time – yeah, you’re going to have to live with my Derek-centric videos if you want to watch what I’ve put together (or filmed myself). I can’t help it. That’s how I roll. :-)  Keep checking back here, as I’m not even close to done yet.

On the bright side, I should be able to get some video of Gilles on one of the entertainment shows tomorrow (I think it was ET) – supposedly all about his surgery. And possibly some coverage of Shawn at the Young Hollywood awards. Shawn and Mark are also (reportedly) presenting at the CMT awards next weekend here in Nashville.  I will need to be paid lots of money to actually go down to Music Row to try to catch a glimpse (it’s fan week for country music this week – going downtown will require serious bribes), but the local news should cover more than the networks do – I’ll see what I can catch.  As of right now, I’m also planning on going to the celebrity softball game on Tuesday (?) where Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks are supposed to be playing.  I do have a full time job, so we’ll see.

That’s all I got, for now. ;-)

June 7, 2009 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. :-)

Where in the World is…Cheryl Burke?

Blogging for Pure Dancing with the Stars has been an educational experience. Before I started doing this, I was under the naive assumption that the pros just had fun in the sun in the off season. Well, I knew that Derek and Mark had other things going on…but all these folks are busy, busy, busy!!

Cheryl is no exception. She recently visited ABC Channel 7 in San Francisco (with Gilles!!) to talk about local charities she’s supporting. Cheryl is opening her third studio local to San Francisco on Friday night and will host the El Camino Hospital Benefit. On Saturday the 6th, Cheryl hosts “Dancing with the Drag Stars” which is exactly what it sounds like and sounds like it would be fun. :-)

US Weekly Hot Hollywood Party
Cheryl, Melissa Rycroft and their boyfriends were recently on a Carribean vacation – were they together? Some fans think so, but I don’t know if that’s been confirmed.  Either way – nice vacay!

June 4, 2009 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 8 – Miscellaneous News

Gilles Marini checks into the hospital and has surgery to repair the shoulder he separated early in the DWTS season. 

“On my way to the hospital,” the Sex and the City stud tweeted at about 9 a.m. PST. “I am relax and hope that all will be fine. It’s my number 15 when it comes to surgery. Love G.”

UPDATE: Gilles is off the operating-room table and on to his recovery. “I am out now,” he just said in an email. “Shoot, it hurts. LOL. It’s the post-Cheryl Burke treatment. LOL.”

Shawn Johnson Throws Out First Pitch Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (click for pics):

Shawn throws like a girl…. Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast and reigning Dancing With The Stars champion Shawn Johnson threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the start of the baseball game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, June 1.

Shawn Johnson throws the first pitch for the Dodgers

 
Someone go to Mark Ballas and Derek Hough’s birthday party and take pictures for me (I’m lookin’ at you, John).

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 Shawn Johnson: Disco Ball Trophy in Pieces (Marc Malkin – E! Online)

Don’t ask Shawn Johnson if you could see the disco ball trophy she won on Dancing With the Stars.

The mirrored masterpiece is in the repair shop.

“It’s actually in pieces right now,” her pro partner, Mark Ballas, said at the MTV Movie Awards.

WTF?

“We had to take them to New York and they shipped them back and when they opened the box, they were in pieces,” he continued. “They’re fixing them.”

Shawn said, “I called [Mark] and I was like, ‘My trophy’s broke!’ “

June 2, 2009 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. :-)

Where in the World is…Mark Ballas

Recently, San Francisco, according to his Twitter. :-)   From what I understand, he’s danced with Shawn AND Kristy Yamaguchi at Kristi’s “Dancing the Night Away” – an event sponsored by her “Always Dream” foundation.

Sure enough, here’s some video of Mark dancing with Shawn:

At this same event, Mark sang with disqualified American Idol contestant and current girlfriend, Joanna Pacitti:

Mark was also spotted with Shawn Johnson at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday night.

Mark Ballas and Shawn Johnson

Supposedly, Mark and BFF Derek Hough are celebrating their birthdays in Las Vegas this Friday.

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. :-)

Where in the World is…Julianne Hough?

Well, Julianne is a busy little bee. :-)  This past week, she tested for a lead role in the remake of Footloose, also staring Chace Crawford (but which should be staring DEREK HOUGH – sorry John).  According to Entertainment Weekly’s Hollywood Insider (and a billion other outlets):

Crawford may soon have his onscreen dance partner. A Paramount spokesperson confirmed to EW that Dancing With the Stars’ Julianne Hough will screen-test this week. Hough’s recent success as a country music star could give her an advantage. Says Meron, “It’s a much more singing-intensive movie for the female lead.”

Throughout the summer, Julianne will be on tour opening for George Strait and Blake Shelton – there are 42 cities listed on her official web site so odds are good that she’s going to be at a town near you.

In the recent past, Julianne has raked in a number of honors, not the least of which was the Academy of Country Music’s Top New Artist award.  She was also named to Maxim’s Hot 100 list (see what brother Derek has to say about her number 25 rank) and People’s Most Beautiful list. 

Next up, besides the tour?  The CMT Awards on June 16 in Nashville. Julianne is up for USA Weekend Breakthrough Video of the Year for That Song in My Head.

Julianne Links:
Official Site
Fan Site
CMT Artist Page

May 31, 2009 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. :-)

What Shawn and Gilles Won’t Do Now that DWTS is Over (for them)

According to Buddy TV, there are a few things that Shawn Johnson and Gilles Marini won’t do next.

For Johnson, who’s been offered books and movie deals, she’s determined not to sing on American Idol.

“I met Randy Jackson, and he asked me to sing on American Idol,'” she told Us magazine. “I was like, ‘Um, I’ll stick to dancing.”

And Gilles?

“It would be such an honor to come back, but I know for a fact that I’m not going to be in the next Sex and the City — or there’s a 99 percent chance I’m not going to be part of it, I should say…I don’t know if I’d say yes or no, but there’s a big chance I’m not doing it,” Marini told TV Guide.

And why would he? Plot-wise, it just wouldn’t make sense for his sexy character to make a re-appearance.

May 28, 2009 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. :-)