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Val Chmerkovskiy Retires From Competitive Ballroom Dancing

Last night after dancing for Dancing With Me Soho’s production “Ballroom On Broadway” in Manhattan, Val Chmerkovskiy announced his retirement from competitive dancing. Below is a little of what he wrote in an open letter on Dancebeat.com. A very touching and emotional announcement.

To all I care about,
I’m writing this letter to let you know that I have decided to end my competitive dance career. It truly has been an amazing journey for me. I have been so very blessed with the incredible partners that I had the pleasure of growing and competing with. To them I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. Endless gratitude to the coaches that have given me so much, I am forever in debt. The knowledge that was shared with me, throughout the years, is worth more than any trophy I have ever won. The experience I gained from the countless hours of practice and performances, the character I built from the disappointments and failure, alongside with the love I gained for movement, music, and self-expression is something that has shaped me into the man I am today.
I was a 7 year old child when I was dragged against my will into a world of high heels, tight pants, and shiny shirts. I was a 12 year old boy when I went to my first oversees competition (German Open), and was one of only 2 US couples there (my brother being the second). I was a 15 year old adolescent when I won my first IDSF World Championship, and became the first and last American to ever do it… I was a 19 year old “young man” when I had the privilege of lifting the Blackpool trophy, which was an honor I only dreamed about. But as a 23 year old man I was told I couldn’t compete at the Dutch Open. Then as a 24 year old man I was told that I couldn’t compete against some of the best dancers in the world, because of reasons I had no power of influencing. The world I believed in, loved, and was willing to give up my last penny for was changing… and changing for the worse.

You can continue to read his official letter here.

So, what does this mean for Val’s future? Heidi and several of you have speculated in the comment sections that this might mean Val will be coming to Dancing With The Stars Season 13 and that he might be one of the “new faces” that we have been rumored to see. If so, could this be why his brother Maks decided to return for the new season? So many questions surrounding this new Season. Hopefully, we will know more soon and this isn’t the last we see of Val and his dancing career. Pay close attention to the Pro-Watch sticky!

August 22, 2011 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.

DWTS Karina Smirnoff Talks On Rob Kardashian, Other Rumored Celebrities, And Her New Dance Studio (Video)

Bob Decastro of Good Day L.A. went to interview and dance with Karina Smirnoff at her new dance studio this morning. Karina is excited on it’s opening and remarks how she’s wanted to open a new dance studio for the longest time. All ages are welcomed unlike other studios. Unfortunately, they don’t talk about Dancing With The Stars, but, she shows Bob a sexy roll and more below.

Karina Teaches Bobby D. Some Moves: MyFoxLA.com

OK Magazine also caught up with Karina. She says she doesn’t know who her partner is on Dancing With The Stars, but, she’d love to dance with Rob Kardashian. She also gives her feelings on the Snooki and Queen Latifah rumors. More below….

“I don’t know who my partner is or who is on the cast this season. You only hear rumors.”

“Obviously everyone’s heard about Rob Kardashian, who I think is gonna be awesome on the show, but other than that I haven’t heard about anyone else.”

Other rumored dancers have been Queen Latifah and Jersey Shore‘s Snooki.

“I do get excited about Queen Latifah, I’m a huge fan of hers,” Karina said. “I think Snooki would be very, very entertaining. Just because she is entertaining.”

Who wouldn’t she mind dancing with? Rob Kardashian!

“I think it would be awesome,” she told OK!. “He’s fun, he’s full of energy, we can definitely maneuver him into some very cool moves.”

“I think it would be fun,” Karina added. “I don’t know how much of that is true. It is exciting because it’s new season, new blood, new direction, new energy. It will be fun to see what happens.”

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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 Season 13 Rumors – Hope Solo Is A Tease

At least, that’s the way it reads to me. :-)  You be the judge.https://twitter.com/#!/DWTSGossipfound this little article from the Dan Patrick Show:

U.S. Women’s Soccer goalie Hope Solo joined the show to talk about her post-World Cup opportunities and more.

Dan asked Solo if she will be on Dancing with the Stars. ”We will not know until next week until they make their announcement,” Solo said.

But Solo said there’s a problem with her joining DWTS. ”I cannot dance,” Solo said. “I’m not sure it’s the best thing for me.”

Why would someone say that if they weren’t do the show, that’s my question. :-)

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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. :-)

DWTS Season 13 Rumor and Innuendo (aka Part IV of Things that Make You Go Hmmm…)

The titles just keep getting longer and longer. :-)

I wasn’t going to post this one, because I didn’t think DWTS would actually have a porn star on the show. Actually…I still don’t. :-) But Jeniffer, one of our regular readers, found this on Twitter yesterday and posted a link in the comments here: Read more..

August 21, 2011 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 13 Cast Rumors – Twitter Coincidences!! (Or Not)

Ok, so I was digging around a little tonight (yes, I have Dancing With The Stars on the brain! lol :) ) and noticed Chaz Bono has recently added Karina Smirnoff & Mark Ballas to his “followers” at twitter. I also noticed he never replied back to Lisa Stanley of K-Earth radio when she said, “YAY! Can’t wait to c u on DWTS.” Wouldn’t he correct it or deny it if it weren’t true (like he has on a recent wedding rumor to his girlfriend)?

Chaz has also recently added Kirstie Alley and Mackenzie Phillips (sister to Chynna Phillips, another rumored celebrity to dance as well this season) to his twitter followers.

So, could this all mean something or not….or is it just coincidental and Chaz just likes Dancing With The Stars and the celebrites and dancers above?

Note: Karina is not following Chaz….yet. Neither is Mark!!

Here is a twitter screen shot from Heidi: Read more..

August 20, 2011 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.

DWTS Season 13 – Pro Watch!!

ETA: Updates are in red.

Note: John taught us a new trick – we can now “stickie” a post to the top of the page and add new posts below it. Which is what I’m going to do with this post, so don’t miss anything down below. :-)  ETA: You can tell a stickied post by the lovely blue color. :-)

Okay, so the pros supposedly find out if they are competing on Monday, but in seasons past they actually start getting confirmed this weekend.  If you believe @DWTSGossip on Twitter, 8 have been confirmed and 4 are waiting to find out. She also says there will be three “new faces” on the dance floor with partners. Which means only ONE of the currently unconfirmed pros will be getting a partner, according to what she wrote about it. I’m still wondering if it just means 3 new Troupe members, but she implies three new faces competing with celebs (which means they don’t necessarily have to be Troupe, since those aren’t technically “new”). Wow. I just made my own brain ache. I hope you all followed that. :-)

I’ve noted all those called “confirmed” by @DWTSGossip, below. All that said, a word of caution: I do think that @DWTSGossip has a source that is reliable. I say that’s likely because I’ve had them before and @DWTSGossip has been on target in the past. HOWEVER, as with anything you read on the net, it is not “for sure” until it comes from the Pros themselves, Tom Bergeron or DWTS producers via GMA. We’ve seen a previously reliable source (TMZ) go down in flames this season and they were right the last two seasons.  Just be cautious before you start throwing parties…or go into mourning. :-)  I think she’s (?) probably right…but that’s what I said about TMZ as well. ;-)  ETA: Please note that nothing is certain until we hear it from the Pros or the show. Don’t yell at me if something turns out to be incorrect. ;-) Read more..

August 19, 2011 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. :-)

Snooki Wants More Money To Do Dancing With The Stars?

Ok, so this girl is seriously getting on my every nerve!!! One minute Snooki is doing the show and the next she or someone in her camp are saying she’s not dancing. Now, Hollywood Life is reporting that Snooki is holding out for more MONEY!!! Come on! If true, why should Dancing With The Stars pay her more money? She should be lucky she’s getting any money at all or the “attention”.

If this rumor comes true, this will be like “Bristol Palin” all over again for me. I will still watch the show. I love it and one person will never chase me off. But, come on!!

This is a NIGHTMARE! *CRIES* 8O

Thanks for letting me rant! lol Here is more from Hollywood Life;

“They are still trying to make the deal with Snooki,” our source dishes. “She was verbally in, but has yet to sign anything. She has been very concerned with the schedule and what she will be paid.”

With the season 13 premiere of DWTS just around the corner on Sept. 19, ABC is in a rush to finalize the cast as soon as possible. After all, they have to start rehearsing, plus, the cast is being announced Aug. 29 during the Bachelor Pad.

Adds our insider, “The producers are confident that she will still join the show, but if she continues to hold out, they have people that will fill her spot. They always overcast the show.”

August 18, 2011 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.

DWTS Season 13 Cast Rumors – Chaz Bono again??

Thanks to PureDWTS reader Maddy for this new tweet she saw. I’m not sure what to make of it right now? Could it indeed be Chaz Bono is going to dance this Season like we questioned a couple of weeks ago? Note: Lisa Stanley is an entertainment Reporter for a morning show on K-Earth 101 Radio.


@ @ YAY! Can’t wait to c u on DWTS :)
@LisaKearth
Lisa Stanley

August 17, 2011 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.

Is Model Elisabetta Canalis Signed To Dance On Dancing With The Stars 13??

E Online is reporting that former girlfriend of Geroge Clooney and model, Elisabetta Canalis, has been signed to dance on Dancing With The Stars. Here is a take of what they are reporting….

According to sources, George Clooney’s ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis has signed on to the upcoming 13th season of Dancing With the Stars. ABC does not comment on casting rumors, and the new cast will be announced during Bachelor Pad on Aug. 29. However, insiders tell us the Italian model will be on board.

Elisabetta would be following in the footsteps of Clooney’s rumored new girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, who starred in the second season of DWTS. Canalis also would be pulling a Melissa Rycroft, bouncing back from a very public split by shaking her groove thing.

She’d be perfect! I hope this rumor is true. I can see her dancing with Tony or Dmitry….maybe even Derek? What do you think?

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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 13 Casting Rumors That Are Most Likely Not True And Not True For Sure

Heidi’s in a big meeting today and wanted me to gather up some rumors that got shot down yesterday that she saw. I found some too. Unless something changes, you can most likely strike these celebrities off the casting rumors list for Dancing With The Stars 13.

First off, a twitter representing Erica Durance reported that the rumors for her to dance were false. Sorry to our male readers!! I know you will be bummed out. Apparently, Erica is in Miami currently filming a guest spot for the new “Charlie’s Angels” series and her schedule is full.


A rumor has recently emerged naming Erica Durance as a possible contender for a ‘Dancing With The Stars’ spot. This rumor is FALSE.
@ericadurancetv
Erica Durance TV

As you might have read, Snooki finally spoke out and said she won’t be dancing on Dancing With The Stars this season. Many of us our taking huge sigh of relief on this …AGAIN! 8O


I love watching Dancing with the Stars but I am not apart of the cast ! Sorry Tweedos
@Sn00ki
Nicole Polizzi

One of our new rumors “making us go hmmmm” was Hope Solo yesterday when she tweeted about “facing her fears” and was thinking about doing something she “was really bad at”. Right afterwards, many twitter followers asked her if it was Dancing With The Stars she was considering and encouraged her to do it. Then last night, she tweeted this post making us wonder if it was something else she was considering and not Dancing With The Stars?


Thx for all the advice! (Although ur assumed topic might be a little off) but, that’s right I’m a NIKE athlete!Let’s JUST DO IT already! #fb
@hopesolo
Hope Solo

For those hoping Evelyn Lozada is going to dance this season, so far, the show hasn’t asked and “she wasn’t picked” even though it was true they have been considering her. You can watch and listen to a video at Hollywood Life of her being interviewed. Below is a quote from the audio….

“I would love to do Dancing with the Stars,” Evelyn gushes. “There was that whole rumor that they were thinking about having me on and I wouldn’t be opposed.”

Evelyn is one of the possible members being considered though. “The rumor is true,” she admits. “I haven’t been picked, but the rumor was true. There was a story. They were talking about potential contestants and I was one of them.”

Lastly, were the producers of Dancing With The Stars considering Perez Hilton for the show? If so, they’ve given Perez a “NO” according to this new audio and he’s “boo hooing”! Too bad. Perez might have been really entertaining…at the same time, he might have been annoying too. lol.

This has been Heidi and Vogue over and out! ;)

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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.