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THE CAST of Dancing with the Stars Season 11 – Live Blog!!

Ten more minutes and away we go – as live as we can be when traffic is high. I’m going to suffer through Bachelor Pad…can we just talk about Bachelor Pad for a moment?? Lord, what a nasty show. The Bachelor was bad enough, in all it’s train wreck-y glory, but this show takes the cake. It started out nicely enough, but when the girls started serious macking on the guys for 250k – I thought that was illegal in this country? :-)

Anyway, below you see a very sad, very blank table. I will fill it in as we go, in the order they are announced – unless of course they do a whole mess at one time and I can’t write fast enough. I’m hoping Courtney will be helping me out via Twitter. ;-) ETA means “edited to add” – I will put that in front of any new commentary I might have and it will come before the table.

ETA 1: Sitcoms Online says the press conference will be in two segments in the 9 (8 central) pm hour of Bachelor pad. First segment will be 1:55 minutes and the second one will be almost 4 minutes. We’ll see.

ETA 2: Yeah, let’s play a game guaranteed to make everyone HATE each other. Great idea. :::rolls eyes::: Give me ONE name please.

ETA 3: Heads up, yo! Lacey just tweeted a picture and she looks made up for TV and appears to be wearing a DWTS robe. And I’m starting to hate you all for making me watch this gawdawful show. ;-)

ETA 4: So someone tells me that Lacey is at her title shoot, hence the makeup. Boo. I got my hopes up there for a mo.

ETA 5: Michael Bolton apparently just tweeted to tune into the Bachelor Pad.

ETA 6: Just saw a tweet from Apollo retweeting Ashlan Gorse who’s there. Hmmm….

ETA 7: Edyta tweets that she never said she had a “major disagreement” with DWTS. In other news, chick willing to dump guy over burping.

ETA 8: 100% correct rumors. Will they miss with the men? Any surprises. Give it another 15 minutes. :-)

ETA 9: Everyone, you’re giving me lots of great comments and info – sorry if I can’t respond to everything until after the madness is over. ;-)

ETA 10: I’m spent. :-) Now, start your engines. John and Courtney are going to be ranking these contestants and I’ll be making a stab at the partnerships. Tomorrow. ;-)

ETA 11: Forgot to add – Kyle Massey is from “That’s so Raven”. Total Disney.

Who’s Dancing?

No. Celebrity Age Height
1. Brandy 31 5ft 7in
2. Jennifer Grey 50 5’3″
3. Margaret Cho 41 5ft 5in
4. Audrina Patridge 25 5ft 7.5in
5. Florence Henderson 76 5ft 3in
6. Bristol Palin 19 5ft. 3in.
7. Michael Bolton 56 5ft 10in
8. Mike Sorrentino 27 ??
9. David Hasselhoff 58 6ft 4in
10. Kurt Warner 39 6ft 2in
11. Kyle Massey 19 5ft 6in
12. Rick Fox 41 6ft 7in

If this cast turns out to be anything like what has been rumored…well, the Cheesecake Awards will be AMAZING. Provided someone gives me beer. ;-)

August 30, 2010 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 11 Pro Watch – Edyta Out??

Well, this would be a shame if it’s true. Per TMZ (thanks ck410 – follow the link to read the whole thing):

Hot-bodied professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska claims she’s officially done with “Dancing with the Stars” — telling TMZ she quit over a major disagreement with the show’s producers.

Edyta — who danced with the show since its first season in 2005 — tells TMZ, “The producers’ vision of what they wanted my career to be did not meet my expectations. They wanted my career to be the show. I can’t be a dancer my whole life.”

I would imagine this explains the inclusion of Lacey and brings us back to the expected 12 Couples.

ETA: Everyone PLEASE check Edyta’s twitter. She goes into more detail about why she won’t be on the show.

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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 11 – Spoilers??

You be the judge. Brooke, Derek, Maks and Cheryl were all at the Entertainment Tonight Emmy Party last night and spoke to TV Guide. Tony was there too, but didn’t warrant a mention, apparently.  Brooke Burke is either spilling the beans or is Miss Red Herring herself. :-)  Oh, and Maks? Forgotten Erin so soon? Dude, please tell me you were joking.

Burke, a former winner, admitted “all the rumors seem to be true” regarding the new cast. Most notably, there has been a huge buzz surroundingDWTS‘ most controversial rumored cast member,Jersey Shore‘s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino. When asked why the show’s producers are interested in Sorrentino, Burke pondered, “I think last season kind of proved reality shows and tabloids play a big part of it. Casting is a big part of the success of the show. Everybody seems to be talking more about The Situation than anybody else. I guess it makes sense.”

Chmerkovskiy told TV Guide Magazine he does not care who his new partner is as long as it’s “somebody young, fit, athletic, and really nice.”

He doesn’t ask for much, does he? :-)

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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 11 – The Press Conference

This Player should have the press conference live (or so the site says) and follow-up questions (web only) from the media afterwards. Color me skeptical. :-) You should be able to watch it here – I think. If not, it’s on ABC.com. I have a feeling both sites (ABC and this one) may be difficult to get to tomorrow night so, if you have Twitter follow one of these three: @tvblog, @PureDWTS or @PureDerekHough and I’ll tweet as I go. If I don’t explode. :-)

August 29, 2010 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 11 Pro Watch – Mini Update

Just a little update on the Pros. :-) Because their locations kinda gives clues to their parters. This is a compilation from people’s comments on other posts and what I see on twitter.

Lacey – She’s in LA. The Situation is in Jersey.

Anna T – Got on a plane very early yesterday and then had a “long day”. See above about “the situation”. Although Kurt Warner has been in Phoenix this whole time and is just NOW on his way to LA – for a cookoff, he says. ;-) Update 2: Anna apparently came back the same day she went to….Phoenix? Who knows? :-)

Chelsie – I’ve heard lots of people say in the comments that she’s in Louisiana – as is Michael Bolton (and Harry Connick Jr. who some of us have pinned our hopes on. :-) ). I checked her twitter and sure enough she’s been in Louisiana since Friday. Update 2: Chelsie says she’s going to Utah for a day then back to LA

Cheryl – She’s in LA and has rehearsal this morning and is then attending the Emmys. Update: Rick Fox is reportedly following Cheryl on Twitter. :-) Update 2: And now Cheryl is following Rick Fox, per “Guest” in the comments.

Derek – Seems to be in LA. It seemed like he was with Maks and Tony, since all three tweeted about the UFC at the exact same time (to the minute), but it could have been a coincidence. Update 2: He’s been in LA all along, it seems. Went to the ET Emmy Party last night, as did Maks and Tony. Bromance? Cheryl Cole is prettier, Derek.  :-)

Maks/Tony – They both seem to be in LA. See above about Derek. :-)  Update 2: Both went to the ET Emmy Party last night.

Mark – Is in Southern California and was at some function in Laguna Nigel with Benji Schwimmer last night.

Louis – has been rather quiet. He tweeted about renting a house for his mom, but nothing about DWTS, really. Margaret Cho was in Vancouver as of Saturday night. All the other men appear to be in LA. Update: Louis just tweeted that he’s in the pacific time zone – he followed that with a tweet about taking care of his plants. I think he’s back in LA. :-)

Karina/Kym/Edyta – haven’t got a clue where they are. :-)  Update 2: One of our commenters claim that Karina and Edyta are in LA.

Our rumored Stars? Well…I mentioned the out of towners above. I *think* the rest are in LA. The guessing game continues…. :-) If anyone has different info, I’ll update.

More Updates:

Rick Fox - in LA and following Cheryl on Twitter

David Hasselhoff – In Germany with his kids.

Probably the Last Update:

Florence Henderson – Not sure at all anymore that this one is accurate. ;-) We’ll see.

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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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 11 – Who’s Dancing with Who? Guess!!

We have a few days to have our fun of guessing and matching pros with celebs before they make the announcement of the celebs on Monday night and the pairings Tuesday morning on GMA. In the interest of fun, I’ve complied a little list of stats and then played matchy matchy. :-) Personally, I think we’re missing at least THREE celebrities – I think one of the men listed below is wrong. Maybe more are wrong, we’ll have to wait and see. :-)

Who’s Dancing with Who?

Pro Height Height Celebrity Age
Derek 5ft 10in 5ft 3in Jennifer Grey 50
Mark 5ft 8in Unk Bristol Palin 19
Louis 5ft 7in 5ft 5in Margaret Cho 41
Maks 6ft 2in 5ft 7in Brandy 31
Tony 6ft 1in 5ft 7.5in Audrina Patridge 25
Corky 5ft 8in 5ft 3in Florence Henderson 76
Kym 5ft 7in 6ft 4in David Hasselhoff 58
Chelsie 5ft 2.5in ?? ?? ??
Cheryl 5ft 4in 6ft 2in Kurt Warner 39
Edyta 5ft 6in 6ft 7in Rick Fox 41
Lacey 5ft 3in ?? ?? ??
Anna 5ft 4in 5ft 10in Michael Bolton 56
Karnia 5ft 5in ?? Mike Sorrentino 27

As you can see, there are a few gaps. And I’d be willing to bet that a couple of these stars are wrong. I’m SURE I got a pairing wrong or two. The Kym/David pairing is per Just Jared. The Derek/Jennifer pairing is pretty much reported by everyone, and the Tony/Audrina pairing is based on Tony and his wife’s Twitter accounts. :-) The Corky/Florence pairing was reported by TMZ, but a few of us had speculated this might be the case in the comments on another post.

Notice anything about their ages?? Every decade is represented except for someone in their 60’s. But what else? Three people aged 50 or older and two of those are older than 55. That’s unbelievable. I’m not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. We then have two people in their 40’s, two in their 30’s, two in their 20’s and one teenager. Crazy. I’m still wondering how many of these are red herrings put out by ABC/DWTS – I can’t wait till Monday.

No obvious ringers based on dance ability. But what about by fanbase? I think I would give the initial edge to Kurt Warner and Michael Bolton, but possibly also Jennifer Grey as a sentimental favorite (not to mention Derek’s own fanbase is nothing to sneeze at). Brandy and Audrina would appear to have an edge based on age and body type, but that’s what we said about Denise Richards. As it stands right now, if either Maks or Tony aren’t in the final, then THEY have the problem – everything seems to be in their favor, if these pairings are correct. And I’m reasonably certain Tony’s is, and that limits the possibilities for the rest of the guys. Can you see another way the men could match up?

As for the women, as usual I’m rather in the dark there, guessing up a storm. :-) Plus I think that Michael Bolton isn’t really on the show. You will notice that ABC claims only 12 couples – but I’ve got 13 pros up there. So, who’s NOT in that we think is in?? Louis? Karina??

ETA: If you want to see Derek sum up “the situation” perfectly go to PureDerekHough and watch the second video. LOL!

August 27, 2010 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 11 PRO WATCH – Corky Ballas

….is back on the show and partnering Florence Henderson, if you believe TMZ. :-)

The rest? I’m confirming Tony because his wife is now following Audrina Patridge according to the twitter voices (and Jeniffer in the comments :-) ). Well…see below.

Chelsie Hightower – probably in
Cheryl Burke – Unknown – I assume yes
Edyta Slwinska – Unknown
Lacey Schwimmer – IN
Anna Trebunskaya – Probably In
Anna Demidova – OUT
Karina Smirnoff – Possibly In
Kym Johnson – Unknown, but tweeted she’s very excited and happy.
Ashly Costa – Probably out – tweeted “me too” to Jonathan.
Julianne Hough – OUT (Footloose)

Alec Mazo – Betting OUT
Corky Ballas – In
Derek Hough – Excited about new season and high fiving – IN.
Louis Van Amstel – Unknown
Mark Ballas – I bet In, tweeted he got good news today
Maks Chmerkovskiyi – I bet In
Damian Whitewood – OUT
Dmitry Chaplin – OUT
Jonathan Roberts – OUT
Tony Dovolani – I bet in, he’s been tweeting very happily.

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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 11 – Pro AND Partner Watch

Tony is following now Audrina Patridge on Twitter. Jennifer Grey is following Derek, plus E!’s Watch with Kristen is confirming that partnership. Mark Ballas is following…Donald Duck and one of Derek’s old girlfriends. WTF? :-) He really is – I’m not kidding. Cheryl is following the Situation – but that could change. They find out their partners today. So, as with every season, the guessing games begin. Someone on twitter said they heard (what movie am I thinking of right now?) that Louis was getting Margaret Cho – which would have been my guess anyway, as she is rather small and so is he.

Initial Guesses – check back here later for hopefully MORE. ;-)

Tony Dovolani – Audrina Patridge
Louis Van Amstel – Margaret Cho
Derek Hough – Jennifer Grey
Cheryl Burke – Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino
Kym Johnson – Kurt Warner (this would be a wild-assed guess based on nothing)
Edyta Slwinska – David Hasselhoff (also a wild-assed guess based on nothing)
Mark Ballas – Bristol Palin (based on height and being right about Louis/Margie)

I’m going to do a bit more research this evening – barring big mouthed pros – and see if I can come up with reasonable guesses for the rest of them.

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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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars PRO WATCH – August 26, 2010

ETA: TOLD YOU guys if I left something would happen!! Even something simple like Derek tweeting about the new season and then “high five” – which I’m forced to take as an “I’m in” since I’m unlikely to get anything else. :-) Anna retweeted him with a wink, Tony is packing his children in suitcases…well, that’s about enough right? I’m going to update the status a bit, below.

Well, these darn pros are being unusually mysterious and close-mouthed – except for Lacey who blares it to the world as soon as she finds out she’s back on the show. Ever occur to her, you think, that the reason she was being marginalized might just be her MOUTH?? ANYway, there have been a few hints (Kym, Tony and Mark) and not much else that I can see. I’ve updated the status based on smilies and apparent upbeat behavior. That makes me irritated. :-)

Chelsie Hightower – probably in
Cheryl Burke – Unknown – I assume yes
Edyta Slwinska – Unknown
Lacey Schwimmer – IN
Anna Trebunskaya – Probably In
Anna Demidova – OUT
Karina Smirnoff – Possibly In
Kym Johnson – Unknown, but tweeted she’s very excited and happy.
Ashly Costa – Probably out – tweeted “me too” to Jonathan.
Julianne Hough – OUT (Footloose)

Alec Mazo – Unknown
Derek Hough – Excited about new season and high fiving – saying IN.
Louis Van Amstel – Unknown
Mark Ballas – I bet In, tweeted he got good news today
Maks Chmerkovskiyi – Unknown, I bet In
Damian Whitewood – OUT
Dmitry Chaplin – OUT
Jonathan Roberts – OUT
Tony Dovolani – I bet in, he’s been tweeting very happily.

Baring bizarre-ness, I think the men are set at: Derek, Mark, Louis, Maks, Tony and Alec. I, like others, am having a bit of a hard time figuring Alec’s inclusion at Damian or Dmitry’s expense. I can’t figure it, actually. Makes me wonder if we have someone new who managed to keep it on the DL. OR, are we having five men and SEVEN women??

The women are a mystery – I have no clue what’s going on here besides the likely inclusions of Cheryl, Karina and Chelsie along with Lacey. Probably Kym is in based on her recent tweet. But, it’s really hard to tell. I think these women are actually much better at keeping secrets than the men. Well, except for Derek – he’s the freakin’ master of silence these days. Brat. :-) I find his silence just as annoying as Lacey’s mouth, if I’m being completely honest. :-)

I’m afraid to leave. You know someone will tweet that they’re in as soon as I go do something else. Just to spite me. ;-)

August 26, 2010 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 11 PRO WATCH – August 25, 2010

As of this writing, Lacey is back in and Damian is out. Boo, Damian didn’t have a chance. And I do like cute blonds. :-) I think I’m going to call Karina as in, but she keeps tinkering with her website so I don’t know what to make of her changes. She made it sound like she was on, then she changed it again. I hope she didn’t get cut for Lacey. Sorry Lacey fans, I like Karina better. Personal preference.

Chelsie Hightower – probably in
Cheryl Burke – Unknown
Edyta Slwinska – Unknown
Lacey Schwimmer – IN
Anna Trebunskaya – Unknown
Anna Demidova – OUT
Karina Smirnoff – Possibly In
Kym Johnson – Unknown
Ashly Costa – Probably out – tweeted “me too” to Jonathan.
Julianne Hough – OUT (Footloose)

Alec Mazo – I bet out
Derek Hough – Probably In
Louis Van Amstel – Unknown
Mark Ballas – Unknown
Maks Chmerkovskiyi – Unknown
Damian Whitewood – OUT
Dmitry Chaplin – OUT
Jonathan Roberts – OUT
Tony Dovolani – Unknown

Now I’m wondering if Alec is indeed IN, because if you do the math and there really are 12 couples they have to have Alec or add a new male pro. The women are much more in flux – harder to say what’s going on there.

August 25, 2010 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. :-)