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DWTS Season 11 – PRO WATCH, Aug 23 – Part II

Damn it!! Okay, that’s all I’m going to say about this one. Wanted this guy back on the show. BOO, DWTS, BOO!!

I’m compiling my Status List:
Chelsie Hightower – probably in
Cheryl Burke – Unknown
Edyta Slwinska – Unknown
Lacey Schwimmer – OUT
Anna Trebunskaya – Unknown
Anna Demidova – I bet out
Karina Smirnoff – Unknown
Kym Johnson – Unknown
Ashly Costa – Unknown
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 – Unknown
Dmitry Chaplin – OUT
Jonathan Roberts – OUT
Tony Dovolani – Unknown

Who have I left out? I’m drawing a blank.

August 23, 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 23, 2010

Well, this is very, very surprising and I’m kinda disappointed.

From Lacey Schwimmer and Dmitry Chaplin – they’re out for the season.

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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 – Cast Rumors from Chelsie Hightower

:-) She gives the list of the ones she heard and one of which I forgot to mention: David Hasselhoff. His name has been bandied about some this week and of course Landon Donovan is still out there as a rumor. Also, based on this interview, I think Derek and Chelsie were told there were going to be on the show because TPTB knew they would be asked while doing press at the Emmys – Derek is usually more careful if he doesn’t actually know if he’s on or not.

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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 – Internet Chatter and Rumors

Well, it has gotten to the point (as usual at this point before the seasons starts) that I don’t know what’s an actual rumor and what is just internet chatter. I do know that I’m hearing/reading a bunch of stuff that has the potential to be highly annoying. :-) We’ve even got trolls trying to manufacture rumors to get me to post them! I’m actually flattered, but also smarter than your average troll. ;-) All of this was my long winded way of qualifying this post with a – “there are too many rumors and too much speculation to figure out which is which”. I’m going to write out what I’ve read and we’ll just see what happens in a week.

A certain Perez Hilton claims that Audrina Patridge and Brandy are going to be on this season. Problem with this is that Perez prints even the most sketchy of sources as rumors with no editorial opinion of what he thinks of these sources – which is what I try to do. So, I’m going to file this one under “even a stopped clock is right twice a day” and say that I think he might be right this time. Mainly because we discussed both Audrina and Brandy as possibles for previous seasons. Brandy as a rumor a year ago and Audrina as a done deal until MTV put a stop to her participation – this was discussed in the comments of a previous post. “The Hills” is done now, right? That could explain it.

Another one that cracks me up and scares me all at the same time is Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino.  Good lord. OK! Magazine is reporting (EXCLUSIVE! my ass :-) ) that he is IN.

You might not think the tango, mamba or waltz would require rock-hard abs, but Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is setting out to show that his GTL skills can translate to the dance floor! OK! has exclusively learned that the Jersey Shore cast member who named his own muscles has signed on to the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars.

They even managed to get a quote from Derek at the Creative Arts Emmys, and his quote cracks me up. Couldn’t agree more, big D. :-)

OK! spoke to DWTS‘ reigning pro champ, Derek Hough, who says the presence of the Jersey Shore guido will get fans glued to their screens.

“It’s People like that who come on the show who people will tune in and watch because either it will be a travesty or it will be interesting to see somebody turn something completely around so I’m up for anybody,” he told OK! at the Creative Emmys Saturday in L.A. “For me it’s classic entertainment, it’s fun. Whatever gets people talking and tuning in is interesting to watch.”

As a reminder of why I always have to wonder about these “exclusives”, besides the fact that he’s been all over twitter as a rumor for a month or more now, is that we reported on Mike back in July. This is Kate Gosselin all over again. Casual mention on a talk show and “ta da!!” they’re on the show. OK! also says that Audrina and Brandy are signed up (and Kurt Warner), but they likely just cribbed that from Perez.  My faith in “journalism” is non-existent.

The above are, IMO, actual solid rumors. We now venture into the area of what is likely fanciful dreams (or nightmare, depending on your perspective) and wishes. :-) Have you ever played the telephone game? That’s what a lot of this is probably about. Someone says “hey, wouldn’t it be cool…” and before you know it some “source” is reporting it as fact.

Lindsay Lohan – I don’t know what it’s about, but I’ve heard lots of talk on twitter about her getting a rehab reprieve and doing DWTS. I think this is straight up bull, but I would not be surprised to be wrong. Does anyone know why this chatter is happening? Or is only because of a story on E! News about her possibly getting out of rehab early? Personally, I think it would probably be good for her.

The nightmare category – Oksana Grigorieva and Rachel Uchitel. I’m pretty sure this is all just chatter and crap, but I gotta say: since when does sleeping with a famous man make one famous? Just gross. This better not be true. I don’t want to have to utter the words: “You’re dead to me, Dancing with the Stars.” :-)

So, have I left anything out?

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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 Watch Part II

Thank you Marc Malkin for a possible confirmation:

If you’re looking for Pro Watch, the first edition, just click. :-)

August 21, 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

:-) Today’s the day when they start finding out. Today’s the day I haunt Twitter more than ever – usually. Today I was outside most of the day and am sunburned. :-) But here’s what I found when scanning twitter. I’ll post more info as it becomes available.

First up, Miss Chelsie Hightower. Now, I’m thinking Chelsie is almost a lock for this season. For one thing, she was on Extreme Makeover Home Edition with Derek and I think everyone who did that show has a better than even chance of being back. Secondly, Chelsie tweeted earlier, in response to Ashly Costa, that she didn’t know yet – this was like 17 hours ago. Then, a few hours ago she tweeted “Leaving SLC – won’t be back until November”. Now, when I tried to find this tweet I couldn’t because I think she deleted it. I did find where a fan retweeted it saying how glad she was that Chelsie was back on the show. Well, either Chelsie realized she was giving a wrong impression, or she spilled some beans she wasn’t supposed to – you pick. You could tell the fan that’s not what you meant – or you could delete the tweet and hope no one else (Like me :-) ) saw it.

Next – Dmitry Chaplin. Dmitry tweeted this earlier and he hasn’t taken it down. He doesn’t strike me as the arrogant type who would assume he’s back (especially since he wasn’t last season), so I take this as a confirmation. Ya know Dmitry is not my favorite – I find him too quiet and kinda boring. But after the behavior of a couple pros who shall remain nameless (for now), I’m definitely glad if he’s back. :-)

The only other clues I have right now are the Extreme Home Makeover pros – Derek, who stayed nearly all week, Anna T, Chelsie, Tony and Mark. I have to think that they will be back, since they are on that show, but I could be way off base of course. Plus, Derek was at the studio for no known reason a week ago. Hmmm…you be the judge.

NOTE 1 – People, just because MSN says Julianne is back this season, doesn’t mean she really is. She’s NOT – she’s filming Footloose in Atlanta and she’s said straight up that she’s not back. Do we need to have the conversation about not believing something just because you see it in print from a supposedly reliable source??

NOTE 2: A little bird (who’s first initial is C) tells me that Jackie Josephs has moved to LA. :-) Just sayin’. Is this her Twitter? If it is, she’s following and talking to some interesting people. ;-)

August 20, 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 – Nancy Lee Grahn…perhaps in?

You may remember us reporting a couple months back that General Hospital soap star Nancy Lee Grahn had tweeted something about being on a possible casting list for season 11.  Well, beyond that, she hasn’t really said or done much to suggest that she was, in fact, going to do DWTS…until now.

Whilst browsing around for GH spoilers today at soaps.com (yes, I’m an avid GH viewer!), I noticed the following posted under the “Comings & Goings” section:

* Nancy Lee Grahn has gone on vacation, which means Alexis won’t be seen again until after the actress returns in mid-September.

Now while this may seem pretty pedestrian on the surface (everyone takes time off - soap stars included), it just seems like a very interesting time for Nancy to take a vacation…especially since the entire cast of season 11 will be present at the live cast annoucement/press conference on August 30.  Then you add in the fact that the celebs start practicing with their pros immediately after the cast is announced, and they’re also wrapped up with preseason photo shoots, media, etc…maybe Nancy decided to put GH on hold for a few weeks to prepare for this season of DWTS. 

Also interesting to note – the major storyline that Nancy’s character, Alexis Davis, had been involved in at the beginning of the summer has pretty much drawn to a close, which leaves Alexis only appearing in one or two scenes a week…which leaves Nancy with more time to devote to other ventures ;-)

What do you guys think: is Nancy’s vacay strategically-planned to coincide with the first few weeks of DWTS training, or is it just a strange coincidence?

August 18, 2010 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Check out some of my other work at pureamericasgottalent.com!

DWTS Season 11 Rumor and Innuendo – August 16, 2010

Remember way back when when I talked about the rumor of Xzibit being on the show this season?? I talked about it in this post and this post.

Well, interesting coincidence (or not?) – Xzibit is on site this week with Extreme Makeover Home Edition helping with a house in Wisconsin.  Why is this relevant, you ask?  Mainly because the episode being filmed is a DWTS themed episode. :-) Really, it’s about using dance to fight obesity and a bunch of DWTS pros were there for the day (and Derek is apparently staying all week). That’s pretty interesting for a reason that didn’t occur to me until one of Derek’s fans at PureDerekHough asked me the question (thanks DJ!) when looking at pictures of Xzibit with the DWTS Pros also on site – “Wasn’t Xzibit rumored to be on DWTS?”  Why yes, DJ, he was – and now he’s the only non-DWTS person on the Extreme Makeover set, surrounded by Derek, Mark, Chelsie, Tony and Anna. That’s too big a coincidence for me to let is slide by un-mentioned. :-)

Well, people?? Just a coincidence?? Or, are they doing a clever tie in – DWTS pros and one of the celebs build a house? Keep in mind that Extreme Make Over Home Edition doesn’t have a season premiere until September 26 – nearly a week after DWTS own premiere. :-)

The first several posts on PureDerekHough have pictures (and one vid) from the site – and links to where you can see more pictures of the various professionals. A couple really cute pictures of Chelsie, John. ;-)

Oh, and they are doing some 80′s theme thing, which is why everyone is dressed kinda dorky. Xzibit is the man in the orange.

August 16, 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 – Another Rumor Gets a Bit More Solid

:-) And that rumor is Landon Donovan. Another interesting non-denial. From Ryan Seacrest via Soccer Fanhouse:

In an interview Wednesday with Ryan Seacrest, Donovan avoided giving a definitive answer. When asked about the show, Donovan quipped, “You haven’t seen me dance, have you? … My only hope is that they don’t find a picture of me dancing somewhere in Vegas. That could be brutal.”

But don’t rule the L.A. Galaxy star out just yet. He certainly seemed amenable to the possibility.

“I’ve seen how many people watch the show,” Donovan said.

“I think my only request would be to get one of the really hot dancer girls,” Donovan said. “Those girls are so hot, and they’re so fit.”

Indeed.

August 4, 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 11 Cast – Chantal Sutherland??

Well, you guys wanted a new sport to be represented on DWTS – you may just get your wish!!  I’d never heard of Chantal before a random tweet that I came across today:

Chantal is a female jockey – and for some reason I find that super cool. :-) John will like her too – pretty blond. Her Wiki page says:

Chantal Sutherland (born February 23, 1976 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian model and jockey in North American Thoroughbred horse racing. She is referred as the Danica Patrick of horse racing. She grew up in the Toronto, Ontario area where her father owns a horse farm. As a young girl she played competitive field hockey and was invited to try out for Canada’s junior World Cup team. She rode horses in equestrian events but after graduating from York University with a degree in communications and psychology, decided to explore the opportunity to ride Thoroughbreds in flat racing.

She also has an Official Web Site —> www.jockeychantalsutherland.com

August 3, 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. :-)