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PureDWTS Season 21 Late-Breaking Casting Rumors: Paula Deen & Chaka Khan???

In what is quickly becoming one of those days where the leaks and info and breaking fast & loose, E! News is reporting that controversial former Food Network chef Paula Deen and R&B legend Chaka Khan are part of this season’s cast.  See more below and at the link:

Controversial celebrity chef Paula Deen is joining the cast of Dancing With the Stars, multiple sources exclusively tell E! News.

Our sources also exclusively tell us that Grammy-winning music icon Chaka Khan, aka the Queen of Funk, will also be competing in season 21 when it premieres on Sept. 14.  ABC does not comment on casting rumors.

As with many other celebs, this isn’t the first time Paula has been asked – she apparently first got asked back in 2010, but turned them down as “fat girls don’t look good sweating”. Our own records have her popping up as a rumor in multiple seasons. Say what you will about Paula, but I love her – she reminds me of my dearly departed southern Grammy, and while her food will land you in an early grave if you eat it all the time…man, is it good. :-)

As for Chaka – I’m gonna call her “Keo bait” cause she seems like exactly the type of celeb they dream of sticking him with.

What are your thoughts?

August 26, 2015 I Written By

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Nick Carter Talks On Joining Dancing With The Stars Season 21 – Media, Interviews

Nick Carter talked with US Weekly about joining Dancing With The Stars Season 21. He’s excited. And guess who talked him into it….Joey Fatone!!

And the person who talked the Backstreet Boys singer into signing on the dotted line? None other than former boy band rival-turned-friend, Joey Fatone, who participated in Seasons 4 and 15.

“He talks about it all the time and I was really debating if I wanted to do it, and he said, ‘It’s a great experience, it keeps you in shape and it’ll teach you a lot of stuff,'” Carter says of his ‘N Sync pal’s advice. “He said, ‘You’ll get what you put into it.’ And I’m a hard worker, so I think it’ll be fun.”

Another reason he wanted to do the show? Sibling rivalry. Carter’s little brother, singer Aaron Carter, finished in fifth place with partner Karina Smirnoff during Season 9 of the ABC hit.

“My brother was on it; he did great; and he’s a great little dancer and entertainer so I saw it through his eyes throughout that experience,” the elder Carter brother reveals. “And there’s a lot of competitiveness in me and I think there’s a little something inside of me that says, ‘Okay, I’m going to go there and represent the Carter name and do even better than what he did!'”

Interestingly, although Nick has danced with his BSB bandmates for more than two decades, he’s a little shy about his dancing skills. “I never considered myself a great dancer. Even though funny enough I’ve danced my entire life, I might have had a little insecurity on that end. But I felt this time around I had some time and I think it’ll be a cool experience. I think they can teach me some stuff.”

He adds, “I hope maybe I can become a better dancer! It’ll be a great experience to learn how to ballroom dance.”

Nick also hopes his quest for the Mirrorball Trophy will do wonders for his fitness. “I have a tendency to get overweight pretty damn fast,” he confesses with a laugh, “so dancing has always kept me slim.”

You can also read more at E Online, Entertainment Weekly, and Access Hollywood.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter Confirmed To Dance On Dancing With The Stars Season 21

And our 3rd celebrity to dance in Dancing With The Stars Season 21 is…..drum rolls please….NICK CARTER! The Dancing With The Stars twitter account just confirmed it. I am so happy on this one. I have always LOVED the Backstreet Boys!! Give Nick Carter a welcome, Everyone!

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas To Encourage Smokers To Quit During SELFtember™ Event

Heads up! Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and his mom, Shirley, are teaming up again to encourage smokers to quit during SELFtember™. Below is more information from PR Newswire.

The main event will take place at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All smokers who want to jumpstart a quit attempt will receive onsite support from smoking cessation experts and quit-smoking products and resources, including a 20-count pack of Nicorette® gum, a 7-count pack of NicoDerm® CQ® patches or a $10 coupon towards either product. Visitors can also join free morning and evening yoga classes, receive a yoga mat and, additionally, participate in a raffle for a chance to win gift cards to local businesses.

“For nearly four decades, I struggled to break my social smoking habit. My decision to quit smoking was a major turning point in my life,” said Shirley Ballas. “When Mark told me he was quitting smoking, I couldn’t have been more proud and inspired by him. That’s when I knew it was also time for me to make a change and start living a healthier life. I want SELFtember™ to be a major turning point in all smokers’ lives and inspire them to take that important step towards quitting.”

“Gearing up for new projects, challenges and professional obligations can bring additional stress, potentially derailing even the best-intentioned quit attempt,” said Lisa Maxwell Anekwe, senior brand manager, Smoking Cessation, GSK Consumer Healthcare. “While many will benefit from a smoke-free you, it’s important you do it for your own reasons… and this SELFtember™, we’re here to help.”

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Julianne Hough Attends KEEP Collective Accessories Social To Benefit The Kind Campaign Launch

Awww, it’s so good to see Julianne Hough again. The Dancing With The Stars judge attended the KEEP Collective Accessories Social To Benefit The Kind Campaign Launch yesterday in Los Angeles, California. To see some photos of Julianne and those who attended, see the Daily Mail. You can also read on Julianne’s recent visit to a hair salon at US Weekly. Loves…

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Victor Espinoza Does The “Nae Nae”, Celeb Announcement, And More

Entertainment Tonight has a fun article posted on Victor Espinoza and his new gig on Dancing With The Stars. In the article, Entertainment Tonight also mention how there will be two more celebs announced for Dancing With The Stars on Thursday. Also, go Victor! He’s already doing the the “Nae Nae” below. So cute! I love his spirit and smile already.

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Video Coverage of 2nd Celebrity DWTS Season 21 Announcement – Victor Espinoza

And as most of you know, our second celebrity announced to dance on Dancing With The Stars Season 21 is Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza. Below is a video of the announcement on ESPN2 Sports Nation thanks to speedy @idolxfactor1. Who will Victor dance with? See our guess HERE! I love how much he cares for the horses he rides. He’s going to be a hard worker and, no doubt, will try his best. Watch out….

August 25, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Pros Do The ‘Nae Nae’ (Who Does It Best?) – Videos

Awww nice!!! The official Dancing With The Stars You Tube is busy today…

ETA: Updated with Sharna’s Nae Nae dance.

ETA2: Now Keo has been added.

Read more..

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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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Allison Holker Talks DWTS to HNGN

Nice, in-depth interview with Allison by HNGN – of course I agree with her comments on the best pros on the show, but  I love what she says about being married and her daughter. :-)  I also love how open and honest she is about having a partner with dance experience and how it helps. This is just a tiny bit of a very long interview. Click the link to read the whole thing – it’s a good read.

HNGN: When they announced that a few new dancers would be joining the show, nobody really knew that would be happening or if any new pros were coming on, it was kind of all of a sudden. Did it feel that way for you too?

AH: I feel like on the show, and this is just a personal feeling, it’s not a fact, I just feel like there hasn’t been a lot of new pros. Once they find someone that works, they stick to their crew and that is for the sole fact that it’s really just challenging for the pros, but in such a lovely way. Just being asked was a huge opportunity because they don’t do this often. That’s a huge honor. I really respect the show so much.

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Do you think it helped that Riker had dancing experience in the past?

I definitely think so. There are certain things that really benefit on this show. I think the athletes have an advantage because they already know how to be agile in their bodies and they already know rhythm and the same for band members because they already know how to count music, so I was lucky that Riker was in a band. The most challenging thing you have to teach someone is how to learn dance. When you get those actors or you get the singers that don’t dance, sometimes it’s more challenging because you have to teach them what the levels are and how to learn the next step.

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Does training start before “GMA” or right after?

Usually right after. You would hope before, but we try to keep it even as far as time so it’s not like someone has been working for a couple of weeks or something. They try to keep it pretty fair.

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As for the pros, who do you find to be your biggest competition?

The best pro in my opinion is Derek Hough, but I feel blessed at the same time because whether he really knows it or not, Derek has always been a huge inspiration of mine and he’s one of the first people I ever started to choreograph with and I learned a lot from him. He inspires me all the time and he always pushes me. And also Mark, he is very very innovative and very very creative. You can feel that they get to know their partners so well and care about them so the celebrities themselves shine and you can see it and I really look up to both of them.

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Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Rumor: Alexa PenaVega To Dance??

Along with Nick Carter, Hollywood Life is reporting Alexa PenaVega is joining the new cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 21. If true, what do you think?

Nick and Alex will be on the show next season, a source told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. So exciting! They will be great additions to the cast and will definitely spice up the dance floors with their moves.

Nick is no stranger to dancing. After all, he’s one-fifth of one of the great boy bands of all time — the Backstreet Boys! But this time he’ll be dancing solo. Nick is currently filming Syfy’s new TV movie, Dead 7, alongside his bandmates Howie Dorough and A.J. McLean.

Alexa is best known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the Spy Kids movies. She has been recurring on the hit ABC show Nashville as Kiley Brenner. She also had a role on The CW’s The Tomorrow People in 2014. She married Big Time Rush star Carlos Pena, Jr. in 2014.

More at Hollywood Life. To read on Alexa, see Wiki.

ETA: E Online is also reporting on Alexa and Nick now too. They also report Demi Moore, Jodie Sweetin, Caitlyn Jenner, and Rick Schroeder all said no. More below and at the link.

Moore was a regular presence in the ballroom during season 20 asRumer Willis, her oldest daughter withBruce Willis, competed, going onto win the mirrorball trophy with partner Val Chmerkovskiy.

It would have been an epic follow-up, of course, to have Demi on board (no question the 52-year-old could still rock the glitter and spandex!), but we are told it’s definitely not happening—at least, not this time around.

So who else is in for the new season? Well, according to sources connected to the show, Nick Carter and Alexa Vega are in talks, but haven’t yet signed contracts.

E! News also has learned that Jodie Sweetin also was offered a DWTS gig and very much wanted to do the show, but had to back out because of her new Netflix series Fuller House, which is currently in production. So…there’s always next year? And maybe she can bring Uncle Jesse along?

Caitlyn Jenner and Rick Schroeder also were approached by DWTS, but turned it down. Schroeder is instead starring in NBC’s Coat of Colors, the movie based on Dolly Parton’s life–he’ll play her father. And Jenner, of course, is currently starring in E!’s I Am Cait on Sunday nights.

August 24, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.