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DWTS Derek Hough, Val and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Win 2017 Dance Industry Awards – Pics, Video

Last night, Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy won an Innovator Award at the Industry Dance Awards. Derek Hough also won for America’s Favorite Choreographer. Derek didn’t attend the Awards, but, below is some photos and a video with Peta, Jenna Johnson, and Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy. You can see Tommy Chong presenting with Peta too.

ETA: Added to the coverage below is an Entertainment Tonight interview with Val at the Industry Awards last night. He talks on his summer, being in live with Jenna Johnson, and more.

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August 17, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Carrie Ann Inaba Talks On Her Wedding Plans And Dancing With The Stars Season 25

Who Would Carrie Ann Inaba like to see on Dancing With The Stars Season 25? Find out below (I love her choices) as well as her wedding plans and more in this new Insider interview…

August 16, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS Watchout #2: Anthony Scaramucci Asked On Dancing With The Stars Again

You might have seen our previous Anthony Scaramucci “watch-out” post when TMZ asked if he’d like to dance on Dancing With The Stars. At the time, he acted shocked and kind of dismissed the question and said he couldn’t dance. Well, in a new interview this week, he said, “We’ll see, who knows”(more below). Also, last night, DWTSgossip, PureDWTS, myself, other dancers (thanks Kristyn), and people were followed by him at twitter. Kinda makes one go “hmmmm”. Did this watch out just get a little stronger? Let us know what you think in comments. From Hollywood Reporter….

Perhaps the most revealing moment in Scaramucci’s Media Comeback Tour came in the last minute of a Facebook Live interview conducted by ABC News political director Rick Klein.

Scaramucci lit up when he was asked if he’d appear on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. “Get Lorne Michaels to call me,” he responded. “I don’t know. I’ll bring my sunglasses for that.” He also jovially parried a question about appearing on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars — he’s not a great dancer, he said, but added, “We’ll see, who knows.” (An SNL spokesperson did not respond to a question about a possible Mooch appearance.)

More at Hollywood Reporter.

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

Edyta Sliwinska Chats On Motherhood And The Recent DWTS Weddings

Will Edyta Sliwinksa return to Dancing With The Stars this season? Not sure, but, she’s beautiful as always (in and out) and back in shape after having a new baby recently. She talks to Extra about it, motherhood, and all about the Dancing With The Stars weddings recently.

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

2017 Dancing With The Stars ‘Hot Summer Nights’ Tour Photo Gallery By Voguerista

I was so blessed to see the Dancing With The Stars “Hot Summer Nights” Live Tour on Friday, August 4th, at the Bellco Theatre in Denver, Colorado. The show was visually stunning, full of great dancing, and highly entertaining. I have to give huge props to Rashad Jennings. He danced with the best of the pros and then some. He was hilarious and full of charm as well. What’s more, I was blessed to meet a fan and reader to the sites, Ette, and her dear friend as well. What a couple of sweethearts who made the experience that more special. My only disappointment was not being able to see Gleb Savchenko (as most of you know, him and his wife Elena just had their 2nd baby), but, I hope to see him next time. Anyway, what a super show. Below are some photos I took. If you’d like to view a bunch more, see Lisa Kay Photography at this link.

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August 10, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 – PRO WATCH!!

It’s that time of year once again folks. And sans Derek and Mark, I can’t say I’m terribly enthused…unless we can get Sasha or Sharna a MBT this time around. 😉

If you have something to contribute, PLEASE PROVIDE a SOURCE – by that I mean a link. We appreciate the help, but it needs to be sourced, otherwise it’s just a distraction. Thx.

Derek recently said, very firmly, that he’s not coming back. Since he’s committed to NBC I would assume that to be solid, despite what he says about Celine Dion. 😉 I’m fairly sure I heard Mark say that he is out as well, but I’m not as sure about that. Peta has started playing the Chmerkovskiy salary negotiation game – all three (Peta, Val and Maks) have implied they “might” be back. Peta pretty much outright said if she gets a good partner. I have a question mark by Jenna with the word out because I think it hinges on SYTYCD. Based on her pick, I suspect she’ll be available.

ETA: Let the guessing begin!! I guess Tony and Cheryl.

Male Pros
Val –
Gleb –
Mark – OUT (?)
Artem –
Derek – OUT
Sasha –
Maks –
Keo –

Female Pros
Sharna –
Kym – OUT (according to Matt who saw her on KABC)
Emma –
Witney –
Allison –
Lindsay –
Jenna – OUT (?)
Cheryl –
Peta –

Status of Former Pros (You never know!)
Tristan MacManus – No, appears to have sworn off TV dancing
Anna Trebunskaya – Expecting Baby #2
Lacey Schwimmer – Unlikely
Louis Van Amstel – ?
Chelsie Hightower – ?
Corky Ballas – ?
Karina Smirnoff –
Edyta Sliwinska –
Tony Dovolani –

The Troupe
Brittany Cherry – ??
Britt Stewart – ??
Alan Bersten – ??
Hayley Ebert – ??
Brandon Armstrong – ??
Artur Adamski – ??
Shannon Holtzapffel – ??
Dennis Jauch – ??
Kiril Kulish – ??

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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. :-)

What Are The Dancing With The Stars Pros Shooting Today In LA?

Not sure what’s going on today, but, it looks like the pros are in Los Angeles shooting something? Could it be a new Dancing With The Stars photo shoot for a poster or new promo for the new season? Whatever it is, I’m liking Lindsay Arnold’s costume! 🙂

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

New Family Photos Of Dancing With The Stars Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, Olivia, And Baby Zlata!

Wow! Check out US Weekly in the link below. You can see some beautiful beautiful photos of Dancing With The Stars Gleb Savchenko and all his Girls!! Just precious as can be!!

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

Insider Shoots Down Dancing With The Stars Season 25 Cast Rumors, Comments On New Cast

At the end of July, TMZ reported producers of Dancing With The Stars were in talks with “Bachelor In Paradise” star DeMario Jackson to dance in Season 25? Variety is reporting is now reporting this rumor is not true. They also shoot down some of the other rumors we’ve reported on. Below is more including a comment on the new season…..

“I don’t think so,” the source says when asked if Olympios has been considered for the dance competition series. “I think [ABC] was really happy with how Nick Viall did in the spring, but if I had to guess, I’d guess that this fall, the show would probably take a break from Bachelor Nation. [The network] doesn’t like these shows to feel too intertwined.”

As for Sean Spicer, ABC had been eyeing the former White House press secretary, but he will not be joining the reality dancing show this season. Our source says that there was “some interest” in casting Spicer over the past few weeks, but plans fell apart this past weekend and it “doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.” However, the network had been talking to Spicer and was interested in him because of his recent pop culture relevance. In the fall, ABC typically goes for buzzy personalities who are newsworthy, since many athletes are not available with football season and have to wait to be cast on “DWTS” until the spring.

According to our source, Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly ousted from Trump’s administration after a now-infamous explosive and vulgar interview, won’t be putting on his dancing shoes either. ABC hasn’t even reached out to Scaramucci.

“My gosh. By the time the show premieres, who knows how many other communications directors we’ll have gone through,” our source says with a laugh. In jest, the source adds, “Sure — [they’ll cast] Scaramucci, and then the replacement next week, and then the replacement next week. It will be ‘Dancing With the White House Communications Corp!’”

While our insider is staying mum on who has been officially cast for Season 25, the source says the network is “really happy” about who has signed on so far, but is still searching for more celebrity contestants. “I think it’s going to be a really warm cast — really fun and a lot of great dance ability.”

I hope so. More at Variety.

August 8, 2017 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

PureDWTS – Dmitry Choreographs for Jenna & Kiki; Val Choreographs for Paul & Sydney on SYTYCD

So the live shows this season on So You Think You Can Dance started last night, and there was of course cross-over to DWTS – Jenna is back as an All-Star again, as is sometimes-DWTS-pro-dance-lurker/former MOVE cast member Paul Karmiryan; Dmitry is also choreographing again.  Additionally, Jenna has picked former DWTS troupe member Kiki Nyemchek as her partner this season, and Val has signed on to choreograph.

I was kinda shocked to see Kiki again – I didn’t realize he’s as young as he is (25 – I honestly thought he was already in his late 20’s five years ago), which means he was only 18 when he started in the DWTS troupe wayyyy back when; pretty sure he was a Fam hire. Judging from the comments on YouTube for their cha-cha, he still appears to be the pretty bland guy I remember from the troupe – the general sentiment seems to be that people preferred Jenna’s other partner and are disappointed that she picked Kiki over him:

Oof.  I see that Dmitry’s choreography hasn’t improved much – the song is awful, and the whole dance just felt like a non-event.  Couldn’t even tell you what Kiki did, as Jenna outdanced him the whole time. Paul & Sydney seemed to fare slightly (very slightly) better with Val’s choreography…

Oh look – the high kick is apparently a permanent thing now 😛 And there seemed to be a lot of stop-and-go, so no question – this is Val’s choreography, and this felt like a slight remix of Normani’s cha-cha…but less energetic. I will say I preferred it slightly to Dmitry’s cha-cha; but is it just me, or is Sydney…not all that great? She looks more like a contemporary or hip-hop dancer trying to do ballroom to me, than an actual ballroom dancer. She reminds me of that salsa dancer from several seasons ago (Cristina something, maybe?) that they tried to pass off as a ballroom dancer – just seems to lack polish & confidence in her movements.

Prediction: neither couple is likely to last long on SYTYCD, as is usually the trend – SYTYCD is just not particularly ballroom-friendly or ballroom-appreciative. Did any of you watch? What are your thoughts?

Be sure to check out Amanda’s review of last night’s show over at Pure SYTYCD.

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, 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. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog