We couldn’t be more excited to have Edyta Sliwinska back as Pro on Dancing With The Stars! Edyta is the reason I started watching Dancing With The Stars in the beginning….and well, for those long time readers, you know how our John feels for her. 😀 So, like us, do you have some questions you’d like to ask Edyta about Dancing With The Stars? If so, let us know in comments and then we’ll select Read more..
As we usually do, here are our preliminary polls for this season – just based on first impressions from the cast announcement. As always, if you are just here to bitch, moan, and make snotty remarks about how “we haven’t even seen them dance yet!!!”, then go away – this poll clearly isn’t for you. It’s also not for anyone clinging to the hope that there will be a “surprise 13th couple!” added (FYI: there won’t be). For the rest of us, it’s a fun way to see where the couples stand coming out of the gate – and in previous seasons, it’s often been a decent predictor of who will actually win, or at least who will make the finale. So please, vote – and tell us in the comments why you voted the way you did 🙂
For me, my favorite couple right now is Wanya & Lindsay – felt they really came out strong & confident at the cast announcement, and seemed like one of the few couples that didn’t feel totally awkward. And after Lindsay had such an impressive showing with Alek last season, I’m finding myself really pulling for her.
As for who will win – I think it’s going to come down to Jodie & Antonio, with an outside chance of Ginger if the pimpage continues at the pace it seems to be going. But then again, we’ve never had a season like this before – so someone could totally come from behind and knock the MBT out of any of their hands. It’s definitely not a cut-and-dry season, by any means…
Since the pros were starting to meet their partners today (although we only know of three who have, right now), we figured that we would start revealing the couples as they reveal themselves…or when we find them out. 😉 You gotta know that this is a secret that will be impossible to keep – not when they are starting to rehearse!! It’s gonna get out one way or another, and we’re going to report it!
Anyway, our first confirmed couple is kind of a gimme, as we’ve reported on this woman a couple times and the evidence was pretty strong.
ETA: Couple #2 confirmed! And I gotta say – I’m pretty excited about it. Will definitely be interesting to see these two work together & grow this season… -Court-
ETA2: Didn’t see this one coming…thoughts? -Court-
ETA3: We’re guessing this is the one that is going to get announced on GMA this morning, given who it is – and I’d say it’s also a bit of an unexpected partnership, given this pro’s track record of fairly young and/or able-bodied, conveniently experienced dancers. -Court-
ETA4: Apologies to those on Twitter I may have confused last night – I myself got confused, and mixed up two different pros’ partners. I think you’ll see why when the rest of the cast breaks 😉 But yeah, this one was sort of a gimme, but it does help give us a clearer picture of the cast so far… -Court-
ETA5: Saw this name floating around Twitter as a possibility, so I figured I may as well confirm. Rather interesting (and timely) casting, no? -Court-
ETA6: DOUBLE-WHAMMY!!! So E! goes and spoils a name that came completely out of left field…guess what? So will I. 😉 -Court-
ETA7: Since everyone else is reporting on Kim/Sasha, I will go ahead and add – but let me qualify that I only know this through process of elimination, and my sources were unable to confirm with certainty that those two are paired up…hence the **. But as for the other one I’m revealing – this I’m 100% certain of. And yes – it’s another WHAMMY. 😎 You heard it here FIRST, kids! -Court-
ETA8: Got another one out of left field for you – and I actually kind of wonder if this celeb may have requested his pro. I don’t have any proof, just a hunch. -Court-
ETA9: And with this update, I’m fairly certain this is the full cast. Seen a lot (and gotten pulled into a lot) of speculation on Twitter about Ben Higgins (*eye roll*) being a “last-minute” or “surprise” add with Emma as his partner after The Bachelor wraps on Mar. 14, but honestly guys – all signs seem to be pointing to this being a 12-couple season. Ditto to the fringe R5 fans that are insisting that Rydel is going to be a “surprise announcement” and be paired with Derek – no more spots left, guys. Better luck next season…now please move on. -Court-
Photos Of Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Kym Johnson, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova In Niagara Falls
As you know from a previous post Dancing With The Stars Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Gleb Savchenko, and Elena Samodanova have been performing in “Dancing Pros Live” in Niagara Falls. Kym Johnson came to visit them too. It’s so cool to see all of these faces again! Don’t miss seeing the show this week if you can. For tickets, see this link.
Photos Of ‘Dancing Pros Live’ With Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, Benji Schwimmer
Aren’t the photos below fun? Last night, “Dancing Pros Live” with Edyta Sliwinska, Alan Thicke, Cheryl Burke, Gleb Savchenko, Elena Samodanova, and Benji Schwimmer premiered in at the Fallsview Casino Resort in Niagara Falls. From what I’m reading at twitter, Cheryl did an amazing job at co-hosting. The show is being described as beautiful, multi-talented & amazing! There was a special mention on Benji which I’m not surprised. When I saw the show last year, he was amazing. Don’t forget you can see “Dancing Pros Live” from February 18th-25th. For tickets and a fun video promo, see this link.
— Tina Ronning(@TinaaRonning86) February 19, 2016
— Cheryl Burke (@CherylBurke) February 17, 2016
— Alan Thicke(@Alan_Thicke) February 18, 2016
Reminder: See ‘Dancing Pros Live’ With Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Gleb Savchenko, And Elena Samodanova
Just a reminder for those living or planning to visit the Niagara Falls area! You can see Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Gleb Savchenko, and Elena Samodanova in “Dancing Pros Live” at the Fallsview Casino Resort from February 18th-25th. For tickets and a fun video promo, see this link. I saw this show last year and I highly recommend it as dancers from all over the world dance in it.
— Elena Samodanova (@ElenaSamodanova) February 11, 2016
According to Edyta Sliwinska, the “Dancing Pros Live” tour starts in February (see instagram below). Also, according to the official Dancing Pros Live site, Cheryl Burke and Gleb Savchenko will be performing. This time period might work for Gleb too as the “Strictly Come Dancing” tour ends in the middle of February….that is, if he’s dancing in it too? Tickets haven’t gone on sale yet, but, be watching the Dancing Pros Live site closely for when they do and for more information. I hope it’s true and they are touring near everyone interested in going. I saw this show last year and it was fantastic!! You can see dancers from all over the world dance in this show.
Dancing Pros Live is about to wrap up their shows for the season!! Their last several shows took place in Michigan and North Carolina. If you’d like to see some beautiful new photos of Edyta Sliwinska, Chelsie Hightower, Karina Smirnoff, Drew Lachey, and other cast members, be sure to see MLive.com. Let’s hope this unforgettable tour hits the road again soon!! Instagram below courtesy of Edyta Sliwinska.
ETA: Chelsie is coming back to do the Anniversary Special. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Edyta and Karina!
What a fun and interesting new interview with Dancing With The Stars Edyta Sliwinska and Roanoke.com. She talks of her favorite dances in her and Alec Mazo’s “Dancing Pros Live” show, the most difficult part of the tour, and what’s next for her and Alec when the tour ends at the of April (TPTB, if you read this, please ask them back for a performance for the Anniversary show!). You can read more below and at the link. For tickets and scheduling information for “Dancing Pros Live”, see this link. I promise….you won’t be sorry you missed it.
Q: What dances can we see on the show?
A little bit of everything. You’ll see ballroom, contemporary, swing, jitterbug, Charleston, African samba …
Q: What is the most difficult part of the tour?
Probably the traveling and staying in hotels. I’m traveling with a baby, too, and it’s just so exhausting. But you just keep going on because you want to bring the best show to the audience that you can possibly put on.
Q: Your husband has won a season of “Dancing with the Stars” and you’ve come in second — is there friendly competition there?
At the beginning there was. As ballroom dancers, you’re already pretty competitive — that’s why you get into ballroom dancing in the first place. But I would have to say that it’s healthy competition. One partner might be very good at choreography and the other could be very good at coming up with concepts, so they’re able to join forces and create something amazing because of that. Alec is very good at logistics whereas I’m very good with artistic vision. You balance each other out and encourage one another.
Q: What’s up next for you after the tour?
Alec and I will be producing a show for a casino in Canada. It’s a singing competition show with audience voting just like “Dancing Pros Live.” There will be very little dancing. There will be some to accompany duets or group numbers. But we’ll have singers from “The Voice,” “American Idol” and “America’s Got Talent.”
Q: What advice do you have for aspiring dancers?
If you really love it and you continue to really love it, then work hard and stick to it. Get out there and show your talent. Don’t limit yourself to one style of dancing. You can specialize in one type of dance but you should know all types of dances. Take all the classes you can. Don’t be afraid to branch out into acting and singing or other forms of talent.
Hey, just an reminder! “Dancing Pros Live” only has 5 shows left. If you live or are travelling to the east coast in April, try and see the show as Drew Lachey, Karina Smirnoff, Edyta Sliwinska, and Chelsie Hightower are dancing as well as dance champions from all over the world. It’s a MUST SEE! You can read my personal review and experience of the show and go backstage with Edyta Sliwinska and Karina Smirnoff at this link. I had such a blast. If interested in tickets and scheduling information, see the official site of “Dancing Pros Live”.
Also, we updated the schedule for Ballroom With A Twist. Their Spring and Summer Schedule is starting to take shape. To read more about it, see this post.