Paparazzi X-Posed caught up with Emma Slater and Sasha Farber at the movies. They ask them about Dancing With The Stars, teaching celebs, and more. This is from last season, but, fun to listen to.
Emma’s doing a blog for Hollywood Life this season! I’m looking forward to reading what she has to say. Click the link to read the whole thing.
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold
Wanya is the Manya. No doubt, he’s the one the others should be looking for. And the ‘Boys to Men’ singer is aimed with the best weapon of all. Lindsay Arnold. What a duo! I see great things. Wanya is SO dynamic in this Cha cha, his turns were comparable to our professionals on the show! His ‘New Yorker’ section (it’s a step in Cha cha) was perfectly matching Lindsays line and arm position. Super sharp, smooth in places and kinda flirty too actually which a cha cha should be in my opinion. Just down right swag, Wanya left me wanting more!!! Encore! Well done to my girl Lindsay Arnold! Scores for Wanya & Lindsay: 8, 7, 8
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd
Nyle & Peta blew me away tonight. I loved watching how Peta has developed her teaching technique to adjust to Nyle’s inability to hear the music. I was quite moving! Nyle is undeniably a talented dancer, he was a real sexy Latin man dancing away, spinning Peta and dipping her. Grrrrrrrr he was so in control and I love that! Having this kind of attack in Cha Cha is key. With Nyle watching Peta’s every move to keep him on time, I saw a trust and respect in their partnership. I can’t wait to see more from him, I think he’s a natural who doesn’t hold back. Good job Nyle!! Scores for Nyle & Peta: 8, 7, 8
*shakes head* Normally I wouldn’t even feel the need to post this, but after the last 24 hours or so and some of the nonsense I’ve had to field on Twitter, I feel like it was necessary…
…despite suspicions from some fans that a surprise “13th couple” was getting added to this season’s already stellar lineup, and that Ben Higgins was going to announce this morning on GMA that he was joining the cast, he confirmed to Variety Magazine that he is definitely NOT doing DWTS this season:
Higgins says he will not compete on ABC’s reality dance competition because he wants to focus on his engagement — but he did allude to an offer.
“My focus is not on what’s next. It’s on Lauren and I. Any decision that was made post show was based on what was best for us, and I believe that what’s best for us is to really concentrate on what’s best for us and to really spend as much time together as possible,” Higgins said.
Asked by Variety if he received an actually offer, “The Bachelor” tried to explain, saying, “Right now, a lot of those requests come down through the ABC pipeline so, I don’t want to call it offers, but just people asking if I’m interesting comes down from a group that is separate that me. Was I asked? I’m sure it was talked about.”
However — the couple will be watching “DWTS.” They agreed, “It’s a great cast!”
For once, a Bachelor contestant seems to recognize that doing DWTS immediately after he & his lady go public is maybe not the best thing for their relationship – just ask Chris & Whitney. Kind of refreshing…even if he come across kinda dodgy & redundant saying it 😛
I guess I have to place just a bit of the blame for the hoopla on this picture that Jenna posted on Instagram, though, as it seemed to whip fans into a frenzy, thinking “she got a promo shot, that means she’s a pro!”
ETA: Oh looky…promo pic of the whole troupe. Makes it a bit less suspicious that Jenna got her own, eh?
Also seeming to incite speculation about a thirteenth couple: the fact that Emma has deleted this post she made last week explaining that she’s taking a season off from the show. I’m guessing she took it down due to some of the irrational rage from fans in the comments section, as Emma has always done a stellar job of keeping things low-key and drama-free…but of course, some interpreted it as “she took it down because she got a partner after all!”
Apparently pointing out that a) we’ve never had 13 couples in a spring season, b) there were none of the typical smoking guns (subtle-as-a-sledgehammer clues during the cast announcement, pictures taken at McCadden, leaks from other media sources), and c) none of my sources have seen Emma at McCadden for the past 2 weeks, or have heard anything about a 13th couple, makes me a big ol’, spirit-crushing meanie to some on Twitter. Gosh, facts are so inconvenient sometimes, aren’t they? 😛 Denial is not just a river in Egypt, folks, and I just don’t see the point in indulging some kinda childish fantasies when I know for a fact that there are no more additions to the cast.
So what do I make of all this? I think TPTB were keeping either Emma or Jenna (or even both) in their back pocket, just in case Ben did sign on – the last time we reported, he was waffling pretty heavily. Could explain
why Jenna got a promo shot, and why Emma was seen rehearsing with the cast a few weeks back. However, as I told another Emma fan on Twitter – Emma’s a smart girl, and I think she may have recognized that potentially getting trouped was both a demotion and a pay cut, and likely not worth her time. She may have said “Y’know what? No thanks, I’ll sit this one out.” Which left Jenna – and then when Ben ended up passing on the offer, they just kept her in the troupe. This is all speculation on my part, but I think it makes sense. I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Emma, and I do think Jenna will eventually become a pro – it’s just not happening this season. It’s already gonna be a bit of a bloodbath, with so many big names this season – if Ben had signed on, I doubt he would have lasted very long, anyway, up against the likes of Antonio, Ginger, Von, etc.
Soooo…can we all agree that this season has 12 couples now? 🙂
Wasn’t this a hot dance on Good Morning America? Let’s watch it again! What a way to start the party. Video courtesy of @Idolxfactor1!
If you head to GMA Yahoo, you can see full body photos of the new cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 22. Let us know which are your favorites. I like them all….especially Geraldo and Edyta!
ETA: Doug Flutie posted his at twitter which you can view below.
— DOUG FLUTIE (@DougFlutie) March 8, 2016
Below is a new Dancing With The Stars Season 22 promo to go with the cast announcement. Thanks to @Idolxfactor1 for being so speedy with recording it!
For those of you holding out for a glimpse of Emma in the troupe (or those of you in the fringe minority, hoping she’s a “surprise add” with Ben Higgins), we have some disappointing news – looks like Emma’s gonna be sitting this season out:
Gotta say – I’m sad about this, but I can’t say I’m surprised. She almost got trouped last season, and I think it was a bit silly to bring back a 6-years-defunct pro (Edyta) and stabling a current, much-beloved pro to accommodate it. Lots of speculation flying around about what Emma’s got lined up next – a stint on Strictly Come Dancing? Some other commitments? Let us know what you think…
In case you missed Good Morning America’s official Dancing With The Stars Season 22 Cast Announcement, below are some social media photos. Note that we have new troupe dancers: Kiril Kulish (like we told you about in this previous post yesterday), Shannon Holtzapffel (He was born in Holland and could moonwalk before he walked. Read more here.), and Dennis Jauch (he’s from Germany and is described as being a ‘natural born entertainer’. Read more here). We’ll post video of the entire announcement as soon as Al has it capped. So, keep checking back. If you missed our Live Blog, see it here. What a morning and here’s to this fun fun cast!
ETA: And below is video of the announcement by @Idolxfactor1. Thanks Al!!
ETA2: Below is some coverage from Entertainment Tonight.
It’s that time once again, ladies and gents! The GMA Cast announcement live blog. If you’ve been paying attention (and lots of other blogs have been) we’ve been posting the Pros and the couples over the last week or two and you can find those posts at the following links.
But today we’re going to live blog GMA to see…if we’re right. 😀 Here are the pros rehearsing…
The dancers are at it again! pic.twitter.com/nJSpa9Am4t
— Griffin Marini (@Dancing_man0709) March 8, 2016
Okay, I’m going to get ready for work. Hopefully someone will tweet me if they get started earlier than normal. 😀
I almost forgot…DWTS has announced a few couples early:
Jodie and Keo
Antonio and Sharna
Ginger and Val Read more..
How cool is it to see these pros of Dancing With The Stars united to celebrate Kym Johnson’s engagement! I just had to post. Beautiful….
— Edyta Sliwinska (@Edyta_Sliwinska) March 2, 2016
— Cheryl Burke (@CherylBurke) March 2, 2016