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DWTS14 Casting Rumors – The Typecasting of Season 14, Part II

So we’re less than 24 hours away from finding out who is and isn’t part of this season’s cast.  Who’s pumped??? I know I am…but we’ve still got a few hours left to speculate, so let’s see what other cast types we’ve to fill this season, shall we? ;-) For those of you that may have missed it, check out part I as well.

The Teen Idol

Previous examples: Joey McIntyre, Aaron Carter, Donny Osmond, Lance Bass, Mel B., Joey Fatone, Drew Lachey, Joey Lawrence, Ian Ziering, Cody Linley, Sabrina Bryan, Mario Lopez, Kyle Massey, Chelsea Kane, Romeo

Advantages: If sales of Tiger Beat are any indicator, the teenyboppers will come out in full force to support their favorite heartthrobs/idols.  Being young & good-lookin’ sure doesn’t hurt! Many also have the added advantage of having a decent dance background, especially if they were part of a musical act.

Disadvantages: Youth can also have its disadvantages – as in immaturity.  What some might call “youthful exuberance”, others might call “immaturity” or “attention deficit disorder” – poor Cody Linley had a hard time sitting still! Emotional immaturity (a la Aaron Carter’s post-rumba meltdown in the confessional) can be especially off-putting. They’ve also got to contend with the large middle-aged female contingent of viewers/voters – they far outnumber the young viewers likely to vote for them.

Possible candidates this season: There’s that random Nicole Anderson chick that’s a friend of Chelsea Kane’s, and Heidi found some compelling evidence that rapper Darnell Robinson may be participating this season.

The Host

Previous examples: Jerry Springer, Brooke Burke, Leeza Gibbons, Mario Lopez, Kenny Mayne, Lisa Rinna, Tucker Carlson, Mark Dacascos, Rocco DiSpirito, Erin Andrews, Wendy Williams, Mike Catherwood, Carson Kressley, Nancy Grace, Ricki Lake

Advantages: Being that they’ve been at the helm of their own shows, these guys usually have the media savvy & charisma to appeal to the masses, as well as the previous exposure & recognizability.  Most (not all!) are also decently attractive, which never seems to hurt (unless, of course, you’re a model – see previous post for explanation).

Disadvantages: Many hosts are only used to hosting – as in just sitting down & talking (or dodging the occasional punch, if you’re Springer), so the lack of movement experience problem seems to come into play.

Possible candidates this season: This category seems to have EXPLODED with possibilities this season – the most solid of which being Sherri Shepherd, who was caught leaving the DWTS studio the other day.  I’m still wondering if someone fr0m GMA is part of the cast this season, since they all seemed to act so coy when announcing they’d be revealing the cast. And then we have the Maria Menounos rumor as well.

The Actor

Previous examples: John O’Hurley, Melissa Joan Hart, Steve Guttenburg, John Ratzenberger, Debi Mazar, Denise Richards, Ted McGinley, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennie Garth, Vivica Fox, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Shannen Doherty, Jennifer Grey, David Hasselhoff, Ralph Macchio, Kirstie Alley, David Arquette

Advantages: Being that their bread & butter is acting, most can usually nail the emotions of the dances. Bonus points if they’ve done any Broadway (like Winokur) because they have likely had dance experience.

Disadvantages: For lack of a better term, many of them seem to be “has-beens” – actors that haven’t been particularly active in the mainstream in the past several years – or were never that big to begin with (can anyone else think of anything John O’Hurley has been in BESIDES Seinfeld?), making it harder for them to garner votes from a public who may not remember them.

Possible candidates this season: We’ve got Melissa Gilbert & Ryan O’Neal, of course, but nothing really beyond that.

The Reality Star

Previous examples: Kim Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, Melissa Rycroft, Steve-O, Holly Madison, Trista Sutter, Shanna Moakler, Kate Gosselin, Jake Pavelka, Audrina Patridge, The Situation, Rob Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari

Advantages: Many have achieved pop culture icon status on their respective reality outlets, making them fairly recognizable.

Disadvantages: They may be memorable for the wrong reasons – people tended to remember things like Kim Kardashian’s sex tape more than her reality show when she was on DWTS, and people seemed more focused on Holly Madison’s split from Hef than her antics on The Girls Next Door.  Many can also come across as attention-hungry & talentless(*cough*JakePavelka*cough*) – reality TV is often looked down upon as a way to get famous without having any talent whatsoever.

Possible candidates this season: Lots of talk about Ali Fedotowsky, who suspiciously moved to LA last week.

The Singer:

Previous examples: Mya, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mario, Belinda Carlisle, Master P, Chuck Wicks, Sara Evans, Willa Ford, Monique Coleman, Toni Braxton, Macy Gray, Nicole Scherzinger, Chynna Phillips

Advantages: As with the teen idols, many have had dance experience concurrent with their music careers.

Disadvantages: Most seem to be committed solely to one genre of music (often R&B or country), making it hard to appeal to a wide fanbase.

Possible candidates this season: Lots of loose lips at the Grammys about Gavin DeGraw, but it seems like less of a possibility now, considering that he is about to go on tour.

The Wild Card

Previous examples: Heather Mills, Tom DeLay, Mark Cuban, Steve Wozniak, Priscilla Presley, Buzz Aldrin, Bristol Palin, Chaz Bono

Advantages: The sheer novelty of having someone with such an off-the-beaten-path claim to fame (famous divorcee/widow, entrepreneur, disgraced politician, etc.) may be enough to have the public voting them – just to see what happens.  Being the “underdog” is a powerful thing…as we saw with Bristol in season 11!

Disadvantages: Due to their often dubious fame, people just may not have any clue who they are – I personally had to Google Mark Cuban’s name. There’s also the risk of backlash from some viewers who don’t think they’re “stars” per se, and shouldn’t even be on the show in the first place.

Possible candidates this season: Surprisingly, not too many outlandish rumors…especially since Herman Cain & Michelle Bachman have denied they’re doing the show. Phew!

So we’re getting down to the wire, kids…any last-minute predictions before the big reveal? ;-)

February 27, 2012 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 14 Rumors and Innuendo – And Twitter Nonsense

This post is a Heidi/Courtney/Vogue collaboration…

As many of you have noticed – the DWTS rumor mill is pretty darn slow these days.  No big media outlets reporting legit casting rumors, no glaring Twitter slip-ups by potential candidates, just…vagueness & silence.  Which of course makes our job here at PureDWTS a bit harder :-) However, we do keep a pretty vigilant eye on what’s happening on Twitter, and there have been a handful of tweets that have caught our eye as possibly being something legit (and some that are obviously joking, but funny enough to mention ;-)), so we thought we’d go ahead and share – but take these with a BIIIIIG grain of salt, kids.  We’re reaching here :-)

Heidi: First up, we have yet another NFL player that someone is claiming to be on DWTS this season – Jeremiah “The Axe Man” Trotter.  I found this in my random perusal of various twitter searches.  I have no idea if the person claiming he heard Jeremiah is even remotely serious or remotely connected – but Jeremiah’s non-denial is interesting, plus I remember how I didn’t blog about knowing that a Steeler was going to dance. A month before the announcement. :-) ETA: The tweet I posted a bit ago about Vince Young, also from the Eagles, makes this one seem like the person with the info got the wrong player. Hard to say.

Next up, an tweet from Kirstie Alley to Lisa Marie yesterday that got some eyebrows raising:

Courtney: Admittedly, this is EXTRAORDINARILY vague.  Kirstie could just be trying to coax Lisa Marie into participating in her “100 Days of Dance” event, or she could be just using it in the figurative sense, as in “Yay! You’re another year older! Do some sort of celebratory dance!!!” However, some interpreted it as “Get ready to hoof it on DWTS soon!” Could Lisa Marie be signed up for season 14? Who knows…but her mom did the show in season 6, and doing the show might help Lisa Marie spread the word about several charities she’s involved with.  However, according to Wikipedia, she currently lives in London – so who knows.  Food for thought. :-) I think she’d be a great addition to the show – she seems to shun the spotlight, but she looks FANTASTIC for her age and seems to be in good shape.

Vogue: Here’s Lisa Marie in her “Idiot” video “shaking it”. What do you think? Would she be able to dance? Hmmm…she definitely has the beats down like her Dad though nothing “Hound Dog” unique, but, would she be able to memorize elaborate dance numbers? She may have trouble like her Mom, but, I can see her paired with Maks! :)

Courtney: Now we move onto actress Wendy Robinson, who tweets some things that could be exciting out-of-context…

But upon further examination, it’s obviously just wishful thinking:

But I must say – Wendy does look quite fetching in green fringe!

Courtney: On the campaign front, it looks like the latest celeb to have fans gunning for them to do the show is actress Jackée Harry:

If memory serves, I think Jackée has been a rumor before…or maybe a campaign.  IDK.  Too much going on in my head :-) Either way, she’s funny…I think she’d be kinda like Niecy.  In fact, I think she’s actually friends with Niecy.

And in the category of “purely joking”, we have Darrell Sheets from the A&E series Storage Wars no doubt giving a costar a hard time:

Courtney: For those of you unfamiliar with the show, Storage Wars is a reality show where they take self-storage units that are delinquent on their rent and auction off the contents to the highest bidder as a single lot.  Sometimes you get valuable antiques and priceless artifacts; sometimes you get junk. Darrell & Barry (Weiss) are two of the people who bid on these units – and the reason I find this tweet so funny is that this is Barry:

Vogue: I can’t see it. I just can’t.

Courtney: If Reuben from Ocean’s Eleven had a drunken love child with Charlie Sheen’s character from Two & A Half Men, it would be Barry Weiss (whose name makes me want a beer).

And just breaking, we have this gem from Taylor Armstrong of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills:

I could use a spin around the dance floor w a good friend and an amazing dancer! miss u @ lets do it!
@TaylorArmstrong
Taylor Armstrong

Courtney: Can we say “desperate for attention”? Sorry, but Taylor’s totally fishing here – she’s name-dropping a pro (a pro that’s too short for her, no less), acting like they’re bff (ok…I must’ve missed something…I didn’t think she & LVA even ran in the same circles), and doing it less than a month before the cast announcement when she’s already been rumored as a contestant.  Whether or not she’s actually been asked remains to be seen, but judging from the constant reports I’ve been hearing that she’s flat broke and terrified that she’s not going to be asked back for season 3 of RHOBH (a legit concern, as I hear they’re already looking for some new housewives), the woman sounds desperate with a captial D – so you best believe that if she gets asked, she’s doing it. I hope Tony’s got a therapist on standby…

Vogue: Then there is Sam Champion…yes, Sam strikes again! Check out this little ‘retweet’ Sam made this morning. Why would he retweet this if he wasn’t dancing on Dancing With The Stars Season 14? This guy is going to give us serious heart palpitations with all of this TEASING!! With the added anticipation of Madonna dancing in the Super Bowl, I’m dying here. 8O Bring it Sam or ELSE! :mrgreen:


RT @: U wonder why those #DancingwiththeStars rumors fly when u show that smooth sway move @? ( WE’ll FIND OUT SOON!
@SamChampion
Sam Champion

February 2, 2012 I Written By

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DWTS14 Cast – Hunches & Suspicions about Sherri Shepherd & Sam Champion

This is a post that Vogue & I decided to write after making some interesting observations on Twitter & TV :-) Keep in mind that no other news outlet has reported on these two as “casting rumors” this season, and that this is just Vogue and I postulating based on our observations and some gut feelings.  Since the casting rumors so far have been kinda sparse, we figured we’d go ahead and share. But read this with a grain of salt, if you will ;-)

First up, we have Sherri Shepherd – and with that, I’m going to turn it over to Vogue:

Vogue: Thanks Courtney! Well, on the day Dance With Me Studios was filming for the Christmas and New Years Nancy Grace shows, @PulseCreativeNY at twitter was posting pictures promoting what was going down. She posted twitter photos of Maks, Val, Carson, Tristan, and Nancy to name just a few. In the mix and to my surprise, she also posted a picture of SHERRI SHEPHERD. At first I didn’t think anything of it, but, then I got to thinking of the recent rumors about Sherri dancing on Dancing With The Stars and for several seasons now. Sherri has expressed great interest, but, the timing was always wrong at the time. I quickly pmed Heidi about it to see if she was at twitter to see what she thought….especially being Sherri was clothed in work out clothes very similar to what Nancy Grace always wore for rehearsing. Sherri was also pictured with VAL! Now maybe this is something and maybe not since, as you know, Dance With Me Studios is where they teach people how to dance? The interesting part is, no sooner had @PulsecreativeNY posted that picture, she quickly took it down (kicks self for not taking screen shot in time). Now, my suspicions grew even more. lol Another interesting note is that Sherri currently follows Tony, Cheryl, Val, and Kirstie Alley….but, not Maks (atleast not since the last time I checked). She’s talked a lot at twitter about dieting and getting into shape…why? It’s like she’s preparing for something…is it…could it be….Dancing With The Stars? :idea: :) In covering all of our bases, we thought we better mention it.

Heidi adds:  Highly suspicious indeed and, as you might imagine, I asked Vogue what she would do next time she saw something “interesting” on twitter. SCREENSHOT. Immediately. :-) Before doing anything else.   In regard to Sherri herself – I vote NO. Nothing against Sherri, but if she’s already been spending time over at Dance with Me and is taking lessons?? Ha! And you though Derek has had advantages!!  CheaterCheaterCheater (sung in 12 year old voice)!! Who was the last contestant who took ballroom before DWTS?? Donny Osmond is the only one I know of. Didn’t think it was fair then, don’t think it would be fair now.  Of course, maybe Sherri just wants to get in shape without going on the show (what fun would that be?) and is doing it at Dance With Me. Who knows?? Well, we will in 30 days or so. :-)

 

 *photo courtesy ABC

Now we move on to a guy who has only come to my attention as a possible contestant in the past few hours: Sam Champion.  For those of you who don’t know, Sam is the weather guy on Good Morning America, and is a HUGE fan of DWTS.  He usually live tweets Monday night’s performance shows, and even had a Monday night “Tweet-off” with Chris Cuomo (a former fellow GMA anchor who’s now with 20/20) last year – DWTS vs. Monday Night Football. In short – the guy obviously loves DWTS :-) Anyway! It was announced on GMA this morning that the cast would be announced on GMA the morning of Feb. 28…and who was the most excited out of all the anchors? Sam.  Who was off-camera, but made a point of jumping in the shot when Robin made the announcement? Sam.  Who was disappointed when Robin said he’d have to wait until Feb. 28 to hear the cast? Sam.  Who acted extra coy & fiddly during the whole segment? Sam.  If you haven’t yet, go watch the video Vogue posted – Sam acts unusually squirrely, and seems extremely excited to announce the cast.  Perhaps because he’s part of it…?  You also have to take into account that the cast announcements for the past 4 seasons of DWTS have all occured during The Bachelor or The Bachelorette – big primetime ratings draws.  Far bigger than the audience they’re likely to get from announcing the cast in a morning slot…so what would entice TPTB to change the timing, you ask? Perhaps the fact that one of the GMA anchors is going to be one of this season’s celebs? If you think about it, the reason they switched to announcing the cast during the The Bachelor in season 10 was because Jake, that season’s Bachelor, was going to be a part of it.  What’s to say they wouldn’t do the same this time around? To add to my growing suspicions, I was exchanging emails with my lovely mother this morning, and the minute I mentioned we thought someone from GMA was going to be part of the cast (all the anchors were acting kinda odd), her immediate response was “It’s Sam Champion, isn’t it?” Apparently Robin made a comment on the air recently about Sam being a good dancer – a comment that seemed a bit unusual, given the context.  Perhaps a bit of a hint from Robin? Draw your own conclusions, but Sam’s behavior this morning practically screamed “I’ve got a secret…I’m going to be on DWTS!!!!” to me ;-)

Heidi:  As you know, I have to add my two cents to this whole thing, too. My response to Courtney this morning was “well, it’s either Sam or Robin” – based mainly on the fact that Robin is also a fan to the point that she’s had Maks teach her a few moves. :-)  I say no to Robin (but not as much of a no as I do to Sherri and I won’t be mad if she’s on) and YES YES YES to Sam. I would love to see him on the show. Everyone on that show is a giant though, with Sam being about 6’3″ or so. But they’ve had taller. I think Sam is a ray of sunshine and he could fill the Ken doll slot if Derek isn’t around. ;-)

*photo courtesy ABC

So what do you guys think? Could we be seeing Sherri & Sam hoofing as contestants on season 14? :-)

January 27, 2012 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!