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DWTS Producer Conrad Green Comments On Switch Up Dance And More

According to Producer Conrad Green via Hollywood Reporter, the “Switch Up” dance will take place halfway through the season of Dancing With The Stars. He also says the casting is getting more difficult with each season. Below is more including his thoughts on why they decided to make the changes they did. Be sure to read more at the link!

“The practical reality is that we have to keep engaging with a younger audience as well as our substantial older one,” says executive producer Conrad Green. “Obviously life would be easier for us if we were only judged on the sheer scale of our audience.”

The play for younger viewers, which saw veteran co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet and longtime bandleader Harold Wheeler axed, hasn’t been without strife. The American Federation of Musicians president Ray Hair blasted the decision by ABC and producer BBC Worldwide to drop Wheeler and his 28-member orchestra, describing it as “artistic fraud.” The new, smaller band led by Ray Chew will be more focused on current hits — prerecording the more produced elements in lieu of using costly master tracks. “This was a creative decision to increase the amount of live music on the show,” says Green, who maintains Dancing still will emphasize the band. “The way the union responded on this, without ever talking to us, was pretty poor.”

Green admits each season becomes more difficult to cast (Winter Olympians Charlie White and Meryl Davis, reality star NeNe Leakes and NHL alum Sean Avery headline season 18). He says new interactive elements are the real draw. Voters will have final say in eliminations, and pairings briefly will be switched halfway. Also, fan favorite Maksim Chmerkovskiy will return after quitting in 2012. Says Green: “Our viewers want to see him competing again.”

ETA: According to some new cast interviews with E Online, the Switch Up dance will take place in week 3!! Thanks to Kaitlyn for letting us know. More HERE!!

EAT2: You can read more of what the pros think of the Switch up dance at Today. Below is a take…

“I don’t know how it’s going to be,” Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who’s returning to the show after a two-season break from the competition, told TODAY. “They’ve tried explaining it to us four times. There was a lot of confusion. It’ll be a little awkward if I get paired up with someone who loves me, but (my partner) Meryl (Davis, the Olympic ice skating champ) wants to stay with me, too.”

“Normally, I don’t mind change,” said Tony Dovolani, who’s paired with “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes. “But changing partners is raising my eyebrows. I don’t like sharing my women! I grow them into the partners that I want them to be, and … halfway through the season there will be a switcheroo? You can feel cheated.”

Changing partners can also potentially affect the progress that stars make under their assigned pro.

“You build a relationship with your partner,” offered Sharna Burgess, who’s paired with Davis’ Olympic partner, Charlie White. “You develop your own language, and you learn how to work with each other. The odds of someone moving to another person with (equal success) are unlikely.”

March 5, 2014 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.

Official ABC Dancing With The Stars Season 18 “You Switch” Promo

Below is a new ABC Dancing With The Stars promo from the official site. It makes one even more curious for how they will do the “Switch” partners thing? 8O

ETA: As said in the Press Interview post, pay special attention to Sharna and what she says on the “Switch” dance in the On The Red Carpet interview which we added below. I was trying to keep an open mind. Not sure I like this now?

March 4, 2014 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.

Post GMA Press Interviews With The Cast Of Dancing With The Stars Season 18 (Videos)

The press interviews after Good Morning America are starting to come out. Below are a few of them from Access Hollywood. Keep checking back. We’ll post more as they come out….

ETA Special Note: Scroll below to hear Sharna Burgess explain the Switch dance and let us know what you think!

ETA: Here is one with Derek. Derek also talks of switching partners at the end of his interview for how it might take place. Fascinating. Be sure to see Pure Derek Hough for more coverage with him and Amy!! 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.

Behind The Scene Pics From The DWTS 2014 Cast Photo Shoot And More Media

So many fun news items coming out fast now on the new cast of Dancing With The Stars. First of all, E Online has posted new items for each of the celebrities with their reactions and getting to know them. Don’t miss reading them all at this link.

Also, the official site of Dancing With The Stars has been loading up some glorious new photos from “behind the scenes” of the first cast photo shoot as well as “getting to know you” things. Don’t miss it all here and here.

Stay tuned for updates….

ETA: You can read an ABC press release of the cast at this link. They also write of the “switch up” some.

In a first for “Dancing with the Stars,” the competition will feature a new game changing twist called “The Switch Up.” This season, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrities and professional dance pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners at a point in the season. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition.

ETA2: According to the Hollywood Reporter, the switch ups will only take place for a week. Thanks to @DWTSgossip for the heads up on this news…

but even partnerships aren’t a sure thing this season. ABC also used the cast announcement to to reveal a slight twist in the competition. At one point in the season, after the duos have settled into their working relationships, fans will vote on partner swaps for one week of the show.

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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.

Video Coverage Of GMA Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Cast Announcement

Please give it up and thanks to @idolxfactor’s The Video Vault You Tube Channel! She’s getting the Good Morning America footage of the Dancing With The Stars cast Announcement up for us as soon as she can.

More coming! Stay tuned!

ETA: Ok, below is the Question and Answer part of the announcement:

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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.

PureDWTS Season 18 Cast Announcement – LIVE BLOG!!!

It’s finally here, kids – after weeks of speculation about who’s dancing and who they’re dancing with, all questions will be answered in just a few short hours :-) This post is going up the night BEFORE the cast announcement, so be sure to bookmark it, as I will be posting all updates as they occur live on GMA on this post.

Before the fun begins, here are the ground rules:

1.) If you’re watching along and see that I haven’t posted something yet, DO NOT GO RUSHING INTO THE COMMENTS TO POST IT YOURSELF.  It takes time to update this site – especially during high traffic times like the cast announcement, and it only slows us down further when we have a bunch of people spamming the comments with the very same information we’re trying to update with in the main post.  If you do this, don’t be surprised if you find yourself on comment moderation.  You’ve been warned.

2.) Please do not refresh the page every 5 minutes and repeatedly post in the comments “Have we heard anything yet? Have they announced it yet???” When I say this page will be a live blog, it will be a LIVE BLOG – I literally post things as they happen…even the trivial time-wasting stuff that GMA has become famous for in the minutes leading up to the announcement.  If you don’t see it posted, IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET.  Remember – needless spamming & refreshing only slows the site down and delays us even further from posting.

3.) This goes without saying, but if you want to watch the cast announcement in your own time zone and want to be surprised – like, seriously, GTFO.  This is essentially a spoiler post – so if you don’t want spoilers, don’t read it.  Yes, circumstances have arisen in the past that make me feel like I should make this abundantly clear to our readers.  Don’t ask. :-P

Got it? Gooooood.  Now let’s play :-) I’d also like to give a shout-out to Heidi, who is tweeting simultaneously from our @puredwts Twitter account, and Vogue, who is manning the controls over at PureDerekHough and posting news and rumors here before and afterwards.  All Angels on deck – show us some love :-)

9:45 PM EST, night before the announcement: The carefully guarded cast list seems to have sprung several leaks today, as we were hit with a bunch of new names.  If you haven’t already, go check out our rumor round-up and interesting things on Twitter posts to refresh your memory on some of the rumored celebs.  At this point, the only celebs that I personally feel confident that they’re going to be on this season are Meryl, Charlie, NeNe, Drew, Cody, & Diana.  The rest? Could go either way.  As for the potential partnerships – the only thing I know for sure is that Derek is NOT dancing with Meryl.  Please, Derek + Meryl partnership-wishers, get all of the whining out of your systems tonight…because I ain’t gonna have time for it come tomorrow morning. So which celebrities do you guys think are in? And who do you think they’re dancing with? T minus 9 hours till all is revealed :-)

7:00 AM EST: I’m up, I’m up – and so is Tom, who is flanked by Jenna & Lindsay from the troupe. Sasha & Artem are also there, entertaining the audience. They are going to announce both the celebs & the partnerships. Stay tuned…

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7:22 AM EST: Nothing so far…but here’s the best pic I could get of Sasha & Jenna jiving to “Happy”:

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7:32 AM EST: Our first clues from Lara: one celeb may be “racing” to the win, and another “may have the force behind him”. Sounds like she’s referring to Diana & Billy Dee.

7:40 AM EST:In case you wanted to know some other current events: Oscar Pistorius is on trial, Robin Thicke is trying to win his wife back, and it’s pretty effin’ cold pretty much everywhere except Florida. Zzzzzzz.

7:46 AM EST We’re allegedly “moments away” from the announcement. We’ve been moments away since 7:00…apparently GMA & I have different definitions for the term “moment”.

8:00 AM EST: Robin said that they have a “full house” over in LA. So clever, those GMA anchors :::roll::: And the “is Derek back? Is Maks back?” has started.

8:01 AM EST Lara’s next corny clue? One celeb “knows how to score…goals”. Probably Sean Avery. I find it hilarious that they really haven’t let Erin talk yet. Who wants some king cake? Don’t chip your tooth on the plastic baby, Robin. I speak from experience. :-P

8:07 AM EST: 10 minutes till the big reveal!

8:18 AM EST: Here we go! Your season 18 celebrities are: Danica McKellar, Cody Simpson, Billy Dee Williams, Diana Nyad, James Maslow, Sean Avery, Drew Carey, Candace Cameron-Bure, Charlie White, Meryl Davis…and that’s it. I’m thinking Derek’s partner is getting revealed at a later date…Robin confirms this.

8:31 AM EST: And the partnerships are: Danica & Val, Cody & Witney, Billy Dee & Emma (love it), Diana & Henry, NeNe & Tony, James & Peta, Sean & Karina, Drew & Cheryl, Candace & Mark, Charlie & Sharna, and Meryl &…MAKS?! Twelfth celeb is Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, partnered with Derek.

8:37 AM EST: BIG twist this season: at some point in the competition, all the partnerships are going to switch – and America’s going to do the voting. Bet ya anything Maks loses Meryl as a result. Well kids, I’m kinda over thing trying to update this post when I keep getting kicked out of the dashboard…and I have to go to work. Catch you later…discuss amongst yourselves. :-)

11:05 AM EST: Went ahead and put together the height chart for the couples…just cause.  Note that one couple has a much greater height difference than the rest…11″ compared to most other couples being only about 6″ or less in difference.  Just throwing that out there, for the good of the order…why do you think that might be? Discuss. ;-)

NeNe Leakes 5ft. 10in. 6ft. 1in. Tony
Meryl Davis 5ft. 3in. 6ft. 2in. Maks
Candace Cameron-Bure 5ft. 2in. 5ft. 8in Mark
Amy Purdy 5ft. 8in. 5ft. 10in. Derek
Danica McKellar 5ft. 4in. 5ft. 8in. Val
Diana Nyad 5ft. 6in. 5ft. 10.5in. Henry
Drew Carey 5ft. 10in. 5ft. 4in. Cheryl
Sean Avery 5ft. 10in 5ft. 5in. Karina
James Maslow 6ft. 1in. 5ft. 7in. Peta
Charlie White 5ft. 9in. 5ft. 5in. Sharna
Billy Dee Williams 6ft. 0in. 5ft. 5in. Emma
Cody Simpson 5ft. 11in. 5ft. 5in. Witney
March 3, 2014 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!

Derek Hough Dances Oscar Salute on Good Morning America (Video)

Today, Derek Hough danced an Oscar salute on Good Morning America. He was spot on and in his element as always dancing with weather girl Ginger Zee. You can watch him opening the show up below. To see more fun coverage which includes more videos and pics of him dancing and rehearsing with Ginger, see Pure Derek Hough. A must see!! Special thanks to The Vocal Vault You Tube….

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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.

PureDWTS Derek Hough And Brooke Burke Charvet To Be On Good Morning America On Monday

According to an ABC Press release, Derek Hough will be on Good Morning America for their Oscar broadcast on Monday, March 3rd (the day before the Dancing With The Stars cast announcement). Note how the release says Derek will be “dazzling the audience with his renowned choreography”. Also, all eyes on anything Derek might say about the new season of Dancing With The Stars if he’s interviewed about it? Note how former Dancing With The Stars co-host Brooke Burke will also be on the show to talk about the Oscar red carpet. Below is take from the link. Also, Heidi comments as well with her thoughts….

On Monday, March 3, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott and Ginger Zee will anchor live from Los Angeles, showcasing all the highlights, plus exclusive interviews with some of the celebration’s big winners. Multi-Grammy winning musician John Legend will perform live in our studio after singing at last night’s star-studded Governors Ball. “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer Derek Hough will dazzle the audience with his renowned choreography. Additionally, Brooke Burke-Charvet will join the team with behind-the-scenes dish from the red carpet, plus the fashion experts will weigh in on the night’s red carpet hits and misses. Comedian DL Hughley brings us inside some of Hollywood’s exclusive after parties and model Camila Alves shows viewers how she got ready for her big night on the red carpet.

Heidi: I kinda sense a “let the audience down gently” moment. :-) Or perhaps an announcement of other kind? I can’t wait to find out.

More at ABC Media Net. Thanks to Cath for sending this to Pure Derek Hough where you can find more info on Derek’s upcoming projects.

ETA: Since our posts above, E Online is now reporting that their sources have told them Derek is returning to Dancing With The Stars for the new season. We are getting reports on this at twitter as well from @DWTSgossip today. Hold tight! As we posted at Pure Derek Hough, this isn’t a 100% confirm until Tuesday when the cast is officially announced on Good Morning America.

ETA2: It appears Derek is the choreographer for “GMA’S Salute To The Oscars. You can read about it here.

February 27, 2014 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.

ABC Press Release On Good Morning America DWTS 17 Cast Announcement, Video Instragram Teasers

ABC Media Net has released a press statement for who will be guests on next week’s Good Morning America. As you know, the cast announcement for Dancing With The Stars Season 17 takes place on September 4th. There was some talk that maybe only Tom Bergeron would be there this time and then he would just announce the new cast. Not true! The new cast will all be there in attendance and, what’s more, they will be taking questions from the audience. Below is more…

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 – The exciting new cast of “Dancing with the Stars” will be revealed live on “GMA,” with the celebrity couples and their pro dance partners taking questions from viewers.

Get Ready All! We’re knocking on the eve of the cast announcement now. So exciting!! ;)

ADDING and in the meantime, be watching the Dancing With The Stars Official instagram closely. They just released a video teaser for who Cheryl Burke’s partner might be and they may be posting more? Be watching!

ADDING2: check out the picture in this tweet too for more on Cheryl’s partner!

August 30, 2013 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.

ABC Press Release On DWTS Season 17: Elimination Information, 12 Couples To Dance, And More

ABC has released a new press release confirming the Dancing With The Stars Season 17 cast announcement on Good Morning America. As previously reported, the cast announcement will take place on September 4th on Good Morning America. More details revealed below on the hosts, the judges, voting, how the elimination will take place (hmmm, not sure I’m liking this?), as well as how there will be 12 new couples!!! (shew, I’m so glad there won’t be less)

This season’s exciting new cast of “Dancing with the Stars” will be revealed live, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 exclusively on “Good Morning America” (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET). The competition begins with twelve new celebrities who will brave the dance floor for their very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master technical choreography and entertaining performances. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted mirror-ball trophy.

“Dancing with the Stars” returns for Season 17 and shakes things up by transitioning to a one night, two-hour format beginning MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). Combining the best elements of the show every Monday, “Dancing with the Stars” will continue to feature competitive dance, dynamic group performances and musical guests, all while climaxing to a dramatic elimination. Each week viewers vote for their favorite dancing performance. Each couple will be eliminated at the end of each episode by combining the judges’ scores of that night, along with the public votes from the previous week, which will determine who gets eliminated every Monday night.

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season 7 Champion), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

More at ABC Media net.

August 8, 2013 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.