Cheryl Burke is currently doing promo work for her new shoe line just released on the Home Shopping Network. Below she talks to them all about her shoes and how she was inspired to create them. “Comfort” was key without having that ugly “orthopedic” look (I know just what she means, do you? I hate that look too). They demonstrate the Satin Platform Ruffle! So cute!
Think there is no news in the off season? Think again! Our pro dancers are traveling all over the country and the world this summer. It’s fun trying to keep up with them all. For instance, Cheryl Burke was on the east coast this last weekend dancing with Mark at Harrah’s and then within a night or two she was dancing it up in Las Vegas again. Here she is with a friend at the XS Nightclub where they danced to Laidback Luke.
Cheryl also had time to visit Extra for a new Jazzercise spread. She shows how you can work your abs, buns, and arms. Looks fun! I’d take a work out dancing versus jazzercizing though, would you? 😀
Lastly, HSN is to release more of Cheryl’s shoe line. Stay tuned for the official release July 5th. You can view some of her shoes now here.
Another week, another random smorgesboard of inquires and curiousities 😀
Are Hines & Kym secretly dating?
Erm…if it was a secret, how would any of us know? 🙂 I know a lot of us here at PureDWTS were definitely not opposed to a Hinenkym liason, but realistically – I’m not sure Hines’ & Kym’s lifestyles are very compatible at this point. It sure doesn’t sound like they’ve been in the same place at the same time much since the show wrapped, aside from the media blitz the week of the finale. Kym’s been jet-setting all over the place in the past couple weeks – she was at a nightclub in Vegas last week with Dmitry (no Hines in sight), was in Tampa earlier this week to do some promos on HSN for the DWTS hair extensions line, and is doing a bikini photo shoot for Star Magazine today in LA. Hines was tied up earlier this week as a presenter for the CMT Awards in Nashville, and tweeted earlier today that he was “back home” (which I’m assuming is his house in Atlanta, and not the apartment he had in LA for the duration of the show) and his MBT had arrived. Kym did tweet that she wished she was at the CMT’s with Hines, but I don’t think we can really read too far into that, considering a lot of the pros & celebs still do attend events together after the show – Kirstie danced with Maks at his studios’ Summer Invitational. The point? It’s kinda hard to date when you’re seldom in the same zip code 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, it’s POSSIBLE – but I just don’t find it PROBABLE. You be the judge.
We were hearing this guy’s name left & right as a casting rumor for season 12 – so much so that we almost positive that he was going to be on. He was going to Ballroom with a Twist performances, following some of the pros on Twitter, and telling basically any media outlet that would listen that he was “in talks” to do the show. And then – nothing. We didn’t even see him in the audience this season. Maybe the media took a tiny bit of info and ran with it, or Lorenzo himself talked this one up to sound far bigger than it really was, or maybe he couldn’t reach a contractual agreement with the show…who knows. As we’ve said before, sometimes it takes a few seasons of being a rumor before anything actually happens – so I still think he’s a possibility for season 13. I sometimes wonder if TPTB already have a cast in mind for an entire year, and then try to separate them into spring & fall casts, so that there’s an even distribution of personalities & occupations. Or maybe they try to work with certain celebs’ schedules…something like “Hey, we know you said you couldn’t do the show this season due to previous obligations…but could we count on you for next season?” We may never know the particulars, but I sincerely doubt they rest on their laurels once they secure a cast for one season…I would bet they almost have to do some far, far in advance planning to secure some of the bigger names they’ve gotten.
Do Cheryl & Maks smoke?
Only in the bedroom 😉 KIDDING!!! With regards to Maks, this seems to be a touchy subject amongst his fans over at maksimchmerkovskiy.com – but people are curious by nature, so to me there’s no point in beating around the bush and calling the topic off-limits. Anywho – I guess there’s a video somewhere of him throwing a cigarette butt on the ground before entering a club or something a few years ago, and I found an old article from back in 2009 with pix of him smoking. Honestly, I’m not surprised – most European-born people I know have smoked at some point in their lives. It seems to be more socially acceptable over there than it is in the US, although it does seem to be losing popularity on a world scale. I would sincerely doubt he’s a pack-a-day smoker, since he’s an athlete and seems to have incredible endurance (and a busy schedule not conducive to regular smoke breaks); but he could be like a few of my friends who are what I call “social smokers” – those who only smoke when they drink or when they’re around others who are also smoking. Whatever he is – doesn’t bother me any, as long as he’s not blowing rings of smoke in my face or trying to make out with me. 🙂 As for Cheryl – found an old article with pix of her smoking as well. According to my boyfriend, a surprising amont of female pros do smoke – some of them do it to unwind (which seems counterintuitive to me, since nicotine is a stimulant), some of them do it to keep the weight off between competitions. I certainly hope Cheryl isn’t doing it for the latter reason – although those pictures are old, from back when Cheryl was incredibly thin when she first started the show. She seems to be a lot more comfortable with her curves now, so I doubt she’d be doing it for that reason. The verdict? Both are likely just sometimes-smokers, if they even still smoke at all, since I can’t find anything more current than 2009.
Kirstie Alley’s new movie Syrup
Kirstie mentioned it briefly in the video Vogue posted earlier this week. She’s filming it in NYC this month, and is hoping Robert De Niro is her co-star :-). However, according to IMDB (and take it with a grain of salt kids, because it’s about as reliable as wikipedia – ask Heidi), the only stars listed for it so far are Kellan Lutz, Amber Heard, Shiloh Fernandez, and Allison Williams. No mention of Kirstie’s name – then again, it did just start filming this month, and it doesn’t sound like a lot of details have been released yet. It sounds like the movie’s gonna satirical comedy based on the novel of the same name by Maxx Barry, about two 20-somethings trying to make it soda industry. Hmmm…interesting.
Are Ted & Nicole Volynets brother & sister or husband & wife?
Brother & sister. Although sometimes their dance routines could suggest otherwise…aaaaawkwardness at the 1:43 mark.
Lacey Schwimmer legs
Definitely one of the more “talked about” body parts here at PureDWTS (but nowhere near as popular topic as Kym’s Awesome Boobage(TM) ;-)), mainly because Lacey doesn’t have the typical long, lean, leggy frame that many of the other female pros have – not that there’s ANYTHING wrong with that 😀 Lacey’s the second shortest pro, with a height of 5’3″ (Chelsie’s 5’2″), and her legs are noticeably more muscular than most of the other female pros. While this does tend to make a woman’s leg lines in Latin look less aesthetically pleasing (especially when Lacey insists on wearing something OTHER than ballroom shoes, which annoys me to no end), they do have an advantage – shorter legs usually make for greater flexibility…and Lacey tends to work these dramatic displays into her choreography. I’m still in awe of the spin she did in a bow & arrow stretch position with Kyle in their rumba (3:22 mark). And short legs aren’t necessarily a deal-breaker in the professional world, either – Latin competitor Elena Kryuchkova barely stood 5’0″ (much, much shorter than her partner!), and didn’t have very long legs, and was still a world champion.
Derek Hough bulge
I have to wonder if some of you have gotten sneaky and are just googling hilariously inappropriate things in hopes that it will lead you here and make the SERU (search engine round-up) each week 🙂 But alas, it popped up, it was amusing, and I had to share…so here’s the cheesecake from October of last year where Heidi & I discussed the “bulge” at length. Other highights from that particular edition were Margaret & Louis’ costumes, the smoke monster, and Val vs. Mark…let us reminisce. And any further inquiries about the bulge can be directed to Pure Derek Hough. Kthanxbye 🙂