Entertainment Tonight did a report on how Dancing With The Stars will fill in the gap without Derek and Julianne this season (do what you will, but, nothing will ever fill that gap imo. Please try and get them to do some pro numbers or Macy’s Stars of Dances atleast!). They also mention what’s next for Julianne and Derek. They also talk on some of the contestants and Len Goodman coming back. Check out the mention on Kim Fields and how she’s dancing too!
Another plan from the network is to add classic sitcom stars like The Facts of Life’s Kim Fields and Full House star Jodie Sweetin.
As you all know from a previous post, Julianne Hough won’t be returning as a Judge for Season 22 Of Dancing With The Stars. From all the reports out there, it sounds like there weren’t any hard feelings with producers and Rob Wade hopes she will be back on Dancing With The Stars in the future. Hollywood Life, a tabloid who claims to have inside info (though that is very questionable as they have been so wrong on things in the past) is reporting the same as well.
Did Julianne and DWTS part on bad terms? Not at all! “Everyone loves Julianne and expect her to return again in the future,” our source continues. “They didn’t leave things on bad terms at all. They are proud of her and only hope the best for her. The door is always open for a return!”
JH: The year has already started with a bang, appearing in Dirty Grandpa & I’m still on a high from starring in Grease: Live.
Honestly, it was a dream come true for me & was the best experience of my performing career so far.
The fact that so many people watched & seemed to love it was really icing on the cake— I’m so proud of what we did & will miss being with everyone every day. We’re working hard to continue to grow the community we’ve created with my “Jules” blog & a lot of fun lifestyle and charitable projects connected to that.
Of course, I’m super excited about launching my MPG curated collection this spring along with immersing myself in the process of designing my first collection for fall 2016.
Apart from that, I’m looking at a lot of really exciting film and television projects as an actress and producer.
It’s going to be interesting to see what Julianne has planned as an actress and producer as I loved her in “Grease Live”!! But, oh, what I’d give to see her dancing in some capacity on Dancing With The Stars in some pro numbers atleast in the new season. Whatever the case, we wish her all the best in her new adventures!
According to People, Julianne Hough is not returning as a judge in the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Though note (at the link) how she and Rob Wade say this won’t be the last we see of her in the ballroom.
Julianne Hough – who served as a judge on seasons 20 and 21 – will not be returning to the panel for the next season of the reality dance competition.
“I will miss being on the panel for Season 22, but have a lot of exciting stuff coming that I look forward to sharing,” the former DWTS champion, 27, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “The pro dancers, producers and crew at DWTS will always be my family.”
Instead, judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tolioni will once again be joined by Len Goodman, who took last season off because of other filming commitments.
Be sure to pick up the march issue of Redbook if interested. Dancing With The Stars Julianne Hough is on the cover and there is a special feature inside where she reveals how thankful she is for all the things that’s happened to her in her career. She also chats on her relationship and upcoming wedding with Brooks Laich. You can see some beautiful photos here. Thanks to Lori for the heads up.
Last night, Dancing With The Stars Derek and Julianne Hough att3ended DIRECTV’s Super Saturday Night featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The event was co-hosted By Mark Cuban’s AXS TV. Be sure to click on the photos below for even more photos. Beautiful….
Give it up to the Grease Live Soundtrack! Already it’s the #5 album on iTunes. Julianne Hough’s songs are doing so well too. Below is more from The Wrap.
That’s pretty good company, as are the acts that “Grease” is actually ahead of: Justin Bieber, Charlie Puth, Coldplay, twenty one pilots, and Chris Stapleton. Heard of those guys?
Drilling a bit deeper into iTunes stats, the most popular single track from “Grease: Live” may surprise you: It’s “Those Magic Changes” by Jordan Fisher. That’s the ditty the singer/actor’s Doody performs with his acoustic guitar in the diner scene. It brought on some swooning for sure.
Up second as a standalone is “Grease (Is the Word)” by Jessie J, which opened the impressive musical event last night.
“Summer Nights,” “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” and “You’re the One That I Want” are battling it out for the close third position.
So, who watched “Grease Live” and what did you think? Let us know in comments.
The show isn’t quite over here yet, but, I have loved every single minute. Julianne Hough was the perfect “Sandy”! In fact, I thought all the actors picked have been just perfect!! All the performances have just been excellent!!
Also, if you weren’t able to see the show, note that @Idolxfactor is putting up some highlights as I type. To see them, go Idolxfactor.com HERE! Below is one to get you started. Thanks Al!
ETA: Wow, I have not seen one bad press review of “Grease Live” (so far). I’m not going to post them all, but, here are a few that sum it up. Be sure to go to the links to read more….
Fox’s highly anticipated Grease: Live aired Sunday night and, despite the many, many ways it could have been a total train wreck, the performance went off without a hitch.
In fact, it wasn’t just well-executed, it was spectacular! From the complex orchestration to the huge ensemble cast, everything was pulled off to perfection, and accomplished with the sort of enthusiastic ambition that people have been looking for from prior live televised musicals that have been staged in recent years.
….Aaron Tveit’s Danny Zuko, Julianne Hough’s Sandy and (perhaps most of all) Vanessa Hudgens’ Rizzo made Fox’s three-hour production faster, funnier, sweeter and more instantly iconic than it was possible to imagine.
Buoyed by tremendous camera work, fleet-footed choreography, a kicky cast in which no one laid claim to “weak link” status, and a sound mix that was fuller (or less tinny) than any comparable production that’s come before it, Grease built on the live (but not in front of a live audience) musicals championed by rival NBC over the last three years.
Right from Jessie J.’s opening “Grease Is the Word” — in which the pop star managed to trek through seemingly two miles of backstage passageways and show sets — the tone was set: There wasn’t a minuscule detail that director Thomas Kail (Hamilton) overlooked. OK, there were about 30 seconds of lost audio during “Born to Hand Jive” — but that just reinforced the fact that everything happening was terrifyingly of-the-moment.
Mashable thanked FOX for raising the bar and this….
But the wait was worth it.
The ensemble for the performance — directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton) and Alex Rudzinski— was full of talented actors including Broadway babe Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables) as leading T-Bird Danny Zuko, Keke Palmer (Scream Queens) as the sassy Pink Lady Marty Maraschino, Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush) as Danny’s tough-guy sidekick Kenickie, and Grammy-nominated pop artist Carly Rae Jepsen as beauty school dropout Frenchy.
Hough and Tveit had natural chemistry that was electrifying (sorry, had to get another Grease pun in there). Palmer’s performance — and speedy outfit change — in “Freddy My Love” was equally as mesmerizing.
Meanwhile, Hudgens, who had announced the death of her father just hours before the final show, gave everyone chills with her solo “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.” Her show stopping number, and poise amid such a heartbreaking loss, proved she has certainly grown up from her Disney Channel roots.
Grease: Live threw down the gauntlet early and often—opening with a quick scene of lovestruck teens Sandy and Danny at the tail end of their summer romance before pulling back the camera to show stars Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit backstage on the show’s massive soundstage. For her opening performance of “Grease”, Jessie J (and a talented steadicam operator) traveled through the production’s byzantine sets—including a rainy outdoor locale—while interacting with the cast and acknowledging that, yes, what you’re about to see is highly theatrical.
Peter Pan Live! made stabs at adding cinematic movement to its camera work (something neither The Sound Of Music Live! nor The Wiz Live! really did), but it doesn’t hold a candle to Grease: Live’s truly impressive cinematography, which made the entire production feel more like a movie musical than a stage play. Some of the big ensemble numbers were just stunning to watch, particularly the high school dance sequence that culminated in an exhilarating performance of “Hand Jive” (sung by none other than Joe Jonas). The camera fluidly weaved among the cast as they threw themselves (quite literally) into Zach Woodlee’s dazzling choreography.
Fox’s live TV musical overcame technical glitches, a rare Los Angeles rainstorm and the death of a key cast member’s father to score rave reviews on social media and elsewhere.
“This production wasn’t about hitting notes or taking breath, but rather about making things breathtaking. And time after time, ‘Grease: Live’ succeeded,” wrote Daniel Fienberg in The Hollywood Reporter.
“In this moment overrun with must-see TV events, Grease wasn’t just live. It was alive,” gushed Entertainment Weekly’s Darren Franich.
Some other critics were less kind, citing the sometimes-clunky acting between the big musical numbers. But in the court of popular opinion — Facebook and Twitter — the show was a worthy successor to the classic John Travolta-Olivia Newton-John movie.
Also, don’t miss seeing Pure Derek Hough as Derek Hough couldn’t be more proud of his sister. So much so, he was in tears.
Be sure to let us know what you thought of the show in comments if you haven’t yet. I still haven’t recovered from what I saw last night. And the dancing…..I’m passing out and can’t wait to watch it all again.
We’re only hours away now from “Grease Live” on FOX!!! Variety just posted some cool “number” things on the show such as how many cameras will be used tonight, how many extras there are, number of costumes, and more. Check these out below and there is even more at Variety.
Run time of the show: 3-hour broadcast
Days of rehearsal: 52
Number of song/dance numbers in the musical: 23
Number of stages: 2 sound stages, plus the entire Warner Bros. backlot and built-out exterior locations throughout the lot
Number of sets: 21
Number of cameras: 20
Number of cast members: 24 principal cast members, 20 ensemble and dancers
Number of extras: 60
Number of live audience members: 650
Number of costumes: More than 600 — 407 for principal cast, Boyz II Men, DNCE and Jessie J; 226 for background ensemble and dancers
Breakdown of costumes: 60% vintage; 40% custom made
Number of quick changes during live show: 392 quick changes — just for principal cast alone!
Only one more day until “Grease Live”! Below some of the cast talks to Broadway World and ET. Also below is some photos of Dancing With The Stars Julianne Hough performing! Click the pics to see even more.