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PureDWTS Season 21 Late-Breaking Casting Rumors: Paula Deen & Chaka Khan???

In what is quickly becoming one of those days where the leaks and info and breaking fast & loose, E! News is reporting that controversial former Food Network chef Paula Deen and R&B legend Chaka Khan are part of this season’s cast.  See more below and at the link:

Controversial celebrity chef Paula Deen is joining the cast of Dancing With the Stars, multiple sources exclusively tell E! News.

Our sources also exclusively tell us that Grammy-winning music icon Chaka Khan, aka the Queen of Funk, will also be competing in season 21 when it premieres on Sept. 14.  ABC does not comment on casting rumors.

As with many other celebs, this isn’t the first time Paula has been asked – she apparently first got asked back in 2010, but turned them down as “fat girls don’t look good sweating”. Our own records have her popping up as a rumor in multiple seasons. Say what you will about Paula, but I love her – she reminds me of my dearly departed southern Grammy, and while her food will land you in an early grave if you eat it all the time…man, is it good. :-)

As for Chaka – I’m gonna call her “Keo bait” cause she seems like exactly the type of celeb they dream of sticking him with.

What are your thoughts?

August 26, 2015 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!

Dancing with the Stars Season 21 – Day-by-Day Cast Reveal!

Yes, that’s right. As we reported yesterday, DWTS is going to be revealing one celebrity per day this week, starting today. We’re going to pseudo live blog it so that you can see who the celeb is as soon as we know them. Then, down below that, we’re going to take a stab at guessing who their partner might be. Now, if they actually reveal the partner along with the celeb (I tend to doubt it, since they’ll want maximum DRAMA along with a bigger announcement on September 2) we’ll simply change that table to reflect that.

ETA: Just teased it with a woman with longish hair behind a screen. Said a “wild choice”. Hmmmm….guesses?
ETA2: I shoulda got that. :-)

ETA3: Reveal #2 coming up TODAY (Tuesday) at 6pm eastern on ESPN2!! Which sports figure will it be??

ETA4: According to the DWTS Official site, the 2nd celebrity is Victor Espinoza. Awesome. I love him! ~Vogue

ETA5: Per the Backstreet Boys Facebook Page, Nick Carter is confirmed as the 3rd cast member for this season, and a source has confirmed that his partner is Sharna.  Source also confirms that Victor is with Karina, and that Mark is with Alexa Vega. Allegedly, 2 celebs are supposed to be announced tonight on Extra…or Inside Edition…or something like that.  Man, this is a clusterf*ck… -Court-

ETA6: Per DWTS360 on Twitter, Witney got Alex Vega’s husband (and Big Time Rush member) Carlos Pena. As was guessed by Jordan in comments. 😉

ETA7: We were discussing this a few days ago (and we had reported a rumor on him in July), but now we legit think that Andy Grammer MIGHT be on this season. Please note the word MIGHT.

ETA8: It’s official. Via his instagram Hayes Grier is dancing on Dancing With The Stars. ~Vogue

ETA9: ET Online confirms that both Alexa Vega & her husband, Carlos Pena Jr., are in; E! claims Kim Zolciak has joined the cast.

ETA10: E! News is claiming that Derek and Bindi showed up for rehearsal together. I don’t really take this as definite confirmation though – after all there are several studios there and couples could be rehearsing at the same time.

ETA11: And Chaka Kahn is confirmed via DWTS Twitter.

REVEAL #1 – Bindi Irwin

REVEAL #2 – Victor Espinoza

REVEAL #3 – Nick Carter

REVEAL #4 – Hayes Grier

REVEAL #5 – Alexa Vega

REVEAL #6 – Carlos Pena, Jr.

REVEAL #7 – Chaka Kahn

REVEAL #8 –

REVEAL #9 –

REVEAL #10 –

REVEAL #11 –

REVEAL #12 –

We don’t know if it’s 12 or 13 right now as there have been conflicting reports. Both could have been right, in that perhaps they added someone last minute. :-)

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So, here is where we guess who their partner might be…until someone leaks something and we can confirm it, or it’s announced on September 2. :-) Items in bold are confirmed – items not in bold are just our own guesses.

Link to the Pro Watch post

ETA: Changed Victor’s partner based on some intel we got. 😉

ETA2: I started sticking names in but when I started adding heights, I may have to reconsider…

Guess the Pairs!!

Celebrity Height Pro Height Pro
Paula Deen 5ft. 5in. 5ft. 10in. Artem
Bindi Irwin 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 10in. Derek
Alexa Vega 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 8in. Mark
?? ?? 5ft. 10/11in. Val
Kim Zolciak 5ft. 9in. 6ft. 1in. Tony
Chaka Khan 5ft. 4in. 6ft. 2in. Keo
Hayes Grier ?? 5ft.5in. Emma
?? ?? 5ft. 3in. Allison
Victor Espinoza 5ft. 2in. 5ft. 5in. Karina
Andy Grammer 6ft. 1in. 5ft. 7in. Peta
Nick Carter 6ft. 0in. 5ft. 6in. Sharna
Carlos Pena, Jr. 5ft.6in. 5ft. 3in. Witney
?? ?? ?? ??

*My old research has Val at 5’9″ but I met him in the middle since Google has grown him since then. :-) All heights are approximate. As I noted the other day – anyone can make any claim they want on the internet.

August 24, 2015 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Sharna Burgess Asked About Dancing With The Stars Season 21 And More, Keep Peta Murgatroyd In Your Thoughts

Sharna Burgess just got periscope. Below she talks with fans about her recent trip to Australia, Noah Galloway, working with Meryl Davis & Charlie White, and Dance Fusion. She’s also asked about Dancing With The Stars. She doesn’t mention being “in” as a pro this season, but, close as she mentions she hasn’t met her pro yet and she won’t know until she walks into “the room”. Sharna also mentions that she’s dancing in the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour next winter (if there is one). More below.

And keep Peta Murgatroyd in your thoughts. She tweeted that she’s “struggling”. She said she’s ok, but, she’s tired and worn out. Her ankle might be giving her fits again too. She also instagramed that she’s going to miss Keo Motsepe and All Bersten as the tour came to an end last night. Let’s hope she’s going to be ok and still able to dance in the new season of Dancing With The Stars.

Conclusion made, I'm definitely going to miss my Snipes and Marons 😓 #dwtstour

A photo posted by Peta Murgatroyd (@petamurgatroyd) on

August 12, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Live Tour Brings The Glitter To Grand Rapids, Michigan (Photos, Video Highlights)

If you go to MLive.com, you can read a review of the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour when they performed at the Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, Michigan. You can also view some beautiful photos. Below are some highlights in a video as well….

August 7, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing with the Stars Season 21 – PRO WATCH!!

Here we are again!! It’s about that time of year, folks.

And, as usual, the pros that I don’t want to be in, are already in. Or in Derek’s case….mostly in. :-)  He’s been telling fans in Meet and Greets that he’s likely going to be on but doesn’t want to confirm in case something happens to change that. DWTSGossip says that he did indeed say yes to this season – but as she correctly pointed out, he’s said no before and it turned into a yes. But, this is Derek’s life right now (many, MANY irons in the fire) – he’s not doing it for PR, he just doesn’t know what’s going to happen. Drives me crazy. :-)  I’ll be writing a blog soon on PureDerekHough.com about my Meet and Greet and how he answered a particular question I asked him that bodes very well for his future.

Val has also said he’ll be back and, as reigning champ, that’s no surprise. He also doesn’t seem to have the options that Derek does. I also will be curious to see how much they pimp and manipulate for him and his partner, now that he actually has a MBT. This could be one of the more interesting things about this season – if their behavior toward him changes, now that it’s mission accomplished. Someone please explain to me why Sharna or Emma don’t get the pimpage treatment?? Their social media accounts can’t touch the men’s, but still.

What about Mark? I expect him back as it helps his music career, and now his studio, for him to be on the show. I think it’s about time for him to have another shot at the MBT again – it’s not like he’s been handed ringers the past couple seasons (unlike some), he’s just been surprised and fortunate, like Derek has in the past. But I haven’t seen any talk from him on the matter. Read more..

August 5, 2015 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dying Teen Gets Visit From Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy

This is so cool! I love when the pros do things like this…

August 4, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Live Tour TV Report From The Springfield, MO Show And More

KSPR has a special report on the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour from last night. You can read a little below, but, see the link for more including a fun video!!

Fans of the hit ABC show, Dancing with the Stars got up close and personal with some of the show’s biggest names at Hammons Hall Sunday.

The Dancing with the Stars Live national tour hit Springfield.

Dozens of fans got to take pictures during a meet and greet with some of the dancers and headliner, reality star, Melissa Rycoft.

It was a special time, not only for the fans.

Dancer, Val Chmerkovskiy said, “I don’t take it for granted that people are making an effort to come out and spend time watching us do what we love.”

Reality star, Melissa Rycoft said, “Ballroom was very humbling to learn you know. I came in going, I can count, surely, this won’t be that difficult. It’s like trying to learn a new language every week. It’s really difficult.”

And I’m loving these instagrams. See why below…. Read more..

July 27, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Live Tour Review – “Fancy Footwork” At Hartman Arena

Kansas.com reviewed the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour. They said the show had a lot of “fance footwork”. Here is more….

The athletic dances done on a spare stage of two sets of stairs and a catwalk ranged from an opening “Land of a Thousand Dances” – including the watusi – by Peta Murgatroyd and Chmerkovskiy to a hip-hop number by Chmerkovskiy and Witney Carson that probably got the biggest ovation and showed that Rycroft was right in giving credit to beyond-ballroom dancing.

Park City/Wichita country music fans even got to yell their approval before the company strutted to “Somethin’ Bad.” A Wichita woman in a long dress and platform shoes was the audience member chosen to fall into the arms of Keo Motsepe and Artem Chigvintsev – and to get very close and personal.

Not all the dancing was modern. Chigvintsev was back on stage for the first time after being injured, and he and Carson – she wearing a flowing gown – floated across the stage to the season-appropriate “Summer Wind.”

Being in Kansas enchanted Brit Emma Slater, who said she knew the state from “The Wizard of Oz.”

“My mom’s really jealous” of her daughter being in Kansas, Slater said, and then turned her back to the crowd and took a selfie with the audience for Mom.

To read the full review, see Kansas.com.

July 22, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

New Dancing With The Stars Live Tour Backstage Interview With Melissa Rycroft And Jenna Johnson

If you go to the Facebook link, you can watch a fun backstage interview with Melissa Rycroft and Jenna Johnson about the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour courtesy of the Isleta Resort And Casino in New Mexico. They talk of what it’s like to tour across the country with the cast (Sasha does WHA?) and much more. Thanks to @Jimmbboe and @JennaJ_Fans for the heads up.

July 19, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Live Tour Review Of The Bakersfield, California Show

Well, I guess the reviewer of Bakersfield.com wasn’t too impressed with Val’s lines in one performance. Other than that, he gave the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour a thumbs up.

The show opened with Chmerkovskiy in a black robe with “Champ” on the back. Underneath, Chmerkovskiy’s body appeared to be a bit rounder, and he admitted to Rycroft that he’d let himself go since finally winning the mirror ball trophy. But don’t worry, he told her, he’s still got it. Stripping off the robe, he danced a number in a long-sleeved white shirt, black dress pants and suspenders, and a fat suit. Maybe I’m a humorless feminist, but the bit didn’t land for me. Not only do fat jokes from people who have been in shape most of their lives seem a little mean-spirited, it’s just lazy. Which is kind of ironic: it wasn’t Chmerkovskiy that was slacking off; it was the writers.

But you can’t stay irritated once the dancing starts, first with a group number to “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon and later with a decades-themed medley that started with a beleathered “You’re The One That I Want” from “Grease” and went through “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from “Hairspray,” “Aquarius” from “Hair” and “She’s a Maniac” from “Flashdance,” complete with unitards and leg warmers. The quick wardrobe changes for each era must have been frantic backstage, but you’d never guess it as each dancer calmly took the stage.

Several times throughout the show, Rycroft and the dancers mentioned how the tour was for the fans, for the people at home who watch and vote but can’t be in the studio audience. They did a great job getting the audience involved, from a question-and-answer session early in the show to dancers running into the crowd and, for one lucky lady, a one-on-one dance and kiss on the cheek from Chmerkovskiy, who gracefully avoided answering her marriage proposal.

Between dance numbers, which ranged from the paso doble to samba to hip hop, Rycroft introduced the dancers, starting with the men — romantic Keo Motsepe, baby of the group Alan Bersten, prankster Sasha Farber and Chmerkovskiy, who needed no introduction for anyone other than me — and gave them a rose. When the women did a dance on their own, the crowd respectfully cheered, but when it was the men’s turn, hoots and hollers could be heard from all over the venue, including from some very polite-looking senior ladies.

To read the full review and see a photo, see Bakersfield.com.

July 15, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.