It’s that time of year once again, boys and girls – time for Pro Watch. It will be very interesting to see what happens this year, after they let go of the band. That was a huge cost savings to them. The question is: are they looking to save even more money (say goodbye to Derek and possibly Cheryl) or have they saved so much that they can afford the popular, long term pros that have kept people coming back to this show season after season? I personally think that they will do what they can to hold on to Derek – he’s an Emmy winner and that’s very helpful to the show’s cache. I think they will also do their best to hold on to Cheryl, Karina and Mark. I’m GUESSING that Val and Tristan are still locked into contracts that are beneficial to ABC so they aren’t in question as long as they find a partner for them. As always, I could be wrong. Read more..
Pro dancer Louis Van Amstel was a guest on the Kris Jenner Show on Monday to promote his LaBlast DVDS and give Kris and her co-host, Morris Chestnut, a dance work out. He stressed “anyone can dance”…”anyone”! It’s all about “giving up control” and “getting out of your head”. They don’t mention much about Dancing With The Stars except Louis tries to convince Kris that she should do the show since two of her kids have done it. She responds with a “I don’t knowwwww”. You can watch the segment in full at the 15:05 mark.
What do you think: Kris Jenner to dance?
It’s that time of year once again, boys and girls – time for Pro Watch. I’m starting it a bit earlier than normal because we’ve gotten confirmation about Derek and a maybe about Maks earlier than ever before, as I recall. While Derek often knows very early, he’s not usually big on sharing – that seems a bit different this year. He’s confirmed he’s back with both the LA Times and Access Hollywood when they asked him. Now, it’s possible that this could just mean he’s open to it, not that he has a partner, but I suspect if he wants to do it, he gets to do it.
Also, at the TCA Summer Tour, Paul Lee, the ABC President of Entertainment, was asked about Maks and he gave an answer that was interpreted by differently by different outlets. No shock there. Access Hollywood said he said Maks “may well be back” and TV Guide said he said “likely” be back – now, call me crazy, but those are actually different interpretations. So, I am going with “maybe likely” as a happy medium. Particularly after last season, when Maks himself was saying he was back and then he wasn’t. And sorry Maks fans – it’s not a sure thing because, contrary to your world view, the ratings didn’t actually go down because Maks wasn’t there – they have been on a constant downward trend for a few seasons now, including those when Maks was present. We’ve been writing about it for a few seasons now, including after All Stars which was down 20% from season 14 – Maks was on both seasons. Sixteen was lower again = downward TREND.
As for the rest?? Well, Lizzie was asking who we wanted Val to dance with this season, but that could well be a “if we talk like it’s true it will become true” PR style. I suspect he’ll be back though. I wouldn’t count on Gleb or Louis…and maybe not even Tony. I really think they need to give Henry a shot, and I expect that both Mark and Tristan will have spots. As for the ladies, I suspect that Cheryl and Karina, and possibly Sharna, are the only sure things. Everyone else seems like they could go either way.
The big question mark for me?? Will there be a troupe?? I suspect there will be, although we won’t see them nearly as much early in the season. Don’t worry, Troupe fans – if what Paul Lee says about a possible return to two shows a week in the spring is true, then all may not be lost.
ETA1 Vogue here with an UPDATE: According to Enstarz, Val Chmerkovskiy will be dancing in Dancing With The Stars Season 17. He not only told them he will be dancing, he also told them his dream partners as well as saying, “I just want a partner who is willing to work and has a strong work ethic” and “You can be a supermodel, an actress, an athlete… but to be a good partner, you have to be willing to put in the work.” Be sure to read the link for more!
ETA2: Chelsie could be “possibly in”. See this post for more details!!
ETA3 Vogue here again: Due to this tweet by Sharna, we suspect she might be “possibly in”.
ETA4 Vogue again: After discussing this with Court and the way she read Sharna’s tweet, we’ve decided together to take out “Possibly In” for Sharna. The pros may be posting optimistically looking forward to season 17 (or the craziness of it, etc), but, that doesn’t mean they are “in” or are “possibly in”.
ETA4: This is sad. I hate to even report this, but, according to US Weekly, Kym Johnson won’t be dancing this season. She tells the magazine, that she has an “amazing work opportunity back home in Australia.” More here. Thanks to Lori for the heads up. Also, Chelsie tweeted of receiving “good and bad news”. We have no idea what she’s referring to, but, we’re changing her status to “unknown”.
ETA5: Karina is IN per @DWTSGossip!
ETA6: @DWTSGossip is also reporting Peta, Cheryl, Tony, Val, and Mark “in” as well.
ETA7: The hits just keep on coming, as DWTSGossip tweets that Maks “will not be returning” for season 17. -Court-
ETA8: The day of the furious pro watch updates continues, as DWTSGossip reveals that Anna & Chelsie are out and that Lindsay & Emma are in…although the “I guess” at the beginning of her tweet seems to leave a bit of margin for error…-Court-
ETA9: And now we have a bit of news on Henry. We think he’s “Possibly in the Troupe” or been “Promoted” because of what was tweeted in this twitter exchange. As Court just wrote to me privately, the problem with the guys right now is that we don’t know if any of the male troupe members are getting promoted. So, Henry may be in the troupe or he may have gotten promoted based on the tweet. In conclusion, we’re going to side with caution and assume it’s the troupe. -Vogue and Court
ETA10 Vogue: DWTSGossip is reporting Sharna is also “in”! She’s also reporting via twitter that she knows for a fact Sasha is not a Pro “as of now”. @Dwtsgossip writes to us that Sasha may very well still be in the running. Also, Tristan and Gleb are not confirmed yet.
ETA11: Oksana is out via Val’s twitter. Though the tweet has now been deleted. So, we’re going to mark her as “possibly out”.
ETA12: Just a little update on Troupe member Julian Tocker. He has tweeted that he won’t be dancing full time because of the new format, but, we’ll still see him around. Sad as it makes you wonder if it will be the same for some or all of the troupe members? Also, and if there is a full time troupe, how many will there be in it?
ETA13: Some good news and some bad news today (depending how you look at it and who are your favorite pros). @DWTSGossip is reporting Tristan is “in”, but, Gleb” is “out” (sad, I was hoping to see him back). So, what does this mean for the 6th male spot left? Will it be filled by a returning Pro (Louis? or did they change their mind and decide to make Maks a pro?), a promotion for a troupe member (Sasha or Henry?), or will it be someone entirely new? Penny for your thoughts!
ETA14: Guess what Kids? @DWTSGossip says she got mixed up and Gleb is IN! YAY!
ETA15: I’m baaaaacccckkkk!! And here to report that @dwtsgossip just tweeted “Sasha dancing with Snookie?? Mark out??” Clearly, those are question marks, so don’t get too excited. If true, good for Markie – time to go full bore on that music career, bud. -Heidi
ETA16: And Markie is in…and Sasha may not be. @dwtsgossip can’t confirm him, but he/she can confirm Mark. Again, certain sources out there have a piss poor track record – dwtsgossip is not one of those, and neither is TMZ. I’ll leave it at that. But seriously people -always consider the source. And remember no one is infallible. Don’t get worked up until September 4th. p.s. see mark’s tweet to dwtsgossip.
ETA17: Heidi here to tell you that a few spots in Pro Watch may just be WRONG. Dead wrong. Sorry, that’s all I can say right now. We’re in for one surprise tomorrow and a couple other mild surprises. Maybe – take it with a grain of salt as usual when mysterious sources appear.
ETA18: Errr…well, the cat seems to be out of the bag on some other sites (and Heidi is already in bed), so here it goes: Lindsay has allegedly been downgraded to troupe along with Gleb, Sasha has allegedly been upgraded to pro from the troupe, and one of the “non-troupe lurkers” I mentioned almost a month ago, Tyne, has allegedly been fast-tracked straight to pro. Witney & Henry remain in the troupe, which is now only 4 strong. I’m not exactly happy with this new development (especially since Tyne, to my knowledge, is just a contemporary dancer), but I’m interested to see what you guys’ thoughts are…and keep in mind, this does seem to contradict some of what we’ve already heard from reputable sources, so take it with a grain of salt. -Court-
Derek – IN
Val – IN
Tony – IN
Mark – IN
Sasha - IN
Tristan – IN
Cheryl – IN
Tyne Stecklein - IN
Sharna – IN
Peta – IN
Karina – IN
Emma – IN
Out For the Season
Kym - judging position on DWTS Australia
Maks – OUT per DWTSGossip
Anna – OUT per DWTSGossip
Chelsie – OUT per DWTSGossip
Louis – OUT per Louis’ twitter
Lacey – Most Likely OUT
Super Troupers, Past and Present
Oksana Dmytrenko - OUT of the Troupe
Sasha Farber – Promoted to Pro
Henry Byalikov – IN Troupe
Emma Slater – Promoted to Pro
Kiki Nyemchek – OUT
Nicole Volynets – OUT
Ted Volynets – OUT
Dasha Chesnokova – OUT
Witney Carson – IN Troupe
Julian Tocker – Not dancing full time in troupe this season, but we’ll still see him around.
Gleb Savchenko – downgraded from pro to troupe
Lindsay Arnold – downgraded from pro to troupe
Hey all and for those interested, don’t miss seeing a repeat episode of The Katie Show today. This past May, Dancing With The Stars judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli guessed on the show as well as hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet. They talk of the 300th episode of Dancing With The Stars. Pro Louis Van Amstel also shows Katie some dance moves and then they dance. However, what’s extra is fun in watching this episode again is the cast trying to coax Katie into dancing for Dancing With The Stars Season 17. So, be sure to watch. You can also see our previous posting with videos of this episode at this link. I love too how they have this page set up at her site asking viewers if they’d like to see Katie on Dancing With The Stars.
Happy 4th of July to all of our American readers!!! We’d like to extend our heartfelt best wishes to you all. Eat, be merry, make the fireworks happen, but, most of all, don’t forget to dance!!!! Yeah!!
As for news, below pro Louis Van Amstel is interviewed by KTLA on his new fitness line at Sears. They run through some pieces talking of the designs, the quality, and the affordability (I’m liking the last outfit the best). Louis doesn’t mention much about Dancing With The Stars except to say he’s hoping he’s back for the Fall season.
On The Red Carpet interviewed Louis Van Amstel. He chats about how he’s been helping the new crop of dancers on “So You Think You Can Dance” this summer. He also promotes his new ladies Fitness line called “LVA By Louis Van Amstel” which is available at Sears (nice, I’m really liking some of the pieces!)!! “It’s all about making working out more feminine, feeling good, and fun and fashionable,” Louis comments. He has a few things to say about Dancing With The Stars as well. Here is more….
Also, here is a fun LaBlast workout video with Louis and Pop Sugar. This looks fun. Let’s join them!
Thanks to Kathy Manabat and on behalf of photographer Jay Schwartz, below are some fabulous takes of “Dancing with the Stars” pro-dancers Louis Van Amstel and Anna Trebunskaya as they vacationed together at Casa Dorada Los Cabos Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico recently. According to Kathy, Louis taught his LaBlast Master Classes at the resort. Louis and Anna also spent time relaxing poolside and on the beach fronting Casa Dorada, taking in spa massages and enjoying meals at the resort’s 12 Tribes restaurant. They look like they are having the time of their lives, don’t they? We are wondering why we weren’t invited to cover this event live? Maybe next time they will take this into consideration along with free Margaritas! For resort information for Caso Dorada, visit this link.
What a fun “Good Morning America” today. All through out the show, they partied with our four finalists from interviewing them and asking them trivia questions. Their family and friends also had guest spots congratulating them. Kellie’s husband gave her a cute little puppy. At the end, they wrapped up the show with the couples favorite dances. Tom Bergeron, Louis van Amstel, and Chelsie Hightower helped out with the party as well!! You can see some of GMA’s coverage at ABC. Below are some you tube videos of the coverage as well (thanks to @dwtsgossip for the heads up on these).
Chelsie Hightower, Louis Van Amstel, Helio Castroneves Predict The Winner Of Dancing With The Stars Season 16
Louis Van Amstel has penned a new blog at ABC. Surprisingly enough, he’s picking Kellie Picker to win the mirror ball on Dancing With The Stars (which I agree with and why). Be sure to read the link for more.
So, if you judge it on freestyle alone, Kellie will take away the Mirror Ball trophy. Looking back at her season, she has been nothing but consistent. Sometimes she was too much in her head, but always physically giving it her all.
If you look at showing personality, performance level and always giving well-rounded show stoppers, Zendaya could definitely win. She sometimes had issues finishing off her movement, but she also had very consistent weeks.
Even though Aly got a late start, by being in the middle of the pack until well into the competition, with her fan base, she might still be able to overtake Kellie and Zendaya. Like I said last week with Ingo, the same goes for Jacoby this week. The only way for him to win is if his fan base will stay up all night to vote. Otherwise, it couldn’t happen.
After all is said and done, I don’t want to just be diplomatic and not pick a winner, because that would be kind of lame, so … drumroll. Taking the entire season into account, looking at dance technique, performance, overall personality, and who I think touched us watching this season, I’d give the Mirror Ball trophy of Season 16 to Kellie Pickler!
Also, you can watch Louis, Chelsie Hightower, and dancing alumni Helio Castroneves talking on last night’s finale with GMA this morning HERE. They go over all the freestyles and the negatives and positives. In the end, two pick Kellie to win and one picks Zendaya.
Stay tuned. Miss Heidi’s new Numbers and Predictions post is coming up next!!
Unfortunately, the couples didn’t do any interviews after the show last night with On The Red carpet, etc. Some of them might have went straight to rehearsals for next week’s finals. There was also a 300th episode Party they might have attended, but, Ingo and Kym did chat with E News a little about their elimination.
“My talent was just a little bit below that (the strength of the four finalists who made it) and I’m just happy where we ended up,” Ingo says.
His partner Kym Johnson adds, “Ingo hadn’t danced before. He was one of the ones in the competition that didn’t know anything about dance in general, so he was really learning from scratch. He improved out of sight every single week. If there was a mirror ball for most improved he’d get that!”
Ingo sums it up by saying, “We expected to go home tonight. We weren’t nervous tonight, we’re really happy how far we got!”
As well they should be. They danced their best dances Monday night and didn’t go out without a fight. I’m always going to remember Ingo for his sparkly eyes, his facial expressions while dancing (which I loved loved), his passion, and determination. And then there is his cute son Peanut. Stay tuned. We may have more with them and Good Morning America later.
Also, and off topic, what did you all think about Angelina Jolie’s decision to come forward about having a double mastectomy? I thought it was awesome. My Mom had the same thing done in the early 90′s and she’s never had a recurrence yet. Below is Kellie Pickler with her thoughts on it from E News….
“I think it’s amazing that she’s come forward and talked about this because there’s so many women that need to hear this and need to make sure that they’re getting their check-ups,” Pickler says of Jolie’s decision to under a double mastectomy after doctors told her she had an 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer and a 50 percent risk of getting ovarian cancer in her lifetime. Pickler stresses, “Early detection is the key.”
More at E News.
Ok, that is all for now, Dancettes. More in a bit. xx
ETA: PopTVDotCom has some coverage of the 300th episode party held last night. You can check out all of their videos here.
ETA2: On The Red Carpet is a little late getting their elimination interviews up, but, here they are now in all of their glory. George asks them on their Freestyles, why they deserve to be in the finals, the new format next season, and much more. Thanks to EPMusic for the heads up!!
Be watching Access Hollywood. They may post some new interviews too.
Also, see this link to see Ingo and Kym on GMA today.