And the fun continues with Dancing With The Stars pros Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy in New York! Below they dish with Access Hollywood about “Forever Tango” as they sprinkle cupcakes. Karina says she and Maks know each other so well and so long, Maks will speak what she’s thinking. This and their love for “Forever Tango” might be why doing the show is working out so well. Maks couldn’t imagine doing “Forever Tango” with anyone else. Really cute interview. Also, for some high quality photos of this cupcake appearance (lol), see Getty Images.
Good Monday All! How are you and are you anxious for the new season of Dancing With The Stars to start yet?
Just a few media things to share today. First up, according to this tweet Carrie Ann Inaba will be returning as a judge for the new season of Dancing With The Stars. I’m not sure what to think. I’m ready for some new blood in this area especially in Carrie Ann’s and Len’s spot, but, hey.
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Dance pros Karina Smirnoff and Maks Chmerkovskiy continue to make waves in the Broadway world in “Forever Tango”. There are some raving reviews out there and some not so raving reviews out there. To read and see some awesome photos, see these links….
Lastly, there was a beach party over the weekend in which some of our dance pros and past contestants from Dancing With The Stars attended. You can see some cool pics of Cheryl Burke, Kelly Monaco, Chelsie Hightower, Mark Ballas, Peta Murgatroyd and more at the Daily Mail and Zimbio Pictures. Derek Hough was in attendance too. See Pure Derek Hough for some fun pictures of him.
And that is all for now. More later …I hope. xxx
ADDING: Here is a new interview with Maks and Karina with Hollywood TV. Thanks to @DWTSMaksimFans for this one. I love what Karina says about Dancing With The Stars and how it helped her and Maks get their roles in Forever Tango.
There are also some great pics of Maks and Karina taken over the weekend at Getty Images where they attended a “Celebrities Visit Broadway” celebration. Karina also attended a Major League Baseball’s All Star Bash. They also sprinkled “Forever Tango” cupcakes. See this link for more.
Would you like to see Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy dance in “Forever Tango”? Thanks to Corine’s Corner You Tube, below is some video footage and a fun interview. Dancing With The Stars is mentioned in part of it. When asked, Karina says no one knows for sure who is coming back for the next season.
Stay tuned to this spot. We hope to post their interview with The View a little later.
UPDATE: Thanks to Jimmbboe, below is Maks and Karina on The View today! Too fun!!
Here is coverage from The View directly. Hot hot!
UPDATE2: Mmmm mm, more dancing. So beautiful! Special thanks to @Storm_Rising at twitter for sending this coverage to us and charlesg315 You Tube.
UPDATE3: Be sure to check out Getty Images when you can. They have pics of Karina and Maks on The View. Beautiful!
Thanks to Broadway.com, here is preview of Maks and Karina dancing in Forever Tango. Thanks to Cheryl c. for letting us know on this…
If you’d like to see some stunning, high quality photos of Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy dancing in “Forever Tango” last night, see Getty Images. They also have pictures of them taken after the show. Beautiful!!!!
Also, here they are after the show greeting fans special thanks to Mayormckinneyavenue You Tube….
What a special treat for dancing fans and fans of Karina Smirnoff and Maks Chmerkovskiy!! The two Dancing With The Stars pros were interviewed on Good Morning America today for their three week run in Forever Tango. Karina looked stunning as always in a black and white lace dress and spiked heels. The women of the cast were wearing the same. Karina says the show is full a lot of passion. Maks talks of how special it is and how he and Karina “have come full circle” (*total awww moment). You can watch their interview in more detail and them dancing with the cast at Good Morning America at this link. Jimmbboe has coverage at his You Tube page (works for International viewers). Hotness!! For ticket information for how you can see the show, see Forever Tango.
Stay tuned. Maks and Karina also did a “Forever Tango” segment for Extra. It will be aired on the show today.
ADDING: The Washington Post has a great article on the show with Maks and Karina as well. Here is a take…
When they dance, there is something effortless about their movement. The slender, beautiful Ukrainian-born Smirnoff seems to melt inside the torso of the hunky, muscular Chmerkovskiy, also born in the Ukraine. They think their intimate past can actually aid the tango, which should be sexy if done right.
“I think it helps. With every dance, you go to your experience, to your emotion, whatever you can relate to. I think with Maks, we both can go to a place where —” Smirnoff says.
“No one’s been before,” Chmerkovskiy interjects with a laugh.
“Exactly. We had our ups and we had the lowest of the lows and we can take that into the dance and make it than much better,” his partner finishes.
“Aside from what transpired, I do have respect for her as a dancer. We went to a bad spot at one point or another but it’s been documented: I’ve never lost respect,” he adds. “I’ve always been looking forward to one day get this out of the way.”
ADDING2: And here they are on Extra with Tony Dovolani. Good stuff….
Despite all the hard work that goes into “Dancing With the Stars,” the numbers danced on the show only last around 90 seconds, max. In “Forever Tango,” Chmerkovskiy and Smirnoff will each have six-minute solo dances, along with two group dances lasting roughly the same length.
As our lesson began, we couldn’t help but notice how sweaty Chmerkovskiy and Smirnoff became after just a few minutes.
“I think the first two rows of the theater are going to be called the splash zone,” Chmerkovskiy jokes. “We’re going to provide complimentary towels.”
First, we learned what’s known as the basic eight-step tango, essentially creating a large square across the floor with forward cross steps and backward cross steps, coming together in position “cero,” with closed feet.
Pretty soon, however, these basic dance steps took a sensual turn. Smirnoff wrapped her leg around Justin’s torso to demonstrate a tango ending stance. While Justin struggled to conceal his delight, Chmerkovskiy drew Molly into a coordinated sliding lunge. He paused with her in mid-air to explain why the right pair of pants is so important to a tango master: “They might split.”
“It will delve into questions people have often asked which I haven’t been able to answer,” she says. “It’s non-fiction with the stories where the names are a little twisted.”
So is this tell-all going to make Karina a few enemies?
“None of it is bad,” says the dancing pro. “It’s all fact. None of it is horrible. Some of this information is out already, some isn’t. A lot of times I’ve decided not to speak up and say certain things and address certain things and it’s not because I didn’t want to say bit, it’s because I wanted to step back and look at the situation and learn from it. Now that I have I’m ready to share those lessons.”
Karina, who has previously been engaged to baseball player Brad Penny and fellow DWTS star Maksim Chmerkovskiy, says the process of writing the book has made her look at life a little differently.
“The more you talk about it (your life), the more you realize,” she says. “The more you write the more you understand that people’s perception is their reality. It’s an interesting observation. I can’t say too much because I don’t want to give it all away but it’s a very eye-opening book for me while I was writing it and definitely for anyone who will read it.”
Cool, I can’t wait to buy this book. How about you? You can read the full article at Ok! Magazine. Don’t miss reading it because there is a brief mention about Karina’s new movie “Across Grace Alley” with Ralph Macchio as well.
For fans of Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy, be sure to check Getty Images today!! They have pictures of the two brothers and dance pros of Dancing With The Stars arriving at the Liquid Pool Lounge at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter on June 27, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada to help promote Olay Body Wash. The Daily Mail has a write up on the event as well with even more pictures, but, don’t forget how they can sensationalize things as you read.
Stay tuned. We may have more with these two later.
And the rule is, Maks has to listen to her!!! Below is more from USA Today from Karina Smirnoff on her new dance gig and working with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
“The rule is he listens to me. And everything I ask for is the Golden Rule,” says Smirnoff. “He’s growing up. He’s becoming a very smart man. So I think he’s going to follow that rule very well.”
The two announced last week that they will perform the sensuous dance at Broadway’s Walter Kerr Theater July 9-24. The Dancing With the Stars standouts became engaged in 2009 before going through a very bitter break-up.
“Regardless of the personal history we’ve always enjoyed dancing together,” says Smirnoff. “And we’re both excited to do this project. Knowing the passionate history we have, either way it’s going to be exciting to watch.”
Let’s hope it works out. They are a very exciting team to watch indeed!!
ADDING: Be sure to check out the instagram in this tweet. It’s really fun…
Today, Maks Chmerkovskiy was a guest on Hallmark’s “Home & Family” show. Did you know he turned down the first season of dancing With The Stars? At first, many of the dancers competing at the time thought Dancing With The Stars was a joke.
While being interviewed, they showed clips of Maks dancing with Melissa Gilbert. The interviewers ask him about his temper. He talks of how his bad-boy image is misrepresented on the show and he doesn’t have a temper. He just has a lot of passion.
Maks also answers questions about his dance career. He talks about his youth and growing up with Val. All this and much more at Hallmark including spreading the word for his new cause for Childhelp!!