Last night before, during, and after the taping of the Dancing With The Stars Anniversary Special, many of the pros and celebs who attended or performed posted Instagrams and Twitter pics. Below are a just a few of them. The source is credited in the photos. Isn’t the stage beautiful? What a night! Don’t forget, we’ll be able to watch the Dancing With The Stars Anniversary Special next week on Tuesday, April 28th.
Last night after the taping of the Dancing With The Stars 10th Anniversary Special, there was a party at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood, California. There are lots of fun faces from the past. To see a big gallery of photos (sorry, I can’t embed them so they will show up for some reason), see Getty Images here and here.
The Daily Mail has some awesome coverage as well.
Broadway World via ABC has released official details for next week’s “Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special” which is taking place on Tuesday, April 28th. It reads as follows. For more information, see Court’s “PureDWTS 10th Anniversary Special – Who Do You Hope to See Back?” post. She did such an outstanding job. #LetsGetThisPartyStarted
The pop culture phenomenon that has brought ballroom dancing and beyond to living rooms across America for the past decade celebrates with a star-studded spectacular, on “Dancing with the Stars: 10th Anniversary Special,” TUESDAY APRIL 28 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The extraordinary episode will be filled with show-stopping performances featuring past and present “Dancing with the Stars” cast members and pro dancers plus a look back at fan-favorite moments from the past 20 seasons. Dancing history will be made with the show’s largest opening number ever, featuring over 45 stars including the judges, hosts, and Season 20 pro dancers performing alongside 15 celebrity alums and seven returning pros.
Viewers can expect to see exciting new routines, with everything from an NFL football player ensemble to a “bromance” dance. Trading in their cleats for dance shoes, Superbowl Champions Donald Driver, Hines Ward, Kurt Warner, Jacoby Jones, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice will perform a Latin Paso Doble with Karina Smirnoff, Emma Slater and Anna Trebunskaya. Throughout the night, nine Mirrorball winners will take the stage, including a dance showdown between season 18 winners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and reigning champions Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. Additional performers include Katherine Jenkins, Chelsea Kane, Kristi Yamaguchi, Amy Purdy, Maria Menounos, Melissa Rycroft, Kelly Monaco and more. Then finally, the night will come to a close with Grammy® award winning artist Patti LaBelle performing her iconic hit “Lady Marmalade” with Lil’ Kim and Amber Riley. There will be surprises around every corner as celebrities come together to celebrate this momentous occasion.
“This is an outstanding milestone and a testament to the creativity and dedication of all the people who have been involved in the show over the last 10 years,” said “Dancing with the Stars” Executive Producer, Rob Wade.
To read the full press release, see Broadway World.
After much speculation (and a lot of questions!) we now know that the 10th Anniversary Special is taping this coming Tuesday, April 21, and will air on April 28
May 7 (or May 14, depending on who you ask). What we aren’t so positive on is who will be returning to dance – Deep Throat has confirmed that Kelly & Alfonso will be participating, and thanks to Claire for the heads-up on this interesting post to Emmitt’s charity auction. So who else might we see? And who do we Pure girls want to see? Read on…
ETA1: Ok, got some new info that clarifies the format of the anniversary special a bit. Apparently the list of returning celebs is MASSIVE; HOWEVER – not everyone returning is going to be performing individually. Most of them are going to be performing in groups, and they’re doing brand new dances. For example – a bunch of the NFL players are going to be performing together (squeeeee!!!) and so far, it’s definitely going to be Emmitt, Kurt Warner, Jacoby, and Donald…and there may be more 😀 Not gonna lie – about crashed my car when I got that text from Deep Throat. I would guess that their respective pros are going to be performing with them. Now with that knowledge under our belts, I’m guessing that Kristi, Katherine (yes, I know she’s pregnant, but she’s on the list), Chelsea, and Sadie may be performing as a group with Mark. As far as Deep Throat knows right now, the only couples dancing individually are Kelly & Val, Alfonso & Witney, and Meryl & Maks.
ETA2: Guess I need to clarify a few things so that this post does not become a royal pain in my ass First: I HAVE INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, ETC. TOO. If Melissa & Tony confirm they’re in, I will see it, and I will get around to posting it WHEN I’M NO LONGER ASLEEP. Repeatedly tweeting me and commenting here will not make it go any faster. Second: I mentioned above that the list of returning celebs is HUGE. The list below isn’t comprehensive, it was just what DT could remember off the top of his/her head. There is NO USE in getting bent outta shape about your favorite not being included (yet) – there is definitely more that what we have here. BREATHE. Three: some of you have tweeted me with some pretty flimsy findings that supposedly confirm that so-and-so is in or whatnot. Unless a celeb states “I’m going to be on the anniversary special” or I get confirmation from Deep Throat, they’re not going on the “confirmed” list. I added a new section for “random chatter” where I might post things like that, if I find them relevant. Fourth: Don’t be that annoying person that continually DM’s myself, Heidi, Vogue, or John begging to know if [insert celeb or pro here] is coming back for the special. All we know right now is posted here, and we’ll share more if we hear more. Fifth: hearing conflicting reports about when the special is airing – it’s either the 7th or 14th. At this point, all I care is that it’s NOT THIS WEEK…
ETA3: More names confirmed for the big NFL players group dance. Also: Anna will be performing in it, so she is back.
ETA4: Per Deep Throat, 3 of Derek’s former partners and 3 of Mark’s former partners are all dancing together (with Derek & Mark) in a “bromance”-themed dance. Sadie may have an individual dance.
ETA5: In yet another scheduling shakeup, Anniversary Special will now air next Tuesday, Apr. 28; first results show is pushed to the following Tuesday, May 5. Single elim in week 7; double elim moved to week 8. Discuss.
Confirmed for 10th Anniversary Special:
Kelly Monaco & Val (season 15 All-Stars, 3rd place) – doing their paso doble and/or their surfer flamenco
Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney (season 19 champions) – doing their salsa
Meryl Davis & Maks (season 18 champions) – some individual dance
Emmitt Smith (season 3 champion) – NFL player group dance
Jacoby Jones (season 16, 3rd place) – NFL player group dance
Kurt Warner (season 11, 5th place) – NFL player group dance
Donald Driver (season 14 champion) – NFL player group dance
Jerry Rice (season 2 runner-up) – NFL player group dance
Michael Irvin (season 9, 7th place) – NFL player group dance
Hines Ward (season 12 champion) – NFL player group dance
Chelsea Kane (season 12, 3rd place) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6 champion) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Katherine Jenkins (season 14 runner-up) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Sadie Robertson (season 19 runner-up) – individual dance (?)
Maria Menounos (season 14, 4th place) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Amber Riley (season 16 champion) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Amy Purdy (season 18 runner-up) – Derek/Mark “bromance” group dance
Chelsie Hightower – not sure who she’s dancing with or what they’re doing, but she confirmed she’ll be back
Anna Trebunskaya – dancing in the NFL players group dance (and possibly others)
Melissa Rycroft & Tony (season 8, 3rd place; season 15 All-Stars champions) – Tony confirmed on Instagram; I’m guessing they’re doing an individual dance
Confirmed as not involved:
Shawn Johnson (season 8 champion, season 15 All-Stars runner-up) – knee injury
Zendaya (season 16 runner-up) – had other commitments in NYC, per her mom
Random chatter – take with a grain of salt:
Bill Engvall – tweeted this the other day – see Emma’s response further down
Margaret Cho – could be her in the background of this Instagram pic posted by Allison
Janel Parrish – will be at the show – but unclear if she’s actually dancing or will just be in the audience Read more..
Update: GossipCop is reporting that it is just a rumor. Doesn’t make it any less fun to consider Maria as host.
I imagine this is total gossip from Showbiz Spy, but, it made me think of Maria Menounos and what a great host of Dancing With The Stars she could be. Would you be up for it next season if she were to replace Erin?
Insiders claim that the 35-year-old earned enemies due to her diva behavior, including arriving late and complaining about things like her wardrobe and parking spot.
“Her cold, masculine commentary might work well on the football field, but it just comes across as harsh on Dancing With the Stars.
“Producers love Maria’s charm and easygoing way with celebrities. Plus, her experience talking to celebs during difficult moments is second to none. That’s what this show needs.”
More at Showbiz Spy.
Mark Ballas was a guest on the Bethenny show yesterday. He talks about his online dance battle with Derek Hough, Maria Menounos, and Amber Riley which happened on twitter on Thanksgiving day. Note how it’s not over. They plan to battle it out even more on Christmas. We plan to post the dance battles here and at Pure Derek Hough. So, stay tuned. 😉
Hey All! How was your Thannksgiving? I hope you had a fun day!! So, are you ready to shop now on Black Friday? Yikes…I won’t be shopping, but, I’ll be working it this morning instead. Wish me luck! 😯
So, just a few media starters today!! First, yesterday some “kitchen dance wars” were started at twitter between the Derek Hough and Maria Menounos families. While this was all going down, Mark Ballas and his family joined in on the action. After that, Amber Riley and her family dared them too. It’s hilarious and they are all so good…even dancing in their kitchens and living rooms. lol Be sure to see THIS POST at Pure Derek Hough to see them all!!
And speaking of Mark Ballas, he will be talking on the Dancing With The Stars Season 17 finale in a LIVE chat at Extra on Tuesday, December 3rd. If you’d like to ask him questions and listen in, bookmark this link.
Also, I’m not sure when this little Pop Candies interview with Tom Bergeron and Mark Ballas happened, but, they were asked about this past season of Dancing With The Stars and who they’d like to see dance in the future. Tom mentions William Shatner again, but, says he knows he’ll never do it. Poor Tom….he’s also asked some silly questions too. I don’t know how they keep their patience with the paparazzi sometimes.
Ok, more later!!xx
As previously reported, Dancing With The Stars Derek Hough won an Emmy last night for “Best Choreography”. Right before the Choreography Award was given out, he helped to choreograph and danced in a big “Luck Be A Lady/Get Lucky” production number right before it. Above you can see him pictured with Allison Holker. If you missed it, Pure Derek Hough has a video posted of it. It was spectacular to say the least and made the other performances of the night look mild in comparison.
Also, some of the other cast members of Dancing With The Stars were seen walking the Red Carpet and in the audience supporting Derek. Below you can see photos of Brooke Burke-Charvet and Carrie Ann Inaba. What do you think of these dresses?
Bruno Tonioli was also seen. He even had tears in his eyes when they announced Derek had won. So cute!
Derek’s friend and former Dancing With The Stars partner Maria Menounos graced the red carpet. Before the show began she was tweeting her support for Derek. I just had to post this picture being I think Maria was the best Dressed Woman of the night!!
Lastly, and wrapping up this post, below are some tweets from the cast (and fellow cast members from the past) congratulating Derek after he won his Emmy!! So cute! To you Derek Hough!!!xx
Gleb_Savchenko: “Amazing job and huge congratulations to @derekhough @DancingABC”
AnnaDemidova: “@derekhough Congratulations on winning the Emmy! So amazing! You deserved it !!!”
Edyta_Sliwinska: “Congrats @derekhough for winning the Emmy! Awesome to see great talent being rewarded.”
Karina_Smirnoff: “Congratulations @derekhough on your Emmy win! Amazing!!!! Yayayayay! Looking forward to toasting with you tomorrow! Xoxo”
CorkyBallas: “So proud of my BOY DEREK HOUGH Congrats winning the EMMY, Love U Derek @derekhough pic.twitter.com/0822B7XVWn”
PetaMurgatroyd: “Woohoo! Huge congrats to @derekhough tonight! Well done babe”
SharnaBurgess: “Big Congratulations and love @derekhough !!! A well deserved win at the #EMMYS always love your creative brilliance. #dwts xx”
LouisVanAmstel: “@derekhough congrats on your #emmy win for outstanding choreography! So happy for you…@DancingABC #DWTS17 #DWTS”
@HenryByalikov: “Congrats @DerekHough on your Emmy win for Outstanding Choreography @DancingABC !! #Emmys #DWTS wooo!!”
Sasha Farber: “@derekhough Unreal man, so happy for u, congratulations you deserve it.”
IamValC: “Congrats to @derekhough !!! Well done my friend
MarkBallas: “CONGRAAAAATS! @derekhough well deserved on your big win… Thx for the shout out too, love ya brother..”
PureDWTS Media Round-up: A Birthday Bash, Across Grace Alley Stills, A Floor Show In Australia, And A Benefit Gala
Just a little Dancing With The Stars media round-up!!! This weekend, Dancing With The Stars pros Derek Hough and Karina Smirnoff attended a big birthday bash for dancing alumni Maria Menounos. Julianne Hough and Shirley Ballas also attended the fun event as well as a total of 800 guests. Derek’s sister Katherine and baby were also there. It started at noon with a pool party and ended with a Hawaiian party. Below is Derek and Karina dancing together during the festivities.
You can see more coverage at Pure Derek Hough!!
Speaking of Karina, have you seen this instagram photo yet? The photo features some beautiful stills of Karina from her first movie role “Across Grace Alley“. With an exception to some sound adjustments from Ralph Macchio, it sounds like the movie is almost finished and ready to go. Well, we hope?
And moving down under! Pros Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samodanova are currently in Australia. This weekend they gave a floor show and lecture. Below they Cha Cha and do a Paso Doble for the audience. Nice!! I need to add Elena to my Pro Wish List. 😀
Lastly, remember dancer and ballroom instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis who was tragically hurt and lost her leg in the Boston bombings? Dancing With The Stars plans to help and follow her on her journey of recovery. Well, on June 15th, you can help too. There will be a Fundraising Gala for her and her husband Adam Davis in Boston. If interesting in attending and helping them, visit Aurthur Murray Facebook and Authur Murray Event Bright for details and ticket information. Thanks to Tumbles for the heads up on this news.
And that makes this post a wrap for now! More later! 😉 xxx
Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff And Extra’s Maria Menounos Attend ‘Makeover for Mutts’ Benefit
Isn’t this picture sweet? Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff and former celeb contestant and Extra’s Maria Menounos attended Dr. Davis B. Nguyen and Much Love Animal Rescue’s ‘Makeover for Mutts’ benefit at The Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, California this past week. If you’d like to see more adorable takes like the one above, see Getty Images.