Well, here I am again. Can’t say I’m overly excited about the show this season – silly fangirls, judges acting stupid, the producers using Julianne as a Heather apologist…all very annoying.
But there were a few actual bright spots. I loved David and Rashad, I thought Nick was funny and I liked that he wasn’t afraid to call a ringer BS. Love Simone, but I’m hoping that Sasha doesn’t play it too safe in the coming weeks. I’ve seen a lot of criticism of their Tango, but I have to say…I think it was the music. That music was crap. Just ONCE this season I would love to see an actual TANGO. Think Alexa and Derek – that kicked ASS. Hell, just about any Tango he’s ever done. He generally goes more traditional in the tango steps and music (when he has a choice) and I think the white flowery dress and the light, not-very-tango-y music of Simone and Sasha just ruins it for me. You can see the difference if you watch many of Derek’s – dark and intense. …Read more
So, as may of our long time readers know, Courtney and I have been quite critical of the choreography done by Mandy Moore on DWTS. With the exception of a few numbers last year it seemed like it consisted of some combination of bumping and grinding – male and female. We even heard a rumor of a comment Derek made regarding a male pro dance last season…one that he was subsequently not a part of. While Derek is in his own league and may not be required to take part in pro dances any more (can you think of one where he was there the whole way through??), I think our source was solid at the time.
We’ve also been uber critical of some of the male pros choreography, namely…well all of them except Derek and Mark, really. Now, the childish reader likes to claim that’s just because we like Derek and Mark more. Well, yes, I do…but that’s not necessarily true of either Vogue or Courtney, and it doesn’t automatically mean that the choreography by those men is better than I claim. And if one of the men does something I like – I say so. But I think that much of it has been objectively less than stellar. The women fare much better…and I’m not sure why, except perhaps they get some outside help. Like WAY outside. Away from DWTS.
So you probably wonder what I’m getting at here. Well, I was watching the video that Vogue posted the other day – choreography for the TV Academy by Mandy Moore. It was FANTASTIC. She’s getting raves for La La Land (although I’ve seen a very few “derivative” comments – haven’t seen it yet myself) and she’s done some great stuff on SYTYCD. She’s more regularly great (with a few less great, but every pro has those) on SYTYCD than she has ever been on DWTS. Read more..
It’s that time of year once again folks. There are other sites out there mimicking us, but none of them that I would bank on just yet.
Which means that we know Derek is out. Also, according to a Good Morning America announcement today, Maks and Peta are dancing. If you have something to contribute, PLEASE PROVIDE a SOURCE – by that I mean a link. We appreciate the help, but it needs to be sourced, otherwise it’s just a distraction. Thx.
ETA4: Vogue again. Gleb is IN again according to this interview. YAYYY! Can you tell I’m excited?! 🙂 Thanks to @GleekyZ for sending.
ETA5: And in the first development this season that actually has me excited, an old favorite returns…yes kids, She of the Awesome Boobage is back…Kym 😀 -Court-
ETA6: Not sure on this, but,according to @DWTSGossip, Allison is out. I think I am going to cry if true. I love her. – Vogue
ETA7: Confirmed – Keo is back. Kinda thought he might be, since I think he was only set aside last season in order to bring Gleb back on board. -Court-
ETA8: Source confirms that Sasha, Lindsay, & Emma are all IN. Doing some extreme vetting over here, folks…-Court-
ETA9: According toET, Mark and Karina are out too. Dang. And to anyone thinking this site hates Mark, you couldn’t be more WRONG. ~ Vogue
ETA10: Not sure if anyone is really still watching this post, but it looks like Jenna is also out as a troupe member this season. To address some of the chatter on Twitter – no, we don’t know what Sasha’s talking about; no, we don’t know if Mark is back in as a surprise; no, we still don’t have a confirmation on Artem’s status. We’ll share if we get any updates…-Court-
Val – IN
Gleb – IN
Mark – OUT
Derek – OUT
Sasha – IN
Maks – IN
Keo – IN
Sharna – IN
Kym – IN
Emma – IN
Witney – IN
Allison – OUT??
Lindsay – IN
Jenna – OUT
Cheryl – OUT
Peta – IN
Status of Former Pros
Tristan MacManus – No, appears to have sworn off TV dancing
Anna Trebunskaya – ??
Lacey Schwimmer – Unlikely
Louis Van Amstel – ?
Chelsie Hightower – ?
Corky Ballas – ?
Karina Smirnoff – OUT
Edyta Sliwinska – OUT (pregnant)
Tony Dovolani – OUT
Brittany Cherry – ??
Britt Stewart – ??
Alan Bersten – ??
Hayley Ebert – ??
Shannon Holtzapffel – ??
Dennis Jauch – ??
Kiril Kulish – ??
Jenna Johnson – OUT
Is it possible Ashley Benson is going to dance on Dancing With The Stars Season 24? Just Jared Jr. has had their eye on the “Pretty Little Liar’s” actress since she started following Mark Ballas on instagram. She would make a great choice if something might be in the works. What do you think? To see our list of celebs who are on our Dancing with the Stars Season 24 Cast Rumors And Watchout List, see this link.
I can’t imagine how Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas felt sharing the stage with the real Franki Valli last night as the Broadway show “Jersey Boys” wrapped up its 11 year run. A night and time he will never forget! WELL DONE, Mark!!!
Season 24, especially, is going to be a big one. The show is celebrating its 400th episode, and producers are promising lots of nostalgia. “We will do something for it,” executive producer Joe Sungkur tells us. That’s not the only thing to look forward to: Sungkur also revealed that one fan favorite will definitely be back (though another will definitely not be returning). “As an overall for the season, we will bring back favorite themes, [inject] some new ideas, but also stick to what’s working so well. And we hope for romance in the air! Whenever there is romance, there’s a smile on our face.”
So dude just ADMITTED that they hope and pray (and plot and manipulate) to get some romance on the show. GAG me! This is a dance show! No more fauxmance!! Especially not if Val is one of the parties involved. He’s done enough damage with that routine. This pisses me off and we haven’t even gotten started yet. Anyway…
Speaking of romance, this season’s Bachelor—Nick Viall—may get the opportunity to show off his dance moves beyond his next one-on-one date. During my interview with the producers at ABC’s Television Critics Association winter press tour, the Wisconsin native dropped in our conversation and seemed to be very friendly with DWTS EPs Rob Wade, Deena Katz, and Sungkur. How friendly? Well, talks could already be happening (but more on that below).
Of course Nick was there, but I suspect this is just him sucking up and still trying to get a spot. He was there for the Bachelor and saw an opportunity. But you never know! All depends on how strong the rest of their cast is.
Looks like they’re hoping Julianne will be back and they’re working on her – but the very definitive “Derek will not be back.” is pretty hilarious. He blames it on MOVE, never mentions the competing dance show (of course) and is definitive TWICE. I suspect the urge to add the word “never” was hard for him to resist. 🙂 Mark might be back so there is hope for Ballas Fans.
Last season, it was lovely to see Sasha [do what he did] with his creativity and the way he worked with Terra. I think Gleb did a phenomenal job with his creativity, and the dance of last season was the shower dance. Creatively, we had never done that before. As the season progressed, it was important that we had dancers push boundaries like that.
Um, hardly the dance of the season and yes, it has been done before. Both Derek and Val have used water (more than once!!) in their dances. Jaysus.
Courtney: Let me fix that for you, bruh – you misspelled “desperation” as “c-r-e-a-t-i-v-i-t-y”. I still maintain that the “shower dance” was the most overrated dance of the entire season – and if they really truly believe it was super-creative (and they might not, they could just be doing some serious bullshitting), then this show really is a dumpster fire. Oh, yay, “romance” – that sure doesn’t sound planned AT ALL, and I’m sure it will all unfold COMPLETELY ORGANICALLY WITHOUT ANY MANIPULATION WHATSOEVER!!! 😀 So a “fan favorite” will be back, eh? I’m hoping that’s Mark, just so the choreographic future of this show doesn’t rest solely on Lindsay & Sharna’s shoulders, although part of me wonders if they might actually be referring to Peta – which makes me groan a bit, because this woman birthed a baby just 8 days ago. As for Derek – hehehe. I caught a clip of him on ET a few weeks back where the interviewer asked him if he’d be back on DWTS next season, and he gave a bit of a wry laugh before saying “Ummm, no” and just leaving it at that. Definitely not the diplomatic tack he has taken in the past, and probably a good indicator that he’s washed his hands of DWTS once and for all…which we kinda already gathered from the way he’s quite publicly indicated he’s now on the NBC payroll. As for Nick – I don’t watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette/etc., so I don’t really know what this dude’s gig is…although I vaguely remember talk of him being a “villain” (or “Viall-in”…?) and some magazine asserting that he was well-endowed down yonder (which he probably paid them to say). Hasn’t he done like, three or four iterations of the Bachelor series by now? Is he trying to become a professional reality show contestant? Guess DWTS would be the next logical step there. Anywho, the other thing that sticks out is the word “nostalgia”, which concerns me a bit…haven’t we done a ton of reminiscing about previous seasons at this point? How many retooled versions of “Hey! Pachuco” do we really need? Or bumper dances by Alfonso, Kelly, & Meryl? Give Flo Henderson a nice tribute, and then be done with it. And where’s my damn Prince tribute?!!!
Vogue: Finally, a premiere date! It’s been so quiet, I was beginning to think there wouldn’t be a Spring season. 😯 Anyway, I’m excited that they have half of the cast picked already. After what Miss Heidi and Vin posted in the first rumor post on him, I’m all on for Nick Vaill and he’s cute. 🙂 I’m excited for any returning Pros from last season….especially Gleb (sorry Rob, my fave dance of the season was not the shower dance! Are you serious? How can you say that with the level of creativity we saw in all the freestyle performances? Gleb’s other dances were more worthy. 😐 ). I really enjoyed Cheryl last season as well. I’m hoping Peta will dance, but, I bet she’ll want to stay home with baby Shai for a while longer before returning. I wouldn’t be surprised if she skipped the Fall season too. But, I agree on Sasha. He was phenomenal last season. I really hope Mark comes back. Without Derek coming back (lol to Rob not mentioning the real reason.), it will be nice to have his creativity added and I missed him. As for Theme Weeks, I’m not a fan for the most part…but, I LOVED “Cirque De Soul” week and hope they do it again. Here’s to the new season…..and to creative, well thought out choreography and, please, no MANIPULATING!! With “World Of Dance” premiering (and possibly at the same time at some point this Spring), Dancing With The Stars will really have to step up their game. Isn’t that right~ And Court…. amen to a Prince tribute!
You might know Lily from comments and other Pure blogs. Well, Lily saw BC Jean and Mark Ballas, aka Alexander Jean, perform in New York City, NY at The Cutting Room. Below she tells us all about it. Lily also sent us some fun photos and beautiful videos of their performances. You will love this. Enjoy! (((((THANKS LILY!!!!))))) You are a jewel!
I’ve been a fan of Mark Ballas on DWTS because of his creativity, choreography, goofiness and of course his dance skills. I had a meet and greet with DWTS live tour in January 2015, but Mark wasn’t there that day so I was disappointed that I didn’t get to meet him. During week 9 of DWTS S21, when Derek Hough and Bindi Irwin used Alexander Jean’s song Roses and Violets, I was inspired to see them in concert when they announced their tour last year.
When Alexander Jean played Webster Hall in NYC in July 2016, I was able to meet Mark and BC before and after their show! Since then, I have been able to see Mark perform as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in October 2016, and November 2016.
Mark tweeted about playing another gig at The Cutting Room in NYC. I was planning to go, but final plans didn’t work out until the day of the show! Marianne, another DWTS fan, was generous enough to do the driving, and we even found free parking on the street in NYC! We arrived at the venue at 10pm, and the show started shortly after 10:30pm. The setlist was as follows, in no particular order:
“The Chain” Fleetwood Mac cover
Whiskey and Morphine
Stampede, Mark’s guitar solo
Roses and Violets
If I Were a Boy – Beyonce song written by BC Jean et al.
The songs on their first EP are inspiring, and were performed with talent, passion & chemistry. The show ended around 12:15 am. Many of the Jersey Boys cast were there to show support. There were also friends of Val Chmerkovskiy who were there to support Mark and BC such as Nicole Volynets.
We all waited around for Mark and BC to greet the fans. Marianne and I got on line to wait to talk with Mark and BC Jean. When it was my turn, I said hello and introduced myself, and they both said it was nice to see you again, and always show your support. I said something like “you remembered”? Mark said “It’s hard to forget you. Thank you for always showing your support”! Awwwww!
I was holding a photobook that I made, and Mark asked “what do you have there”? I said I made a photobook and showed him the page of our meet and greet from July, and asked them both to sign the page. They were happy to oblige, and then we proceeded to pose for our pictures.
Marianne was taking pictures during our talking & signing, so when it was time for the posed picture, the camera wasn’t ready, so we had to wait a few seconds. She was able to take a couple of pictures. Mark also asked me to tag him when I post the pictures. After saying thank you, and that I will miss them, they promised that they will come back in the summer for their second EP release. Afterwards, I asked Mark if he will be doing DWTS, and he made a hand gesture about being not sure! We shall see!
We left the venue around 1:50 am. Marianne dropped me off at 2:30am, and she didn’t get home until 3:50 am so it was a late night for sure, but we had a great time! Thank you Mark and BC!
Here are some pictures and videos. I tweeted some pictures and videos, and Shirley Ballas liked them. Enjoy!
If you’d like to view more photos of Mark Ballas’ and BC Jean’s wedding, see The Knot News. They are stunning to say the least. You can also read more details on the wedding. Below BC talks of doing the Tango and gives some wedding advice….
The couple shared their first dance to Coldplay’s “Magic,” but surprised their guests by breaking into a tango halfway through the dreamy tune. (It was, after all, Mark Ballas’ wedding!) “No one has [really] seen me dance,” Jean continues. “I’ve never seen myself do the tango either, so it was fun to get a sexy little number in. Everyone’s faces were priceless.”
Ballas proposed to Jean on November 25, 2015. The pair loved the idea of marrying on their engagement anniversary, but with their busy schedules, the date was difficult to nail down. The day after they mailed out their wedding invitations, they found out they were moving to New York. “We thought we might have to change the date again, but we luckily made it all work out,” she says. “It seemed very symbolic for us, and we’re so happy we got to do it on November 25.”
Looking back, Jean has some personal wedding advice to share with The Knot readers. “Don’t blink; it goes by so fast,” she notes. “Incorporate all the things that are you. When you’re planning a wedding, there are so many people [who] love you and want to help… People want to give overwhelmingly.” In the end, says the bride, “Keeping it true to [yourselves] is very important.”
This is a fun interview! I loved her partnership with James – I wish they would have won. That would have been a nice way to end that season – Laurie’s a sweet girl, but that ending was quite predictable. Do love her answers to the questions I quote below – I agree on both. I think Julianne was a bit OTT – understandable, as it’s TV. Anyway – from 24 Hours Toronto, here’s a excerpt. Click the link to read the whole thing.
Was he a natural on the dance floor? (He was called the best amateur male dancer ever on the show by judge Julianne Hough.) I wouldn’t agree that he was a natural talent. He was just an incredibly hard worker. At the start of every week, I would joke about how awkward it was. On Friday or Saturday, the light at the end tunnel shone and it clicked for him. But what made James great was his work ethic. The fact that he would watch videos with me; [make] notes with me; go home; practise on his own; and then come back the next day even stronger than he was in rehearsals – that was James’ asset.
Do you and the other female dancers on DWTS feel like you get your due given how some of the male dancers – Derek, Mark, Val and Maks – have become big stars outside of the show? Yeah, absolutely I do. It’s tough with the boys. Predominantly, our audience is women. And the boys, they all are very pretty. They’re all very talented. And I get it: We’ve got some incredible strong male dancers on the show. But I do think the ladies, we hold our own. We’re a group of very talented, strong women that like to get out there and do the very, very best that we can. I think we’re much more nurturing than the boys – but I think that’s a female quality.
Today, Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and BC Jean performed on Good Morning America and they were amazing. Check out the video below by @idolxfactor1 in case you missed it. They were also guests on “Harry” yesterday. You can watch a part of the interview below. Also, fans have voted and Mark made Broadway.com’s top ten best new performances on Broadway for his role as Frankie in “Jersey Boys” and we couldn’t be more proud of him. WELL DONE, Mark!!!