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DWTS Season 13 – Pro Watch!! August 3, 2011

Did someone say Pro Watch?? Why yes, Courtney did. :-) Every season we do a post that keeps a running update on which pros appear to be confirmed for Season 13. Keep in mind that we post it how we hear it – unless a Pro says “Yes, I am on DWTS Season 13″, the rest is all conjecture and guessing and hoping and inference and gossip. We try very hard to label guesses and hopes as just that – guesses and hope. :-) Ain’t nothing wrong with a good bit of hope – we just try to call it straight up.

I’m not going to continually update this particular post – when it’s time to do a bit of live updating, I will let you know. I think it’s a bit too soon. My boy Tommy B tweeted today that the cast announcement will be August 29th (which Court was “psychic” about), which means we are getting down to the wire and the rumors and pro confirmations will start flying fast and furious. :-) But the “for sure” pro cast list (aka “leaks”) is probably still two weeks out. At least. :-)

The MEN
Derek Hough – YES, per Deena Katz on Ryan Seacrest’s Radio Show
Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Most likely, per Maks’ twitter
Mark Ballas – Unknown
Louis Van Amstel – Unknown
Tony Dovolani – Unknown, but a recent interview could be taken as an affirmative – but just a guess, IMO
Dmitry Chaplin – Unknown
Corky Ballas – Unknown

The WOMEN
Cheryl Burke – I’d be shocked if not
Kym Johnson – unknown
Chelsie Hightower – strong possibility
Lacey Schwimmer – unknown
Karina Smirnoff – unknown
Anna Trebunskaya – unknown

Ballroom Battlers – confirmed by Louis
Lacey Schwimmer
Mark Ballas
Tony Dovolani
Louis Van Amstel
Cheryl Burke
Karina Smirnoff

For the record, I do NOT believe that taking part in the Ballroom Battle is indicative of the pros’ participation in DWTS with a celebrity one way or another. I’ve also heard that BB is NOT going to be that time consuming, to the point that it would preclude those pros from competing.

The Troupe
Oksana Dmyrenko
Tristan MacManus – Yes
Peta Murgatroyd
Kiki Nyemchek
Nicole Volynets
Ted Volynets

I assume all the same troupe members will be back – but I will update them as required. As always, give me the heads up if you hear anything that I’ve missed – I’m not stingey with credit. :-)

August 3, 2011 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. :-)

DWTS Search Engine Round-Up – Week of June 17, 2011

 Oh you crazy kids and the things that get you searching ;-) Seriously – I still scratch my head every week when perusing the search terms for the site…I have to wonder how exactly Google brought you here to answer some of these quirky queries…but alas, I feel obligated to answer nonetheless.  I should start calling this feature “Ask Courtney”…

Ted Volynets

This has easily become the most searched term since the show wrapped – far more hits than any of the other troupe members.  Apparently Teddy’s got some of you ladies feenin’ ;-) Unfortunately, there’s not a whole lot of info about Ted out on the net…but here’s the best dossier I can give you.  He’s a senior at NYU (economics major), he’s likely 21 or 22, he’s Jewish, he & his sister both trained at Maks’ studio, he’s bff with Val, and has appeared as a Latin dance coach on MTV’s Made and has also appeared on Real Housewives of New JerseyHe also likes really small sweaters.  Ok, I may have been drawing my own conclusions on that last one ;-) Anywho – for a better glimpse into the life & times of Teddy V., you might check out his Facebook page or follow him on Twitter

Bachelor Ukraine naked video

Ok, I admit it: I was only kinda half-paying attention when some of the Maksettes were Twittering away about this last week.   I like Maks & all, but I’m just not passionate enough to sit through entire episodes of Bachelor Ukraine when they’re completely in Russian, and I simply don’t have the patience for Google translate.  So thankfully, the Maksettes on my Twitter timeline were able to fill me in when I was begging for info last night so I could relay the message to you guys :-D Special thanks to Maria (@MariaNiwiwiN) and Marlene (@marleneb4) for sending me some links I was too lazy & uninformed to find myself ;-) I’m afraid the story isn’t as salacious as this search term would suggest – basically, Maks mooned the production crew a few times while filming, and it ended up on the gag reel they showed on the “After the Final Rose” post-show for Bachelor UK.  Here’s a still of it (I have to give a shoutout to Tracy – @FLLottoDreamer – for having the most comprehensive DWTS picture gallery I’ve ever seen on the net…she’s got season 12 AND Bachelor UK on lock!), as well as a YouTube video of the gag reel – a short montage of Maks’ great continental divide is visible at 3:25, but I recommend watching the whole video, as it’s got some priceless footage of Maks engaging in some tomfoolery we’re not used to seeing from him.  It’s funny in any language, trust me :-)

Will there be a DWTS tour in 2011?

No official word yet, but it seems doubtful, considering there hasn’t been one since the last one wrapped in early 2009Derek mentioned last fall that there might be one in the winter of 2010…and clearly, that didn’t happen. I think it’s likely quite a bit harder for them to do a tour now than it was 3 years ago, with so many of the popular pros busy with movies, music, and other ventures in the off-season – plus the celebs themselves seem to be of a higher caliber now than the first few seasons of the show, so the possibility of getting someone as famous as Kirstie or Nicole to go out on tour is not very good…plus the cost would likely be exorbitant.  And honestly, I’m not sure that the tour was ever super-profitable in the first place…I went to the one in Indy back in 2009, had pretty good seats, and didn’t pay much for my tickets (in comparison to, say, the ridiculous amount of money I’m gonna plunk down to see NKOTBSB :-D)…and the arena was maybe a little more than half-full.  If you’ve got fairly famous celebs and nearly-equally famous pros to pay and you aren’t selling out arenas – I don’t know how this could be a profitable venture.  You know what they say…if it don’t make dolla$, it don’t make sense.

What color necktie does Pitbull wear in the “Give me Everything” video with Ne-Yo?

It appears to be red.  More specfically, a shade of cranberry. 

Shantel Vansanten Cabo

The One Tree Hill actress was in Cabo San Lucas at the same time Louis, Jonathan, Anna, and Dmitry were there doing a wrap party and also a little vacationing.  Greg Louganis was also there, which I find interesting, considering he’s been trying to get on the show for a few seasons now…then again, maybe Cabo is just a popular spot for celebs to go & play, and his being there was pure happenstance. :-)

Best ballroom dance for “Addicted to Love”

If you’re going with the original Robert Palmer version, I’d go with a cha-cha.  But if you’re using the Florence + the Machine version, which is much slower & sexier, I’d do a rumba to it.  It’s not ballroom, but SYTYCD season 7 contestant Adechike did a contemporary routine with all-star Kathryn to the latter version – quite sexy.  And here’s your little ballroom trivia tidbit for the day, kiddies: slow down any song with a cha-cha tempo and you can do a rumba to it.  Both are in 4/4 time with a break on the 2.  </smartypants> :-)

Edyta bulge/Anna Trebunskaya cameltoe/Derek Hough topless/Zac Hanson shirtless/etc.

Ok, now I’m CONVINCED that you guys are just being cheeky and searching random, absurd stuff in order to get here :-) Not sure what type of bulge you’re referring to, since I’m fairly certain Edyta is a girl; and I’m not even going to entertain the Anna one, because I love her too much.  Once again, any requests for pix of various parts of Derek’s anatomy (pinky fingers, elbows, that hangy thing in the back of your throat, etc.) should be directed to Pure Derek Hough; and as for Zac…oh what the hell, I’ll humor you :-) After all, 13 years ago I was screeching over them along with all the other teenyboppers…glad I grew out of that phase.  Then again, “grab Donnie Wahlberg’s ass” is still on my bucket list…  

PSSST! Have you gotten your votes in for our End-of-Season Awards yet? Time is running out…let us know what you think! :-)

June 18, 2011 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!

DWTS Search Engine Round-Up – Week of June 10, 2011

 Another week, another random smorgesboard of inquires and curiousities :-D

Are Hines & Kym secretly dating?

Erm…if it was a secret, how would any of us know? :-) I know a lot of us here at PureDWTS were definitely not opposed to a Hinenkym liason, but realistically – I’m not sure Hines’ & Kym’s lifestyles are very compatible at this point. It sure doesn’t sound like they’ve been in the same place at the same time much since the show wrapped, aside from the media blitz the week of the finale.  Kym’s been jet-setting all over the place in the past couple weeks – she was at a nightclub in Vegas last week with Dmitry (no Hines in sight), was in Tampa earlier this week to do some promos on HSN for the DWTS hair extensions line, and is doing a bikini photo shoot for Star Magazine today in LA. Hines was tied up earlier this week as a presenter for the CMT Awards in Nashville, and tweeted earlier today that he was “back home” (which I’m assuming is his house in Atlanta, and not the apartment he had in LA for the duration of the show) and his MBT had arrived. Kym did tweet that she wished she was at the CMT’s with Hines, but I don’t think we can really read too far into that, considering a lot of the pros & celebs still do attend events together after the show – Kirstie danced with Maks at his studios’ Summer Invitational. The point? It’s kinda hard to date when you’re seldom in the same zip code :-) Don’t get me wrong, it’s POSSIBLE – but I just don’t find it PROBABLE.  You be the judge.

Lorenzo Lamas

We were hearing this guy’s name left & right as a casting rumor for season 12 – so much so that we almost positive that he was going to be on.  He was going to Ballroom with a Twist performances, following some of the pros on Twitter, and telling basically any media outlet that would listen that he was “in talks” to do the show. And then – nothing.  We didn’t even see him in the audience this season.  Maybe the media took a tiny bit of info and ran with it, or Lorenzo himself talked this one up to sound far bigger than it really was, or maybe he couldn’t reach a contractual agreement with the show…who knows.  As we’ve said before, sometimes it takes a few seasons of being a rumor before anything actually happens – so I still think he’s a possibility for season 13.  I sometimes wonder if TPTB already have a cast in mind for an entire year, and then try to separate them into spring & fall casts, so that there’s an even distribution of personalities & occupations.  Or maybe they try to work with certain celebs’ schedules…something like “Hey, we know you said you couldn’t do the show this season due to previous obligations…but could we count on you for next season?” We may never know the particulars, but I sincerely doubt they rest on their laurels once they secure a cast for one season…I would bet they almost have to do some far, far in advance planning to secure some of the bigger names they’ve gotten. 

Do Cheryl & Maks smoke?

Only in the bedroom ;-) KIDDING!!! With regards to Maks, this seems to be a touchy subject amongst his fans over at maksimchmerkovskiy.com - but people are curious by nature, so to me there’s no point in beating around the bush and calling the topic off-limits.  Anywho – I guess there’s a video somewhere of him throwing a cigarette butt on the ground before entering a club or something a few years ago, and I found an old article from back in 2009 with pix of him smoking. Honestly, I’m not surprised – most European-born people I know have smoked at some point in their lives.  It seems to be more socially acceptable over there than it is in the US, although it does seem to be losing popularity on a world scale.  I would sincerely doubt he’s a pack-a-day smoker, since he’s an athlete and seems to have incredible endurance (and a busy schedule not conducive to regular smoke breaks); but he could be like a few of my friends who are what I call “social smokers” – those who only smoke when they drink or when they’re around others who are also smoking.  Whatever he is – doesn’t bother me any, as long as he’s not blowing rings of smoke in my face or trying to make out with me. :-) As for Cheryl – found an old article with pix of her smoking as well.  According to my boyfriend, a surprising amont of female pros do smoke – some of them do it to unwind (which seems counterintuitive to me, since nicotine is a stimulant), some of them do it to keep the weight off between competitions.  I certainly hope Cheryl isn’t doing it for the latter reason – although those pictures are old, from back when Cheryl was incredibly thin when she first started the show.  She seems to be a lot more comfortable with her curves now, so I doubt she’d be doing it for that reason.  The verdict? Both are likely just sometimes-smokers, if they even still smoke at all, since I can’t find anything more current than 2009. 

Kirstie Alley’s new movie Syrup

Kirstie mentioned it briefly in the video Vogue posted earlier this week. She’s filming it in NYC this month, and is hoping Robert De Niro is her co-star :-).  However, according to IMDB (and take it with a grain of salt kids, because it’s about as reliable as wikipedia – ask Heidi), the only stars listed for it so far are Kellan Lutz, Amber Heard, Shiloh Fernandez, and Allison Williams.  No mention of Kirstie’s name – then again,  it did just start filming this month, and it doesn’t sound like a lot of details have been released yet. It sounds like the movie’s gonna satirical comedy based on the novel of the same name by Maxx Barry, about two 20-somethings trying to make it soda industry.  Hmmm…interesting.

Are Ted & Nicole Volynets brother & sister or husband & wife?

Brother & sister. Although sometimes their dance routines could suggest otherwise…aaaaawkwardness at the 1:43 mark.

Lacey Schwimmer legs

Definitely one of the more “talked about” body parts here at PureDWTS (but nowhere near as popular topic as Kym’s Awesome Boobage(TM) ;-)), mainly because Lacey doesn’t have the typical long, lean, leggy frame that many of the other female pros have – not that there’s ANYTHING wrong with that :-D Lacey’s the second shortest pro, with a height of 5’3″ (Chelsie’s 5’2″), and her legs are noticeably more muscular than most of the other female pros.  While this does tend to make a woman’s leg lines in Latin look less aesthetically pleasing (especially when Lacey insists on wearing something OTHER than ballroom shoes, which annoys me to no end), they do have an advantage – shorter legs usually make for greater flexibility…and Lacey tends to work these dramatic displays into her choreography. I’m still in awe of the spin she did in a bow & arrow stretch position with Kyle in their rumba (3:22 mark). And short legs aren’t necessarily a deal-breaker in the professional world, either – Latin competitor Elena Kryuchkova barely stood 5’0″ (much, much shorter than her partner!), and didn’t have very long legs, and was still a world champion. 

Derek Hough bulge

I have to wonder if some of you have gotten sneaky and are just googling hilariously inappropriate things in hopes that it will lead you here and make the SERU (search engine round-up) each week :-) But alas, it popped up, it was amusing, and I had to share…so here’s the cheesecake from October of last year where Heidi & I discussed the “bulge” at length.  Other highights from that particular edition were Margaret & Louis’ costumes, the smoke monster, and Val vs. Mark…let us reminisce.  And any further inquiries about the bulge can be directed to Pure Derek Hough.  Kthanxbye :-)  

June 11, 2011 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!

DWTS 12 – Maksim Chmerkovkiy & Kirstie Alley Dance Again At The “All The Right Moves Summer Invitational”

What a night it was for Dance With Me Studios in New York City for the “All The Right Moves Summer Invitational”. According to Maks and Kirstie’s twitter accounts, great fun was had by all and it was a huge success. So successful, Maks is now hinting of a dancing tour in the future. Wouldn’t that be cool? I’d pay whatever they want for front row seats.


On a plane…..AGAIN! Miss my DanceWithMe family already! Ridiculously proud of everyone for last night! Next stop — ‘Dance With Me TOUR’!
@MaksimC
Maksim Chmerkovskiy

ET On-line was also there to cover lastnight’s event. Below Maks explains his dance studios and how there are plans to open them up all across the country. It’s important to get everyone ‘shaking and moving’ and dancing is good for the “health and the soul and everything in between”. Kirstie speaks about dancing as well. They performed an encore (without rehearsing) of their high-scoring Cha-Cha from Dancing With The Stars to Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You.” Forget You - Single - Cee Lo Green Tribute

Thanks to Pure DWTS reader mzetting, here is Maks and Kirstie’s performance in full. The two are so cute as always! Their chemistry is out of this world. Look at Maks’ smile!;

Adding: Thanks to another PureDWTS reader Kristin, you can see all the other dances HERE. She has fun pics of the night at her facebook page as well.

Below is an interview with Tony from Extra. Not only do they talk about the show last night, Kirstie speaks of her upcoming TV Show and a new movie “Syrup” with Robert Dinero. Maks comments he will never do The Bachelor again.

The opening picture is from the Daily Mail (Yes, this news even hit the UK! And WOW to Kirstie! Doesn’t she look fantastic?!). More Red Carpet pictures of Maks, Kirstie, Tony Dovolani (Maks’ partner in the Dance with Me Studios chain), Val Chmerkovskiy, Daria Chesnokova, Nicole and Teddy Volynets >>>>HERE.

June 6, 2011 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.

DWTS Season 12 – Dancing With The Stars Dance Troupe: Six Secret Weapons (Video, Photos)

Entertainment Tonights did a nice little spread promoting the new Dancing With The Stars Dance Troupe last night. See this talented new six pack being interviewed and rehearsing for their next performance below.

For some extra fun, here are some photos of them from this past Tuesday night as well. I LOVE THESE COSTUMES!!

The New Dance Troupe will perform to OneRepublic’s hit “All the Right Moves” Tuesday night for one of their numbers.

If you missed our earlier reportings on the new Dance Troupe, be sure to do so HERE.

April 2, 2011 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.

DWTS12 – Introducing The Dancers Of The Dancing With The Stars Dance Troupe (Photos)

From what we can gather from Facebook and Twitter, below are some of the new professional dancers that are all part of the new “Dancing With The Stars Dance Troupe”. Elena Grinenko of Grinya’s Entertainment, retired and famed Russian World Champion Ballroom Dancer, is in charge of the new troupe. As reported earlier, the new dance troupe will be choreographing and performing demonstration dances every Tuesday night during the Results show. I’m really looking forward to seeing what this new dance troupe is all about, are you? Now to introduce some of the new dancers….

Kiki Nyemchek & Magda Fialek:

Oleksandr (Sasha) Altukhov and Oksana Dmytrenko:

Nicole Volynets:

Ted Volynets:

And last but, not least Peta Murgatroyd who many of you are already familiar with. According to Peta, Damian Whitewood isn’t part of the dance troupe, but, will still be dancing in the pro numbers. Peta is also helping to choreograph the dance troupe according to her twitter.

As soon as we find out more on the new Dance Troupe and more of the dancers, we’ll be sure to let you know. Stop back here after Tuesday night’s show and let us know what you think. ;)

EDIT TO ADD: Thanks to PureDWTS reader Ryan, here is even more on the Dance Troupe from ABC.

Tomorrow, TUESDAY, MARCH 29 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the 12th season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (“Episode 1202A”), the first couple will be eliminated from the competition, an all-new pro dance troupe of six world renowned performers will make its debut, and top-selling recording artist Chris Brown will perform two numbers.

This week, an all-new troupe of six world-renowned, award-winning dancers joins the series for the first of several spectacular “Results Show” performances this season. On Tuesday, the troupe will perform an opening number alongside six “Dancing with the Stars” pros and do a second, stand alone routine choreographed by Jason Gilkison. The Season 12 “Dancing with the Stars” troupe is:

* Oksana Dmyrenko is a premiere performer in Ballroom and Latin dance around the world. Having studied in her home of Ukraine and around the world, she won the 2010 International World Masters Championship, placed 2nd in the 2009 U.S. National Championships, and was recently among the Top 30 of 500 of the world’s best couples in the prestigious Blackpool Dance Festival.

* Tristan MacMahon began dancing in his home of Dublin, Ireland before moving on to compete around Europe, eventually winning numerous Juvenile, Junior and Amateur competitions. After appearing in “Ella Enchanted,” he performed in theatre productions throughout Europe, including Bryan Flynn’s production of “Oliver!” and “Aladdin,” among others. He joined the U.K. tour of “Simply Ballroom” and, after a successful tour in London and Las Vegas, toured as a featured dancer with several successful shows in the U.S. After numerous world tours and a year teaching Ballroom and Latin dancing in the U.S., he returned to Europe to join the cast of “Dirty Dancing” as Dance Captain. He then went on to do a second stint on The West End stage in London

* Peta Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand and raised in Perth, Western Australia. She studied Classical Ballet from age 4 and trained for 12 years under former principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet Madame Lubov Nikonorenko. After becoming the Australian State Champion within three months of beginning Ballroom training, she competed around the world, placing 2nd in the Great World City Championships, was a semi-finalist in the Lion City Championships in Singapore, a finalist in the Australian Open Championships, and placed 3rd in the world at the British Youth Latin Championships in Blackpool 2006. After achieving her lifelong goal of dancing on Broadway, she moved to the U.S. to pursue a career in film and television in Los Angeles.

* 19-year-old Christopher “Kiki” Nyemchek began Ballroom and Latin dancing at age 4. Along with his dance partners, he has represented the U.S. at the World Championships three times, and competed in Europe and Asia. Kiki danced at Junior Blackpool three times, placing 29th out of more than 400 couples. He is noted as one of the Top Under 21 Latin dancers in the U.S. and is a National Amateur Finalist.

* Nicole Volynets began Ballroom training at age 14 with coach Maksim Chmerkovskiy. With her brother Ted by her side, Nicole has traveled the world in competition, placing as a top three national finalist for seven consecutive years and in the top eight at the 2007 U.S. National DanceSport Challenge. She performed at The Wynn, Las Vegas and in Macau, China for the opening of The Wynn – Macau.

* Ted Volynets began Ballroom dancing at age 11, following in older sister Nicole’s footsteps. While training with coaches Maksim and Val Chmerkovkiy, he has traveled the world representing his country, placing Top 15 at the National DanceSport Championships 2010. His television credits include appearances on MTV’s “MADE” and “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” Outside the studio, Ted is a senior at New York University, studying Economics.

March 28, 2011 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.