So, it’s official. Dancing pros Henry Byalikov, Sasha Farber, Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater will all be returning for the new All Star Season of Dancing With The Stars according to their twitter and Facebook accounts. Oksana Dmytrenko hasn’t confirmed, but, I think she’s returning as well being nothing has been said otherwise (let us know if you know more?). Sadly, Kiki Nyemchek will not be returning. It’s going to be interesting to see who fills his spot. Any ideas or wishes? I’d like to suggest Jonathan Platero! More on that in a sec.
Oksana has had a busy summer doing several black tie events. Below she danced a rumba with “So You Think You Can Dance” pro Jonathan Platero to Beyonce’s Sweet Dreams at a recent event. Incredible. Can you see why I think he might be a good replacement for Kiki?
You can also watch Oksana dance at a recent showing with Derek Hough at Pure Derek Hough. They are way steamy and so powerful.
And then there is Sasha Farber and girlfriend, Emma Slater. These past weeks, the two have been lighting up India in their version of Dancing With The Stars. According to Sasha, the episode with them airs this weekend. Check out this cool coverage of them. It’s fun to see Dancing With The Stars catching on in so many countries and how it’s different for the way they compete too.
And, last but, not least, we can’t forget about Sharna Burgess. You can see all of our recent updates with her here. She recaps her summer with us at this link. What a star as recently she also helped kids on skid row have a fun day and get them ready to go back to school. Stay tuned! According to twitter, Sharna will be filming her first commercial. I’ll be curious to see what this is all about.
Booked my first commercial! Yay thank you @BlocLA xxx
This season, we opted to do things a bit differently – as we have with just about every other regular feature we do each season, since the format is a bit wacky, to say the least First, we’ve divided WWIB into two parts – mainly to accomodate the fact that Kirstie & Maks’ and the 13th couple’s (who we now know to be Sabrina & Louis) promo photos have yet to be released, but also to buy us some time for the labor-intensive task of finding good pictures for some of these Secondly, we’ve included the couples’ promo photos from their original seasons for comparison as well. But as always, we’ve offered up our usual snark commentary on each of the costumes, for your enjoyment
Battle of the turquoise & black lace corset dress/Kelly & Alec vs. Kelly & Val: Kelly & Alec’s season 1 promo pic vs. Kelly & Val’s season 15 promo pic vs. Edyta in the season 9 pro tango demo
Courtney: The Iceman cometh! Wow, even Alec’s promo pic screams “I have no emotions” to me. And while Kelly is a bit better, I still wish she’d actually smile in her promo pics – the whole “smoldery non-smile” she does just seems like she’s trying too hard to me. And I’m probably the only one that feels this way, judging from some of everyone’s initial comments on the promo photos, but I’m not really all that wild about Kelly & Val’s pic…you’ll see I’m not much of a fan of the couples that went the “smoldery” route with their promo pix. As for the costume itself – gotta go with Edyta on this one. Granted, it’s hard to hold a candle to Edyta in pretty much ANY costume, but I think I like it better with a lace skirt, as opposed to a fringed one. And while I was cursing under my breath while putting this edition together about how BAD some of the costumes have gotten since Randall left, I thank my lucky stars we’re not still stuck with Designs to Shine, who costumed the first season. Can we say “tacky”?
Heidi: Val sez, “You…are sooo sexy.” To which Kelly sez, “You are sexy, but I am sleeping with my cousin’s best friend’s husband’s brother and am simply toying with you as a cover to hide our true looove….” That is my long winded way of saying, Kelly is a soap actress…they only do smolder. Sometimes well, sometimes not – and Val is a huge step up from Alec in terms of emotion and Kelly has evolved to smoldering with her mouth *closed*. The dress you ask? I go with Edyta sans fishnets. Although I think it’s cuter in the shorter length.
The verdict: Just say no to soap opera smolder. Read more..
So many cool pics have come out of Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts, Oksana Dmytrenko, Sasha Farber, Dmitry Chaplin, and Peta Murgatroyd while they danced in “Ballroom With A Twist” in San Francisco, California this summer. One weekend, Dancing With The Stars host Tom Bergeron was pictured with the cast when he went to one of the shows a few weeks ago (pictured above). To see a slew of pics, see these facebook pages here and here. Below are a few more pics with Peta, Dmitry, Oksana, Sasha, Anna, and Jonathan (be sure to see the “read more” link). If you are in the San Francisco are, be sure to see this show!
Isn’t this a beautiful picture of Dancing With The Stars pro Anna Trebunskaya? Her long red hair is one of her best features, isn’t it?!! The photo was taken Thursday night in an opening number of “Ballroom With A Twist” with hubby Jonathan Roberts in San Francisco. There are more pics as well as a “mixed” review on the night at the San Francisco Gate. Dancing With The Stars troupe members Sasha Farber and Oksana Dmytrenko are also dancing in the production as previously reported. Peta Murgatroyd and Dimitry Chaplin will be dancing in it’s second week run. Let’s hope they take more pictures! For ticket information, scheduling, and times, be sure to visit MarinesMemorialTheatre.com.
Just a few media tidbits to mention for the start of the day!! First up, if you are going to be in the San Francisco, California area in July and you are missing some of the pros on Dancing With The Stars, you might wasnt to take in “Ballroom With A Twist”. Anna Trebunskaya, Jonathan Roberts, Peta Murgatroyd, and Dimitry Chaplin will be making special appearances. According to @DWTSGossip, Dancing With The Stars troupe members Sasha Farber and Oksana Dmytrenko are also dancing. For ticket information, scheduling, and times, visit MarinesMemorialTheatre.com. Special thanks to Dmitry Dream Team at Facebook for the poster and heads up.
Speaking of some good shows to take in this summer, below is another fun promo for the Dancing With The Stars: Live in Las Vegas Show. Carson Kressley, anyone? Yes, he’s in this too.
Let’s hope this show is around for a long time to come. For more show, cast, and ticket information, visit The New Tropicana Website.
Aren’t these some fantastic shots of Peta Murgatroyd, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, Tristan MacManus, Sasha Farber, Corky Ballas, Oksana Dmytrenko, and yes, one lucky fan? On June 3rd, as reported to you earlier with photos and video coverage, the dancing pros of Dancing With The Stars did a show in Green Bay, Wisconsin to help benefit Donald Driver’s charities. Photographer D.King of dkingofimagez.com raved about how blessed he was to shoot the event. You can see more photos and read his take on the night at his facebook page. If you need this photographer to shoot any of your events and to see more samplings of his work, be sure to visit dkingofimagez.com as he does some amazing work as you can see.
This past weekend Peta Murgatroyd, Derek Hough, Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Sasha Farber, and Oksana Dmytrenko flew to Green Bay, Wisconsin to partake in Donald Driver’s 5th Annual Charity Softball Game festivities one of which included a show Sunday night. Sasha tweeted the pictures above. Also, thanks to Sasha Farber’s You Tube, you can see he and Oksana in dress rehearsals for the show below. You can see Chelsie and some of the other dancers from Dancing With The Stars in the background. What a fun dance…
Also, the Sheboygan Press has a slew of pictures of Dancing With The Stars Season 14 Champs, Donald and Peta, answering questions for the press and Peta throws the first pitch in the softball game. Below are just a couple of them. You can see many more in a fun gallery at the link.
Donald and Peta thanked their fans for voting for them. Peta also admitted that she’s been swept up in the “green and gold spirit”. Here is more in a take from the WAOW ABC Channel 9. Note how Donald’s team won the game.
“They had everything to do with it and I couldn’t have done it without them. I tip my hat off to the fans. Me and Peta did our part. At the end of the day, it was up to the fans to win it all,” Driver said.
His dancing partner Peta Murgatroyd says she can’t help but get swept up in the green and gold spirit.
“It’s out of this world. I haven’t seen anything like this before. It’s crazy. It feels so good to have the support of Packer Nation and Wisconsin,” Murgatroyd said.
“I knew Packer Nation would come through,” Bartz said.
Some fans say they’ve never watched Dancing with the Stars before. But because of Driver, they not only tuned in, but voted.
“When a hometown favorite wins it and brings it home, that’s huge,” Josh Marnocha from Seymour said.
Peta even threw out the first pitch, right down the middle. And as for the game? Driver can add a softball title to his trophy case. The offense took down the defense 22-10.
People has a new rehearsal video and interview posted of Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd. He doesn’t like criticism of his balancing skills and says he took Yoga. Peta acts and jokes like she doesn’t believe him. Below is an excerpt from the interview, but, be sure to see the new rehearsal video at the link. They are cute and he is looking good. See if you agree?
“I have great balance,” Driver, 37, told partner Peta Murgatroyd after she needled him during a Dancing with the Stars rehearsal attended by PEOPLE. “I don’t think my balance is off. I took yoga. I was pretty darn good at yoga.”
As Murgatroyd laughs in disbelief, the Green Bay Packers football star stands by his claims – on one leg, in fact – but points out that there is one area in which he’s lacking.
“She’s very flexible,” he says, pointing at his partner. “I can’t do that, but that’s all women. But that means she’s not as fast as I am, either. Most athletes that are fast are not flexible. She doesn’t know that. She dances. I’m an athlete.”
By the way, this past week, Peta and Dancing With The Stars Troupe member Oksana Dmytrenko attended the LACOSTE Women’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection launch held at The Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, California. Below is a photo from the event. You can view more here.
With the way they have been switching the Dancing With The Stars Troupe these last few seasons, it almost makes a fan not want to get too close or favor any of them? And yet, if it weren’t for the Troupe, we wouldn’t have the magnificent Tristan MacManus and the beautiful Peta Murgatroyd as teaching pros. “Change is good” though (or “beautiful” as my hair stylist likes to say. ) and maybe that is the case this season? From a couple of tweets from Dancing With The Stars 2nd year Troupe veteran, Sharna Burgess, Daria Chesnokova from last season’s troupe is out (this is sad. I just loved her, her passion when dancing, and her long hair!). Pro dancer (and girlfriend to Sasha Farber), Emma Slater is taking her place. Sharna has also tweeted that Dancing With The Stars Troupe veteran, Oksana Dmytrenko will be returning. Second year veteran, Sasha Farber, is also returning to the Troupe. According to an Australian dancer named Henry Byalikovat, he has been chosen to be in the troupe for Season 14 as well and he is beyond excited. Below is what he posted at his facebook page;
In LA! Finally settled in.. Got my phone organised, got my place organised and unpacked. Now to shower and get ready for meetings, fittings and rehearsals! DWTS USA Season 14 is going to be amazing WOOOPPPAAAAAAAAAA!
So, as of right now and what we can gather, below is who is dancing in this season’s Dancing With The Stars Troupe:
For the Girls: Sharna Burgess, Oksana Dmytrenko, Emma Slater For the Guys: Sasha Farber, Henry Byalikov
As you might have noticed, the third spot for the Guys is unknown. No word yet (that I can officially find so far? Maybe one of you know more?) if it will be Ted Volynets or Kiki Nyemchek who danced in the Troupe last season? However, if you’ve been following Ted at twitter, you know he’s been posting some questionable tweets eluding to the fact that he might not be dancing this season?
We hope for some official confirmation soon on everything with this subject.
If you’d like to know more on the new dancers above, be sure to check the links under their names. They both sound like they’d be fabulous on the show!!