Aren’t these some great shots of Witney Carson and Chelsie Hightower? The two Dancing With The Stars pros attended the 2014 Industry Dance Awards Honoring Paula Abdul And Nigel Lythgoe at the Avalon in Hollywood, California. Beautiful. You can view more photos at Getty Images.
Happy Sunday PureEttes!? THREE more days and counting. “Time goes by …so slowly” as we await for the new Dancing With The Stars Cast Announcement, I swear. But, here is a little teaser from E News today talking of the “epic slimdowns” on Dancing With The Stars. They wrap it up with a note on the Dancing With The Stars Cast Announcement.
Also, check out the Daily Mail if interested. Brooke Burke Charvet was seen at a Malibu Chili Cook Off with her husband and kids. They look adorable as always.
Lastly, don’t miss watching ABC tonight if interested in seeing judge Carrie Anne Inaba. She along with Ryan Seacrest, Paula Abdul, Backstreet Boys, Matthew Morrison are among the celebrities scheduled to appear on this year’s Muscular Dystrophy Association fundraiser. This is the event’s first time airing on the network. It airs at 9:00pm ET, but, check your local listings just to be sure.
DWTS Mark Ballas, Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd Celebrate National Dance Day At The Dizzy Feet Foundation Gala
You won’t want to miss viewing some fabulous new photos of Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and Lindsay Arnold attending the 3rd Annual Dizzy Feet Foundation’s Celebration Of Dance Gala at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, California last night at Getty Images.
As far as we know, Peta Murgatroyd also attended this event and was planning to dance with Mark Ballas according to her twitter, but, Getty doesn’t have any new photos of her.
The three were on tap as well as other dancers and celebs to celebrate National Dance Day! All proceeds from the event funds and supports dance and dance education for children in low-income areas. Dizzy Feet also provides scholarships to students and supports and increases quality of dance education in the United States.
To see a round up of pictures from the night for other stars who attended like Paula Abdul, Allison Holker, and more, see Wire Images.
ADDING: According to @DMITRYDREAMTEAM at twitter, former Dancing With The Stars pro Dmitry Chaplin was also at this event. He performed with Anya Garnis. Anya tweeted this picture.
ADDING 2: Sharna Burgess also attended this event. Wow, she looks gorgeous too. Check her out!! It’s good to see her return back to California!!
As most of you know, Paula Abdul will be performing on the Dancing With The Stars Results Show tonight. She had some thoughts to share giving us a little preview of her new “Dream Medley” single for what she will be performing to tonight with George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet. Note how George also tries to get Paula to “committ” to something Dancing With The Stars related in the future, but, she doesn’t give him any information and doesn’t act like she knows what he’s talking about. She was also on Good Morning America today. We hope to have that interview as well as soon as it’s available.
Stay tuned! Heidi’s new Numbers post is coming up soon with her predictions for who will be going home tonight. ;)
ETA1: Here is Paula on Ryan Seacrest as well. THANKS LORI!
ETA2: You can watch Paula on Good Morning America HERE. She gives her thoughts on all the couples last night.
The Semi-finals are going to be extra special on Dancing With The Stars this week …especially if you are a Michael Jackson fan! Be ready on Monday for the show to kick off with a special pro performance which will include a medley of two songs from Michael Jackson’s “Bad25″ album. Also, The Wanted and Paula Abdul will also be performing on the results show. There will also be a special AT&T performance and a special performance with Derek Hough, Allison Holker, and company. Here are some more details on both nights of Dancing With The Stars from Zap2It. After the quote you can read some more teasers. ;)
“Episode 1509 & 1509A” – We’ll kick off the semi-finals of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) with a stunning pro performance to a medley of two iconic songs from “BAD25,” the album released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s legendary “Bad” album. Each of the remaining five couples will dance to a classic song from the album. The show will also feature three special dance performances, each sampling a song from the 13-track bonus disc from “BAD25.” To continue the celebration ABC will air “Michael Jackson: BAD25,” a documentary directed by Spike Lee, offering Michael Jackson fans across the country a rare look at the man who changed the music world forever (November 22 at 9:30 p.m., ET). Also on Monday night, each couple will dance a dance style they have not yet danced to a theme which was chosen for them by another couple on last week’s Results Show.
On “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars — The Results Show,” TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET), the UK’s new boyband sensation, The Wanted, will perform a medley of their current single “I Found You” and their biggest hit, “Glad You Came.” Legendary performer and world famous choreographer Paula Abdul returns to the ballroom to perform in our final “Macy’s Stars of Dance” with a groundbreaking number. This piece will be an amazing interactive performance featuring some outside dancers as well as our own pros, Mark Ballas, Chelsie Hightower, Sonny Fredie Pederson, Henry Byalikov, Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater. In our final “AT&T Spotlight Performance,” we will feature 21-year old Parris Goebel. Parris grew up in New Zealand and always knew she loved to dance, even though she was a self-described “terrible dancer.” Instead of taking classes, she taught herself how to dance, developing a new unique hip-hop style called “polyswagg,” and went on to become one of the hottest choreographers in the dance world. She has choreographed for Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliot, and is currently choreographing numbers for the new Michael Jackson Cirque De Soleil show in Las Vegas. She will hit the “DWTS” ballroom on Tuesday night with her dance crew from New Zealand, The ReQuest Crew, for an unforgettable performance. Also, “DWTS” professional dancer Derek Hough will perform a number that he has created that will feature four talented female dancers — Allison Holker, Melanie Moore, Jessica Lee Keller and Katherine McCormick. And before the night’s end, two more couples will be eliminated.
Gearing us up even more, below are some fun tweets from some of the performers and those involved with putting these two shows together….
Speaking of Paula and Michael Jackson and in case you didn’t know, at 18, then a Laker Girl, Paula was brought in to direct and choreograph the Jacksons’ Victory Tour. She shared these special words on Michael at the “The Is It” premiere….
“I got to see entertainment at its finest and be a part of something so big and I learned so much from Michael,” she said.
“He was so dedicated,” Paula added later. “It was truly remarkable to watch and it taught me as a choreographer that it’s OK to make people work really hard because the end result is going to be fantastic. Michael never gave anything but fantastic.”
For more on her performance on Dancing With The Stars this week, Paula posted the video below at her facebook with this quote: “Here’s a hint about my big surprise on Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday, November 20th!. Love, Paula”
Here’s to the shows this week, Everyone! It’s going to be fun in more ways than one!xxx
Normally I don’t respond to petty complaints from fans when their favorite (who, ironically in this instance, is also MY favorite) isn’t getting the coverage on this site they think their favorite deserves. Come on, people. I also normally wouldn’t go backwards in time to pick something up that I neglected to cross post the first time around (I think – not even sure). But in this instance, I saw a tweet this morning that made me decide that I needed to go back to this topic. As a Derek fan, this actually brought a little tear to my eye. :-)
Back on November 1st, the Emmys had a program called “The Choreographers – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. They had invited Derek but, prior to getting injured, he had a conflict. Once he got injured they added him back to the panel, which also included Nappytabs, Dancer/Fred Astaire’s Partner Barrie Chase, Robyn Astair, Marguerite Derricks, Keith Young, and Fred Tallakesen. Paula Abdul and Kenny Ortega were the hosts. Very nice words about Derek from Paula and Kenny (who told Derek that he would push his way to the front of the line to work with Derek on a Major Motion Picture). I’ve put just the Derek portion below, but if you want to watch the whole thing, which includes several clips of little seen Fred Astair dances – I never knew he had a TV show! – you can find it at the Emmy’s web page. It’s about an hour and a half long, but it’s pretty interesting.
Hi ALL!!!! HOW ARE YOU? I’m back from my Madonna trip (OMG, her show was phenomenal again!!) and it sounds like this past week was a great one for dancing on Dancing With The Stars? I’m just starting to get caught up. I’ve watched a third of the show from Monday night enough to see Paula Abdul trying to mimic and flirt with Bruno. 8O Too funny. Speaking of, below Paula talks about judging the show and Bruno at US Magazine. She also comments for how she was only approached to judge Dancing With The Stars this one time, but, “if she has her way, she’ll return to the panel again very soon.” Hmmm? Not sure what she means, but, would you be open for more judging from Paula on Dancing With The Stars? Let us know what you think in the comments section.
“I hope you could see how much fun I was having,” Abdul, 50, gushed to Us Weekly after critiquing Kirstie Alley, Bristol Palin and others during the performance show. “It felt like home and was very natural.”
Especially impressed with Shawn Johnson’s fancy footwork, the X Factor and American Idol veteran (and seasoned dancer, choreographer and former pop star) couldn’t help but get flirty with judge Tonioli during the taping. Critiquing Johnson’s mambo with Derek Hough, Abdul reached for Tonioli and began rubbing his chest to illustrate the sex appeal she felt the couple exuded through their routine. “While I’m giving my critique, I’m just going to touch him,” she mused.
Having sat next to Simon Cowell on both The X Factor and American Idol, Abdul naturally compared her chemistry with Cowell to her chemistry with Tonioli. “He’s very accommodating,” she said of Tonioli. “If it was the guy I used to sit next to, Simon, it would have been like ‘I’m sorry my fingers are stuck in a mass of hair.’ And he probably wouldn’t have let me [rub his chest].”
Abdul told Us that she was only approached to appear on DWTS for one night only, but if she has her way, she’ll return to the panel again very soon.
I hope Paula does the show again, but, I’m not sure I’d want her to judge full time. As much as I complain sometimes on our three judges, I like them just the way they are.
One more thing before I wrap this post up: I want to give a huge shout out to Heidi and Court to thank for them for covering me while I was away. Don’t they rock it and I missed you All loads!!xxxx
Look out, Tom, she’s comin’ for YOU!! :-) John sent me this before Tom tweeted it…but I think it’s funny anyway. :-)
Will Paula Abdul be one of the performers for the Dancing With The Stars All Star Season? According to the New York Post, it’s a possibility. Here are some details for what’s raised the question when she was seen and heard at a fashion show this week. Thanks to Vin for the heads up on this news.
Paula Abdul will pop up on “Dancing With the Stars.” The former “American Idol” judge was overheard at Douglas Hannant’s fashion show revealing she’ll “perform and sing” on the ABC series for November sweeps.
I’ve always liked Paula. I hope this news is true. Like Vin posted in another post, wouldn’t it be cool if she was a guest judge as well?
Just some random reportings today on things related to dancing and Dancing With The Stars!!
First up, join us in congratulating Spice Girl and Season 5, 2nd place winner Mel B as she has been signed on to co-host the Australian Version of Dancing With The Stars. Below is a take from Adelaide Now with a quote from Mel B confident that she can pull the job off. We wish her much luck!
“To have the opportunity to host Dancing with the Stars is great, as I know exactly what the contestants will be going through,” she said.
“To be honest, I’m just really looking forward to this year. I feel like it’s going to be my Aussie, Sydney year. I also hope to get my (Spice) girls out here.
“Emma (Bunton) and Victoria (Beckham) have new babies. As a group we’ve only been here two days, so we never got to really experience it and I’ve been telling them how fabulous it is out here.”
Speaking of co-hosting, there has been some chatter here, around the internet at various places, and at twitter about Brooke Burke possibly not co-hosting next season’s Dancing With The Stars since she tweeted about some disappointing “crazy Hollywood Industry” news which hit her hard this past week. The tweets lead many to believe it had something to do with her losing her co-hosting job. Well, with two tweets similar to the first tweet below within 8 hours apart yesterday along with Tom Bergeron addressing her as his “partner” in reply, I think it’s safe to say her job is safe?? Then again, who knows? The Hollywood Industry is indeed “crazy”. Look what happened with Steve Jones, Nicole Scherzinger, and Paula Abdul on the X Factor this week. Never did I think they’d be let go in such a fashion and so soon. 8O
Moving on! Give it up to Dancing pro Corky Ballas!! He’s been recently helping Olympic ice skating hopefuls Maia and Alex Shibutani on their choreography since last year’s world championships in which they finished third in just their first season as senior skaters. Below are some takes from ESPN. Be sure to read the link in full as they write about how costume designer Randall Christensen helped them with their costumes as well.
The Shibutani siblings got in touch with Corky Ballas through their agent, using the Yamaguchi connection, and headed to Los Angeles to begin working with him after the worlds last summer.
“But we are the first skaters he’s worked with in a while,” Alex, 20, said. “Obviously with his background, his son, Mark, and Derek and Julianne, we were honored to work with him. He’s such a fun guy to work with. It was an intensive boot camp-style Latin training with him. He’s kept up with our performances. He thought we could use a breath of fresh air.”
The coaches had high praise for the Shibutanis’ performance.
“It was awesome, awesome,” Zueva said. “All the changes worked really well. Most Latin dance movement is very sharp off ice, but it totally disappears on the floor because the surface is different. [Ballas] found them the best movement on ice.”
They worked with Ballas again in Detroit after the ISU Grand Prix Final, where they finished fifth. Alex said they have gotten “really comfortable” with the Latin style, a break from their usual, more classical style.
“The new program is much more exciting and a much stronger vehicle for us,” Alex said.
Lastly, if you are a fan to dancing in general and huge dance productions, be sure to tune into the Super Bowl halftime tonight. According to the New York Post, Madonna will be dancing, performing and singing 3 classics: Vogue , Ray Of Light with Holiday mixed in it, Like A Prayer , and her new, hot single Give Me All Your Luvin from her new MDNA album . I wanted to give this a special mention since number one, I’m a huge fan :) and, number two, Madonna did a Salsa in challenging Dancing With The Stars rumored contender Victor Cruise at a press conference on Thursday, and number three, Nappytabs has been helping with the production of it. As you know they’ve helped with choreography on Dancing With The Stars among many other dancing accomplishments in their career. They are also currently helping Derek Hough with his new movie Cobu3D. Below are some tweets Tabitha shared about rehearsals.
Yes, can you tell I’m excited? :) Be sure to let us know your thoughts and here’s to a fun Super Bowl Holiday!! xxx
UPDATE: According to Madonna website Madonnarama, the Ray of Light and Holiday Mash-up has been replaced by Music(ft. LMFAO – “Party Rock Anthem/Sexy and I Know It” Remix). Also, there will be an
“Open Your Heart/Express Yourself” interlude to transition from Give me all your Luvin’ to Like a Prayer. Madonna has tried to keep the final setlist a secret as long as she could.