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Karina Smirnoff On Controversial Dancing With The Stars Casting And More

Did you know Dancing With The Stars’ Karina Smirnoff started her career in figure skating, ballet, and then gymnastics? It wasn’t until later Karina started ballroom dancing. Karina talks all about it and how ballroom dancing is “the perfect combination of art, sports and showbiz.” Karina also talks about Dancing With The Stars and the criticism behind casting the celebrities, her past partners, and more. Here is a snippet from the interview. Is her answer to the first question below true or false? I’d say true, but, I still wish they’d get a few more A-listers. I still have loved this show regardless and I always end up liking people I have never heard of and/or thought I wouldn’t like.

The most recent season of “Dancing with the Stars” was criticized for a celeb cast that didn’t engage the public the way that past casts have. Here’s Smirnoff’s take:
“There is an element to that I can agree with, but we always have some sort of controversy. If the public likes the cast and everything’s happy about that, then the controversy’s, well, is it fair that he or she is a different type of dancer (meaning non-ballroom dancer)? … There’s always something, in a way, to complain about. Which is good – as long as we discuss the show, it keeps it relevant and going. But I feel like we do a great job because we have characters from a different area of the industry every single time. We have the reality star, we have the war hero, we have the athlete. There is one for every taste, which is one of the reasons why the show is so successful, because it pulls in so many different demographics.”

The relationships don’t necessarily end after the show wraps:
“I’m good friends with most of my partners. I’m probably best friends and the closest friend with my season 12 partner, Ralph Macchio. He is a dear friend, and his family is unbelievable. We rang into the New Year together. We try to see each other as much as we can. Some people do become part of your life after that experience. You get to see each other at your worst, at your best, at your strongest, at your most vulnerable. So you really grow together as a team. After 10 hours a day for three-and-a-half months, you get tired of that person, you can’t wait to have an opportunity to miss them. But, at the same time, you grow so close together.”

You can read the full interview at The Day. Note how Karina and Season 13 partner, J.R. Martinez will be dancing at the Mohegan Sun this upcoming Sunday. For information on how you can attend, see the Mohegan Sun.

January 19, 2012 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

‘Behind The Scenes’ Of The Game Show Network DWTS Photoshoot (Video)

What a treat this is!!! If you haven’t seen it yet, Entertainment Tonight has released a “behind the scenes” look of the Dancing With The Stars/Game Show Network photo shoot. Maks looks back at the previous seasons with passion and says they still “dance” the same passionate way today. ET also asks Maks who he wants for a partner for this upcoming season. He corrects the interviewer and says the pros don’t pick their partners. He just got lucky with Hope. Lacey says it will be fun looking back at the previous seasons, but, she will be embarrassed and will need to critique herself. Mel B says she’s so “over” Maks as he has tried to grope and dance with her again with their reunion(lol). Joking aside, she was so thankful for the experience because it got her in shape after having a baby. Derek reflects back on his favorite moments of lifting the mirror ball trophy. So cute…all of them! Lots more below….

Don’t forget, you can begin watching reruns of Dancing With The Stars on Jan. 21st at 6 p.m. ET on GSN. In the meantime, enjoy the Dancing With The Stars promo page which includes bios, photos, and videos at GSN here.

January 13, 2012 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Game Show Network Launches Promo Site For Past Seasons Of Dancing With The Stars

Things are really starting to heat up as we get closer to the air date of past episodes of Dancing With The Stars premiering on GSN January 21st. The official site of the Game Show Network has made a new tribute page for the event where you can see more picture promos and video teasers. Be sure to visit the Game Show Network here to see all of their new Dancing With The Stars goodies. Below is a little sample of the celebrities and pros goofing around during the photo sessions. They also talk about dancing, their past partners, etc….

Thanks to Heidi and Pure Derek Hough for the heads up on this news today. Heidi will be posting more fun things soon on this event. So, stay tuned closely! 😉

January 10, 2012 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Our Dancing With The Stars Pros Celebrate The New Year (Photos)

Twitter is alive with some cool photos of our pros celebrating the new year! First of all, check out Julianne and Derek Hough celebrating at Times Square in New York last night. Be sure to see more pics at Pure Derek Hough. Derek is all smiles and looking happy! I love when he wears these cool leather bombers! So cute! 🙂

Below is Maks and Val sexy and crazy as usual bringing in the New Year where ever they are located (somewhere in the Caribbean?);

Karina and company look like they were all in fine form and happy at her Joonbug Party in New York City. Below is one pic. More at Zimbio including some with Season 12 partner Ralph Macchio. Isn’t her dress gorgeous? Be sure to tweet her a Happy Birthday tomorrow.

We can’t forget about Kym and Cheryl beautiful as always as well. They are bringing in the new year in Australia.

Read more..

January 1, 2012 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Reunion For The Game Show Network (Official Photo Released)

What a cool photo this turned out to be, hmmm? I thought it captured each personality well. Special thanks to Entertainment Weekly for posting it. Be sure to read the little write up they have with it if you haven’t yet. It’s fun!

Don’t forget, the Dancing With The Stars reruns (starting with Season 4) will begin January 21st at 6:00pm ET on the Game Show Network. Let’s hope there are more pics and promos with this shoot in mind released in the near future.

ADDING: Go to the Game Show Network to see a new promo (2nd video at the link). Thanks to PureDWTS reader Gitte for the heads up!

December 30, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Ralph Macchio To Attend Karina Smirnoff’s New Year’s Bash In New York City

Just a reminder that Karina is hosting a New Year’s Eve Bash at the Bowlmor in Times Square, New York on Saturday night. Cooler yet is the New York Post is reporting Ralph Macchio will be attending and hitting the dance floor with Karina. If interested in attending, below are a few ticket details that we reported a couple of weeks ago. You can read more and see pics of this hot new night club at Joonbug.com.

A ticket includes:

•A 5 hour premium open bar
•A world renowned DJ spinning sets of hip hop, dance, 80’s and rock on a state of the art sound
•Festive NYE party favors
•Champagne toast at midnight
•Live NYE 2012 countdown
…and a joonbug.com photographer present to capture all the merrymaking (and mischief making) one night can handle. Your very own paparazzi!

Looks fun! If I only lived a little closer! 🙂

ADDING: Joonbug.com has interviewed Karina leading up to this event. She discusses Dancing With The Stars, her partners, all of her upcoming projects, and more. You can read the full interview at the link. Below is a take of her talking about her greatest accomplishments so far….

KS: It’s hard to find one moment that I’m most proud of. I definitely cherish being the only female dancer who made the World Professional Final with 4 different partners. I’m super proud to have been US National Professional Champion for 7 years overall. And I’m extra super proud to have won my first Mirror Ball Trophy on this season of Dancing With The Stars!

December 29, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Game Show Network Photo Shoot In Los Angeles For Past DWTS Seasons (Photo)

As many of you know from our past reporting, past seasons of Dancing With The Stars will start airing in January on the Game Show Network. Yesterday several of our pros and past celebrities showed up in Los Angeles for a photo op in light of the event. Gilles Marini posted a picture at his twitter account (seen above) of himself, Mel B, Maks, Lacey, Derek, Rick Fox, Chaz Bono, Ralph Macchio, and Audrina Partridge. Also on tap for the shoot was J.R. Martinez (not pictured). They look great, don’t they? Be sure to check their twitter accounts when you can as almost all of them tweeted on their excitement about it.

December 17, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Karina Smirnoff And Ralph Macchio Reunited Again

According to People.com, Karina met up with her former Season 12 partner, Ralph Macchio, and his family to have dinner in New York. You can read more on their dinner at the link as well as seeing a new picture. According to Karina’s tweets, they saw the Jets play as well. The picture above is from Karina’s twitter. So cute. I love Ralph. Speaking of,..recently Ralph has said he’d never do another “Karate Kid” sequel. Instead he is writing a memoir which he will reveal stories about filming The Karate Kid, The Outsiders and My Cousin Vinny. Ralph has also been making State Farm commercials on teenage driving as well as producing a new reality show about Gypsies for the National Geographic Channel to premiere in the Spring. We’ll have to keep a close eye on this one as Ralph touched on a lot of us last season. I still think it was unfair how he was treated by the judges….something I’ll never understand. 😕

November 30, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

ABC Dancing With The Stars Finale Teaser Released (Video)

….and it’s a good one! Getting excited much yet?

I have a feeling we’re in for some surprises too? For one, Ralph Macchio and Dmitry Chaplin have been seen going into the rehearsal studios this week as well. Maybe it’s nothing, maybe it’s not?

ADDING: I’m loving this news as well….

November 18, 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 . To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Celebrities: “What do you mean, I’m a Ringer?” Part 2

This is Part 2 in what will likely be a 3-part series. If you want to read Part 1, you can find it here —> I’m a Ringer??

Well, let me tell you, researching these former contestants was not particularly enjoyable. But, I felt like some research had to go into this in order to try to be somewhat informed and to remove some of the subjectivity. Not all of it can be removed, but I tried.

How did I get my results?

For each celebrity who was *possibly* experienced or popular, I focused research on their web sites (if available), their Wiki pages, and YouTube videos.  Then there were google searches. Yikes.  If a celebrity was clearly not a ringer in any way shape or form (ie Football players, rodeo riders, race car drivers) I did not look into their background any further. I did spend some time on this, but since I have another job that takes my time, it’s possible I missed something. 🙂 BUT, just because you don’t agree with my rankings, it doesn’t mean I DID miss something. Just sayin’. 🙂

Determining if someone is actually a fanbase ringer is rather difficult as well. My metric for that determination is: Is this person well known and well loved by the biggest DWTS demographic – that is women aged about 30 to 65. These are the people most likely to watch the show and vote.  Where it gets tricky is guys like Joey Lawrence and Ian Zeiring – it’s guys like this that caused me the most pain.  Why? Well, because my brain is saying, “Nah” but my gut is saying “Just because you’re not a fan doesn’t mean they don’t have sizable fanbases. 🙂 So, at the end of the day, I decided for my purposes that for them to be a fanbase ringer, it had to be OBVIOUS.  That is – if I know they’re super popular, then they probably really are.  If I don’t really know much about them….then they probably aren’t. I fit the demographic, after all. 🙂 Read more..

September 17, 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. :-)