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Entertainment Tonight Reveals More Of The Cast For DWTS Season 23 – Jana Kramer and More

Entertainment Tonight just published these pro and celebrities as dancing in Dancing With The Stars Season 23. Note the new name of JANA KRAMER…

Burke and Hough join returning pros Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy, Emma Slater, Witney Carson, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvintsev, Lindsay Arnold, Sasha Farber, Gleb Savchenko and Allison Holker. Former troupe member Jenna Johnson will make a her debut as a pro.

ET can exclusively confirm that Jana Kramer, Marilu Henner, former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Vanilla Ice are the latest celebrities headed to DWTS. Retired football star Calvin Johnson and Indy race car driver James Hinchcliffe are also on tap for the fall season, ET has learned.

They join a celebrity cast that includes Olympians Laurie Hernandez and Ryan Lochte, Brady Bunch star Maureen McCormick, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Amber Rose, Jake T. Austin and Little Woman: LA star Terra Jole.

More at Entertainment Tonight.

August 29, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Rob Wade, Deena Katz, And More Talk Of How They Put The Cast Together

Dancing With The Stars co-executive producer Rob Wade, fellow executive producer Deena Katz, ABC’s Rob Mills, and Joey Tague talked to PEOPLE about what it’s really like putting the cast together for Dancing With The Stars. Below are 4 secrets. Be sure to read the link for more.

1. “It’s like planning a dinner party.”
“We obviously have a list of people that we begin to reach out to months in advance,” says Wade. “We’ll get one or two people locked in and start to build around it. It’s like planning a dinner party. Once you’ve invited some friends, you start to work out which other friends to invite that will balance out the table.”

2. They’ve gone after some big names since the very first season.
Katz recently revealed that she has reached out to Bill Clinton almost every season, and Wade admits there are some stars they had to ask multiple times before they said yes.

“There are jewels that everyone has heard of – Jennifer Grey, Kirstie Alley, Paula Deen, Patti LaBelle – those are the people we asked almost every season until the timing was right,” he says. “Suzanne Somers was a work in progress for 20 seasons.”

3. The pro dancers are not picked to match the stars.
“Normally, we just have our pros and then once the cast is booked, we decide the pairings,” says Wade. “I personally get bored with seeing the pros with the same types of people season after season. It is fun to tell a different type of story when you pair them with different people.”

4. Current events play heavily into the casting process.
PEOPLE has confirmed that Olympian Ryan Lochte will compete on season 23 and it has been reported he will be joined by his fellow Olympian Laurie Hernandez.

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

What Can We Expect From Julianne Hough In 2016?

As you all know from a previous post, Julianne Hough won’t be returning as a Judge for Season 22 Of Dancing With The Stars. From all the reports out there, it sounds like there weren’t any hard feelings with producers and Rob Wade hopes she will be back on Dancing With The Stars in the future. Hollywood Life, a tabloid who claims to have inside info (though that is very questionable as they have been so wrong on things in the past) is reporting the same as well.

Did Julianne and DWTS part on bad terms? Not at all! “Everyone loves Julianne and expect her to return again in the future,” our source continues. “They didn’t leave things on bad terms at all. They are proud of her and only hope the best for her. The door is always open for a return!”

And thanks to Lori, here is what Julianne said in a new interview with The Skinny Confidential on her new plans.

| What can we expect from you in 2016? |:

JH: The year has already started with a bang, appearing in Dirty Grandpa & I’m still on a high from starring in Grease: Live.

Honestly, it was a dream come true for me & was the best experience of my performing career so far.

The fact that so many people watched & seemed to love it was really icing on the cake— I’m so proud of what we did & will miss being with everyone every day. We’re working hard to continue to grow the community we’ve created with my “Jules” blog & a lot of fun lifestyle and charitable projects connected to that.

Of course, I’m super excited about launching my MPG curated collection this spring along with immersing myself in the process of designing my first collection for fall 2016.

Apart from that, I’m looking at a lot of really exciting film and television projects as an actress and producer.

It’s going to be interesting to see what Julianne has planned as an actress and producer as I loved her in “Grease Live”!! But, oh, what I’d give to see her dancing in some capacity on Dancing With The Stars in some pro numbers atleast in the new season. Whatever the case, we wish her all the best in her new adventures!

February 20, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Julianne Hough Not Returning As A Judge On Dancing With The Stars

According to People, Julianne Hough is not returning as a judge in the new season of Dancing With The Stars. Though note (at the link) how she and Rob Wade say this won’t be the last we see of her in the ballroom.

Julianne Hough – who served as a judge on seasons 20 and 21 – will not be returning to the panel for the next season of the reality dance competition.

“I will miss being on the panel for Season 22, but have a lot of exciting stuff coming that I look forward to sharing,” the former DWTS champion, 27, tells PEOPLE exclusively. “The pro dancers, producers and crew at DWTS will always be my family.”

Instead, judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tolioni will once again be joined by Len Goodman, who took last season off because of other filming commitments.

More at People.

I think I’m going to cry. I loved her as a Judge. Though, what I’d give to see her as a returning Pro instead. Yes, I’m dreaming.

ETA: Below is a video from Entertainment Tonight with Julianne’s statement….

February 17, 2016 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Season 21 Rumors, Alfonso Ribeiro In Casting Inner Circle, Ricky Schroder Asked To Dance

According to E Online, Alfonso Ribeiro is part of the inner circle when it comes to Dancing With The Stars casting decisions (WHA?). He was asked if Caitlyn Jenner and Kaitlyn Bristowe would do Dancing With The Stars. Alfonso also mentions how Ricky Schroder was asked to dance. More below.

When E! News’ Kristin Dos Santos chatted with former champ Alfonso Ribeiro, who is taking over for Tom Bergeron as the new host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, he revealed that he’s in the inner circle when it comes to DWTS casting decisions. So we had to know if season 21 will feature a battle of the ‘Lyns: The Bachelorette’s Kaitlyn Bristowe vs. I Am Cait’s Caitlyn Jenner?

While Kaitlyn told E! News she thinks it would be “fun” to do and two of Caitlyn’s family members, Kim Kardashian and Rob Kardashian, have competed in previous seasons, Ribeiro shot down the idea.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he told us, adding that he’s “heard” that Caitlyn is “not going to do it.”

But Ribeiro wasn’t done spilling juicy DWTS casting deets, as he said that one of the show’s producers Deena Katz has “called and asked me about a few people.”

Wait, like who?!

“The one that she wanted I couldn’t get,” he spilled. “She wanted Ricky Shroder and Ricky Schroder was like, ‘Eh, I don’t dance!'”

More at E Online. Wow, I’d love to see Ricky dance!!

ETA: Glamour also talked with Deena Katz and Rob Wade at a Disney TCA party. They didn’t confirm much except for the Switch up dance and the cast announcement is on September 2nd.

Glamour: We’re at the ABC/Disney TCA party right now. Is there anybody in this room who is going to be on the new season of Dancing With the Stars?
Deena Katz: I want to go up to Chace Crawford and tell him, “Surprise! You’re on!”
Glamour: But is there someone in this room that’s already been cast?
Rob Wade: I haven’t seen everybody in the room yet, but there’s a good chance there might be. There’s people I definitely would want [that’s here] to be on the show!

Glamour: How close are you to having everyone cast for season 21?
Deena: We’re just about done. We’re close.
Rob: We’re about 4/5 of the way there. We like to be around [this number] since we’re a very current show. The premiere of the show is still over a month and a half away, which is a long time. So you want to see [who’s current in the news].

And here is more on Ricky…

Glamour: Alfonso Ribeiro told me earlier tonight that he called Ricky Schroder personally to try and recruit him next season, but Ricky doesn’t seem to want to do it. Can you confirm that?
Rob: I don’t know, I can’t confirm or deny!
Glamour:
But you’re smiling!
Rob: [Laughs] What I can say is that I would love Ricky Schroder on the show.
Deena: I’ve asked him over and over again, so…just because Ricky says no, it doesn’t mean no forever.
Rob: Maybe one day. If Ricky is listening now, or reading now…
Deena: Ricky, it could be the time of your life!
Rob: It doesn’t matter if you can’t dance or don’t think you can dance. The show is not about that. It’s about learning to dance and overcoming your fears.

More at Glamour.

August 5, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Will Dancing With The Stars Be Nominated For An Emmy? Emmy Nominations Take Place July 16th!

Will Dancing With The Stars Be Nominated For An Emmy? Deadline.com thinks it’s likely even though there are a lot of shows waiting in the wings. Read on for more including a quote from Executive Producer Rob Wade.

Many series are worthy of attention, considering the level of reinvention they must go through to stay relevant. “People can spot a forced fight or a forced reality moment a mile away, and they need honesty,” says Dancing with the Stars showrunner Rob Wade. “I think we’re doing that well. We’re breaking down the barriers between the viewers and backstage areas so they can access the show to a greater extent now.”

Maintaining viewership is one thing, but for new series, breaking into the Emmy category is next to impossible. The last one to do so was The Voice, which debuted in 2011. In fact, the average time on the air of the other five series nominated with The Voice in 2014 is 11 years; the youthful Voice brings the average down to just under 10.

So will Amazing Race and Voice be nominated once again with Dancing with the Stars, Top Chef, Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance and Lifetime’s Project Runway? It seems likely, even though there are a lot of shows waiting in the wings, especially considering how much the genre has evolved in the last 10 years. Among the other shows Emmy voters might want to consider are Logo’s brand-building RuPaul’s Drag Race, NBC’s feel-good weight-loss series The Biggest Loser, CW’s runway competition America’s Next Top Model, ABC’s tweetable hookup series The Bachelor, Fox’s Gordon Ramsey-starrer Master Chef, Food Network’s delicious Chopped and Syfy’s Critics Choice TV Award-winning special-effects makeup competition Face Off.

More at Deadline.com. I hope Dancing With The Stars is nominated as well as DEREK HOUGH!! I’d love to see Sharna Burgess and Mark Ballas nominated as well. Note: The 2015 Nominations take place on July 16th.

June 16, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars Tom Bergeron, Rob Wade, And Carrie Ann Inaba Attend The 2015 Critics Choice Awards, Winners List

Below you can see Tom Bergeron, Rob Wade, And Carrie Ann Inaba dressed up and attending the Critics Choice Awards tonight. Sadly, Dancing With The Stars and Tom didn’t win in their nominated categories, but, it looks like they had a lot of fun. To see a winners list, see US Magazine.

May 31, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars ABC Celebration At The Paley Center – Interviews

Tony Dovolani, Alfonso Ribiero, and Bruno Tonioli were interviewed at the Dancing With The Stars ABC Celebration At The Paley Center last night by Afterbuzz TV. They talk of their fondest memories and lots more. Be watching this link in case more interviews are released.

May 15, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Dancing With The Stars ABC Celebration At The Paley Center – HQ Photos, Full Video

Below are a few photos of those who attended a celebration for ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’ at The Paley Center last night in Beverly Hills, California. The first photo is of Executive producer Rob Wade. Others who attended were Judge Bruno Tonioli, co-host Erin Andrews, Candace Cameron Bure, Alfonso Ribeiro, Tony Dovolani, and Kym Johnson. If you’d like to see more fun photos of the event, click on the pictures. You can also see some photos at the Daily Mail. For those who missed the show last night, you can watch it here. Kristyn Burtt was able to ask Rob Wade questions (including some questions about Derek and Nastia’s packages and if he thought it effected their elimination). See her twitter for a report and pictures too if interested. Rob also teased on the finale too. Note that Alfonso Ribeiro and Sadie Robertson are coming back to dance. Derek Hough, Noah Galloway, and Amy Purdy will be dancing in a special number too. MORE HERE.

ETA: To read a review on the event, see Yahoo News.

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

Dancing With The Stars Season 20 Pro Reveal To Take Place Feb. 11th On GMA, Rob Wade Talks To People

Executive Producer of Dancing With The Stars, Rob Wade, talked with People about the new season. Below is a take where he talks of the return of Len Goodman and Erin Andrews. Note how he mentions that the Pro Reveal will take place next week on Good Morning America.

Wade also hints that maybe it’s too soon to prepare for Len Goodman’s departure after the spring season. In December, the senior judge told reporters that traveling back and forth to England has become too overwhelming.

“He says, ‘Let’s see how it goes,’ ” says Wade. “It depends on the health of his mother and how he feels personally about the travel. There’s a good chance he might miss a lot of all next season, but I don’t know though. I think there’s a chance he’ll decide to come back next spring when Dancing with the Stars in the U.K. is not going on.”

And while Leah Remini may have been a hoot as a guest host in the skybox last season, Erin Andrews will stay put as Tom Bergeron’s co-host this year.

“You can get away with having a guest host for one-offs, but there is a lot of business to this live hosting stuff that’s kind of unique. You need a person who has the ability to do that. It’s pretty challenging, that job, and it’s quite thankless. Leah did a great job, but you need a common denominator going though there.”

Dancing with the Stars will reveal the season 10 pros Feb. 11 on Good Morning America. The stars will be introduced later this month in time for the show’s March 16 return on ABC.

More at People.

ADDING: And isn’t this an interesting comment….

Executive Producer Rob Wade told PEOPLE that the departure of Cheryl Burke to NBC and Derek Hough’s show at New York’s Radio City Music Hall shouldn’t change the dynamic of show that will return to ABC for a 20th season in March.

“There is still a huge amount of fan favorites we can bring back,” said Wade, who’s reached out to Anna Trebunskaya, Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus and Louis van Amstel, among others, about returning this season.

I like the pros above, but, none of them are “Derek Hough” in my opinion.

February 3, 2015 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. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.