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Rob Wade Speaks On The New Cast Of Dancing With The Stars Season 21, Quotes From Some Of The Cast

USA Today has a great feature up with the new cast of Dancing With The Stars Season 21. Executive Rob Wade talks on the cast. Some of the cast also speak about dancing on the show.

Less than two weeks ago, National Guard specialist Skarlatos “was on a train in France (and now) he’s become a genuine national hero. It’s very exciting that we can have someone like this on this season,” says executive producer Rob Wade, adding that Skarlatos is representing his close friends and fellow heroes Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler.

Season 21’s celebrities also include controversial celebrity chef Paula Deen and the contest’s first married competitors, Alexa PenaVega (Nashville, Spy Kids franchise) and Carlos PenaVega (Big Time Rush).

Don’t expect any competitive trash-talking in the PenaVega household. If the two faced elimination, “I would want to be the one voted off because … I want him to do well. But he also wants me to do well,” Alexa PenaVega says. “We’re not good at being competitive.”

There is a friendly wager, she says during a joint interview with Carlos. “If I go further in this competition, he has to salsa with me whenever I want.”

The two actor/singers were approached simultaneously but separately about appearing. (Jewel and her then-husband, Ty Murray, were supposed to be the first married celebrity competitors during Season 8, but a training injury forced her to cancel her appearance.)

“This opportunity to learn something brand new and challenge ourselves really drew us to” say yes, Carlos PenaVega says.

More at USA Today.

Also, don’t miss reading this People article as well for a few more thoughts from the cast. Here is just a little take from the link. You know where to go for more.

“This is going to be more terrifying than jumping on top of a crocodile,” Irwin told PEOPLE, who exclusively broke the news of her casting. Still, the 17-year-old revealed that she will use this “new and exciting adventure” as a way to pay tribute to her late father, Steve Irwin.

“My dad will always be with me in spirit,” Irwin said. “Embarking on this journey, I really want to make him as proud as possible.”

Helping her along that journey will be her partner, Derek Hough, who described the teenage wildlife conservationist as “a breath of fresh air.”

September 2, 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.

GMA Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Pairings Announcement Coverage – Photos, Videos

Here ya go! Below are some photos and videos of the Good Morning America Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Pairings Announcement! Thanks to @idolxfactor for the video coverage and here is to the new season! WOO HOO!

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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 21 – Complete Cast List Live Blog!!

Good Reveal Day morning, Ya’ll!! Finally the tedium of the Day by Day (kinda sorta) reveal is over and it will all be out there for everyone to obsess over. If you haven’t been here in a while, or have never been here before, please do us the courtesy of reading the DWTS Season 21 Reveal Day-by-Day post and ALL of the comments before commenting here. It’s not fun for us to answer questions that have been asked (and answered) 500 times. ESPECIALLY if it’s something easily googled. Really, people, google is a wonderful thing. I’ve also added links to previous posts for couples that were revealed previously, so you have them for easy reference.

ETA: Figured out why Derek, at least, isn’t in NYC. His new TV show with Julianne and Maria Menounos started shooting last night.  Yes, they turned their holiday dance battles into an ABC show. Very enterprising people, the Houghs…and Maria.  I would imagine that the pros who are not present had other plans – and the power to say “can’t do it”. Or perhaps rehearsing with the celeb out of town who had previous plans, ala Allison.

ETA2: They brought out most of the announced celebs – those who could be there, obviously – and same with the pros. Looked like Val was expecting more of an ovation.

ETA3: Okay, I confess, Paula is cracking me up. Oh, look, the last celeb is down there!

REVEAL #1 – Bindi Irwin

REVEAL #2 – Victor Espinoza

REVEAL #3 – Nick Carter

REVEAL #4 – Hayes Grier

REVEAL #5 – Alexa Vega

REVEAL #6 – Carlos Pena, Jr.

REVEAL #7 – Chaka Kahn

REVEAL #8 – Andy Grammer

REVEAL #9 – Gary Busey

REVEAL #10 – Kim Zolciak

REVEAL #11 – Tamar Braxton

REVEAL #12 – Paula Deen

REVEAL #13 – Alek Skarlatos

And here are the pairings…will update as the show progresses.

ETA: Ugh. Louis is definitely back.

The Pairs!!

Celebrity Height Pro Height Pro
Paula Deen 5ft. 5in. 5ft. 10in. Louis
Bindi Irwin 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 10in. Derek
Alexa Vega 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 8in. Mark
Tamar Braxton ?? 5ft. 10/11in. Val
Kim Zolciak 5ft. 9in. 6ft. 1in. Tony
Chaka Khan 5ft. 4in. 6ft. 2in. Keo
Hayes Grier ?? 5ft.5in. Emma
Alek Skarlatos ?? 5ft. 3in. Linday
Victor Espinoza 5ft. 2in. 5ft. 5in. Karina
Andy Grammer 6ft. 1in. 5ft. 6in. Allison
Nick Carter 6ft. 0in. 5ft. 6in. Sharna
Carlos Pena, Jr. 5ft.6in. 5ft. 3in. Witney
Gary Busey ?? ?? Anna

*My old research has Val at 5’9″ but I met him in the middle since Google has grown him since then. :-) All heights are approximate. As I noted the other day – anyone can make any claim they want on the internet.

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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. :-)

Sharna Burgess Talks About an Exciting Opening Pro Routine and Pro Packages

Sharna got on Periscope yesterday and gave out some interesting tidbits about the show! I have two clips below, but if you want to follow Sharna on Periscope or see the whole thing, click the link. She looks just stunning – the hair and the eyes. Flawless.

This is just two small parts of the whole periscope – when it starts she’s talking about Derek, the rest you can figure out from there. Very excited about both DWTS-related things she talks about. :-)


Sharna Periscope 1 by dereklvr1013


Sharna Periscope 2 by dereklvr1013

August 29, 2015 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. :-)

Dancing with the Stars Season 21 – Day-by-Day Cast Reveal!

Yes, that’s right. As we reported yesterday, DWTS is going to be revealing one celebrity per day this week, starting today. We’re going to pseudo live blog it so that you can see who the celeb is as soon as we know them. Then, down below that, we’re going to take a stab at guessing who their partner might be. Now, if they actually reveal the partner along with the celeb (I tend to doubt it, since they’ll want maximum DRAMA along with a bigger announcement on September 2) we’ll simply change that table to reflect that.

ETA: Just teased it with a woman with longish hair behind a screen. Said a “wild choice”. Hmmmm….guesses?
ETA2: I shoulda got that. :-)

ETA3: Reveal #2 coming up TODAY (Tuesday) at 6pm eastern on ESPN2!! Which sports figure will it be??

ETA4: According to the DWTS Official site the 2nd celebrity is Victor Espinoza. Awesome. I love him! ~Vogue

ETA5: Per the Backstreet Boys Facebook Page, Nick Carter is confirmed as the 3rd cast member for this season, and a source has confirmed that his partner is Sharna.  Source also confirms that Victor is with Karina, and that Mark is with Alexa Vega. Allegedly, 2 celebs are supposed to be announced tonight on Extra…or Inside Edition…or something like that.  Man, this is a clusterf*ck… -Court-

ETA6: Per DWTS360 on Twitter, Witney got Alex Vega’s husband (and Big Time Rush member) Carlos Pena. As was guessed by Jordan in comments. 😉

ETA7: We were discussing this a few days ago (and we had reported a rumor on him in July), but now we legit think that Andy Grammer MIGHT be on this season. Please note the word MIGHT.

ETA8: It’s official. Via his instagram Hayes Grier is dancing on Dancing With The Stars. ~Vogue

ETA9: ET Online confirms that both Alexa Vega & her husband, Carlos Pena Jr., are in; E! claims Kim Zolciak has joined the cast.

ETA10: E! News is claiming that Derek and Bindi showed up for rehearsal together. I don’t really take this as definite confirmation though – after all there are several studios there and couples could be rehearsing at the same time.

ETA11: And Chaka Kahn is confirmed via DWTS Twitter.

ETA12: And with this tweet, Andy Grammer is officially confirmed for this season’s cast…but this tweet from DWTSGossip does make me wonder if he’ll be paired with Peta after all…

ETA13: Oh jesus. Gary Busey. Well, at least I don’t have to stay up for Jimmy Kimmel, thanks to someone at the taping caping the in studio feed. 

REVEAL #1 – Bindi Irwin

REVEAL #2 – Victor Espinoza

REVEAL #3 – Nick Carter

REVEAL #4 – Hayes Grier

REVEAL #5 – Alexa Vega

REVEAL #6 – Carlos Pena, Jr.

REVEAL #7 – Chaka Kahn

REVEAL #8 – Andy Grammer

REVEAL #9 – Gary Busey

REVEAL #10 –

REVEAL #11 –

REVEAL #12 –

We don’t know if it’s 12 or 13 right now as there have been conflicting reports. Both could have been right, in that perhaps they added someone last minute. :-)

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So, here is where we guess who their partner might be…until someone leaks something and we can confirm it, or it’s announced on September 2. :-) Items in bold are confirmed – items not in bold are just our own guesses.

Link to the Pro Watch post

ETA: Changed Victor’s partner based on some intel we got. 😉

ETA2: I started sticking names in but when I started adding heights, I may have to reconsider…

ETA3: I feel safe confirming Derek and Bindi now. :-)

ETA4: A trusted source confirmed that Emma got Hayes (which we had pretty much guessed by his suspicious following & unfollowing on Twitter). Andy also confirmed in an interview that he got Peta, but that she was injured and he might have to dance with someone else….who Kristyn says will be Lindsay, should Peta sit this one out.  Hence the ** :-)

ETA5: It would figure that as soon as I update, the news changes 😛 Per People, Peta is out for the season – looks like Lindsay’s getting a second chance at pro! 😀

ETA13: Well, thanks to the detective work of DWTSGossip and Kristyn Burtt, it looks like Allison is Minnesota…as is Andy Grammer for a concert. Lindsay Arnold is…where? On the plane with the rest of the gang.  Honestly, I can’t work up any excitement any more. This crap has worn me out and the season hasn’t even started yet.

Guess the Pairs!!

Celebrity Height Pro Height Pro
Paula Deen 5ft. 5in. 5ft. 10in. Artem
Bindi Irwin 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 10in. Derek
Alexa Vega 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 8in. Mark
?? ?? 5ft. 10/11in. Val
Kim Zolciak 5ft. 9in. 6ft. 1in. Tony
Chaka Khan 5ft. 4in. 6ft. 2in. Keo
Hayes Grier ?? 5ft.5in. Emma
?? ?? 5ft. 3in. Allison
Victor Espinoza 5ft. 2in. 5ft. 5in. Karina
Andy Grammer 6ft. 1in. 5ft. 6in. Lindsay**
Nick Carter 6ft. 0in. 5ft. 6in. Sharna
Carlos Pena, Jr. 5ft.6in. 5ft. 3in. Witney
?? ?? ?? ??

*My old research has Val at 5’9″ but I met him in the middle since Google has grown him since then. :-) All heights are approximate. As I noted the other day – anyone can make any claim they want on the internet.

August 24, 2015 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. :-)

Sharna Burgess Asked About Dancing With The Stars Season 21 And More, Keep Peta Murgatroyd In Your Thoughts

Sharna Burgess just got periscope. Below she talks with fans about her recent trip to Australia, Noah Galloway, working with Meryl Davis & Charlie White, and Dance Fusion. She’s also asked about Dancing With The Stars. She doesn’t mention being “in” as a pro this season, but, close as she mentions she hasn’t met her pro yet and she won’t know until she walks into “the room”. Sharna also mentions that she’s dancing in the Dancing With The Stars Live Tour next winter (if there is one). More below.

And keep Peta Murgatroyd in your thoughts. She tweeted that she’s “struggling”. She said she’s ok, but, she’s tired and worn out. Her ankle might be giving her fits again too. She also instagramed that she’s going to miss Keo Motsepe and All Bersten as the tour came to an end last night. Let’s hope she’s going to be ok and still able to dance in the new season of Dancing With The Stars.

Conclusion made, I'm definitely going to miss my Snipes and Marons 😓 #dwtstour

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August 12, 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.

PureDWTS Season 21 Cast Possibility: Nick Carter?

Gonna preface this with my usual “take this with a grain of salt” warning, as it seems like this might be reeeealllly early for the pros to be meeting their partners – but as it is a slow news day and I did find this rather curious, I will go ahead and share.  Special thanks to CM for the heads up on this.

Looks like Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys just started following Sharna out of the blue – maybe he just met her at a party in L.A., maybe he just thought she looked like a cool person to follow, who knows…but the timing is interesting.

nicksharna

Also interesting? This Instagram post from Sharna yesterday, without any sort of context:

Best.Day.Ever 👊

A photo posted by Sharna Burgess (@sharnaburgess) on


Maybe Sharna was just having a good day, maybe she had just gotten word that she was going to be a pro again this season…who knows. But just seemed rather coincidental that both of the above events would happen on the same day.

I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch for Nick to do the show – he’s from the only major boy band that DWTS has yet to cast from, plus his brother Aaron did the show back in 2009. And from the looks of the Backstreet Boys’ schedule, he’s free and clear until May of 2016. I think he’d be fun to watch, and if Sharna is, indeed, his partner – I think they’d be a good match.

Thoughts?

ETA: Apparently this screen shot is making the rounds among the Nick Carter fans – some guy named John is claiming on Instagram that Nick’s wife, Lauren, confirmed the other day on the set of his movie that he IS doing DWTS this season.  Take it with a big grain of salt, as it’s basically some random guy claiming he heard something (and his IG account is conveniently private) without anyone being able to verify it.  But who knows – maybe we’re not as crazy here at Pure as some seem to think we are 😉 nickondwts

August 11, 2015 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!

Dancing with the Stars Season 21 – PRO WATCH!!

Here we are again!! It’s about that time of year, folks.

And, as usual, the pros that I don’t want to be in, are already in. Or in Derek’s case….mostly in. :-)  He’s been telling fans in Meet and Greets that he’s likely going to be on but doesn’t want to confirm in case something happens to change that. DWTSGossip says that he did indeed say yes to this season – but as she correctly pointed out, he’s said no before and it turned into a yes. But, this is Derek’s life right now (many, MANY irons in the fire) – he’s not doing it for PR, he just doesn’t know what’s going to happen. Drives me crazy. :-)  I’ll be writing a blog soon on PureDerekHough.com about my Meet and Greet and how he answered a particular question I asked him that bodes very well for his future.

Val has also said he’ll be back and, as reigning champ, that’s no surprise. He also doesn’t seem to have the options that Derek does. I also will be curious to see how much they pimp and manipulate for him and his partner, now that he actually has a MBT. This could be one of the more interesting things about this season – if their behavior toward him changes, now that it’s mission accomplished. Someone please explain to me why Sharna or Emma don’t get the pimpage treatment?? Their social media accounts can’t touch the men’s, but still.

What about Mark? I expect him back as it helps his music career, and now his studio, for him to be on the show. I think it’s about time for him to have another shot at the MBT again – it’s not like he’s been handed ringers the past couple seasons (unlike some), he’s just been surprised and fortunate, like Derek has in the past. But I haven’t seen any talk from him on the matter. Read more..

August 5, 2015 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. :-)

Sharna Burgess Helps Kick Off 2015 Special Olympics World Games, Terrell Owens To Dance In DWTS Season 21?

It’s funny how things lead to another sometimes. This past Saturday night at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess helped to kick off the 2015 Special Olympics World Games. You can read about it at Just Jared Jr and also see a cute pic of her. She also posted the instagram below of her and Terrell Owens on the Red Carpet. More after the photo…

Speaking of Terrell Owens….he said he’d love to do Dancing With The Stars this past February. From Dish Nation….

It’s that time of year again — a new cast was announced today for Season 20 of Dancing With The Stars, and although he won’t be competing this year, former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens exclusively told Dish Nation he’d love to be on the show.

“It’s a possibility. I don’t have two left feet,” he hinted while chatting on the red carpet at the Gold Meets Golden event in Hollywood recently.

“I think I could do okay for that. I have a few dance moves.”

Owens, 41, wouldn’t be the first footballer to compete on the show, and he says he knows a lot of the dancing pros.

Funny too as Court mentioned Terrell in this casting rumor post in Season 13 and said she wouldn’t be surprised if his name popped up to dance. And it’s true Terrell knows a lof of the pros as Heidi posted a picture with Terrell, Derek Hough, and Maria Menounos at a Beach Party in this previous post.

So, what do you think? Would you like the idea of Terrell Owens dancing on Dancing With The Stars? I say YES to any and all football players!

July 27, 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.

Behind The Scenes Of “Sway: A Dance Trilogy” And New Show Dates In Florida

Below you can watch some fun ‘behind the scenes’ action of “Sway” from this past June. The next show dates for “SWAY: A Dance Trilogy” is scheduled for December 3-6, 2015 (5 shows) in Miami, Florida. Proceeds from shows will benefit Alfalit and it’s initiatives to end illiteracy throughout the world. For tickets visit: www.swayshow.com.

July 21, 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.