POPTVDotCom caught up with Shirley Ballas, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, and more at Craig’s in Hollywood last night. Henry asks some fun questions as always. They talk on Kim Zolciak and wish her the best. LOL to Henry asking them on Donald Trump for President too! Hilarious! More on this outing at Pure Derek Hough.
Let me lead off with this: I love our readers. You make everything we do worthwhile, and inspire us to continue writing. We appreciate you…don’t forget that
That being said – sometimes some of you inadvertently (or intentionally) try to test the limits of our patience…and one way in which some individuals seem to do that is to repeatedly ask questions that we’ve already answered – repeatedly – without bothering to check if we’ve already answered it elsewhere first. I get it – we’ve got over 7 years of content here at Pure, and while we do our best to tag the posts so that it’s easier to find things later, sometimes the search bar doesn’t always pick up on some offhand comment that contained a piece of intel, or an explanation of why something happened in the comments section of a post. That being said – if you tune into a post where everyone is talking about “what happened with Henry” and you don’t know what they’re talking about…perhaps it’s a good idea to read a few comments upstream (or even reread the post itself) before you start asking someone to drop everything and fill you in 😉 Don’t be that guy that shows up to a party, butts into a conversation, and demands that everyone fill him in on what has been discussed so far so that he can feel important. Don’t be a needy, lazy reader, k?
All that said – I figured it would probably quiet a lot of inquiries if we started a series where we answered a lot of these popular questions all in one, easily-accessible area, so that we don’t tell the same stories over and over again. I’m sure this will end up being a multi-part series as the season wears on, so if you have any of those burning questions – send ’em our way through the “contact us” button at the top of the page, and we’ll try to answer them in a future installment. So without further ado, here’s the first batch of questions were are just sick to death of answering…this is the last time we’re answering them, so bookmark this page if you think you might forget!
1.) Why isn’t Henry on the show anymore????/What happened with Henry last season???
I’ve probably gotten at least 8 people asking this just in the last few days, and none of them seem willing to do me the courtesy of reading through the comments sections of multiple posts where I’ve explained what happened at-length. So for the FINAL TIME, here is the full story, from the beginning: Henry was tapped to assist Derek with Nastia last season, since Nastia would fly to L.A. from NY on Saturday (and Derek wouldn’t fly out until Sunday night, due to his Spring Spectacular gig) and would need someone to run through her routine with a few times, and then to do camera blocking with on Sunday. In short – Henry was basically just a stand-in for Derek for a few hours a week: not a choreographer, not a creative collaborator, just a stand-in to run through the week’s routine with Nastia. However, somewhere around week 3, when Nastia was doing the samba, Henry started to overstep his bounds a bit – he was trying to change Derek’s choreography as he was doing run-throughs with Nastia, he was confusing her by telling her things that contradicted what she had been taught by Derek, and probably worst of all: he was publicly trying to take a lot more credit for Nastia’s success than he was due. This was perhaps most evident on the week 3 episode of Afterbuzz last season, when Anna *eye roll* made a point of mentioning “how great” Henry had been doing with Nastia…as if he, not Derek, was Nastia’s real partner (and this, kids, is also a reason why I don’t particularly care for Anna anymore – she has had a tendency to take cheap shots at other pros for a few years now). Henry even made a point of referring to Nastia as “his little samba queen” in the same episode. So began the myth that Henry was the one doing all the work in Derek & Nastia’s partnership, and Derek was the big ol’ meanie taking all the credit from poor widdle Henry – and it was a myth that Derek’s detractors just LOVED to repeat, and it didn’t help that the rehearsal package Nastia & Derek got for their samba seemed to paint Derek as the cold taskmaster that was too busy to rehearse with his partner, and Henry as the caring co-collaborator that helped Nastia realize her full potential. In reality, Derek had spent 20+ hours rehearsing with Nastia that week, had choreographed the whole routine, and had Skyped with Nastia & Henry between shows on Saturday night to critique their rehearsals (all of this confirmed by our source). Henry spent about 3.5 hours just running through the routine with Nastia…but was willing to take all of the credit. Now Derek, who tends not to get his feathers too ruffled, was understandably a bit bothered by this, and asked the producers to just be “more honest” with the rehearsal packages, as the samba package was a very inaccurate representation of what went down that week (again, confirmed by our source). In turn, the producers informed Henry that they would no longer be filming he & Nastia rehearsing together, since it was such a small amount of time compared to what she spent with Derek – and apparently Henry flipped out. Suddenly, he claimed that he didn’t want to help out with Nastia anymore, and was “too busy” with other projects anyway. And before you accuse us of fabricating this story – watch episode 7 of Afterbuzz last season, where Shirley Ballas corroborates it. God I love Shirley Anywho, god bless our favorite little left crab Sasha, who graciously stepped in and went on to be the best damn stand-in/temporary performance partner Nastia & Derek could have asked for the remainder of the season…and they all lived happily ever after, at least until the propaganda train completely plowed over Nastia in week 9, in a quest to get
Rumer Val her his MBT. For Henry, the result was a not-so-happy ending – like most bosses with insubordinate employees, Rob & Co. likely disciplined him for his diva fit by sitting him out for a week or two after the blow-up, and he remained pretty scarce for the rest of season 20, only cropping up in a handful of routines (most notably, on the far right in Nastia’s Charleston…which she danced with Sasha ) And then, when it came time to hire dancers for this season’s troupe, I’m guessing the diva fit was a bit of a black mark on Henry’s resume for the casting staff, and it suddenly became evident that they would rather hire employees that will actually do what they’re told, instead of throwing a tantrum when they’re asked to do something they don’t want to. Like pretty much every other job on the planet But don’t shed too many tears for poor Henry – he appears to be running a pretty successful escort service out of his Instagram account. Sorry, did I hit anybody in the head with that shade I just threw?
2.) Why isn’t Artem a pro this season???
The short answer? We, like you, have no idea – Artem was confirmed as a pro in mid-August, and then when it came time for the full cast announcement last week…he was gone. We’re working on hitting up some sources to see if they have heard anything, and all Artem has said is this. But our theory is that Artem may have originally been paired with Tamar, and for whatever reason, the partner they had allocated for Val either didn’t end up signing or backed out at the last minute (Shay, perhaps, realizing that she really didn’t have time to do DWTS this season after all?) and they opted to give their returning champ Artem’s partner and Artem…was left out in the cold. Could explain why it took so long for Val to meet his partner (even though, from what I can tell, there was no prior commitment Tamar had that prevented him from meeting Tamar earlier), and why he was being melodramatic about not having a partner less than a week ago…perhaps he really didn’t think he had one. Anyone else have any (good) theories?
3.) Who is replacing Len???
No idea at this point. We’ve heard murmurings about DWTS France somehow being involved, and we’ve got SCD South Africa head judge Michael Wentink acting awfully coy about his possible participation…and then yet other sources are claiming that there will not be a new permanent 4th judge, but a series of guest judges. Court’s theory? Perhaps they’re tapping a judge from some of the international versions of DWTS each week to be guest judges. But who knows…
4.) Who was Allison originally paired with?
This seems to be a point of contention – I was told by a source that, as of 8/24, all of the pros except Emma (who didn’t even know if she was going to be on the show or not until that day) either had already met their partners, or at least knew who they were. According the Kristyn, Allison was always guaranteed a partner (as I’m sure Val was as well – perks of being a finalist the previous season, I suppose), but hadn’t been specifically assigned one yet as they were still waiting for some celeb to sign on…so when it came out that Peta wasn’t going to be able to participate this season, Allison was still waiting on a partner and was available. What makes me wonder, though, was that the word on the street was that Lindsay was the one that was planned as Peta’s replacement as late as Monday afternoon – so how did Allison suddenly end up with Andy? And who was this mysterious partner they were waiting on for her? We may never know, as it seems like this season was a comedy of casting errors with multiple celebs that didn’t work out, partner switches, and last minute signings. My one thought is that Lindsay was supposed to be with Andy, but they signed Alek at the last minute and thought she was better suited to him than the “24-7 balls to the walls” attitude of Allison – which, after witnessing how absolutely bewildered poor Alek was at the announcement the other day, I guess I agree with…I think one hour with Allison would have left an Alek-shaped hole in the door of the rehearsal studio. He’s probably better off with the much-calmer Lindsay, who has hopefully matured a bit since her first outing as a pro 2.5 years ago. But anyway – no idea if Allison was originally paired with someone or not, let alone who it was. Sorry.
5.) Why was Brittany cut from the troupe?
She appears to actually be back now (I guess both Brittany and Lindsay should thank their lucky stars that Peta had to sit this season out – otherwise, Lindsay would not have been promoted and Brittany would still be without a job) Deep Throat speculates that it’s likely due to a perceived lack of maturity – since the troupe is basically the training ground for potential new pros, if they don’t think you’ll one day (soon) hack it as a pro…you’re out. Deep Throat noted that Brittany just didn’t quite seem mature enough to effectively handle teaching a celeb – so they likely thought it better to cut her loose instead of keeping her on for several seasons and never giving her a pro partner. Plus it made room for a potentially more effective troupe member – though judging from some of the murmurings I’m hearing about how Hayley is struggling with the Latin dances, I’m not sure she’s necessarily an “effective” replacement.
Got more burning questions? Submit them here and we might answer in a future installment.
Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas To Encourage Smokers To Quit During SELFtember™ Event
Heads up! Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and his mom, Shirley, are teaming up again to encourage smokers to quit during SELFtember™. Below is more information from PR Newswire.
The main event will take place at Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All smokers who want to jumpstart a quit attempt will receive onsite support from smoking cessation experts and quit-smoking products and resources, including a 20-count pack of Nicorette® gum, a 7-count pack of NicoDerm® CQ® patches or a $10 coupon towards either product. Visitors can also join free morning and evening yoga classes, receive a yoga mat and, additionally, participate in a raffle for a chance to win gift cards to local businesses.
“For nearly four decades, I struggled to break my social smoking habit. My decision to quit smoking was a major turning point in my life,” said Shirley Ballas. “When Mark told me he was quitting smoking, I couldn’t have been more proud and inspired by him. That’s when I knew it was also time for me to make a change and start living a healthier life. I want SELFtember™ to be a major turning point in all smokers’ lives and inspire them to take that important step towards quitting.”
“Gearing up for new projects, challenges and professional obligations can bring additional stress, potentially derailing even the best-intentioned quit attempt,” said Lisa Maxwell Anekwe, senior brand manager, Smoking Cessation, GSK Consumer Healthcare. “While many will benefit from a smoke-free you, it’s important you do it for your own reasons… and this SELFtember™, we’re here to help.”
Paula Abdul, Kenny Ortega, Nicole Scherzinger, And More Attend Julianne and Derek Hough’s MOVE Live On Tour
What a night for Dancing With The Stars Derek and Julianne Hough at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California last night! It was a packed house for their Move Live On Tour! What’s more, friends and fellow celebrities came out to support them….Nappytabs, Kenny Ortega, Paula Abdul, Nicole Scherzinger, Elizabeth Berkley, Nina Dobrev, Maria Menounos, Tommy Chong, Shirley Ballas, Brooks Laich and more! Elizabeth Berkley tweeted that it was “the most amazing night of incredible dance” and “what a gift to witness such extraordinary talent.” To read more on the night, see Pure Derek Hough here and here. Below are some high quality photos from the night as well. To see more photos, see Getty Images.
Here’s a stunning shot courtesy of @MicrosoftTheatre as well….
Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas held an event in New York City today to help people quit smoking. You can read all about their “What’s Your Why” campaign here. If you’d like to see them dance at the event in Times Square, see this twitter link. Look at Shirley go!
ETA: Here is Mark with Fox Business talking about smoking, how he was able to quit, and taking the first step…
ETA2: Below is Mark with Fox and Friends. Shirley pops in at the end too…
This is so cool. Mark Ballas And Shirley Ballas are holding an event in New York City to help people who smoke to quit. More below from PR Newswire.
PARSIPPANY, N.J., May 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Every smoker has a reason for how they started smoking and why they want to quit. With one of the largest global quit-smoking days approaching, GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare (GSKCH) and its Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ® smoking cessation brands are encouraging smokers to share their “why” for quitting by providing them the “how” at a free What’s Your Why?™ Smoke Swap event.
The event will take place in New York’s Times Square on Wednesday, May 27, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., anchored by a 20-foot smashed-out cigarette butt. Adult smokers will be encouraged to share and celebrate who or what motivates them to quit – their “why.” All smokers who want to jumpstart a quit attempt will receive support from smoking cessation experts and free quit-smoking product and resources, including a starter pack of Nicorette® gum, NicoDerm® CQ® patches or a $10 coupon towards Nicorette® mini Lozenges.
“It is such an inspiration to hear the “why” from smokers who have quit. What we are learning, too, is each “why” is as individual as the person who shares it. But if I had to share the most common one, I would say it’s a family member’s encouragement. It’s invaluable to smokers who have made this life-changing decision,” said Lisa Maxwell Anekwe, senior brand manager, Smoking Cessation. “We want to help every smoker in his or her effort to quit by providing tools and resources, like Nicorette® and NicoDerm® CQ®, which have helped millions of smokers all over the world in their quit attempt.”(1)
“Dancing with the Stars'” Mark Ballas, who quit smoking more than one year ago, and his mother, world-renowned ballroom dancer and former 40-year smoker Shirley Ballas, will be on site from 2-4 p.m. meeting fans, providing quit tips and taking the stage for a dance demonstration.
“I was very inspired as a child by my mom. So when I put my mind towards quitting smoking, I knew she was going to be the best support and partner. It was the right choice for both of us and we did it together,” said Mark Ballas.
“Mark is my world. I would do anything for him – even quitting smoking. When he asked me to do this with him, I couldn’t say yes fast enough, but there are still times I struggle with cravings. When that happens, I remind myself of my “why” – being there for Mark and my future grandchildren – and it gives me the strength to remain smoke-free,” said Shirley Ballas.
To read the full press release, see PR Newswire.
This is awesome. Last night dancers from all over the world (including those from Dancing With The Stars) attended a Royal Ball Hollywood Gala to honor “dancing” for which you can read about at this link. To see loads of beautiful photos, see Getty Images. Here are a few…
What a wake up call today. Derek Hough, Gleb Savchenko, Mark Ballas, Shirley Ballas, Witney Carson, and Lindsay Arnold attended the OK! TV Awards Party at the Sofitel Hotel in Los Angeles, California last night. Also, Amy Purdy, Sasha Farber, and Emma Slater were there as well. Mark Ballas also performed. Be sure to see Getty Images for lots more pictures of them all. Looking over that link makes me wonder if there are some celebs there who will be on the new season of Dancing With The Stars?
Happy Mother’s Day to all of our beautiful Mothers out there. Below are just a few Dancing With The Stars things floating around for the holiday. First, check out the flowers Shirley Ballas received from Derek Hough. Beautiful…
And isn’t this another beauty? Gleb Savchenko posted this photo of his wife Elena and his daughter Olivia. He called Elena the “best Mom in the world”. *awww*
Also, Team USA talked with the Moms of Charlie White and Meryl Davis about Dancing With The Stars. Check out the part about the reunions that have taken below. More at the link on their skating and their tour.
“I really believe they’re in this together,” Cheryl said. “They both want each other to do well and are happy for each other. You don’t spend 17 years together and not support each other.”
A TV show likely isn’t going to change that for The Moms, either. Recently The Moms were together when the Stars on Ice tour stopped in Joe Louis Arena in their hometown of Detroit, and they enjoyed the fact that they were able to see each other for a bit there.
“Everything has been so chaotic and so crazy that we kind of gravitate to each other for our own comfort zone,” Jacqui said. “I guess there is a still a feeling of competition now (with “Dancing with the Stars) but it’s in a different way. Technically, we’re competitors, but honestly, I feel like having Meryl and Charlie on the show just doubles my chances of winning.”
The “Dancing with the Stars” shows have served as skating reunions as well. Each week it seems there has been a who’s who of skating stars in the stands. Charlie has had his longtime girlfriend, Tanith Belbin, (a 2006 Olympic silver medalist herself) there for support. Others who have popped in include Kristi Yamaguchi, an Olympic skating gold medalist and a “Dancing with the Stars” champion and Olympic champion and show runner-up Evan Lysacek.
Ok, more in a bit! 😉
PureDWTS Media Round-up: A Birthday Bash, Across Grace Alley Stills, A Floor Show In Australia, And A Benefit Gala
Just a little Dancing With The Stars media round-up!!! This weekend, Dancing With The Stars pros Derek Hough and Karina Smirnoff attended a big birthday bash for dancing alumni Maria Menounos. Julianne Hough and Shirley Ballas also attended the fun event as well as a total of 800 guests. Derek’s sister Katherine and baby were also there. It started at noon with a pool party and ended with a Hawaiian party. Below is Derek and Karina dancing together during the festivities.
You can see more coverage at Pure Derek Hough!!
Speaking of Karina, have you seen this instagram photo yet? The photo features some beautiful stills of Karina from her first movie role “Across Grace Alley“. With an exception to some sound adjustments from Ralph Macchio, it sounds like the movie is almost finished and ready to go. Well, we hope?
Went back in to make adjustments to sound mix on ACROSS GRACE ALLEY today. "A film is never done, only abandoned" True that! Good day
— Ralph Macchio (@ralphmacchio) June 7, 2013
And moving down under! Pros Gleb Savchenko and his wife Elena Samodanova are currently in Australia. This weekend they gave a floor show and lecture. Below they Cha Cha and do a Paso Doble for the audience. Nice!! I need to add Elena to my Pro Wish List. 😀
Lastly, remember dancer and ballroom instructor Adrianne Haslet-Davis who was tragically hurt and lost her leg in the Boston bombings? Dancing With The Stars plans to help and follow her on her journey of recovery. Well, on June 15th, you can help too. There will be a Fundraising Gala for her and her husband Adam Davis in Boston. If interesting in attending and helping them, visit Aurthur Murray Facebook and Authur Murray Event Bright for details and ticket information. Thanks to Tumbles for the heads up on this news.
And that makes this post a wrap for now! More later! 😉 xxx