Looks like the off season and summer time has been good to Bruno Tonioli!! Wednesday night, the Dancing With The Stars judge was all smiles and darkly tanned as he attended press night for the musical “WAG” at London’s Charing Cross Theatre. Bruno can be seen arm and arm with Sinitta and former Strictly Come Dancing judge Arlene Phillips in some new photos at the event. If interested, you can view them at the Daily Express and The Metro. Getty Images also has some photos.
This is cool! If you go to watch News Shopper, you can Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman visiting the Silver Song Club in Northfleet, England. He checks out the National Lottery funding to see how it benefits people who are struggling and sings (lol). You can also link to read a new interview where he mentions X Factor’s Simon Cowell and how he’d like to see Simon dance on Strictly Come Dancing. He doesn’t mention Dancing With The Stars, but, says he will be will returning to judge for the Fall season of Strictly Come Dancing. Below is a little take….
The dance coach, who owns The Len Goodman Dance Centre in Dartford, confirmed he would be back on the Strictly judging panel in September, but could not reveal the much-speculated line-up.
He said: “They never tell us who are going to be the celebrities until they tell everyone, which is a good thing because if I knew I’d be telling you.
“They always seem to come up with a terrific cast of celebrities; you get some good ones and some funny ones. I can’t wait.”
And he said the ultimate booking would be his TV-ratings rival, the Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor supremo.
He said: “The dream person on it would be Simon Cowell.
“If he came on it, I’d go on X Factor.
Lots more at the News Shopper including some thoughts about where he lives in England and his dance studio.
Hey, be sure to check out Sasha Farber’s Facebook page when you get a chance. He and girlfriend and fellow dancer Emma Slater have been taking pictures for a new photo shoot with photographer Jeff Linett. This isn’t the first time the famed photographer has taken some pictures of pros from Dancing With The Stars. He’s also taken pictures of Peta Murgatroyd. As you can see, Jeff has a very creative eye.
Also, just think!! Soon Emma Slater will be taking off for England to be a pro on Strictly Come Dancing. She must be getting so excited. If you haven’t read on this news yet, you can do so here. It makes me wonder who will take her place on the US version of the show …if anyone?? With the Dancing With The Stars trims and cuts planned for next season, the troupe could be in trouble. We’ll see?
It sounds like troupe member, Emma Slater, won’t be returning to Dancing With The Stars next season? BBC News is reporting that Emma has landed a new pro position on the UK’s “Strictly Come Dancing”. She is one of four new pros replacing older pros. Below is more….
It only seems like yesterday that we dusted off the glitter of last year’s triumphant Grand Final, and now with the a new series in the not too distant future, we have news to announce at Strictly HQ.
This year we’ll be waving goodbye to Flavia, Vincent, Erin and Aliona. After many successful series entertaining the nation with their spectacular Ballroom and Latin routines, our much loved pro-dancers will be hanging up their Strictly shoes. It won’t be the last that you will see of them though, Flavia and Vincent promise to return to deck the halls with glitterballs, for the Christmas special.
So we are very pleased to reveal four new incredible professional dancers who will take to the floor in the autumn…Emma Slater
To read the full story, visit BBC News.
CONGRATULATIONS Emma, but, we will miss you!! Thanks to PureDWTS reader Jen for this news.
In his first interview since getting married, Dancing With The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing judge, Len Goodman, talks about his wedding to Sue Barrett. He’s still basking in the honeymoon period. Check it out below as well as how thankful he is for his dancing and judging career. He’s a happier Len!
They may have been together for 10 years, but Len is still basking in the honeymoon period. He talks like a teenager with his first crush as he describes his new wife.
“You don’t know Sue, she is the best girl in the world,” he beams.
“I swear to you, she is the kindest, most generous, thoughtful person.
“I tell you what, I am so lucky, she is just marvellous. I’m 68 – I know what’s what. I am telling you this girl Sue is brilliant.
“All my life I have been lucky. I was 21 and one of my mates used to go dancing. He told me to go because there were loads of girls. And I was lucky that I did – I’d never have gone ballroom dancing otherwise.
“I was lucky that I ended up dancing with the owner’s daughter and we got together and won competitions.
“I was 60 years-old running a little dance school, semi-retired and suddenly I get the call to go for an interview for Strictly Come Dancing.
“Loads of people went but fortunately I was the one they asked to do it.
“I was lucky to get Dancing With The Stars. They actually wanted Bruno not me.
They thought I was too old but they couldn’t find anyone else. I was like a last-minute replacement. But meeting Sue was the luckiest moment of all.”
He may be older than the other judges, but, his take and wanting to stick to traditional rules mixes up these shows even though sometimes I get really annoyed if he goes overboard and then I want him replaced. lol.
You can read more of this interview at The Mirror and see some fun pics too.
Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell and Dancing With The Stars Len Goodman (who also judges on Strictly Come Dancing) gave Radio Times some Christmas party dance tips. Below are Len’s tips which are some good ones (I especially like the last tip. So TRUE!). Be sure to read Darcey’s tips and some pictures at the link as well. Merry Christmas! Who’s ready?
6. Do have a drink “If you’re nervous, have a couple to fortify yourself! It can sometimes work against you, but as long as you enjoy yourself it doesn’t matter.”
7. Do keep yourself to yourself “Step to the side and tap and then step to the other side and tap — that works to any song and always looks good.”
8. Do hide behind others “Never be the first on the dance floor… ever! Wait until there are a few people out there who know what they’re doing and then get in the middle. Don’t hover on the edges looking awkward, you’ll just attract more attention.”
9. Don’t raise your arms “Never bring your hands above your head — keep them below shoulder height at all times. You’re dancing, not drowning.”
10. Don’t be a pest “If the dance floor is crowded, don’t flail about playing the air guitar or sliding around on your knees. Nobody likes a show-off.”
As you know from a previous posting, Mark Ballas and Dancing With The Stars Season 14 partner, Katherine Jenkins, reunited to dance on Strictly Come Dancing in the UK over the weekend. Below is their fun performance. Special thanks to Codebear2 for sending….
KLUC’s The Morning Zoo in Las Vegas recently called Mark Ballas for a phone interview to help support their Toy Drive. They also talked about his new album coming out in the new year, Bristol Palin, and his dream partner for Dancing With The Stars. He also talked of being reunited with Dancing With The Stars Season 14 partner Katherine Jenkins for a “Strictly Come Dancing” results show in England which airs this coming weekend according to this source (is this correct Mark Ballas fans as I don’t keep up with Strictly Come Dancing. Is there anything else we should know?). More below and be sure to visit Pure Derek Hough. Heidi has some fun pictures and coverage with Mark because Derek is in London as well.
Thanks to MarkBallas.com for the heads up of the interview above!!
TGIF!!! It’s t minus 1 hour till the weekend on the east coast, and what better way to celebrate than with this kind of awesome promo for the latest season Strictly Come Dancing, DWTS’s cousin from across the pond?
It doesn’t get much better than Bruno & Len (and fellow judge Craig Revel Horwood) taking judge Darcey Bussell for a spin around the dance floor to some Bowie I must say, Len still impresses, even years after competing himself – dude still has great lines. Bruno wasn’t too shabby, either…although I would say the bulk of his appeal was the drama with which he carried off the steps. Just one question: when do we get to see Carrie Ann establish some street cred like this?
Thanks to Marianya for finding this little ditty our way – she’s currently traveling and was unable to post this herself.
Another slow news day, kids, so I thought I’d continue my little “Random DWTS Trivia” series in hopes of entertaining you all while we wait for some real news to break
One of our readers (can’t remember who) requested a month or two ago that we hunt down some pictures of Len Goodman in his youth…perhaps to prove he hasn’t always been the crotchety ol’ coot we see on DWTS. I made a mental note to do it “someday” and then didn’t really give it much more thought, but for whatever reason, the mood struck me last night to go a-googling – and these are the results
Here we have a 12-year-old Len at home in London. He’s apparently pretty amused by something off-camera. Not gonna lie – at first I totally thought this was a girl with an ill-conceived Audrey Hepburn pixie cut. But alas, it is, indeed, our pal Len…I think the teeth & the eyebrows give it away.
Here we have Len & his dance partner/first wife, Cherry Kingston. Anyone else think he looks vaguely like Captain Kangaroo here? I’m just thankful that dance fashion & hair styling for ladies have improved quite a bit since the days of yore!
Here are Len & Cherry again, looks like some sort of competition. Couldn’t tell you what dance they’re doing – jive, maybe? Hard to tell, since the look of a lot of the Latin dances has changed so much from back in the day. Watch that leg, Cherry! You might hit Len in that “old sausage” he’s always yammering on about.
Here’s Len with his 2nd wife, Lesley, likely sometime in the late 70’s-early ’80s. He looks like he belongs on a golf course in Boca Raton, with that getup!
I culled most of these pix from an article I dug up from the Dailymail from back in 2008 – it was written by Len himself, and he related the saga of his 3 marriages and the lessons he learned from each. It’s sometimes sad, it’s sometimes uplifting – but you can really see that Len has gained a whole lot of wisdom over the years, and like the rest of us – he’s human too, and has made some mistakes. It’s a good read