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Dancing With The Stars Tom Bergeron Contracted For Three More Years (New Interview)

TV Insider interviewed Tom Bergeron about Dancing With The Stars and what makes it possible and if he sees himself hosting for another 10 years. Read on for more…

Do you believe Dancing With the Stars is a good venue for certain celebrities to rehabilitate their image?
Yes, and I think it’s proven to be over the years. Gail Collins had an op-ed piece in The New York Times, and she lists a number of them, like [current-season contestant Rick Perry] and Tom DeLay, and people like that who’ve come on with hopes of having another shot at being embraced by the public.

What do you think it is about DWTS that makes that possible?
I think to agree to do the show, you agree to be vulnerable right out of the gate. You’re outside of your comfort zone. You are putting yourself in the position of being a student. You’re in the position of potentially embarrassing yourself on live television in front of millions of people. There is a vulnerability to that decision that I think is, at its core, fairly endearing.

You’ve done Dancing With the Stars for more than a decade now. How has it evolved over the years?
I’m constantly in awe of not only the technical differences but the production value too. The show now, just from a pure production standpoint, makes the original seasons look like regional theater. It’s just amazing what the visual effects are able to do.

Do you have a personal wish list of future contestants you’d like to see?
Yeah, the No. 1 guy is that retired pope [Benedict XVI]. You know, I think it’s been like 600 years since a pope said, “I’m done here. I’m out of here.” And what’s he doing? I haven’t heard anything, so as far as I know, he’s got the time. And who would better appreciate a redemption narrative than a former pope?

Can you see yourself hosting this show for another 10 years?
I’m under contract for three more years, so I can certainly see me doing it for that long. I genuinely love the people here. We are, in the work sense anyway, a family of sorts, and we are all very fond of each other. The talent that assembles the show—I’m just the beneficiary of all the work that they do. So for someone that loves live TV, it’s an incredible environment.

More at TV Insider including Tom’s thoughts on Ryan Lochte, the protester incident, and more. Thanks to DWTSGossip for the find.

September 26, 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.

Erin Andrews To Miss DWTS Tonight, Tom Bergeron to Host Solo

Our hearts are with Erin Andrews and her boyfriend. She won’t be hosting tonight as she is taking time off to be with her boyfriend who had a death in the family. Note that Tom Bergeron will be hosting solo tonight. From Entertainment Tonight….

Dancing With the Stars’ Tom Bergeron will be hosting Monday’s new episode by himself, as co-host Erin Andrews is taking time from work to be with her boyfriend, hockey player Jarret Stoll, who suffered a death in his family.

The 61-year-old long-time DWTS stalwart announced the news via Twitter on Sunday, sharing, “My pal @ErinAndrews will be absent from @DancingABC this week to support @jarretstoll whose nephew passed away. Sending hugs and condolences.”

Bergeron himself took time off from hosting the ABC reality competition series during season 21 to be by his ailing father’s side before he passed away in October 2015. Former DWTS champ Alfonso Ribeiro filled in for the host during his absence.

However, Bergeron confirmed on Twitter that he will be flying solo for the first of the week’s two episodes, and that the show will “have someone (as yet undetermined) filling in for Erin” on Tuesday’s live results show.

To read more, see Entertainment Tonight.

ETA: Kym Johnson will co-host the show tomorrow night with Tom. To read more, see Entertainment Tonight.

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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.

Did Tom Bergeron Know Dancing With The Stars would Become A Phenomenon?

The Washington Post has a nice feature up today with Tom Bergeron. Did he know Dancing With The Stars would become a phenomenon? Read on to see and thanks to DWTSGossip for the find.

“Dancing With the Stars” premiered in June 2005 as a quick, six-week series — who knew it would become a phenomenon? Certainly not host Tom Bergeron.

“I thought it would be fun, but I didn’t think it would be anything more than a summer show,” Bergeron said during an interview in Washington earlier this summer. “So I’ve been happy to be wrong about this one.”

More than a decade later, Season 23 of the ABC competition series debuts Monday night. Although it airs only once a week now, instead of twice, and although about 13 million people watched per week last season, instead of its heyday of 20 million in 2011, the show is an undeniable pop culture force. So it’s surprising to Bergeron that even though celebrities must know the deal by now (the show is a great-but-physically-grueling career move), some participants are still naive about the process.

“It’s interesting to me, given all the years we’ve been on, how many of them are still stunned a few weeks in about how much is required to be really competitive in terms of learning the dance steps,” said Bergeron, who co-hosts with sportscaster Erin Andrews. “And the deeper you are into the run, the more likely that you have to learn multiple dances for the competition as it gets into the quarters, semis and finals. But a lot of them are like, [high pitched voice] ‘Whaaaaat?’”

More at The Washington Post.

September 12, 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.

Good Morning America DWTS Announcement To Include Tom Bergeron And….

…..TWO of the new couples of Dancing With The Stars Season 23. I wonder who they will be?

And watch for the full cast to be on GMA on Sept. 7th like Gleb Savcehnko told us at this link.

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.

Interesting 2016 Emmy Nominations Numbers Report, How Dancing With The Stars Ranked

According to TV By The Numbers, Dancing With The Stars ranked 5th in TV viewers of the 20 Emmy Nominated Series. Excellent….

5. ‘Dancing with the Stars’ (ABC, reality-competition series)
Adults 18-49: 1.8. Viewers: 11.97 million.

4. ‘American Ninja Warrior’ (NBC, reality-competition series)
Adults 18-49: 1.9. Viewers: 6.54 million.*
(*Ratings for the summer 2015 season. The current season will be eligible for next year’s Emmys.)

3. ‘Modern Family’ (ABC, comedy series)
Adults 18-49: 2.6. Viewers: 7.92 million.

2. ‘The Voice’ (NBC, reality-competition series)
Adults 18-49: 2.6. Viewers: 11.15 million.*
(*Averages for all episodes on all nights it aired.)

1. ‘Game of Thrones’ (HBO, drama series)
Adults 18-49: 3.9. Viewers: 7.69 million.

For the complete Top 20, see TV By The Numbers.

Also, CBS News did a number count of the Most Nominated Programs. Dancing With The Stars placed in the top half or so. Check it out here. Fascinating!! For more on Dancing With The Stars and it’s Emmy Nominations, see this previous post.

July 14, 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.

***2016 Emmy Nominations For Dancing With The Stars***

Congratulations to Dancing With The Stars! Our favorite show has just been nominated for for OUTSTANDING REALITY PROGRAM!! Other nominations for “Outstanding Reality Program” include American Ninja Warrior, Project Runway, The Amazing Race, The Voice, and Top Chef.

Also, Derek Hough has been nominated for “Outstanding Choreography” for “Footprints In The Sand/Grace Kelly/Cry Little Sister”!! Other nominations in the “Outstanding Choreography” category are America’s Best Dance Crew (Runaway Baby/Take U There/Summer Thing Quest Crew), Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (I’m So Good at Yoga/A Boy Band Made Up of Four Joshes/Settle For Me Kathryn Burns,), So You Think You Can Dance (Beautiful Friends/November/Gimme All Your Love Travis Wall), So You Think You Can Dance (Dibidy Dop” Anthony Morigerato). More on Derek at Pure Derek Hough including videos.

Stay tuned for updates as we go through the press release….

ETA: Also….

Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series – 2016
Dancing With The Stars “The Finals (Part 2)”
Jimmy Kimmel Live “In Brooklyn” ABC
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver “Episode 303” HBO
Saturday Night Live “Host: Ariana Grande” NBC
The Big Bang Theory “The Celebration Experimentation” CBS

Outstanding Costumes For A Variety, Nonfiction Or Reality Program – 2016
Dancing With The Stars “Disney Night / Costumes: dancers only”
Grease: Live “Costumes: all”
RuPaul’s Drag Race
“Keeping It 100! / Costumes: RuPaul only”
The Wiz Live! “Costumes: all”

Outstanding Hairstyling For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special – 2016
Dancing With The Stars “The Finals (Part 1)” ABC
Grease: Live FOX
“Y’all Ready For This” Comedy Central
Saturday Night Live “Host: Fred Armisen” NBC
The Wiz Live! NBC

Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program – 2016
Ryan Seacrest American Idol
Tom Bergeron Dancing With The Stars
Jane Lynch Hollywood Game Night
Steve Harvey Little Big Shots starring Steve Harvey
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn Project Runway
RuPaul Rupaul’s Drag Race

Outstanding Lighting Design | Lighting Direction For A Variety Series – 2016
American Idol “Finale” FOX
Dancing With The Stars “The Finals (Part 2)” ABC
Saturday Night Live “Hosts: Tina Fey & Amy Poehler” NBC
So You Think You Can Dance “Season 12 Finale” FOX
The Voice “Episode 917A ”

Outstanding Makeup For A Multi-Camera Series Or Special (Non-Prosthetic) – 2016
Dancing With The Stars “Halloween Night” ABC
Grease: Live FOX
“Y’all Ready For This?” Comedy Central
Saturday Night Live “Host: Ryan Gosling” NBC
The Wiz Live! NBC

“Grease Live” was also nominated for:
“Outstanding Casting For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special”
“Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Variety Series Or Special – 2016”
“Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Limited Series, Movie Or Special – 2016”
“Outstanding Lighting Design | Lighting Direction For A Variety Special – 2016”
“Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Event Or Award Special”
“OUTSTANDING SPECIAL CLASS PROGRAM – 2016”
Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special”

EIGHT total nominations for Dancing With The Stars! TEN total Emmy nominations for Grease Live! (If we missed any, let us know)

The Winners will be announced on September 18, 2016 at 7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT on ABC. To view more 2016 Emmy Nominations, see Emmys.com.

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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.

2016 Dancing With The Stars Cast Celebrates The 4th Of July – Photos And Videos

We couldn’t help but post some fun photos from the cast and crew of Dancing With The Stars celebrating our country’s Independence. We hope you had a great 4th of July holiday!

Happy 4th July from all of us! 🇺🇸🎉#BBQ #4thjuly #friends

A photo posted by Emma Slater (@emmaslaterdance) on

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!!!!! This ought to make you laugh😂 #Fireworks

A video posted by Sasha Farber (@sashafarber1) on

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A photo posted by Sharna Burgess (@sharnaburgess) on

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July 5, 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 Tom Bergeron Talks On “A Capital Fourth” And The New DWTS Baby Coming

Tom Bergeron was on Good Morning America to talk about “A Capital Fourth” on PBS tonight. This is one of his favorite stages to walk out on. Watch below to see why. He talks a little about the new Dancing With The Stars baby coming too. Happy 4th Of July, Everyone!!

July 4, 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 Tom Bergeron Interviewed On “A Capital Fourth”, Join The Party Monday Night

Don’t forget to watch Dancing With The Stars Tom Bergeron on “A Capital Fourth” on PBS again this coming Monday night. He gets us all ready to party with him at a Yahoo Chat today. There is some talk on Dancing With The Stars too. He’s a kick as always!

June 30, 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 Tom Bergeron To Chat On “A Capital Fourth” On Yahoo TV Facebook Tomorrow

Just a reminder: Dancing With The Stars Tom Bergeron will be hosting “A Capital Fourth” on PBS again. To read more details on the show, see PR Newswire. You can also see a cool commercial and backstage deal with Tom here. Tom also did some promo at Mix1073. Also, he’ll be taking part in a Yahoo TV chat tomorrow at 1:15pm ET for those interested.

June 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.