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PureDWTS Season 18 Cast Announcement – LIVE BLOG!!!

It’s finally here, kids – after weeks of speculation about who’s dancing and who they’re dancing with, all questions will be answered in just a few short hours :-) This post is going up the night BEFORE the cast announcement, so be sure to bookmark it, as I will be posting all updates as they occur live on GMA on this post.

Before the fun begins, here are the ground rules:

1.) If you’re watching along and see that I haven’t posted something yet, DO NOT GO RUSHING INTO THE COMMENTS TO POST IT YOURSELF.  It takes time to update this site – especially during high traffic times like the cast announcement, and it only slows us down further when we have a bunch of people spamming the comments with the very same information we’re trying to update with in the main post.  If you do this, don’t be surprised if you find yourself on comment moderation.  You’ve been warned.

2.) Please do not refresh the page every 5 minutes and repeatedly post in the comments “Have we heard anything yet? Have they announced it yet???” When I say this page will be a live blog, it will be a LIVE BLOG – I literally post things as they happen…even the trivial time-wasting stuff that GMA has become famous for in the minutes leading up to the announcement.  If you don’t see it posted, IT HASN’T HAPPENED YET.  Remember – needless spamming & refreshing only slows the site down and delays us even further from posting.

3.) This goes without saying, but if you want to watch the cast announcement in your own time zone and want to be surprised – like, seriously, GTFO.  This is essentially a spoiler post – so if you don’t want spoilers, don’t read it.  Yes, circumstances have arisen in the past that make me feel like I should make this abundantly clear to our readers.  Don’t ask. :-P

Got it? Gooooood.  Now let’s play :-) I’d also like to give a shout-out to Heidi, who is tweeting simultaneously from our @puredwts Twitter account, and Vogue, who is manning the controls over at PureDerekHough and posting news and rumors here before and afterwards.  All Angels on deck – show us some love :-)

9:45 PM EST, night before the announcement: The carefully guarded cast list seems to have sprung several leaks today, as we were hit with a bunch of new names.  If you haven’t already, go check out our rumor round-up and interesting things on Twitter posts to refresh your memory on some of the rumored celebs.  At this point, the only celebs that I personally feel confident that they’re going to be on this season are Meryl, Charlie, NeNe, Drew, Cody, & Diana.  The rest? Could go either way.  As for the potential partnerships – the only thing I know for sure is that Derek is NOT dancing with Meryl.  Please, Derek + Meryl partnership-wishers, get all of the whining out of your systems tonight…because I ain’t gonna have time for it come tomorrow morning. So which celebrities do you guys think are in? And who do you think they’re dancing with? T minus 9 hours till all is revealed :-)

7:00 AM EST: I’m up, I’m up – and so is Tom, who is flanked by Jenna & Lindsay from the troupe. Sasha & Artem are also there, entertaining the audience. They are going to announce both the celebs & the partnerships. Stay tuned…

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7:22 AM EST: Nothing so far…but here’s the best pic I could get of Sasha & Jenna jiving to “Happy”:

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7:32 AM EST: Our first clues from Lara: one celeb may be “racing” to the win, and another “may have the force behind him”. Sounds like she’s referring to Diana & Billy Dee.

7:40 AM EST:In case you wanted to know some other current events: Oscar Pistorius is on trial, Robin Thicke is trying to win his wife back, and it’s pretty effin’ cold pretty much everywhere except Florida. Zzzzzzz.

7:46 AM EST We’re allegedly “moments away” from the announcement. We’ve been moments away since 7:00…apparently GMA & I have different definitions for the term “moment”.

8:00 AM EST: Robin said that they have a “full house” over in LA. So clever, those GMA anchors :::roll::: And the “is Derek back? Is Maks back?” has started.

8:01 AM EST Lara’s next corny clue? One celeb “knows how to score…goals”. Probably Sean Avery. I find it hilarious that they really haven’t let Erin talk yet. Who wants some king cake? Don’t chip your tooth on the plastic baby, Robin. I speak from experience. :-P

8:07 AM EST: 10 minutes till the big reveal!

8:18 AM EST: Here we go! Your season 18 celebrities are: Danica McKellar, Cody Simpson, Billy Dee Williams, Diana Nyad, James Maslow, Sean Avery, Drew Carey, Candace Cameron-Bure, Charlie White, Meryl Davis…and that’s it. I’m thinking Derek’s partner is getting revealed at a later date…Robin confirms this.

8:31 AM EST: And the partnerships are: Danica & Val, Cody & Witney, Billy Dee & Emma (love it), Diana & Henry, NeNe & Tony, James & Peta, Sean & Karina, Drew & Cheryl, Candace & Mark, Charlie & Sharna, and Meryl &…MAKS?! Twelfth celeb is Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, partnered with Derek.

8:37 AM EST: BIG twist this season: at some point in the competition, all the partnerships are going to switch – and America’s going to do the voting. Bet ya anything Maks loses Meryl as a result. Well kids, I’m kinda over thing trying to update this post when I keep getting kicked out of the dashboard…and I have to go to work. Catch you later…discuss amongst yourselves. :-)

11:05 AM EST: Went ahead and put together the height chart for the couples…just cause.  Note that one couple has a much greater height difference than the rest…11″ compared to most other couples being only about 6″ or less in difference.  Just throwing that out there, for the good of the order…why do you think that might be? Discuss. ;-)

NeNe Leakes 5ft. 10in. 6ft. 1in. Tony
Meryl Davis 5ft. 3in. 6ft. 2in. Maks
Candace Cameron-Bure 5ft. 2in. 5ft. 8in Mark
Amy Purdy 5ft. 8in. 5ft. 10in. Derek
Danica McKellar 5ft. 4in. 5ft. 8in. Val
Diana Nyad 5ft. 6in. 5ft. 10.5in. Henry
Drew Carey 5ft. 10in. 5ft. 4in. Cheryl
Sean Avery 5ft. 10in 5ft. 5in. Karina
James Maslow 6ft. 1in. 5ft. 7in. Peta
Charlie White 5ft. 9in. 5ft. 5in. Sharna
Billy Dee Williams 6ft. 0in. 5ft. 5in. Emma
Cody Simpson 5ft. 11in. 5ft. 5in. Witney
March 3, 2014 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!

Erin Andrews Opens Up To People About New Hosting Gig On Dancing With The Stars

Erin Andrews tells People.com that she hopes “to bring a Cat Deeley kind of vibe and also respect all of the traditions of the ballroom” to Dancing With The Stars. She’s also been in contact with former partner Maks Chmerkovskiy about it. He told her she’s came “full circle”. More below and at the link.

Andrews will approach the ballroom interviews the same way she does for Fox Sports – “I don’t think I can do anything but be myself,” she says – even if it means ditching the jeans and flats she wears on the sidelines for more glamorous garb.

As a style role model, she looks to Cat Deeley of So You Think You Can Dance, where Andrews was once a guest judge.

“She brings a hipness. She brings a funkiness,” says Andrews. “And I also respect that there is a sort of traditional sense when it comes to the ballroom. I hope to bring a Cat Deeley kind of vibe and also respect all of the traditions of the ballroom.”

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind for Andrews, whose sideline interview during the NFL playoffs with the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman made headlines. She then plunged into Super Bowl work, while behind the scenes talking to ABC about the Dancing with the Stars job.

“When they approached me, I really didn’t even know if it was going to be possible because I’m fully committed to Fox Sports. That’s my love,” she said.

But some understanding bosses and private talks with Michael Strahan – who both co-hosts the morning show Live! With Michael and Kelly and appears on Fox Sports’ football show – showed that she could juggle both jobs.

“I feel great,” she says. “I was texting with Maksim, my old partner. He was saying, ‘Wow, it’s coming full circle for you.’ “

February 24, 2014 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.

Good Morning America Promo On DWTS Season 18 Cast Announcement And New Co-Host Erin Andrews

The title says it all!!


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ETA: ABC has released a press statement about the cast announcement, premiere, and new co-host Erin Andrews. You can read it in full here.

This season’s exciting new cast of “Dancing with the Stars” will be revealed live, TUESDAY, MARCH 4 exclusively on “Good Morning America” (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The competition begins with an all new cast of celebrities who will brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master technical choreography and entertaining performances. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted mirror-ball trophy.

Erin Andrews joins “Dancing with the Stars” as host alongside Emmy-Award Winner® Tom Bergeron for its 18th season premiering MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). No stranger to the ballroom, Andrews competed on the 10th season of “Dancing with the Stars” making it all the way to the finals. Known for being a pioneer in sports broadcasting, Andrews’s skills from the field are sure to be an asset in hosting a spirited dance competition. This season, the show also welcomes new Music Director and Composer Ray Chew to the ballroom. Continuing a tradition of live musical accompaniment, Chew’s band will feature a new line-up of musicians and singers performing music ranging from the latest pop hits to the great standards of the past.

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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.

Dancing With the Stars Tom Bergeron Will Join “Golden Sisters” For Year-end Countdown

According to Today, Tom Bergeron will help the “Golden Sisters” reflect on their best moments this past year in a tv special which will air Friday, Dec. 27 at 10 p.m. ET on OWN. Here is some more info and thanks to Lori for sending. This is sure to be a hoot!

It’s been a year packed with amusements, shockers and a whole lot of twerking, and now the gals from the “Golden Sisters” are ready to put their unique spin on all of it in their first year-end special.

“Golden Sisters 2013 Countdown: Best Pop Culture Moments” will see Mary Bartnicki, Josie Cavaluzzi and Teresa Dahlquist joined by host Tom Bergeron (“Dancing With the Stars,” “America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and a special celebrity guest for night of sassy reflection, TODAY is revealing.

The ladies will offer “irreverent reflections on the newsmakers that made headlines” as only they can.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

December 20, 2013 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.

Tom Bergeron Chats About What Keeps Dancing With The Stars Refreshing And More

Host Tom Bergereon talked with OK!TV about Dancing With The Stars. Never did he imagine when the show first started in the summer of 2005 that it would take off like it did. They ask him how they keep the show refreshing. Tom says the producers do a good job tweeking it, but, the key thing is that it’s a LIVE show with no safety zone (so true). Tom chats a little about America’s Funniest Home Videos as well. More below….

November 29, 2013 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.

PureDWTS Media Tidbits – Kitchen Dance Wars, Mark Ballas And Tom Bergeron Interviewed, And More

Hey All! How was your Thannksgiving? I hope you had a fun day!! So, are you ready to shop now on Black Friday? Yikes…I won’t be shopping, but, I’ll be working it this morning instead. Wish me luck! 8O

So, just a few media starters today!! First, yesterday some “kitchen dance wars” were started at twitter between the Derek Hough and Maria Menounos families. While this was all going down, Mark Ballas and his family joined in on the action. After that, Amber Riley and her family dared them too. It’s hilarious and they are all so good…even dancing in their kitchens and living rooms. lol Be sure to see THIS POST at Pure Derek Hough to see them all!!

And speaking of Mark Ballas, he will be talking on the Dancing With The Stars Season 17 finale in a LIVE chat at Extra on Tuesday, December 3rd. If you’d like to ask him questions and listen in, bookmark this link.

Also, I’m not sure when this little Pop Candies interview with Tom Bergeron and Mark Ballas happened, but, they were asked about this past season of Dancing With The Stars and who they’d like to see dance in the future. Tom mentions William Shatner again, but, says he knows he’ll never do it. Poor Tom….he’s also asked some silly questions too. I don’t know how they keep their patience with the paparazzi sometimes.

Ok, more later!!xx

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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.

New Entertainment Weekly Interview With Tom Bergeron Before The DWTS Finale Season 17

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, Tom Bergeron gives his thoughts on the new format of Dancing With The Stars 17. He also talks of the guest judges, the Glitter Pit vs. Celebriquarium, the switch-up challenge, and more. He’s a crack-up as always too! Read below….

How well do you understand ballroom dance?
Um, certainly better than I did in 2005. But there are styles of ballroom that I couldn’t tell you the difference. For example, one of the things we did this season was the Switch Up Dance Challenge — the music and dance style changed throughout the number. I was doing my usual low-toned commentary–

Tom’s Golf Announcer Voice!
Exactly, and I had several people comment to me, “Wow, you were able to talk about the different styles of dance so quickly!” Here’s what was really going on. Sharna [Burgess, a pro] was sitting right next to me. She had a piece of paper and a Sharpie — a Sharna Sharpie — and she’d write down some of the dances. Some of them I knew for sure, and it’s true that I can tell when it’s a rumba or tango or paso doble, those more obvious ones. But some of these had subtler changes, so Sharna was jotting them down and I was just reading what she was saying.

What is Sharna’s handwriting like?
Very legible! She did a great job, it was like we’d done it many times before.

I thought they’d have set you up with that dance info well before the show!
No, because the order we used in the live show wasn’t what we did in the dress rehearsal. So it was all on the fly.

Looking forward to Monday night?
I always love the freestyle, so I’m looking forward to those. But the number of musical acts we have coming up Monday and Tuesday — we’ve got Kellie Pickler, TLC, Lady Antebellum, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias… and Ylvis! What does the fox say?

Can we expect a reprise of that ‘Fox’-y Team Freestyle?
I’d say that’s a safe bet.

Anything else you want to say about season 17?

Just make sure you watch the two-night finale… liiiiiiiive!

More at Entertainment Weekly.

November 25, 2013 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.

Tom Bergeron Talks With Good Day LA About The Dancing With The Stars Finals And More

Host Tom Bergeron stopped by Good Day LA to talk about Dancing With The Stars and the four finalists. They also talk about some surprise guests (hmmm?) and performers. Other than Dancing With The Stars, he has some other TV projects in the works too. Check it out!

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November 22, 2013 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.

DWTS Season 17, Week 4 – Cheesecake Bytes

Well, we have just a bit of cheesecake for you this week…

The Award for Petard Hoisted Pro, Week 4: Val Chmerkovskiy, for failing the Elizabeth stare down

Heidi: LOL – Val was so uncomfortable, it was written all over his face. The continual need to talk while Elizabeth was having her moment is a sure sign of extreme discomfort. I almost felt bad for him. But then I remember to cringe inducing rumba contemporary night with Kelly Monaco and got over it real quick like. :-) Really dude, after all the deep gazing with Kelly designed to highlight your faux romance (dude, do you DATE?) and making even Bergeron uncomfortable, you earned this cringe inducing moment.

Courtney: Elizabeth is…special.  :-) I know she’s kinda into method acting, hence this exercise in “connection” with Val, but staring deeply into someone’s eyes is a rather intimate activity – and I’m not sure it’s one that is really going to help a dance partnership.  That, and I think Val was getting a bit impatient – which I can’t really blame him for, since I think they could have benefitted with an additional 45 minutes rehearsal time instead of…whatever this was.  But yeah - I do agree with Heidi that it felt like a bit of karmic backlash from a year ago, when we couldn’t get the image of Kelly & Val looking all smoochy-smoochy off of our television screens :-P

The “Oh just shut UP, already!!” Award for Inability to Keep the Trap SHUT: Christina Milian, for her constant talking during the judges critique

Heidi: I mean REALLY, STFU!!! “Uh huh, uh huh, got you, I understand…” blah, blah, blah, BLAH!! Lord have mercy, woman, shut it!! Elizabeth is a bit strange, but seems nice, but Christina? My sense is that she overestimates her own importance and the importance of her words. Not only is that a VERY annoying habit she has there, it’s also a sign, IMO, of basic disrespect. Like if she keeps telling them she gets it, maybe they’ll stop talking. Your turn to talk is over, sweetheart, let the judges have their turn without the responses.

Courtney: What I found REALLY interesting was not so much her constant need to interrupt – but her expressions and body language in between.  Girl was staring some serious daggers in the judges’ direction – particularly when Carrie Ann & Julianne were talking.  Is Christina this season’s Regina George? Methinks she & Leah are about neck-and-neck for that title… Read more..

October 12, 2013 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. :-)

New DWTS Cast Rehearsal Pics, Julianne Hough Interviewed On Guest Judging, And More

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Just a few media things today!!! First, some the cast of Dancing With The Stars looked like they were in deep thought and/or smiling as they headed to practice for Dancing With The Stars yesterday! You can see some fun new pictures of them at Zimbio Pictures if interested. Above is Peta Murgatroyd.

Also, and as you know, tomorrow night is when Julianne Hough will be guesting as a Judge. This past week, Gossip Center caught up with her at the QVC FFANY Shoes on Sale event in NYC. This is what she said of her upcoming appearance;

“I’m excited! I’m going to be on the other side of the table this coming week. I hope that the celebrities and the dancers feel like I’m on their side because I do know what it feels like to be on that floor and I know how much time and effort goes into it.”

Derek also wrote about Julianne in his new blog

This week, Julianne is going to guest-judge. If you think she’s going to go easy on me, don’t! I’ve been joking around that she’s going to be like, “Remember when you ripped my Barbie’s head off that time?” She’s going to be a hard-ass! Nah, she will be fair. We’ve been texting back and forth, and she’s really excited. I think it’s cool to have a former pro be a judge. I love our judges, but they’ve never been in our shoes on the show. I think she’ll be great.

I do too!!

And speaking of Derek, he and Amber have had a challenging week with rehearsals and got a late start as Amber has been suffering from some knee issues. You can read and view more on them at Pure Derek Hough. Let’s hope they are going to be ok. Amber reassures us at twitter she is working as hard as she can.

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October 6, 2013 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.