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Pros Rehearsing To New Taylor Swift Song For Good Morning America’s DWTS Cast Reveal Next Week (New Interviews)
Tony Dovolani and Derek Hough talked on the new season of Dancing With The Stars, Julianne Hough as a new judge, and starting over with a new partner with Access Hollywood. Also note how Tony mentions they are also rehearsing to a new Taylor Swift song for the cast reveal next week on Good Morning America. Also, don’t miss Cheryl Burke being interviewed too if you haven’t see this previous posting. 8 days and counting all!
Choreographer Mandy Moore and Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas posted some interesting instagrams over the weekend. The first instagram below from Mandy had this quote: “…makin moves…this season is gonna be awesome”. Hmmm, are these some of celebs with their pros? Or pros with pros (as Nobleze posted in comments)?
The second instagram from Mark below said: “Rehearsals and stuff.. @nopenother @derekhough @iamvalc @henrybyalikov #dwts @dancingabc”. Does this mean Henry Byalikov is one of this season’s troupe members? And who is the darker haired guy and lady? Could they be new troupe members? Or maybe they are helping Mandy? They could be producers too like Heidi just pointed out to me.
Sure makes one wonder, doesn’t it?
ETA: Mandy just posted a new instagram saying: “lucky lady to dance with these kats”…
Did you know Dancing With The Stars Tony Dovolani has an autistic son? The Huffington Post has a wonderful piece about it and his family and how they have adjusted…and what they have been blessed to learn to. Below is a take, but, be sure to hit the link for much more including some fun pictures of Tony and his family. Thanks to Donamadrina for the heads up!
Dovolani also discusses the importance of the state assistance they are receiving. “We live in the great state of Connecticut where they have a program, where they send people to your home that help you with speech therapy, motor skills and everything else. It is part of the reason I live in Connecticut.”
Adrian goes to elementary school as well and takes advantage of about everything that school offers. Tony adds, that he does physical therapy, “but no medicine, it’s a personal choice. Our focus is just on him developing.”
Interestingly, one of the methods the family uses with Adrian is to not stick to routines in order to free him from his obsessive need for routine.
Dovolani can’t emphasize enough that they don’t treat Adrian differently than their two daughters: We try to put him on the same schedule as them; we all eat together, we all hang out together, we play together. He does not get excluded from anything and I think that is the most important thing for any child with special needs; is not to exclude them.
And of course, all three of the children dance. “We’re always active, we’re always dancing, we’re always doing something that has to do with activity — whether it be a trampoline or swing sets or running or playing tag or rollerblading, ice skating, skiing, bike riding. You name it, we do it,” says Dovolani.
I brought up the fact that sometimes in families who have children with special needs; there is a dynamic where the siblings feel they are not getting as much attention as the child with special needs. Tony is clear that they all get equal attention, “It depends on who needs the attention. As a parent you try to divide and make sure you give every single child attention, but we have been blessed with some really great daughters that are very sensitive to my son and they are helpful in every aspect, especially his twin sister. I call my wife my queen because she takes care of everything in such a wonderful way.”
If interested, be sure you see KITV. They have a fun interview up with Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani, Sharna Burgess, and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. The Dancing With The Stars pros talk on Ballroom With A Twist and the importance of dancing. This is just part 1. KITV will air Part 2 later.
“All of us travel and do charity work constantly because dance bring smiles to people and that’s the best healing you could ever have,” said Dovolani.
“Dancing has always been a very healthy activity, no only physically, but for your mind and soul. You see people come out of the dance studio happy. Tired in a good way,” said Smirnoff. “So, this is one of the things we do during the show. We want the audience to get up and actually start moving with us because that gift, that passion for dancing is for all of us. We want to be able to share it with people that love the show and love ‘Ballroom With A Twist’ and, for us, it is the opportunity to do it.”
ETA: Here is the video. Also, see Ballroom With A Twist facebook. They have some fun pictures of the cast playing on the beach.
ETA2: And here is Part2!
ETA3: Be sure to see a beautiful gallery of new pics of the cast enjoying their free time in paradise at Ballroom With A twist Facebook. Breathtaking!
ETA4: More Ballroom With A Twist updates….pictures, reviews, and videos of their last summer show in Hawaii. Be sure to see everything at Ballroom With A twist Facebook. The pics are gorgeous. The Daily Mail has a feature and some professional pictures from Hawaii too. BEAUTIFUL! Must see!
Gossip Cop interviewed Tony Dovolani on the new season of Dancing With The Stars. He’s excited to be coming back and gives credit to his wife, Lina. He says he won’t quit until she tells him he doesn’t have it anymore.
…and plans to keep giving it his all, even though he says he’s no longer a “spring chicken.”
“It’s about showing people that just because you get to a certain age, it doesn’t mean you’re supposed to mail it in,” says the 41-year-old. “Still fight, still go out there and give it your best.”
Dovolani tells Gossip Cop exclusively, “The moment that my wife [Lina] tells me I don’t have it anymore is probably the moment I quit.”
“She’s my honest opinion,” he shares. “When she looks at me and says to me, ‘Honey, it’s time for you to step aside and let the other ones take it,’ then I’ll stop.”
In fact, Dovolani says “all the credit in the world” for his success goes to Lina.
“If I didn’t have a strong wife like I do, I would not be able to do what I do,” says the dancer. “Honestly, she’s the secret to my success.”
Lina and their three kids are based in Connecticut, and he spends 6 months of the year — 3 months at a time for “DWTS” — in Los Angeles.
“My wife is the most incredible person I’ve ever met. A lot of people say that — I actually mean it,” says Dovolani. “She takes care of the homefront.”
He goes on, “[Lina] makes sure that I do what I’m supposed to do, and [keeps] me real as well. This Hollywood life has never gotten to me because she keeps me grounded.”
You can read the full interview at Gossip Cop. He also talks on the kind of partner he wants for dancing With The Stars Season 19 and more.
Great interview!! Karina Smirnoff, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Cheryl Burke talk on the new season, new pros, and more!
Hi all!! Decided to start a new post because the other one was getting cluttered and would be hard to read for anyone coming back for the first time in a while. Click to read the old post.
I was watching GMA at the beginning and they teased nothing – which means I have to wait until they go to the first commercial. Boo.
ETA: Vogue here! GMA just said the announcement was soon coming. Will Derek Hough be back, they ask? We will soon find out!!
ETA: I’m back! They just teased it again, not mentioning any single pro, but showing Cheryl and Drew.
ETA: They just showed their play room with all the screens with big question marks and asked “Maks? Derek? Who will be back and what will their role be??”
ETA4: Okay, there are four pros in studio. I’m guessing Cheryl and Mark. Not sure of the other two. And then they show a child photo of Karina – I take it as she’s IN. They showed Maks/Meryl, Derek’s Ameska Macy’s and Cheryl/Drew – clues.
ETA5: Latest tease shows Derek and Jennie Garth and says 8:22 is the time for the reveal. Ask again about Derek and Maks’ role. Asked if they would be going “head to head”. Um, yeah, Derek is super competitive. :::rolls eyes:::
ETA6: Cheryl is in Studio and competing. Tony is in studio. Karina also in studio, along with Val. Switch up is back. Results show the first two weeks. Len gone for part of season. There will be some “guest judges”. COMMERCIAL/Local News Break.
ETA7: Next…Mark Ballas. See below for the rest. Can’t say I’m happy Derek is back. No vacay for Heidi. I was typing as I went and just realized no Sharna. Kinda devastated about that. Also, no Gleb in the pro lineup despite his wife’s tweet. He must be back in the troupe.
The starting positions below are based on the individual pro’s status last season. Troupe is still unknown. Read more..
New Ballroom With A Twist Photos Of Maks Chmerkovksiy, Karina Smirnoff, Cheryl Burke, and Tony Dovolani
Would you like to see some new photos of Dancing With The Stars Maks Chmerkovksiy, Karina Smirnoff, Cheryl Burke, and Tony Dovolani dancing in Ballroom With A Twist from the Dallas show? If so, see Ballroom With A Twist Facebook. There are a total of 8 photos. Wow, Karina’s red dress is gorgeous!
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