Did any of you catch “Hello Ross” Friday night? According to Lynne, Val Chmerkovksiy was a surprise guest. Lynne tells us Ross was bemoaning the fact he wasn’t on Dancing With The Stars and how much he would love to dance with Val Chmerkovksiy. Then suddenly, Val enters the stage, grabs Ross out of his chair, and dances him across the floor ending with a dip. LOL! Be watching this link at E Online as they may post a video soon. Thanks to Lynne for sending us this news and the instagram below.
First, let’s WELCOME! the new cast of Dancing With The Stars, Season 18! If anything, this season will have people talking! I don’t know if that will be a good thing or a bad thing yet. Time will tell. Here’s a quick bio of our new cast, since it is unusual that everyone knows everyone. None of them will be complete, so I’m sure there’s things that you think I should have added. Put it into the comments section, please.
DANICA MCKELLER is 39 years old and has lived in the Los Angeles area for most of her life. Since it is stated in her IMDB profile that her mom owned a dance studio, it is probably safe to assume that she has had dance training. She was Winnie Cooper on “Wonder Years,” and I am old enough that I remember when that show was first on! She’s very intelligent, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA as a Math major, and has written a few books to help youth with math (I think…) In other words, she’s beauty AND brains! Danica is paired with Val Chmerkovskiy. I’m not sure yet about this couple. They look good together, and they will get past the halfway part of the season, because they look good together. That means they have TONS of chemistry to the judges, whether we can see it or not.
CODY SIMPSON is 17 years old and from Australia. He DOES have a girlfriend, she’s the daughter of one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills so if TPTB were hoping for some romance between him and Witney, they’re out of luck! And he’s a singer. And honestly, that’s about it! And he seems to be extremely popular on Social Media. Cody is paired with Witney Carson. This is her 1st season as a teaching pro, she spent 2 seasons in the Troupe, immediately following a season on SYTYCD. I will be honest, I was completely against pairing them up, and I still am against pairing them up. Yes, they needed someone young, since they cast a teenaged boy, but I think she’s too untested. I know Zendaya was the same age, but teenage boys do mature slower than girls. I keep remembering the other Cody, who was 19 when he was on. This Cody is even younger, so I do think that while he does need a younger female pro, he also needs someone quite mature, and I think Witney is too untested yet. And, I don’t think I know her choreography skills. I think she’s the latest in a long line of them trying to find Julianne 2.0 and I don’t think it will succeed. Again, they’re young and cute and look good together, so to the judges, it will equal “tons of chemistry.” Read more..
Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas & Val Chmerkovksiy Help Ryan Seacrest Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary With Pharrell Dance Video
Awww, this is fun to watch. Below Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and Val Chmerkovksiy (as well as other celebs and dancers) help celebrate the “10 year anniversary of “On Air with Ryan Seacrest”! Check it out and thanks to Lori for the heads up!!
Not only did Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess magnify the Cheyenne, Wyoming audience in “Ballroom With A Twist”, Chelsie Hightower and Val Chmerkovksiy did the same in Greeley and Colorado Springs, Colorado. One of our readers, Teresa, sent us this fun review on the night in Colorado Springs at the Air Force Academy.
I got to go on Jan 31 to see Ballroom With a Twist. It was an amazing show and I was even invited onstage along with some others to dance with the dancers. I was able to dance a little with Val Chmerkovskiy (a favourite of mine on DWTS) and he gave me a high five for coming on the stage! Other highlights from the show included their question and answer session during the show, and yes I asked a question to Val. I asked if he would ever release a CD since he plays violin, raps, and dances, and he said “when the time is right, yes but the time has to be right first.” Both Val and Chelsie were a blast as were the other dancers, and the two singers from American Idol. The show was packed with amazing choreography and everyone was friendly. The two male dancers from SYTYCD even came down and gave the front two rows high fives after the show! And, since the show was a the Air Force Academy, they both danced with some of the Air Force cadets at one point in the show.
Also, Val Chmerkovksiy and Peta Murgatroyd did a special “Ballroom With A Twist” show in San Francisco for Jewish Family and Children’s Services. The Gala used the event as a fundraiser that honored local émigrés from the Former Soviet Union. Below is a picture courtesy of @dhernandezmusic of Peta and Val at the event. Beautiful!! If anyone knows of more pictures, let us know in comments.
The pros and cast of Dancing With The Stars have been posting such fun instagrams and twitter pics as they celebrate Christmas. Below are just a few for now. We may post more if they do and time permitting. Also, stay tuned as there may be some new dance wars coming up on Christmas day as Maria Menounos tweeted this comment at twitter last night: “Ok @MsAmberPRiley @derekhough @juliannehough @MarkBallas …I have some pretty elaborate stuff ready..better practice! #christmasdancewars”!! Ok, more below with our cast and pros….
Peta Murgatroyd, Henry Byalikov , and FratelliCafe at Disneyland….
These faces say it all…
Sharna Burgess and Paul Kirkland celebrating in the south….
What a talented baker too. Sharna made these snowman cookies…
Here is Gleb Savchenko and his beautiful and sweet wife Elena Samodanova at some parties…
Gleb is funny at the end of this video…
Below is Carrie Ann Inaba’s Christmas fireplace. Isn’t it gorgeous? The stockings are for her rescued fur babies…
She makes a statement with Buddy here… Read more..
Steph, one of our readers, sent us some news about Val Chmerkovksiy that sounded interesting and something we may need to keep a watch on. Is it possible he is trying to recruit Shay Mitchell of “Pretty Little Liars” or could something be in the works for her to dance? We’ll let you read on further for what she sent us.
He did a twitter Q&A on Friday and someone asked his ideal partner, and Val being Val was of course a little cheeky about it and said: “She pretty, little, and don’t tell the truth ” AKA Shay Mitchell from Pretty Little Liars. Backtracking slightly, he tweeted to Shay a few weeks ago “It’s already choreographed”. He wasn’t responding to her and she never replied so there is really no context for what his tweet meant. I know he started following her on Twitter after she came to see Brant perform though.
From her side, she posted on IG after her season wrapped that she had something new in the works she was excited about and the comments were all about her doing DWTS. Shortly after she took it down from IG.
It could be nothing, it could be Val trying to recruit her, it could be Val has a celeb crush (lol), but still, just wanted to let you know to be on the lookout. I honestly don’t think she would be able to do it with her shooting schedule but who knows.
THANKS Steph and good eye!!x
Val Chmerkovksiy tells Life & Style magazine to expect some ‘old school” routines on Dancing With The Stars. Elizabeth says to expect some surprises. Here is more…
The ’90s are coming to ABC!
Elizabeth Berkley’s Dancing With the Stars partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, exclusively tells Life & Style that fans can expect some old school routines this season.
Val told the mag that the duo plan to impress judges with routines inspired by the actress’ role in Saved by the Bell and her later part in Showgirls.
“We have some surprises in store — some iconic somethings!’” Elizabeth tells the mag.
I hope this is true. I wasn’t a fan to “Saved By A Bell”, but, I loved “Showgirls”. More at Life & Style magazine.
Get ready for some Zendaya!! First up, she’s on the cover of Total Girl. At the link, they ask her about dancing and Dancing With The Stars, but, note, how the interview took place before she was picked for Dancing With The Stars Season 16.
Also, you can watch Zendaya in a new music video called “Contagious Love” (from “Shake It Up: I 3 Dance) which premiered last night. What do you think? I love it and I think this girl has some serious moves.
I love this take of Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy, do you?! This past week, the two brothers were seen shopping together Jacob and Company in New York City, NY. Maks then travelled to Los Angeles, CA on Friday. Today Val is on his way to Los Angeles as I type.
Also note that there are conflicting stories about Maks dancing on Dancing With The Stars this season. As you know from TMZ Friday, Maks “spoke with producers” and “informed them that he wouldn’t be returning for the upcoming season”. TMZ titled the article that he was “DONE”. Then Saturday, RumorFix (who we’ve found is NOT always a reliable Dancing With The Stars source in the past) said a source told them that “he asked producers for a break this season so he can fulfill some TV and movie commitments and they were very supportive.” Now today (Sunday), Access Hollywood is reporting producers did not ask him to come back to Dancing With The Stars this season. Stay tuned, according to @DWTSgossip, Maks is suppose to speak about it Monday (tomorrow) when hopefully we will find out from the horses mouth what happened and if there has been any changes?
Picture above courtesy of @DWTSMaksimFans at twitter who has lots more. They are a good one to follow for all the most reliable news on Maks.
ADDING: Thanks to Lois, here are some pictures of an event Kelly Monaco and Val had this past week.