Thanks to Court’s eagle eye, we have our first rumor of Dancing With The Stars Season 20. Is it possible something might be in the works for Danni Allen of the “Biggest Loser”? Court said she noticed this tweet from Danni on Tuesday night during the finale. At first, she didn’t really think much on it being it was campaigning (which we don’t always post about), but, then @DancingABC retweeted it. Interesting, hmmm? Let’s keep our eye on this one. Note too that according to her twitter, she’s got her eye on Val Chmerkovskiy.
There has been much speculation about Cheryl Burke and whether she will be back on the next season of Dancing With The Stars. According to Executive Producer Rob Wade, she’s decided to exit the show. Tuesday night was her last night. Below is more from The Wrap. Note that he also says Len Goodman and Julianne Hough will be returning to judge full time next season. Read on….
Wade feels that the popular pro’s exit gives the series a chance to highlight other dancers.
“We’ll only survive as a show if we keep innovating and changing. It’s very sad to see cast members leave, but again that gives you the opportunity to grow. So, I’m quite positive about having the opportunity to bring new people in or bring back some of the old faces.”
Additionally, head judge Len Goodman, who took a several weeks off this past season due to conflicts with shooting the show’s U.K. version, will be back full-time on Season 20. And although there’s some scheduling conflicts still to be resolved, Julianne Hough is also contracted to return in the spring to the judges’ table.
“A judging panel isn’t about individuals. It’s about chemistry. That has happened remarkably quickly for Julianne in that role,” Wade said. “I couldn’t be happier.”
“I think the ballroom experience and the dance experience and the star quality and vibrancy that Julianne has brought to the panel has been exceptional,” he continued. “I also think that the way that Carrie Ann [Inaba], Bruno [Tonioli] and Len have embraced her and have individually been so great this season, as well, has been wonderful. I think it shows their character that they can do that. The three of them have been absolutely wonderful in welcoming Julianne in and I think it has been lovely to watch.”
Sad, I’m going to miss Cheryl. I hope she changes her mind…especially for my Dad’s sake. For the full article, see The Wrap. Thanks to Lisa for the heads up on this news. Below are some interviews with The Wrap from last night as well….
Below is Val Chmerkovskiy and Janel Parrish talking with Access Hollywood about Dancing With The Stars and if they win. They also talk on their freestyle…
Janel Parrish tells People that her goal now is to win Dancing With The Stars. What’s more, she is “hopeful” that she and Val Chmerkovskiy will win….
I’m very happy with the dance the judges picked for us. It’s one of my favorite dances that we’ve done, and one that stayed a little bit under-the-radar just because we didn’t get great marks for it. I’m excited to bring it back and hopefully do it better than I did the first time.
For our freestyle, we’re going to go with what we think our strengths are, which is our chemistry and what we bring to dancing when we’re dancing together. We’re going to keep it intimate, we’re going to keep it beautiful, we’re going to dance the hell out of it and go out with a bang.
I’ve always thought and I still think Alfonso Ribeiro is probably the one to beat, but I do think that everybody that is left in the competition is a very strong competitor. Everybody has worked so hard, and everybody wants it just as bad as the next person, so it could really be anybody’s game. I’m just really grateful to still be a part of it.
I actually feel less pressure going into this week because it is the finale and I’m so proud of all the work I’ve done to make it this far. Now at this point I think any of us can win. I just want to enjoy my last dance on that stage with Val, and enjoy that last moment. I know that I did everything I could possibly do, and no matter what, I got what I wanted. I wanted to enjoy the journey all the way to the end and that’s what I’ve done, so I’m going to be happy with the outcome whatever it is, but obviously I am hopeful that we will win!
To read her full blog, visit People.
Janel Parrish has written a new blog at TV Guide. Below is what she wrote on their two new dances for tonight on Dancing With The Stars.
This week we have two full dances, which has definitely been a challenge. Val and I have the quickstep, which was America’s choice. They got to choose everything we’re doing – the costumes, the end, how it begins. They voted that they wanted Val to bring the beard back, so he’s bringing back the beard! And they voted on our song, so we’re dancing to “Hey Boy, Hey Girl.”
I’m so happy with all their choices. It’s going to be really cute. At first, I was really worried about the quickstep, but now that we’ve started working on it, I think it’s going to be really fun. I can tell that my ballroom hold has gotten a little better since we started, so I’m a little less stressed out about it than I thought I was going to be at first.
The second dance is a trio, and we’re doing that with Keo Motsepe, so we’re calling it our “trio with Keo” and it’s going to be a salsa. We all have a trio and it’s up to us to decide how we go about that. We’ve decided on a really sexy kind of tribal salsa dance. It’s going to be really cool.
The quickstep is going to be really cute and fun and playful, so I’m looking forward to that since we haven’t had that in many dances, and the salsa’s going to be raw and sexy and kind of animalistic, and I’m looking forward to that as well.
More at TV Guide with her thoughts on last week’s dances and more.
Janel Parrish And Valentin Chmerkovskiy’s ask fans to votes on the ending of their America’s Choice dance for Dancing With The Stars in this new footage with Entertainment Tonight. Should they end it with a Kiss?
Janel Parrish has written a new blog at People. She writes of how bummed she was when she and Val got negative criticism from the judges last week. She also writes of their new dances this week….
It feels like we’ve been getting a mixed bag of comments from the judges recently. It’s totally fine and everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but the thing that bummed us out the most was the comment about it not being a true Viennese waltz. It was a Halloween special – so obviously we did have a little bit of the Halloween feel to add to the entertainment part of the dance – but I felt like Val did an amazing job of creating amazing Viennese waltz choreography to add to the story. I was a little bit bummed for him that we got that comment.
It was challenging enough having to learn two dances last week, but this week we’ve had to learn four dances! Three of the dances are for the dance-off, so we all have to learn the cha-cha, the rumba and a jive, and then the style is picked for us when we get to the show on Monday night. We’ve been preparing and polishing three dances not knowing which one is going to be chosen, and then the fourth dance is our competition piece. It feels like there’s never any time for one dance, let alone four, but we’ll get it.
This week we’re doing a contemporary dance for our competition piece. I feel a lot more comfortable in contemporary because I don’t have to work on my frame, which is my biggest weakness, but Val isn’t a contemporary dancer so he’s been stressing about the choreography. However, I think the choreography he’s created is beautiful.
It’s dynamic duo week and we’re playing Romeo and Juliet, so it’s going to be beautiful and romantic. I’m very excited. The song is “Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good),” and it’s a song from the movie adaptation Romeo + Juliet.
More at People.
Dancing With The Stars Sharna Burgess talked with Just Amorous about the show and what she thinks the key to her success has been. Below is more including her thoughts on what we can learn from a man and a woman when they dance. She also discusses who she would love to dance with if she could.
JA: What do you think has been the key to your success on the show?
SB: One of the biggest things you can do when you come on a show like Dancing with the Stars is to be unique. My choreography has its own style in comparison to other people. Not better or worse; just unique. I think that is what helps me stand out. To be honest, this job requires that you are a fantastic dancer/choreographer, but you have to have the art of patience. If you don’t have that, you are not going to love your time here. It can be very frustrating, but also very rewarding once you’ve put the work and time in.
JA: What can we learn about a man based on the way he dances?
SB: There is a very sexy thing about a man that can dance–and also a woman. I think it exudes confidence when someone can dance. That is probably one of the best qualities a person can have—confidence in yourself and who you are, and the way that you move, whether you dance or not. As human beings we feed off of energy, and I think that confidence, and a little bit of cockiness in men, is an extremely attractive quality. Women flock to that. So, I think that dance goes hand in hand with it. If he’s out there and dancing on the dance floor; that means he’s got the confidence to do it, and the confidence in knowing how to use his body.
JA: Who would you like to dance with if you had unlimited access to every person who’s ever walked this earth (past or present)?
SB: Certainly Gene Kelly would be one of my absolutes. I am the biggest fan of him. Mikhail Baryshnikov is another one who I find just absolutely mesmerizing. I always look to the greats. The Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire. Even Shirley MacLaine, and all the West Side Story (1961) cast. I admire and love dance back in that day–it was so innovative, so real, and so raw. I love it. Growing up as a kid I was introduced to some of the old school movie greats, including Singing in the Rain, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Calamity Jane even. There was a lot of older movies that I was exposed to, and I just sort of fell in love with it–that old Hollywood. Definitely, it would be all the greats (laughs).
More at Just Amorous. Excellent interview!
Pictured below is Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy! Yesterday he was a guest on Diana Madison’s The Lowdown. Be watching this link for a video. In the meantime, below are some photos from Getty Images. For more, click the photos.
Julianne Hough was on the Rachel Ray Show today. Below you can listen to her talk about Derek and the Move Live On Tour. She also talks on Dancing With The Stars and judging. You can watch her talk on her new house and cook too here as well.