Below is Witney Carson with Entertainment Tonight recreating Emma Stone’s Oscars makeup. Not sure, but, she may say something on Dancing With The Stars too. So stay tuned….
Via People Magazine, the 5th Harmony cast member is Normani:
Though ABC has no official comment on the news ahead of the full cast reveal on Good Morning America next week, a source confirms the 20-year-old member of the hit girl pop group and global ambassador for the American cancer society will compete on the dance competition’s 24th season.
They also confirm Sharna is back…
A second source confirms that dance pro Sharna Burgess will be returning. She joins confirmed pros Witney Carson, brothers Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy and Maks’ fiancée Peta Murgatroyd, who will hit the dance floor just two and a half months after giving birth to son Shai Aleksander.
So, as may of our long time readers know, Courtney and I have been quite critical of the choreography done by Mandy Moore on DWTS. With the exception of a few numbers last year it seemed like it consisted of some combination of bumping and grinding – male and female. We even heard a rumor of a comment Derek made regarding a male pro dance last season…one that he was subsequently not a part of. While Derek is in his own league and may not be required to take part in pro dances any more (can you think of one where he was there the whole way through??), I think our source was solid at the time.
We’ve also been uber critical of some of the male pros choreography, namely…well all of them except Derek and Mark, really. Now, the childish reader likes to claim that’s just because we like Derek and Mark more. Well, yes, I do…but that’s not necessarily true of either Vogue or Courtney, and it doesn’t automatically mean that the choreography by those men is better than I claim. And if one of the men does something I like – I say so. But I think that much of it has been objectively less than stellar. The women fare much better…and I’m not sure why, except perhaps they get some outside help. Like WAY outside. Away from DWTS.
So you probably wonder what I’m getting at here. Well, I was watching the video that Vogue posted the other day – choreography for the TV Academy by Mandy Moore. It was FANTASTIC. She’s getting raves for La La Land (although I’ve seen a very few “derivative” comments – haven’t seen it yet myself) and she’s done some great stuff on SYTYCD. She’s more regularly great (with a few less great, but every pro has those) on SYTYCD than she has ever been on DWTS. Read more..
It’s that time of year once again folks. There are other sites out there mimicking us, but none of them that I would bank on just yet.
Which means that we know Derek is out. Also, according to a Good Morning America announcement today, Maks and Peta are dancing. If you have something to contribute, PLEASE PROVIDE a SOURCE – by that I mean a link. We appreciate the help, but it needs to be sourced, otherwise it’s just a distraction. Thx.
ETA1: And Tony confirms he’s out for this season. Not gonna lie, I’m disappointed – he was always so kind to his partners, moreso than some other pros that will likely get a spot…-Court-
ETA2: Witney and Sharna are confirmed per People Magazine as is Val…but I do wonder if they are making the same silly assumption that others do re: the poster. ~Heidi
ETA3: According to People, Jenna is OUT! ~ Vogue
ETA4: Vogue again. Gleb is IN again according to this interview. YAYYY! Can you tell I’m excited?! 🙂 Thanks to @GleekyZ for sending.
ETA5: And in the first development this season that actually has me excited, an old favorite returns…yes kids, She of the Awesome Boobage is back…Kym 😀 -Court-
ETA6: Not sure on this, but, according to @DWTSGossip, Allison is out. I think I am going to cry if true. I love her. – Vogue
ETA7: Confirmed – Keo is back. Kinda thought he might be, since I think he was only set aside last season in order to bring Gleb back on board. -Court-
ETA8: Source confirms that Sasha, Lindsay, & Emma are all IN. Doing some extreme vetting over here, folks…-Court-
ETA9: According to ET, Mark and Karina are out too. Dang. And to anyone thinking this site hates Mark, you couldn’t be more WRONG. ~ Vogue
Val – IN
Gleb – IN
Mark – OUT
Derek – OUT
Sasha – IN
Maks – IN
Keo – IN
Sharna – IN
Kym – IN
Emma – IN
Witney – IN
Allison – OUT??
Lindsay – IN
Jenna – OUT
Cheryl – OUT
Peta – IN
Status of Former Pros
Tristan MacManus – No, appears to have sworn off TV dancing
Anna Trebunskaya – ??
Lacey Schwimmer – Unlikely
Louis Van Amstel – ?
Chelsie Hightower – ?
Corky Ballas – ?
Karina Smirnoff – OUT
Edyta Sliwinska – OUT (pregnant)
Tony Dovolani – OUT
Brittany Cherry – ??
Britt Stewart – ??
Alan Bersten – ??
Hayley Ebert – ??
Shannon Holtzapffel – ??
Dennis Jauch – ??
Kiril Kulish – ??
DWTS Cheryl Burke And Witney Carson Attend iHeart80s Party , Past Rumored Celeb Ricky Shroder Pictured With Witney
Dancing With The Stars Cheryl Burke and Witney Carson attended the iHeart80s Party and looking so cute. Also, note how Ricky Shroder was pictured with Witney. As regulars to the site know, he’s been asked to dance in the past. My juices are flowing. What I’d give for him to say “yes” if they asked him to dance again this season. I love the idea of him dancing with Witney too. Click on the photos to see more photos if interested.
Today on the Steve Harvey Show, Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson talks of her new dance wear collection. You can also see her dancing a little when she helps with a romantic surprise proposal. It’s good to see her again.
Dancing With The Stars Witney carson and her hubby attended the 102.7 KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball 2016 Artist Gift Lounge. Below are some sweet shots from Getty Images. Click on the photos to see even more.
Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson, Derek Hough, And More Featured In 2016 December issue of NKD Magazine
Dancing With The Stars Witney Carson and Derek Hough are featured in the 2016 December issue of NKD Magazine. Don’t miss seeing the issue HERE or you can click the link below. Beautiful.
— NKD MAG (@NKDmag) December 1, 2016
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I often like the Finale – but I often find it to be jammed with pointless filler while we wait an absurdly long time to find out who wins. Which way will it feel tonight? I bet wine would help….
So far, I’m seeing a lot of stuff that looks rehashed either from earlier this season, or last thanksgiving’s season. Cuz Mandy.
No Derek in the pro dance, not a surprise, I guess. He should have known the choreo from earlier this season. 🙂
James redoing my favorite dance of his…or one of them anyway. 🙂
After the obligatory VT of early season happenings, we have Andy Grammar singing while Allison and Keo do a dance that starts out kinda strange.
Next up, Calvin and Lindsay – great dance from them, as per usual. Marilu on All Access, in All Access Update.
I love Maureen with all the men, including Babyface and Ryan!! That was fun, the lucky woman.
A pro dance that starts out as a bump and grind – shocking right?? I do like the colorful leotards though.
Of course Laurie and Val pick the dance that’s all about Maks and Val as their favorite. I question if they really picked it…
Very nice that they went to the Children’s hospital.
All Access Update – watching the Grove cam and that floor they’re on is very slippery.
OMG….this song makes me freakin’ SOB every damn time. And this beautiful dance to go with it. Jenna’s dress was hot. Glad she didn’t the whole song and make my eyes hurt. 🙂
Love me some Babyface as well – so Smoooooth.
Rick Perry has gone insane in a wonderful, wonderful way. 🙂
Okay Calvin and James just MADE what I though was going to be a boring guy strip number. And Ryan was there too? Cool. that was fun.
Terra being hilarious on the Grove Cam on All Access. Marilu trying not to bust her ass on the slippery floor.
And we are getting NO Derek tonight. :::sigh::: At least I get him twice on Thanksgiving. I don’t mean that to sound dirty. 😉 Seriously, they need to move inside – that floor is dangerous.
Maks trying real hard not to be a hypocrite on All Access about Laurie being an Olympian. He’s failing, of course.
Sorry, I’m finding All Access more interesting than the actual show. Which I see we are exploiting Laurie’s grief again. Goodie.
Okay this has cool potential with Fikshun in it. Don’t get the Jenna love though. Oooo…the ladies in pink look lovely. Sugar plum fairies?
Gee, look at Maks dancing with the cool little girl that no one on this show has ever danced with before. :::snark:::
Wow, the DWTS Tour finally made it to Radio City? Wow, wonder if they sell it out. And what’s this about a “Major Cast Announcement?”
Yeah, the order they just announced them in doesn’t bode well for James. I’ve seen it too many times.
Beautiful fusion from James – lovely. Seemed like he had both elements in there.
Julianne’s dress looks beautiful, what I can see of it.
Fun dance from Calvin and Lindsay – but man, CAI is just an idiot. Shut up already!
Judges are not going to change the results, since Laurie can’t get higher than 10s. She’ll get a 40. Why watch?
Well, if the judges gush over that too much they’ll look ridiculous. Okay who am I kidding. The one lift was messy as hell, but they’ll completely ignore it.
And that’s it – Laurie’s gonna win. CAI is acting the moron and we know what that means.
But Len didn’t do his “You should win” to Laurie, so maybe there’s hope.
Geez, Jana sings just like she dances – kinda flat yet over wrought.
I’m thinking that the exploitation certainly helped her.
Now…for third place: Calvin and Lindsay
AND THE WINNER IS….Laurie and Val. Congrats to Laurie – she’s a cutie.
And that, ladies and gentlemen is why I can’t take Val. Always the attention hog. Laurie’s moment, dude. Just…STFU.
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What kind of fresh hell will I have to endure this evening??
The obligatory kinda silly opening. Non-actors reading lines. 🙂
Calvin and Lindsay up first….agree with Lindsay, CAI totally screwed them over. That was utterly ridiculous.
They’ve done some version of “watching video” nearly every season in the final or semi-final. Think this is the first time that they’ve looked at their OWN video.
Beautiful V. Waltz. Only complaint I had didn’t really have to do with them but the stupid “no lift” rule that makes it incredibly awkward to do some moves because Lindsay is trying so hard to keep her feet on the ground. And CAI is just enough the bitch to call it in the finale too.
Agree with Len on all but the footwork. OH FOR GOD’S SAKE!!! Her foot did not come off. My god save me from CAI and her moronic behavior. Ridiculous.
Another Jana package that consists of wahhh whaaaa wahhh….
Dance was going pretty well until she missed a couple steps in the middle and then there was that LIFT. It was just messy towards the end. And the middle.
Agree with Julianne wholeheartedly. At least CAI saw her lift too…but if she get’s a nine from CAI she’s an idiot. OH HELL YES LEN!!! Where have you been for 23 seasons?
Calvin really got hosed – same score as Jana and his dance was MUCH better. She was so messy and got called out for it by Julianne, yet gets the same score with more raves. So, is he moving on to tomorrow and they want to keep him down?
The attempt to turn Val into Derek continues. Too bad he sounds so insincere. And can’t really choreograph very well.
Good dancing from Laurie although there’s something going on with how she bends – I guess it’s gymnast body. It also felt more like a Tango than a Paso. Bit of a sync issue at the end. Great back kick in there – but no surprise. Gymnast.
Lot’s of gushing…odd that CAI can see those feet come off the ground but completely miss the sync issue. Peeked on twitter and saw Courtney saw it too.
Wow…this is interesting scoring.
Why do we have a musical performance BEFORE the last dance of the round?? And will this affect voting – we know large chunks of the audience might not have the best attention span.
LOL Sharna. Love Helio…that was fun.
Okay, that was an EXCELLENT foxtrot!! So smooth, beautiful….very well done.
I didn’t see the stumble at all…interesting that the producers had it all cued up to replay it. I think he should still get at least one 10 – Laurie did and she had issues as well.
Erin, shut up. Okay, same score as Laurie? I’ve lost track. Crap, Laurie got TWO 10’s?? Right. :::sigh::: The judges are ranking. Laurie #1, James #2 – gotta get voting. Quite sure that Sharna can kill Val in a freestyle, but it probably won’t matter.
I can’t decide if this stealth cam is set up or true stealth. I saw them set it up for Derek and Marilu, but this looked stealth. I still wonder though.
So far, this looks like all of Jana’s dances. the teacher is an interesting idea, but I’m not sure it really adds anything. Oh, they’re having some trouble with it…it’s getting in the way.
Okay, at the end I have to say that wasn’t a very good freestyle. It started out okay, but got very messy with the tether and it just was…weird.
Oh Jules, you’re being kind. That scarf didn’t work. Props to Gleb for trying it, but it really didn’t work. Maybe if they had another week of rehearsal.
Ah poor Gleb. Now he’s making me cry. Nine’s are nothing to be ashamed of. Hey, Val – that was real emotion. Take notes.
Lindsay scares me. 🙂 Calvin is so awesome. I love him. 🙂
NOW THAT WAS A FREESTYLE!!! That was fantastic, brilliant and amazing – and it actually had stuff I haven’t seen before with the treadmills. Just amazing. Perfect. If it doesn’t get a perfect score, the fix is in.
THAT was really good. Lindsay takes the lead as best female choreographer in on DWTS. By a long shot. Sharna and Val have a shit ton of work to do. Wow. Mind. Blown.
Damn straight that’s a perfect score. That’s what I want to see in a freestyle.
The La La Land dance was pretty cool. Why is Mandy so uneven in her choreography? I know all choreographers have bad dances but she seems more uneven than most.
Geez, Val. You want to talk to America? Try bringing some authenticity to your choreography and your packages. People WILL buy what you’re selling if it’s authentic. But I don’t get that from you.
Okay…fun, happy, happy freestyle. But nothing earth shattering or terribly exciting. Don’t get me wrong – it didn’t suck. And it’s not a freestyle that would cost her the win, but…
I’ll be disappointed if this gets a perfect score. It would normally be a 40 dance, I think….but it’s so far below Calvin’s in my opinion. His was more difficult and more innovative. There was just nothing new or exciting. But part of the problem is the allowing of props, extra dancers, etc during the regular season.
Oh shut UP, Val! Dang, you ruin it every time!
Hmmmm….not sure how I feel about that freestyle. I think it was very different. The voice over worked, I think. It was very well danced. It was NOT cliche. I think the music was perfectly chosen.
Julianne says “one of best freestyles ever” – don’t think I agree with that. It was very good. I dunno, I think I have to sit on this one for a bit. It’s something I’m going to have to mull over. I hope the audience doesn’t have to mull it over. I think, judging by the scoring and the comments, that James has a real shot to win this. Not sure that dance was enough. I think it beats Laurie on emotion though.
So, I’m wrong AGAIN!! But happy to be wrong. 😉 Only working at 70% this season. In case you didn’t guess, Jana and Gleb are eliminated – and they knew it too.
Very interesting, having James last to be called safe. I suspect they’re trying to suppress Calvin’s vote. Much the way Marilu was always called safe fairly early, they’re trying to lull Calvin’s fans into complacency. Not sure if Calvin being there really hurts James or not…I guess we find out tomorrow.
In closing….yes, I will do a new post tomorrow night and yes, I’m working on the numbers as we speak…It’s a toss up folks. If not for the running order and the filler, Calvin would have a real shot with his great freestyle. As he should. But because of the nitpicking all season, the scoring and the filler, I think it comes down to Laurie and James – and it’s not a sure thing either way. VOTE!!