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Quick Dancing with the Stars Partner Round Up

I’m sure I’m missing a ton of things that are happening with all the various stars and professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars 8.  However, the traditional Hollywood media always covers every little bit of Dancing with the Stars.  I just can’t reasonably keep up.

Despite this major backup, I figured I’d cover a couple things I’d read recently that I thought were interesting about the coming season of Dancing with the Stars.

Let’s start with this video of the handsome actor Gilles Marini and 2 time winner Cheryl Burke on ET:

I love that Cheryl Burke basically rips Gilles Marini for having a bad memory. Kind of surprising since actors should have a good memory after memorizing all those scripts.

Cheryl and Gilles also reveal that Cha Cha is their first dance.

On to Jewel…

I think one of the best reads throughout this season of Dancing with the Stars is going to be Jewel’s blog. I only wish that it was a real blog and not some custom thing, but I’ll leave the tech for my other blog.

Check out a couple recent posts about Jewel’s pain in her knee:

I guess I really over did it on the rehearsal front! My knees have been hurting so badly that I finally broke down and talked to Ty’s knee doctor yesterday. He said I have tendonitis in my knees and that I have to start a course of medicine to try and bring the swelling down. Yuck! It’s mainly my left knee, and I can’t believe I hurt it so badly… Ty warned me I was over doing it, and now he got a big ol’ ‘I told you so’ in. The worst part is that I can’t rehearse for the next couple days. It was just so fun to dance 8 hours a day- especially considering I only had 3 weeks to cram not only for my first dance- cha cha, but to learn the fundamentals of about 6 other dances that I will have to know. But now I’m just worried I won’t even be able to dance! Hopefully these steroids will really do the trick and I can keep bad flare ups at a bay in the future.

Looks like Jewel will be dancing a Cha Cha at the DWTS premiere. I wonder if she’ll have to be tested for performance enhancing drugs (steroids) before she can compete.

You’ll also love this tidbit where Jewel says she’d happily lose Dancing with the Stars in return for being pregnant.

yesterday on the Billy Bush show, Ty said that he thinks his best chance of beating me is if I get pregnant during the show so I would be too tired to dance! Talk about a strategy! Haha… Of course, that would be fine with me if it did happen, so either way would be a win!

Belind Carlisle is comparing herself to Marie Osmond’s experience on DWTS:

Belinda is also taking a page from former “Dancing with the Stars” competitor Marie Osmond in that she has the same partner, is on the NutriSystem diet and will be juggling concert dates at the same time she is on the hit ABC series.

“I figure if Marie can do this and shows at the same time so can I. She’s my role model right now,” she says. Then she jokes, “I can eat a lot more NutriSystem snacks now. It all helps and I love to eat.”

I wonder if Belinda will decide to faint like Marie as well.

Finally, a few quick hits about Shawn Johnson on DWTS.

At 4 feet, 10 inches, Shawn Johnson, who turned 17 in January, was sure that her height would keep her from competing on the hit ABC series, so she says she was honored and surprised when they came to her with an offer.

She has been paired with Mark Ballas, who won the competition with Kristi Yamaguchi — also an Olympic gold medalist, but says that he had to ask her to wear three-inch heels in order for them to partner up.
“I am used to being barefoot [to perform gymnastics], so it is awkward,” she admits.

Shawn admits that she’s used to long hours in the gym and so that helps when doing the long hours on the dance floor. She also said that her first dance will be a Viennese Waltz.

Finally, don’t expect Shawn Johnson to be sharing any outfits with Edyta.

“They’ve actually said that since I’m younger I have to be a little more covered up than usual, just to make sure it’s age appropriate, which I don’t have a problem with, I’m used to being in a leotard, that’s pretty revealing,” she says.

“Dancing with the Stars” premieres Monday, March 9 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

February 27, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dmitry Chaplin and Chelsie Hightower Join DWTS Professionals

I’ve been fascinated with the interaction of dancers between Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance for a while now. Not only do I have a website that covers So You Think You Can Dance, but my regular readers might remember my previous post that contained a video of Nigel Lythgoe talking about Chelsie Hightower possibly being on Dancing with the Stars. My favorite line from Nigel in that video was when he said, “these kids have to work, so yeah I’m ok with her being on Dancing with the Stars.”

Well, it looks like Nigel Lythgoe (producer of So You Think You Can Dance) wasn’t just saying that off hand. Now Chelsie Hightower and Dmitry Chaplin were both announced as part of the latest Dancing with the Stars professionals. You can check out what I’ve written about Chelsie on So You Think You Can Dance and of course Dmitry on So You Think You Can Dance.

Funny thing is I remember them both very well. Dmitry Chaplin was most well known for taking his shirt off. Cat Deeley (host of So You Think You Can Dance) always liked to point out his either lack of shirt or wide open shirt. I have a feeling that Dancing with the Stars will make the most of that feature as well. However, Dmitry has actually been back on So You Think You Can Dance (including the Canadian version I believe) as a choreographer. So, Dmitry knows how to choreograph as well as he knows how to dance. Dmitry and Jewel will make a fantastic looking pair that will be stunningly beautiful to watch with amazing lines.

Chelsie Hightower on the other hand was a really odd character on So You Think You Can Dance. No one can argue that she was stunningly beautiful with some of the most distinct moves I’ve seen on the dance floor. When she was on the dance floor she was incredible to watch. However, back stage she was quite a bit of a tom boy and if I remember right she loved to burp all the time. I might have to go back and watch the video to make sure, but I’m pretty confident it was her. I believe her partner described her as one of the guys backstage and then this sexy fireball on stage (definitely not an exact quote, but you get the idea). Chelsie and Ty Murray will be an interesting partnership. Ty better hope that Chelsie’s fame from So You Think You Can Dance helps him get some votes, because I’m not sure many rodeo fans are going to be on the phones voting for him.

I’m very excited to see Chelsie and Dmitry on Dancing with the Stars. They are great additions to the show. Alongside Lacey Schwimmer, So You Think You Can Dance ballroom dancers are taking over as the professionals on Dancing with the Stars. Makes sense that the producers would want to do this. So You Think You Can Dance contestants bring their own base of fans with them and that can’t do anything but help Dancing with the Stars be that much bigger.

February 17, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Julianne Hough Tour Dates with George Straight

44th Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards Nominations Announcement

Looks like Julianne Hough meant it when she said she wanted to focus more on her music and “that’s where her heart is.” While dancing with boyfriend Chuck Wicks, she’ll be singing at a whole bunch of tour stops along the way. My only disappointment is that she won’t be performing in her home town of Las Vegas (at least partially her home town).

Check out the various festivals and George Strait tour stops she’ll be visiting.

Buy Tickets to see Julianne Hough sing LIVE!

February 2009
27 – Tarboro, NC – Edgecombe Community College

March 2009
8 – Plant City, FL – Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds (Florida Strawberry Festival0
21 – Biloxi, MS – IP Casino, Resort and Spa Buy Tickets
27 – Astoria, OR – Liberty Theatre
28 – Snoqualmie, WA – Snoqualmie Casino Buy Tickets

April 2009
3 – Ivins, UT – Tuacahn Amphitheatre/Center for the Arts
11 – Green Cove Springs, FL – Clay County Agricultural Fair
18 – Auburn, AL – Parker Hill (Sticks Country Festival)
23 – Huntington, WV – Veterans Memorial Field House Buy Tickets
24 – Marietta, OH – Marietta College

May 2009
15 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (with George Strait)
16 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Paviion (with George Strait)
22 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center (with George Strait)
23 – Tucson, AZ – Desert Diamond Casino (with George Strait) Buy Tickets
26 – Huntington, WV – Veterans Memorial Field House Buy Tickets
29 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center (with George Strait)
30 – Mansfield, MA – Comcast Center (with George Strait)Buy Tickets

June 2009
12 – Virginia Beach, VA – Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater (with George Strait) Buy Tickets
13 – Gadsden, AL – Gadsden RiverFest (Gadsden RiverFest) Buy Tickets
19 – Buffalo, NY – Coca-Cola Field
25 – Manhattan, KS – Tuttle Creek State Park (Country Stampede)
27 – Oshkosh, WI – Country USA
29 – Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater (Summerfest)

July 2009
4 – Fort Bragg, NC – Parade Grounds
5 – Lancaster, PA – American Music Theatre
11 – Rhinelander, WI – Hodag Country Festival
12 – Craven, Saskatchewan – Qu’Appelle Valley (Craven Country Jamboree)
17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Usana Amphitheatre (with George Strait)
18 – Cheyenne, WY – Frontier Park (Cheyenne Frontier Days)
21 – Goshen, IN – Elkhart County Fairgrounds (Elkhart County Fair)
24 – Noblesville, IN – Verizon Wireless Music Center (with George Strait) Buy Tickets
25 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (with George Strait) Buy Tickets
31 – Janesville, WI – Rock County 4-H Fair

August 2009
8 – Houston, TX – Reliant Stadium Buy Tickets
15 – Tuscon, AZ – Desert Diamond Casino Buy Tickets
17 – Niagara Falls, ON – The Avalon Ballroom Theatre at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort Buy Tickets

September 2009
13 – Jackson, CA – Jackson Rancheria Casino and Hotel Buy Tickets
15 – Puyallup, WA – The Puyallup Fair and Events Center Buy Tickets
16 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom Buy Tickets
18 – Tulare, CA – Tulare County Fairgrounds (Tulare County Fair)
19 – Palmdale, CA – Palmdale Amphitheatre

February 13, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars 2009 Couples

I previously made my DWTS Season 8 Couples suggestions. Today they made the official announcement of the couples for season 8 of Dancing with the Stars. Check out the pairings below and then go vote for your favorite DWTS star.

Belinda Carlisle is paired with Jonathan Roberts
Singer and Band Member of The Go-Go’s

David Alan Grier is paired with Kym Johnson
Actor and Comedian

Jewel is paired with Dmitry Chaplin

Shawn Johnson is paired with Mark Ballas
2008 Gold Medalist Olympic Gymnast

Lil’ Kim is paired with Derek Hough
Grammy Award Winning Rapper

Gilles Marini is paired with Cheryl Burke
Sex and the City Actor

Ty Murray is paired with Chelsie Hightower
Rodeo Champion

Steve-O is paired with Lacey Schwimmer
Jackass and Wildboyz Reality Star

Nancy O’Dell is paired with Tony Dovolani
Access Hollywood Co-Anchor

Denise Richards is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Television and Film Actress

Lawrence Taylor is paired with Edyta Sliwinska
Retired NFL Linebacker

Chuck Wicks is paired with Julianne Hough
Country Singer

Steve Wozniak is paired with Karina Smirnoff
Apple Co-Founder and Philanthropist

February 12, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Quick Hitting Dancing with the Stars News, Interviews and Rumors

Looks like I was right about my prediction that Mark Ballas Jr will be with Shawn Johnson. Check out these pictures of Mark and Shawn at their first Dancing with the Stars practice:
Shawn Johnson practices for Dancing With the Stars      Shawn Johnson practices for Dancing With the Stars

A Night For Change Benefit

Maks also talked about Shawn Johnson being on the show along with pleading the fifth about Julianne Hough paired with Chuck Wicks: What sort of unique challenges face Shawn Johnson, who is just 4-foot-10?
Chmerkovskiy: I actually think her main challenge is that she’s so young [age 17] in a big girl’s world, so to speak. Her challenge will be to spice things up if the judges say that she’s too quiet and calm. But we all saw her at the Olympics — she’s amazing and focused and determined. A very hard worker. She could break into a tumbling pass in the middle of a Paso Doble!
Chmerkovskiy: Oh, she could do a cha-cha on her hands! We’re kind of guessing that she’ll be paired up with Mark [Ballas], and he’s crazy with the [choreography]. Some are speculating that dancing as a team could be tough on Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks, her country singer-boyfriend. But I think if DWTS has shown us anything, it’s that it cultivates romance. They could come out of this stronger.
Chmerkovskiy: I don’t want to start the season with a usual Maks rant, so I’m going to plead the fifth on that pairing!

Maks is great. Probably the best interview on the show. Anyone have a connection with Maks? I’d love to interview him for this blog.

Maks told People these 2 little nuggets:

“Planning the proposal was the most nerve-wracking thing of my life,” Chmerkovskiy, 29, tells People magazine.

The couple plans to wed in late 2009 and Chmerkovskiy said the they definitely are looking forward to starting a family. “Our kids would be rock stars,” he told People. “They’re going to be like royalty.”

Finally, check out this short video from the Dancing with the Stars tour finale in Philly. Derek (and other dancers) pulls a lucky fan out of the crowd for a little spin spin and dip on the dance floor.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Vote for Your Favorite Dancing with the Stars Season 8 Star

UPDATE: Vote for the Dancing with the Stars 2009 finale couples.

Now that we know the full Dancing with the Stars cast, it’s time to see which of the stars are your favorite. Vote for your favorite Dancing with the Stars star in the poll below. You can only vote for one DWTS star. I wonder which star will garner the most votes.

Let us know why they’re your favorite in the comments. Also, I’d love to hear who you think will be their professional partner.

February 11, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Picture of Steve Wozniak Practicing for Dancing with the Stars

Tonight on twitter I saw a number of people post a recently released picture of Steve Wozniak practicing for Dancing with the Stars. It looks like the picture was posted on the Seattle Times. Check out this picture of Woz preparing for Dancing with the Stars.

How great is it going to be to have Woz on Dancing with the Stars? More on that soon.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

DWTS 2009 Couples Update

UPDATE: Check out the latest on Dancing with the Stars Season 8.

I previously posted my mostly sarcastic (and hopefully funny) Dancing with the Stars 2009 couples suggestions.  It looks like only 2 of the couples have officially been announced.  GMA had Denise Richards on the show this morning and introduced her to her partner Maks.  It was kind of fun to see Denise see her partner for the first time.  It was also funny that Denise and her house/family have affectionately named Maks, Maksy Pooh.  This looks like it could be fun.  She seems like the exact opposite of hard core Maks.  I can’t wait for their first confrontation.

The second couple People announced was Chuck Wicks and Julianne Hough.  Imagine that!

Ok, so Chuck and Julianne being together isn’t a surprise at all.  Should be interesting to watch.  My wife and I went to the finale of the last season of Dancing with the Stars (thanks Julianne’s mom) and we had a chance to meet Chuck and Julianne backstage.  It was cute to see their young love.  We also were able to chat for a second with Chuck Wicks and he was super laid back and nice.  We’ll definitely be cheering for them both.

Here’s the picture we took at last year’s finale with Chuck Wicks.  Let’s hope he’s at the finale of next year holding up the mirror ball trophy.

Chuck Wicks at Dancing with the Stars Finale

Chuck Wicks at Dancing with the Stars Finale

An ABC spokesperson says the remaining professional dancer/celebrity pairings will be announced on Thursday, February 12.

Dancing with the Stars eighth season premieres March 9 on ABC.

February 9, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars 2009 Couples Suggestions

Tonight, they announced the official Dancing with the Stars cast. They still haven’t announced the couples that will be dancing on Dancing with the Stars 2009. Until we hear the official announcement of couples, here’s my take on who might be good partners for the stars on Dancing with the Stars 2009. To make things simple, I just used the professionals from last season even though I’m pretty sure that at least a couple of the professional dancers will be different this season as well.

Chuck Wicks and Lacey Schwimmer just because just think how jealous Julianne would be if this happens. Actually I’ll be surprised if Chuck dances with anyone other than Julianne Hough. I know if I were Julianne I wouldn’t let Chuck dance on the show without me. However, that pick was too easy so I took Lacey to replace Julianne.

Denise Richards and Alec Mazo because Alec always seems to get really attractive stars for his partners. I wonder if that’s just to make Edyta jealous.

Gilles Marini and Inna Brayer because people barely know Gilles Marini and they barely know Inna Brayer. Sounds like a perfect match for failure to me.

Lawrence Taylor and Karina Smirnoff because she deserves to be with a popular football player. Too bad Lawrence Taylor isn’t really all that popular and is way past his prime. He’s definitely not Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice or Jason Taylor. Too bad Karina, another year of not doing very well.

Lil’ Kim and Corky Ballas just because it would be the funniest looking couple. Actually, I’m guessing Corky won’t be back for this season, but just imagine him and Lil’ Kim together and you’ll realize that Dancing with the Stars is actually a comedy.

Nancy O’Dell and Maks Chmerkovskiy because they would just make the best couple. 2 beautiful and tall dancers would be great to watch.

Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas Jr. since Shawn is really short and Mark is probably the shortest professional dancer.

Steve-O and Edyta Sliwinska because Edyta always loves to make the oddest faces when her partners do something weird. Just wait to see her reactions after being around Steve-O.

Steve Wozniak and Kym Johnson because Kym always gets screwed by having a partner that can’t dance. Plus, just having Woz and Kym together would make nerds all over the world proud to be a nerd.

Belinda Carlisle and Tony Dovolani because Tony always seems to get stuck with the old ladies. Not that Belinda’s that old, but this group is relatively young.

David Alan Grier and Cheryl Burke because David is likely to come up with something like “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” and Cheryl will wonder how she went from winning so many mirror ball trophies to this. Plus, the producers won’t want Cheryl to win too many times and so this would pretty much guarantee she won’t.

Ty Murray and Julianne Hough since Ty seems to like country singers.

Jewel and Derek Hough because 2 beautiful blonds provide an interesting story. Blonds might be stupid, but I’m guessing that Derek and Jewel would prove that blonds can dance!

As you can tell, this was a real scientific method for selecting the possibly Dancing with the Stars season 8 couples.

I Written By

Better known as Charlie.

Dancing with the Stars Season 8 Cast Announced

NOTICE: Check out all the Dancing with the Stars music.

I’ve previously speculated about the Dancing with the Stars Cast rumors and Dancing with the Stars Cast suggestions.  Tonight, ABC has been dropping the names of the official Dancing with the Stars Season 8 cast.  I’ll update this post with the latest Dancing with the Stars cast as they’re announced on ABC.

Chuck Wicks, Country Singer

Denise Richards, Actress

Gilles Marini, Sex and the City Actor

Lawrence Taylor, Retired NFL Linebacker

Lil’ Kim, Grammy Award Winning Rapper

Nancy O’Dell, Access Hollywood Co-Host

Shawn Johnson, 2008 Olympic Gymnast

Steve-O, Jackass Performer

Steve Wozniak, Apple founder and Leader of the Nerds

Belinda Carlisle, Singer

David Alan Grier, Actor

Ty Murray, PBR Bull Rider and Cowboy

Jewel, Singer and Songwriter

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February 8, 2009 I Written By

Better known as Charlie.