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DWTS Season 11 – The Initial Press Reaction, Part I

It’s widely variable, from what I can see.

First, the press conference that Marianya so thoughtfully transcribed.

Watch with Kristin, from E!:

Warning: David Hasselhoff Thinks Dancing With the Stars Is a Dating Show
We just chatted up the new “stars” of Dancing With the Stars after last night’s big cast announcement and have some things you must know. Like, for starters, not only is Sarah Palin herself expected in the audience (unless she can see the stage from Alaska?) to cheer on her daughter Bristol, but David Hasselhoff’s partner should be afraid—very afraid…

Unless she’s totally crushing on The Hoff!

‘Cause apparently he is crushing on her. Big time.

We can’t yet reveal who David’s partner is, but he does tell us the first thing he did when he was cast on the show: He asked his daughters whether she’s single.

Damn. Wish I would have thought of that “seeing the stage from Alaska” crack. GOOD ONE. 🙂

E! has paparazzi video! Take note of who is with Mark and who remains amazingly, shockingly SILENT. 😉

Here’s an excerpt of the article that goes with E! video:

Bristol Palin, though, did make it to the party, and she left her baby Tripp at home.

But that doesn’t mean he won’t be seen on the set. “She’s bringing him to set with her Tuesday for the first time,” a source tells me.

And get this: Bristol, who’s paired with Mark Ballas, supposedly drove herself all the way to from Wasilla to Los Angeles with her baby in tow.

“She’s actually a very sweet girl,” one insider says.

Audrina Patridge was one of the last people to leave to the party and stayed behind to hang with her partner Tony Dovolani and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

While Audrina’s probably a little easier to handle than Tony’s last partner, Kate Gosselin, insiders are already pegging Audrina as “the new Kim Kardashian.” As in, she looks hot in skimpy costumes but can’t really dance.

I recommend reading the whole articles since I may not include something you want to see. 🙂

Here’s a new category for Courtney…from MTV:

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Carries On Tradition Of Casting MTV Stars
New castmembers the Situation and Audrina Patridge join the ranks of Steve-O, Kelly Osbourne and Drew Lachey.

While we won’t know how Patridge or the Situation will fair until the first step is executed when the show premieres in three weeks, they both have a lot to live up to. MTV stars repeatedly show up as castmembers on “Dancing With the Stars,” and while their level of success has been mixed, they always leave an impression.

One of them even won once. Drew Lachey, the former member of 98 Degrees and a staple on the hit MTV reality show “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” took home the mirror-ball trophy back in February of 2006. In the finals, Lachey narrowly beat out Jerry Rice (the former NFL wide receiver and a big fan favorite) and Stacy Keibler (a former WWE performer who has a bit of MTV history of her own — she appeared on the wrestling promotion’s “Heat” show on MTV at the beginning of the decade).

Niecy talks to MTV about the new cast:

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Alum Sizes Up Bristol Palin, The Situation
‘The Situation seems very disciplined,’ Niecy Nash tells MTV News of the ‘Jersey Shore’ star’s famous abs.

MTV News caught up with last season’s sassy comic relief, Niecy Nash, who offered a few thoughts on the new castmembers — namely Palin and “Jersey Shore” standout Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino.

” ‘Dancing With the Stars’ is the hardest and most fun thing I’ve ever done,” she said. “I will tell you, for people who are untrained, it is a challenge.”

Nash added that if Sorrentino’s dedication to his famous stomach muscles is any indication, he might have the stamina to stay on the show for a while. “The Situation seems very disciplined,” Nash said. “You gotta do something to get 45 abs. So maybe he has what it takes to stick with it.”

Nash worried that juggling long rehearsals and taking care of baby Tripp could prove to be a challenge for Bristol.

“Bristol, you know, she’s been through a lot,” Nash said of Sarah Palin’s 20-year-old daughter. “It might be hard on her. But, you know, if you could get together with Levi [Johnston], you ought to be able to do anything,” she joked.

The Wall Street Journal! 🙂 They handicap the race for the mirrorball and make a few good points. Click to read all of it.

Bristol Palin, Florence Henderson, Margaret Cho, Kurt Warner, Kyle Massey and the New Cast of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 11: Who Will Win?

Most of the contestants on the new season of “Dancing with the Stars” aren’t really stars, of course, but “Dancing with the Formerly Notable” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. ABC recently announced the new cast for the coming season of the show and it includes such semi-famous folks as Bristol Palin, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino, David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson, Audrina Patridge, Margaret Cho, Kurt Warner, Kyle Massey, and Jennifer Grey. The 11th season of the show begins on September 20. Who will will? Here’s Speakeasy’s pre-season analysis:

Entertainment Weekly scopes out the competition with a slideshow:

‘Dancing With the Stars’: Sizing Up the New Cast
Who’s got the inside track on ballroom glory this fall? See our scouting reports, weigh in by voting in our polls

Occupation: Having spectacular abs on reality smash Jersey Shore
Outlook: The Sitch has definitely found his niche — said spectacular abs will benefit him at least as much on Dancing as it does on Shore. Even better, he’ll come with his own spray tan.

The Washington Post

Bristol Palin’s next step: The next edition of ‘Dancing With the Stars’

The teenager joins mom Sarah, who has a reality series on TLC debuting in November, and Bristol’s baby-daddy Levi Johnston, who is shopping around a reality series in which he runs for mayor of Wasilla, Alaska.

Bristol is going to dance circles around Mom and Levi in the ratings: “Dancing” has recently become an “American Idol”-esque ratings behemoth, thanks to some very savvy casting.

ABC made the “Dancing” Season 11 cast announcement Monday night during two interludes in a two-hour episode of “Bachelor Pad,” in which a bevy of hot men and women make a mockery of the abstinence that Bristol is all about these days, in order to win a $250,000 purse.


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DWTS Season 11 – My Guess at the Pairings

Or is it a wishlist?? 🙂 For the most part, I’m just ecstatic that Derek is on the show, so everything else is gravy. Frankly, I think everyone should look at it that way, since there are a good number of professionals that did not make the cut. But that’s just me. 😉

Here are my guesses as to who is with who. Although the Bristol/Mark thing is no longer a guess – from what I understand the two of them were on GMA together. Also, the Jennifer/Derek thing is no longer a guess, since there are pictures out there of the two of them together….and, well, this:

Who’s Dancing?

No. Celebrity Age Height Height Professional
1. Brandy 31 5ft 7in 6ft. 2in. Maks Chmerkovskiy
2.Jennifer Grey 50 5’3″ 5ft. 10in. Derek Hough
3. Margaret Cho 41 5ft 5in 5ft. 7.5in. Louis Van Amstel
4. Audrina Patridge 25 5ft 7.5in 6ft. 1in. Tony Dovolani
5. Florence Henderson 76 5ft 3in 5ft. 8in. Corky Ballas
6. Bristol Palin 19 5ft. 3in. 5ft. 8in. Mark Ballas
7. Michael Bolton 56 5ft 10in 5ft. 3in. Chelsie Hightower
8. Mike Sorrentino 27 ?? 5ft. 4in. Anna Trebunskaya
9. David Hasselhoff 58 6ft 4in 5ft. 7in. Kym Johnson
10. Kurt Warner 39 6ft 2in 5ft. 5in. Karina Smirnoff
11. Kyle Massey 19 5ft 6in 5ft. 3in. Lacey Schwimmer
12. Rick Fox 41 6ft 7in 5ft. 4in. Cheryl Burke
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DWTS 11: Press Conference

So after the announcement and a few questions for most of us television watchers we went back to whatever show we were tortured to watch. But the Q&A continued and here is a transcript of that Q&A.

First Access Hollywood got a chance to ask a couple of questions…

Access Hollywood: I understand, Florence, you campaigned the hardest to get this position. What did you actually do for them to call you and say ‘ok we want you on’?

Florence: I took all my clothes off. No, uh, I have loved this show since it began. I absolutely love it, I’ve been in the audience so many times and I was never asked, really. But they would leak every year that I was going to do it.

Tom: Luckily this season we didn’t have to worry about that at all. Those pesky leaks.

Florence: I’m just so thrilled that they called me and I’m on it. It’s just fantastic for me.

Access Hollywood: One last question before I give the microphone to my colleagues. First of all I’m Shawn Robinson from Access Hollywood.

Florence: We know you.

Access Hollywood: David, who has better abs, you or the Situation?

David: Well we would just have to find out. You just have to watch.

Brooke: I think Maks is gonna wanna chime into that one too.

Tom: Yeah, probably.

Yes, let’s all blow up Maksim head more than it already has. Any more hot air perhaps it’ll explode. Don’t get me wrong I love Maks, but please don’t feed his ego, it’s gotten so big that if I ever get a chance to see him again, I would love to prick him with a pin just to see if some air would escape. 😀

Anyway, the hosts asked a couple of questions.

Brooke: Kurt, we had so many football players on the show that have done really well. Do you feel like that natural competitive nature gives you an advantage on the ballroom floor?

Kurt: I hope so. But I’m not so sure, I know that they have done well in the past. One thing I have to fall back on is the fact that I am the first quarterback. And so I’m the first non-athlete of the NFL players to actually get out on the dance floor. So we’ll see if it carries over, if I could meet the standard that they’ve already set.

Tom: So we have humility and the potential for nudity on this show in Season 11.

Tom: Margaret I almost asked a question about your partner, but I won’t because that’s going to be revealed later in the week. But what are you looking forward to most and least in the training.

Margaret: I’m really looking forward to just watching everybody dance. That’s the exciting thing, we know everybody from other things. So I’m excited to watch everyone and excited to learn it. I’ve never done any ballroom dancing, I’ve got some stripper moves, so maybe…

Brooke: Which could come in handy. Especially if you have to do the solo this year.

Margaret: Oh! So I’m magic on the pole. Watch out.

Brooke: Which also means she’s brave. Half the battle.

Tom: I’m really loving this season so far.

Yes pole dancing! Wahoo! You go girl, *whispers* oh, she was joking? *more whispers* seriously? Darn it. I was so hoping, maybe Michael Bolton learned a thing or two in his advanced years… wait, scratch that… imagination just went into overload. HELP! Anyway, Tom almost slipped and asked about her partner… any idea as to whom that could be?

So someone from the press by the name of “George” asked a couple of questions, I didn’t catch who he was working with.

George: This looks to me like the tallest season of Dancing with the Stars yet and then in the back row there sits Kyle. Kyle what is your strategy to take these three dudes on?

Kyle: Basically being the youngest, that means that I’m the hip one of the group.

Brooke: Young and bold.

Kyle: They’ve been throwing short jokes at me all backstage. We’re all going to dance our hearts off, but it’s just the battle of the best.

George: And before I pass the mic over, how many of you already fear the power that is America’s mom, Florence Henderson. By a show of hands. (Everyone raises their hand) Ok so Florence, everyone’s hand went up.

Florence: Well, let me just say Jennifer Grey was worried about being 50, I’m 76, so.

Yes yes yes, everyone made a gasping sound, shocked that she’s so well weathered. For the record I saw Christopher Knight and his wife Adrianne Curry at the Chicago Comic Con a couple of weekends back, signing autographs… and wow… how the time flies by. His wife is a reality star as well, the first winner of America’s Next Top Model as created by Tyra Banks. In any case, I’m rather glad they found someone in their 70s for the show, since that’s the age range that they have been missing thus far.

Back to the hosts…

Tom: Bristol what made you decide to do this?

Bristol: I wanted to get out of Alaska for a few weeks.

Tom: Oh really?

Brooke: We’re going to have to ask you in a few weeks if you still feel the same way.

Bristol: I know, I’m like melting. And I just wanted to get in shape and have a good time.

Now why is it that when I heard “melting” immediately I thought about the Wicked Witch of the West? I’m just saying.

Anyway, the Insider got their turn.

Chris Jacobs: Rick, there’s two athletes in the cast this season and you guys have hoisted championship trophies in the past. Any inner competition to outlast your fellow athlete, Rick?

Kurt: For me there is.

Rick: Kurt threw down the gauntlet in the back already. It’s hard not to compete, this is what we all are going to be doing. We’re going to be competing, not only to learn how to dance but also to hopefully hoist the trophy. It’s been eight years for me. So I’m looking forward to competing for it.

Ok, so a piece of trivia for you guys, there has only been one other NBA player that’s been on the show. Can you guess who it is? If you guessed Clyde Drexler you’d be right! His partner was Tony Dovolani’s professional partner, Elena Grinenko way back in Season 4. Now Clyde was in his 40s when he was on the show, and he had won an NBA championship with the Houston Rockets back in the mid-90s when Jordan decided to play baseball for a while. Rick won the championship three times with the L.A. Lakers in the new millennium, they are both small forwards though Clyde also played shooting guard… so the similarities are astounding. However, Clyde placed 8th out of 12 celebs in his season… would history repeat itself?

Anyway, next up.. AOL! Wait, since when did AOL have their own media outlet? Ugh, I feel old.

AOL: Mike from AOL. Without giving away who your partners are. Do any of you have input into who would be selected as your dancing instructor.

Kyle: I had no clue. It was completely just, “alright walk into that room and you’d meet your partner”. And I was like, “alright”.

AOL: Ok so ladies, you did not fight over who gets Maks

Florence: They are all so great. We would have been happy with anybody, really.

Margaret: I used “the secret” to get my partner.

Jennifer: I did campaign for Edyta, because I thought it would br good to have the first girl on girl… but I heard that she’s not willing.

Brooke: everyone’s bringing a little edge. I was actually going to ask you that, Brandy, were you hoping for someone in particular.

Brandy: I was just happy to be part of the cast, I didn’t really care I just wanted to learn how to dance

Again, enough with feeding Maks ego, his ego does not need to be fed anymore. I mean seriously. Why aren’t they talking about other pros on the show? I mean, yeah, the eye candy is amazing, but still.

And Jennifer wanting to have a girl on girl dance? Kind of like Steve Guttenburg with Jonathan Roberts on that tango… or rather the mango? You know, if you go to college ballroom dance competitions, you DO see some girl on girl dance partners on the floor. Totally legit. But Jennifer stumbled a couple of times towards the end, a couple of odd pauses… a clue perhaps? Or am I overanalyzing?

Anyway… back to the hosts.

Tom: Did you all start training with your respective partners? So you all started?

David: You guys have all started?

Girl: Yesterday.
Girl: Two days.
Guy: Somewhat

Brooke: Audrina, how do you feel that your experience working in reality is going to give you an advantage in this competition.

Audrina: I’m really nervous about performing in front of a live audience. Because with reality there maybe people around yet you’re filming and you know it’s going to be edited and that, this is going to be live and so it’s very different.

Tom: A little bit of a MTV smack down do you think?

Brooke: Does anyone have any dance experience?

Margaret: Strippers! Already said.

So it seems like training is a bit staggered for the celebs. Some started two days ago, other just the day before. Some already know their partners but haven’t worked with them yet… etc etc etc. I wonder why the need to stagger things?

Now In Touch had a chance to ask questions….

In Touch: Florence I’m just wondering, do you have any stipulations on costumes. Is there anything that you will not wear?

Florence: Not that I can think of, I’m so excited. I love doing new things, I love new challenges, whatever they want me to wear that I can keep on. I’m a little concerned because at my age your arms, you stop waving your arm keeps waving, things like that. So I’m sure they’ll take care of me. It’s the most fantastic costume show ever. I’m looking forward to it.

So why is the clothing question aimed at Florence? Oh, yeah, the skimpy tiny outfits. Well if Cloris is willing to work in them, Florence should be game.

Now it’s People Magazine‘s turn!

People: Brandy you have some experience in the entertainment industry, you’ve done lot of dancing. Do you think you have an added edge?

Brandy: Absolutely not, because the dancing that I’ve done is completely different than the dancing that we’re going to be dancing on the show.

Jennifer: What about that ballroom dancing you did on Cinderella?

Brandy: Girl that was camera faux

Brooke: Yeah, there’s no faking here on the show. It’s all the real thing

Wuh? You mean she didn’t actually dance in that movie! But I really liked that movie, *pouts*. So what did she and Paolo Montalban do during the Viennese Waltz sequence? Stand in the center of the room while the camera just circles around them with the background of dancers legitimately dancing to create the illusion of the two of them dancing? Ugh, sometimes I hate the movies.

So Ingrid from the Outside (has anyone heard of this magazine?) gets to put in her question.

Outside: Bristol, everybody we know from TV or movies or sports, a lot of America doesn’t know that much about you, what do you think people would be surprised about you and your personality?

Bristol: Like you said, a lot of people don’t know who I am. I hope people just realize that I’m a hard worker and that I’m going to put my heart into this and I’m just excited to be part of the cast.

Outside: Two of you were former judges on another reality show

David: Yeah, we’re in trouble

Outside: You’re in big trouble. How do you think that’s going to affect you being on the other side of the camera this time

David: it’s going to be awful. All the people that we voted off are going to buzz us out quick. They are just waiting.

Brandy: Thank god I was nice as a judge, and I’m glad I was only on there for one year. Sorry David.

David: Oh, oh no

Outside: Do you think it would make it more likely for you to talk back to the judges on this show.

Brandy: Yeah I’ve been talking back since I was a kid. So I probably will anyway.

David: I’m just going to smile alot, I’m just going to have fun. It’s all about fun, it’s a fun show, it reaches so many people at every age. It’s like America’s Got Talent, it’s the same thing, it’s good solid entertainment it’s what the world needs to watch. That’s why I’m here

Tom: From your lips to Nielsen’s ears.

Nice public ribbing between two ex-judges of another reality talent show. Anyone else find it odd that Dancing with the Stars got the two ex-judges of America’s Got Talent in the same season? How the heck did that happen? Or just one hell of a coincidence?

Now it’s Inside Edition‘s turn

Inside Edition: Pam Anderson we saw her last season on the show, did she give you any pointers for your appearance on this season? Did she give you any advice?

David: She just said, stand like this, and you’ll go far. I’ve been working on that. I saw her at the Central Comedy roast after she annihilated me and she goes, “I think you should do Dancing with the Stars” she said that she had a blast and she was never in better shape and she did really well, I actually voted for her, I thought she did great.

I have to find that central comedy roast that they were on. So that’s why David came on the show, because Pamela said, “go do this.” Man if all women had that kind of power…. 😀

And finally a question from Extra

Extra: Jennifer this if for you, from Dirty Dancing to Dancing with the Stars, do hope you get to perform I’ve had the Time of my Life.

Audrina: I do

Jennifer: I’m just really thinking about getting through the first dance at this point. I’m open to surviving on this thing honestly.

Audrina: Freestyle!

Personally I wouldn’t want Jennifer to recreate that dance in any capacity, not without Patrick Swayze… That dance should stay immortalized in the movies. But that’s just me. Besides I can’t think of anyone that I would want her to dance that dance with now… it would have a different feel no doubt.

Anyway… and there you have it… the Q&A that we didn’t get to see on television! There seems to be some good camaderie going already behind the scenes which is a good thing. What do you think?

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Dancing with the Stars Season 11 Rankings (Based on Twitter)

Tonight I was going to do an early ranking of the Dancing with the Stars season 11 cast. As I looked at it the list and looked at the late hour, I decided instead to post the rankings of the Dancing with the Stars season 11 cast based on the number of followers on Twitter that each star has. There were a couple Twitter accounts I couldn’t find, but I think these numbers will be interesting. Plus, we can look back after the show and see which star picked up the most Twitter followers after being on DWTS.

Also, be sure to check out the full list of Dancing with the Stars Twitter accounts. It’s been updated with all the Twitter accounts.

Audrina Patridge – 1,041,446
Brandy Norwood – 714,034
Mike Sorrentino – 186,304
Margaret Cho – 81,421
David Hasselhoff – 48,653
Rick Fox – 39,502
Kurt Warner – 33,023
Kyle Massey – 16,655
Michael Bolton – 2,792
Jennifer Grey – 126
Bristol Palin –
Florence Henderson –

Obviously, there’s a lot of factors that go into number of Twitter followers. For example Jennifer Grey just recently started hers. However, who would have guessed that Audrina Patridge would have over a million Twitter followers. Granted she’s hot, but that’s amazing (or sad depending on your point of view).

Well, this is certainly going to make for an interesting season of DWTS.

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