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Ricki Lake’s Message to the New Cast of DWTS

I thought this was cute, so I decided to share. 🙂 If you want to say HI to Ricki, her facebook page is The Ricki Lake Show.

February 27, 2012 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 14 Cast Revealed?? You Be the Judge!

As those of you who read the comments on this site know, a reader named MissWMG claimed to have gotten the new TV Guide and it had the DWTS Cast in it.  We, of course, were (and some still are) highly skeptical that she was legit because we’ve had issues with people trying to scam us before. Well, here is what MissWMG sent to us.  Look legit to you??  It does to me, but I’m extremely cautious due to past experiences on this site.  KEEP IN MIND that DWTS has never done this before – give the cast to a major ‘zine prior to the official announcement. Perhaps they assumed that subscribers wouldn’t get it until Tuesday afternoon? In any case, I want to let our readers in on what was sent to us – you all can be the judge.  Do you think this is the cast?  And how about the rumored 12th dancer added at the last minute??  And do you think that the cast was finalized in time for TV Guide to go to print??

In any case, we will find out for real tomorrow: real or scam. 🙂

ETA: “TV Guide” spelled Menudos wrong, didn’t they?

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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Season 14 – Who’s Dancing With Who?? The CAST ANNOUNCEMENT!!

It’s that time again! Time for Heidi to guess who’s dancing with who, based on nothing more than heights and imagination. 🙂  We are putting up posts so fast and furious that I can’t leave anything stuck to the front page for very long, so if you’re looking for Rumor Round Up and/or Pro Watch, just click the links to go back to those posts. 🙂

This season it’s much harder, because we don’t know who’s dancing yet in terms of celebs and we’ll find out all at one time (celebs and partners) on Tuesday.  They are trying to rob me of my usual guessing game. 🙂 So, I’m going to guess based on the celebs we’re reasonably sure about and then if we get more info, I’ll fill it in.

THIS IS THE POST WHERE I’LL PUT THE CAST ANNOUNCEMENT!!!  Watch this space!!  I updated the title, so you have to update your bookmarks, so be aware. 🙂

Court’s Notes, part I: Lots of stalling (surprise, surprise).  So far I’ve seen Cheryl, Derek, Peta, & Tristan lurking around the theater.  Tristan just found out who his partner was about 20 minutes ago.  The list of celebs is in a ridiculous sparkly purple envelope 😛

Court’s Notes, part II: I must really love you guys, because I just switched over from the HD channel to the regular one to minimize any delays in my feed.  You’re welcome. 😛

Court’s Notes, part III: Even GMA is hopping on the “Will Maks be back???” bandwagon…ugh.  Annoying.  They’re promising the announcement is coming right after this commercial break, though…stand by…

Court’s Notes, part IV: This season’s celebs are: Jack Wagner, Melissa Gilbert, Donald Driver, William Levy, Sherri Shepherd, Katherine Jenkins, Gavin DeGraw, Martina Navratilova, Roshon Fagen, Maria Menounos, Jaleel White, & GLADYS KNIGHT!!!! And no, they haven’t announced who their partners are, yet. Patience 🙂

Court’s Notes, part V: Banter with the celebs…Melissa was apparently petrified at first, but is a little better now; Robin thinks Jaleel will be a force to be reckoned with (I agree); and Sherri says she’s “scared to death” and “needs Barbara Walters!”

Court’s Notes, part VI: All partners posted.  Looks like Gladys was the last-minute addition.  Tristan thinks they’re “gonna have a blast”.

Court’s Notes, part VII: Sherri’s biggest fear “besides being old” (lol), is having a bad memory – she’s afraid of forgetting her choreography.  Donald deliberately didn’t tell any of his teammates about the show “because some of them have big mouths”.  Everyone seems very intimidated by Jaleel & think he’s gonna be a staunch competitor…I agree.  Even the way he walked out on the stage was charismatic! 😎

Who’s Dancing With Who?? (The Reality)

Celebrity Celeb Height Pro Height Pro Dancer
 Melissa Gilbert  5’3″ 6ft. 2in. Maksim
 Maria Menounos  5’8″ 5ft. 10in. Derek
 Katherine Jenkins  5’5″ 5ft. 8in. Mark
 Martina Navratilova  5’8″ 6ft. 1in. Tony
 Sherri Shepherd  5’1″ 5ft. 10in. Val
 Gladys Knight  5’3.5″ 5ft. 11in. Tristan
 Jaleel White  5’10.5″ 5ft. 7in. Kym
 William Levy  6’1″ 5ft. 4in. Cheryl
 Gavin DeGraw  5’11” 5ft. 5in. Karina
 Jack Wagner  5’11.5″ 5ft. 4in. Anna
 Roshon Fagen  5’8″ 5ft. 2in. Chelsie
 Donald Driver  6’0″ 5ft. 7in. Peta




Who’s Dancing With Who?? (Heidi’s Guesses)

Celebrity Celeb Height Pro Height Pro Dancer
    6ft. 2in. Maksim
 Melissa Gilbert 5ft. 3in. 5ft. 10in. Derek
    5ft. 8in. Mark
 Annika Sorenstam 5ft. 6in. 6ft. 1in. Tony
 Sherri Shepherd 5ft. 1in. 5ft. 10in. Val
 Maria Menounos 5ft. 8in. 5ft. 11in. Tristan
 Jack Wagner 5ft. 11.5in 5ft. 7in. Kym
    5ft. 4in. Cheryl
 Gavin Degraw 5ft. 11in. 5ft. 5in. Karina
    5ft. 4in. Anna
 Darnell Robinson ?? 5ft. 2in. Chelsie
 Vince Young (?) 6ft. 5in. 5ft. 7in. Peta


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I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS14 Casting Rumors – The Typecasting of Season 14, Part II

So we’re less than 24 hours away from finding out who is and isn’t part of this season’s cast.  Who’s pumped??? I know I am…but we’ve still got a few hours left to speculate, so let’s see what other cast types we’ve to fill this season, shall we? 😉 For those of you that may have missed it, check out part I as well.

The Teen Idol

Previous examples: Joey McIntyre, Aaron Carter, Donny Osmond, Lance Bass, Mel B., Joey Fatone, Drew Lachey, Joey Lawrence, Ian Ziering, Cody Linley, Sabrina Bryan, Mario Lopez, Kyle Massey, Chelsea Kane, Romeo

Advantages: If sales of Tiger Beat are any indicator, the teenyboppers will come out in full force to support their favorite heartthrobs/idols.  Being young & good-lookin’ sure doesn’t hurt! Many also have the added advantage of having a decent dance background, especially if they were part of a musical act.

Disadvantages: Youth can also have its disadvantages – as in immaturity.  What some might call “youthful exuberance”, others might call “immaturity” or “attention deficit disorder” – poor Cody Linley had a hard time sitting still! Emotional immaturity (a la Aaron Carter’s post-rumba meltdown in the confessional) can be especially off-putting. They’ve also got to contend with the large middle-aged female contingent of viewers/voters – they far outnumber the young viewers likely to vote for them.

Possible candidates this season: There’s that random Nicole Anderson chick that’s a friend of Chelsea Kane’s, and Heidi found some compelling evidence that rapper Darnell Robinson may be participating this season.

The Host

Previous examples: Jerry Springer, Brooke Burke, Leeza Gibbons, Mario Lopez, Kenny Mayne, Lisa Rinna, Tucker Carlson, Mark Dacascos, Rocco DiSpirito, Erin Andrews, Wendy Williams, Mike Catherwood, Carson Kressley, Nancy Grace, Ricki Lake

Advantages: Being that they’ve been at the helm of their own shows, these guys usually have the media savvy & charisma to appeal to the masses, as well as the previous exposure & recognizability.  Most (not all!) are also decently attractive, which never seems to hurt (unless, of course, you’re a model – see previous post for explanation).

Disadvantages: Many hosts are only used to hosting – as in just sitting down & talking (or dodging the occasional punch, if you’re Springer), so the lack of movement experience problem seems to come into play.

Possible candidates this season: This category seems to have EXPLODED with possibilities this season – the most solid of which being Sherri Shepherd, who was caught leaving the DWTS studio the other day.  I’m still wondering if someone fr0m GMA is part of the cast this season, since they all seemed to act so coy when announcing they’d be revealing the cast. And then we have the Maria Menounos rumor as well.

The Actor

Previous examples: John O’Hurley, Melissa Joan Hart, Steve Guttenburg, John Ratzenberger, Debi Mazar, Denise Richards, Ted McGinley, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennie Garth, Vivica Fox, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Shannen Doherty, Jennifer Grey, David Hasselhoff, Ralph Macchio, Kirstie Alley, David Arquette

Advantages: Being that their bread & butter is acting, most can usually nail the emotions of the dances. Bonus points if they’ve done any Broadway (like Winokur) because they have likely had dance experience.

Disadvantages: For lack of a better term, many of them seem to be “has-beens” – actors that haven’t been particularly active in the mainstream in the past several years – or were never that big to begin with (can anyone else think of anything John O’Hurley has been in BESIDES Seinfeld?), making it harder for them to garner votes from a public who may not remember them.

Possible candidates this season: We’ve got Melissa Gilbert & Ryan O’Neal, of course, but nothing really beyond that.

The Reality Star

Previous examples: Kim Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, Melissa Rycroft, Steve-O, Holly Madison, Trista Sutter, Shanna Moakler, Kate Gosselin, Jake Pavelka, Audrina Patridge, The Situation, Rob Kardashian, Kristin Cavallari

Advantages: Many have achieved pop culture icon status on their respective reality outlets, making them fairly recognizable.

Disadvantages: They may be memorable for the wrong reasons – people tended to remember things like Kim Kardashian’s sex tape more than her reality show when she was on DWTS, and people seemed more focused on Holly Madison’s split from Hef than her antics on The Girls Next Door.  Many can also come across as attention-hungry & talentless(*cough*JakePavelka*cough*) – reality TV is often looked down upon as a way to get famous without having any talent whatsoever.

Possible candidates this season: Lots of talk about Ali Fedotowsky, who suspiciously moved to LA last week.

The Singer:

Previous examples: Mya, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mario, Belinda Carlisle, Master P, Chuck Wicks, Sara Evans, Willa Ford, Monique Coleman, Toni Braxton, Macy Gray, Nicole Scherzinger, Chynna Phillips

Advantages: As with the teen idols, many have had dance experience concurrent with their music careers.

Disadvantages: Most seem to be committed solely to one genre of music (often R&B or country), making it hard to appeal to a wide fanbase.

Possible candidates this season: Lots of loose lips at the Grammys about Gavin DeGraw, but it seems like less of a possibility now, considering that he is about to go on tour.

The Wild Card

Previous examples: Heather Mills, Tom DeLay, Mark Cuban, Steve Wozniak, Priscilla Presley, Buzz Aldrin, Bristol Palin, Chaz Bono

Advantages: The sheer novelty of having someone with such an off-the-beaten-path claim to fame (famous divorcee/widow, entrepreneur, disgraced politician, etc.) may be enough to have the public voting them – just to see what happens.  Being the “underdog” is a powerful thing…as we saw with Bristol in season 11!

Disadvantages: Due to their often dubious fame, people just may not have any clue who they are – I personally had to Google Mark Cuban’s name. There’s also the risk of backlash from some viewers who don’t think they’re “stars” per se, and shouldn’t even be on the show in the first place.

Possible candidates this season: Surprisingly, not too many outlandish rumors…especially since Herman Cain & Michelle Bachman have denied they’re doing the show. Phew!

So we’re getting down to the wire, kids…any last-minute predictions before the big reveal? 😉

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Brooke Burke And DWTS Rumored Contestants At The Oscars, Sherri Shepherd Asked…

Did any of you get to see the Oscars and the Oscar Red Carpet? Brooke Burke was on tap and some of our heavily rumored contestants were also there. Here is more…

First up, Sherri Shepherd! It’s not all fashion with this one. What is fun about this little interview is that Sherri is asked if she’s doing Dancing With The Stars. She doesn’t deny it and is very careful with her words. Check out those eyes and what she says on Maks!!! Too funny and especially if he’s her partner…

Here is a nice photo of Sherri giving good face as well….

And Below is rumored contestant and Extra’s Maria Menounos who had one of the most beautiful dresses of the night in my opinion. Even more so than many of the bigger stars like Evaine pointed out. Do you agree?

Lastly, here is Brooke making a yellow splash with Carson Kressley, Molly Sims, and Katie Lee. They made a toast to Hollywood’s biggest night during Toast to the Red Carpet LIVE! presented by I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!

We may have more pics later. We’ll see? Pictures above courtesy of Zimbio and Getty Images

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Hi, I'm a news hounds from way back. Since 1999, I've worked on Madonna and Enrique Iglesias fan sites....and now PureDWTS. I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.