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Dancing With The Stars Karina Smirnoff Joins ‘Famously Single’ Season 2 Cast

Good news Karina Smirnoff fans! According to E Online, she’s joined season 2 of ‘Famously Single’.

Following its emotional and explosive hit first season, E!’s roller coaster of passion, Famously Single, is returning for a sophomore season with an (almost) entirely new batch of celebrities who are each struggling in the romance department.

The upcoming cast will include Kardashian BFF Malika Haqq, Dancing With the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff, The Bachelerotte bad boy Chad Johnson, Jersey Shore veteran Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, fitness model David Mcintosh, reality star Tiffany Pollard, #RichKids of Beverly Hills star Dorothy Wang and British personality Calum Best, who’s returning for his second round.

More at E Online.

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VOTE For Dancing With The Stars In The People’s Choice Awards Nominations

If you’d like to see Dancing With The Stars be nominated for a People’s Choice Award, VOTE at this link. You can vote up to 5 nominees.

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DWTS Alek Skarlatos And Fellow Paris Train Attack Heroes Win $250,000 On “Millionaire”

Did you all get a chance to see Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” this week for what we previously reported? If not…guess what? They WON $250,000! So awesome! Here is more via DisneyABC….

On the Tuesday, November 1st episode of the weekday syndicated game show WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE, the trio of young American men who stopped an active shooter from killing hundreds on a train to Paris in August 2015 win a whopping quarter of a million dollars! Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler appeared as contestants during “Millionaire’s” Hometown Heroes Week, which spotlights men and women who go out of their way to make the world a better place.

Skarlatos, Stone and Sadler used teamwork and their close friendship to take on the 14 “Millionaire” questions that lead to the top prize and they work their way to the $250,000 question. After successfully answering it, and with no more lifelines left, they look at the $500,000 question but decide to walk away with their winnings, which they’ll split three ways.

Photo credit: Jacob Kepler, Disney/ABC Home Entertainment & Television Distribution

A photo from the production of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" on July 22, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A photo from the production of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” on July 22, 2016, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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DWTS Julianne Hough And Derek Hough To Host “Disney Holiday Celebration”

Thanks to Lori for the heads up on this news about Julianne and Derek Hough hosting a “Disney Holiday Celebration! From Julianne…

Super excited to announce I’ll be executive producing this year’s #DisneyHolidayCelebration while also hosting along side my awesome brother @derekhough
Make sure you guys tune in for more fun than you’ll even know what to do with!!! #DWTS #DisneyChristmasCelebration @abcnetwork #family

ETA: Note that they will be hosting TWO shows. Dates and times below. Via Entertainment Weekly:

ABC is set to air three musical specials across its various platforms between Thanksgiving and Christmas, featuring performances from Kelly Clarkson, Trisha Yearwood, and Garth Brooks, and hosted by the Hough siblings, Julianne and Derek.

All three specials will feature musical performances from Clarkson, who released Christmas album Wrapped in Red back in 2013, and filmed at iconic locations across the Walt Disney Resort. To add some more holiday cheer, CMA Award-winning artists Yearwood and Brooks will take to the steps of Cinderella’s Castle (fingers crossed for fake snow flurries) to perform songs from their recently released holiday album, Christmas Together, on all three specials.

The Houghs will host two out of three programs: The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration on Thanksgiving night, and The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration on Christmas morning. The third show, Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration, airs on Nov. 25 and will be hosted by stars of the television movie Descendants.

Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks and an accompanying holiday album, Disney Channel Holiday Hits, is set for release Nov. 18.

See all the dates and times for the three specials below:

The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration
Premieres Thursday, Nov. 24 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET

Disney Parks Presents: A Descendants Magical Holiday Celebration
Premieres Friday, Nov. 25 on the Disney Channel at 8 p.m. ET

The Disney Parks’ Magical Christmas Celebration
Premieres Sunday, Dec. 25 on ABC 9 a.m. ET

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Maks Chmerkovksiy Gives Advise For Remaining Couples On Dancing With The Stars, Makes Finals Prediction

Maks Chmerkovksiy has written some thoughts and advise for each of the remaining couples at his new blog at Entertainment Weekly. I’m agreeing with everything he’s written except the part on Derek and how he’s not supportive and making an effort with choreo, etc, for Marilu, but, I do agree that she doesn’t seem comfortable and she just needs to have fun. More below including Miss Heidi’s thoughts. Let us know what you think too. Maks also makes a Prediction on who will make the Finals: Laurie, Calvin, and James.

Marilu and Derek:

I think this is the first time we’ve seen Derek in a role he’s not used to. It’s the role of not being the best couple in the competition, nor having a partner who can do things the way he wants her to.

We always see similarities from season to season — all of us pros recycle stuff. Having several years of DWTS experience, we know there are weeks that are easier than others. We know a set of steps that we can put in that will impress, we know a set of lifts that we can put in that will impress, we know some choreography pieces that we can do over and over. I’m not saying this in a bad way at all — it’s just the way it is.

But I think maybe Derek is attempting this and it’s not working. Marilu is a different person than other people he’s worked with. I don’t doubt that he puts an effort into choreography and stylizing the dance and trying to make her look her best. But when he hits a wall and sees that she’s not responding the way he wants her to, I think he just gives up and moves on. She needs something that needs to be styled for her, so Derek’s signature fast footwork doesn’t really work. She needs to be a little bit smoother, and maybe slower action, or different song styles.

To me Marilu seems like she wants this the most — she genuinely loves the show and loves to do this, but it seems like she has zero fun. The look in her eyes as soon as she messed up just seems like she’s not comfortable in the situation. And Derek just doesn’t seem supportive enough. You can get frustrated (believe me, I know this) but then you have to come back and figure it out, work together, and try something else. You change your approach, and sometimes change your own personal style for the benefit of your partner.

Like I said I’m not innocent; I’ve obviously had issues and been frustrated with a partner in this competition, so I get it. But I feel like I’ve come back and adjusted my approach and made the best of a situation. Not everyone comes into the competition being great, but it’s a matter of adjusting to have the best outcome, and more than anything, being professional.

More at Entertainment Weekly.

Heidi: Maks has thought that Derek always had great partners for YEARS. To claim that this is the first time that Derek hasn’t had the best dancer is moronic at best – me thinks Maks still has a hard on for Derek and his only explanation for those six trophies is that “Derek always gets great partners”. Jealous much? Not only has Maks’ read on the show always been WAY off base (and not just about Derek, but in general), but he’s never understood the show and how it works. That much is obvious from his own lack of trophies except that one that was manufactured for him. And that he’s giving advice to DEREK of all people is beyond laughable. Derek is the one who changes tack with all his partners until he finds what works – Maks is the one who is rigid and unbending (that he thinks otherwise is delusional). The proof is in the pudding, dude. But most of all – that he doesn’t acknowledge that the packages don’t tell the whole story – something he’s complained about in the past – is just idiotic. But then…our sources have said that many of HIS packages were accurate because there was nothing good to show. So maybe he’s projecting. 😉

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Sharna Burgess Updates On Her Injury, Previews DWTS Week 9 With James Hinchcliffe

Sharna Burgess has written a new blog at Just Jared Jr. She writes of how proud she is of James Hinchcliffe and Jenna Johnson. She also gives us an update on her injury and a preview for next week.

“When I returned on Sunday, I had an incredible three hour tweaking session with them and had them really dive into those characters. It was important for me to be there to put the finishing touches on the number and finally see it in person. I must say even though I was not able to perform, it was amazing for me to watch my work as a choreographer and my creative vision come to life. Moments like that remind me of how many layers this show allows me to have with the performances you see week to week. James and Jenna [Johnson] molded into these characters and performed it in a way that could not make me happier. James was such a trooper with adapting to a new partner and Jenna is a fantastic dancer. I genuinely got ‘all the things’ this week and can’t stop smiling about it!

“Heading into Week 9 of the competition, I am still going to rest my knee as much as I can but I am planning to be back as soon as possible. We have two dances these week and it is also ShowStoppers Week and I am very excited about our pairing. We will be dancing the Paso, so you already know it will be fiery, passionate, and very strong!

More at Just Jared Jr.

You can also read a new interview with James and Sharna at Yahoo Sports. Note how Sharna gets another MRO on Friday to determine is she can dance on Monday….

“It’s not about me or the show at this point — it’s about a friend and making sure that she’s healed so she can continue to do her job,” he said. “It was accepting that it is what it is. You can worry about things, but it’s not going to help the situation. I’ve learned that time and time again in my career. So this was the hand we were dealt, and we kind of decided to make the best of it.”

Meanwhile, Burgess, 31, told reporters she’s “healing really, really quickly.”

“I will find out on Friday ,” she said. “I’m going to get another MRI, get another exam and make sure that I’m clear. I don’t want to risk it too soon. For this week, I’ll still be creating, I’ll still be teaching, I’ll be in the room with James, but Jenna will be dancing for me.”

Burgess said if she finds out that she’s cleared to dance on Monday, she’ll “jump in at that point, but if for whatever reason I get told I need a few extra days, then Jenna will have to perform with him on Monday.”

More at Yahoo Sports.

ETA2: To see James with some “behind the scenes” footage of the show Monday, see Sports Illustrated.

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