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PureDWTS DWTS Junior Season 1 – Judges Announced on GMA

Without much fanfare or previous notice, GMA announced the DWTS Junior judges this morning – which we already knew were Val, Adam Rippon, & Mandy Moore. Video below for those who missed (I did too). Not too much of note – they of course name dropped Ginger, they mispronounced Val’s name *chuckle*, Adam steals the show by just being himself. All in all, it didn’t feel like this segment had a whole lot of pre-planning, and was thrown together on the fly. Thoughts?

July 30, 2018 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

ABC Announces DWTS Season 27 and DWTS Junior Premiere Dates!!

I don’t think we’ve reported this on this site yet, but I just got an email from ABC announcing their premiere dates for their entire schedule. Included in that is both DWTS and DWTS Junior. Mark your Calendars!!

Dancing with the Stars Season 27 will premiere on September 24 – I will be in Italy, but I think Courtney will be fine covering for me. πŸ™‚ I will be home in time to do Dancing by the Numbers, tho.

Dancing with the Stars Juniors (Season 1, they say) will premiere on Sunday, October 7 with a 2-hour premiere.

July 29, 2018 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. :-)

PureDWTS DWTS Junior, Season 1 – How the Show is Going to Work

I was getting a lot of questions about how the scores/eliminations/dance styles/etc. would work, so I sat down and picked Deep Throat’s brain to figure out the ins & outs of how DWTS Junior is going to go down. Admittedly, this is probably going to be more dry and technical and not as fun and exciting as celebrity & pro spoilers – so if that’s what you’re looking for, go here.Β  If you want to speculate on partnerships, you’ll want to go here; if you’re more interested in what curious things the pro mentors/junior pros/junior celebs have been doing on Instagram, that’s going to be here.Β  This post is strictly going to be about the rules/format of the show. Sorry there’s so many posts – I know this is a lot of information to take in, so I’m trying to keep it as organized as I can.Β  Thanks for hanging in here with me! πŸ™‚ Read more..

July 25, 2018 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 27/DWTS Junior Season 1 Premiere Dates Set!

Per the DancingABC Instagram, we’ve got our premiere date for the fall season of (regular) DWTS – set your DVR’s for September 24th!

And 13 days later, DWTS Junior is premiering on Sunday, October 7th! Thank you to @ptxdwts for pointing this out πŸ™‚

As always – we’ve got you covered here for the casting rumors, news, live blogs, and power rankings for both shows!

July 24, 2018 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS DWTS Junior Season 1 – Partnership Predictions

I know some of you have been waiting on this, and I thank you for your patience – I wanted to do this right and I wanted to research thoroughly, so it took me awhile. Basically, any information you see in the tables I created that is in bold has been confirmed (names of pros/celebs participating, their ages, their heights, etc.); if it’s not in bold (be it a celeb’s name, their age, their height) it’s not confirmed, but it’s my best guess. You’ll notice we have a lot more information about the junior female pros than the male ones – the male ones, I’m flying a bit blind on, so this is me working on some hunches and general gut feelings. I’ve also included some “things to keep in mind” that influenced some of my hunches about pairings.Β  So with that, let’s get down to it 😎 Read more..

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS DWTS Jr. Cast Rumors & Watchout: Just Jared Jr. Confirms Ariana Greenblatt is Dancing

And the confirmations keep rolling in on stuff you guys done already figured out, cause you is smart, kind, and important 😎 Just Jared just confirmed Ariana:

Ariana Greenblatt is the latest young star to join the upcoming Dancing With The Stars Juniors, sources confirm to JustJaredJr.com!

The Stuck In The Middle and Avengers: Infinity War actress is the fourth contestant to join the spinoff.

β€œShe’s so excited to join the cast, dancing is in her blood. Her aunt Sarita Colon is a dancer in the Gloria Estefan musical On Your Feet!” a source told JJJ.

Thoughts?

July 23, 2018 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS DWTS Junior Pro Profile – Kamri Peterson

Age: 10
Height: ~4’7″ (Court’s best guess, based on pictures)
Hometown: Orem, Utah
Home studio: Center Stage Performing Arts
Dance style: cross-trained in contemporary, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, ballroom, tap, & gymnastics
How you might know her: You probably haven’t yet, so read on and learn πŸ˜‰
Other accolades: 2nd place in Juvenile II Latin at the 2017 BYU Amateur Dancesport Championships
Pro mentor: Witney Carson
Celeb partner: Akash Vukoti

Kamri doing a solo at the Radix Nationals about a month ago…does she even have bones???

Working that skirt #LikeABoss doing cha-cha at the Paris Worlds last year:

Doing an edgy contemporary trio (she’s the littlest one):

Doing this jazzy little combo:

LOVED taking class from @nikakljun

A post shared by Kamri Peterson πŸ’ƒπŸΌ (@kamri_dancer) on

And finally, crushing some hip-hop:

Court’s thoughts: Kamri is phenomenal – she seems to thrive in any style thrown her way (she’s only been doing ballroom a year and a half, and made it all the way to the world championships in Paris!), and has the energy to tackle every style with enthusiasm.Β  My only concern is the fact that she’s the youngest pro – she JUST turned 10 in May, and while she does strike me as being very mature for her age, I just hope she is able to handle the pressure of being on a show like this.Β  I think back to myself at 10 years old, and I was in tears nearly every day just trying to do well in school – Kamri is dealing with that, plus dance, plus being on a national television show.Β  But on the flipside, she’s also the tiniest pro, and is probably going to be super-easy for a potential partner to do lifts with – that girl seems so limber and fearless.Β  If she is THIS GOOD at ten, think of how phenomenal she’ll be by the time she’s old enough to be a regular pro!

Follow Kamri on social media:

Kamri’s Instagram
Kamri’s Facebook Fan Page
Kamri & Marcelo’s Facebook Fan Page

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS DWTS Junior Cast Rumors & Watchout: TMZ Confirms Sophia Pippen Is Dancing This Season

We had kinda already gathered this, thanks to the scheisty Russian pap site – and I honestly think that’s probably where they’re getting their info, rather than any sort of inside “source”.Β  But hey – if TMZ is willing to put their stamp of authenticity on it, so will we:

Scottie PippenΒ might wanna clear a shelf in his trophy room … his 9-year-old daughter’s got her eyes on a ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ championship.

We’re told Sophia will join the cast of the new spin-off ‘DWTS: Juniors.’ Sources say Scottie’s wife,Β Larsa, and her pal,Β Kim Kardashian, were spotted at the ‘DWTS’ studios this week watching Sophia rehearse.

I’d imagine TPTB at DWTSJ are probably pissing themselves with glee that they got Lady Kim Kardashian-West to make a cameo at the studio – this seems like something along the lines of “J-Lo coming to watch Leah Remini” or “Demi & Bruce sitting in the audience watching Rumer” big to them. Which is funny to me, because back when Kim was on DWTS 10 years ago, she was little more than a onetime Paris Hilton BFF with a sex tape whose daddy defended OJ – and she was a highly mediocre dancer; even 7 years ago, when she was in the audience cheering for Rob (who had far more dance talent than she), she was in the process of divorcing her husband of *snicker* 72 days. Perhaps it’s the late hour or my ever-growing to do list, but it’s all just funny to me πŸ˜›

Any guesses as to who Sophia might be paired with?

July 22, 2018 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS DWTS Jr. Cast Rumors & Watchout: Alana “Honey Boo Boo” Thompson & Black-ish’s Miles Brown to Dance

We already kind of figured, owing to the precious junior pros and them having absolutely no notion of subtlety, but now it’s official: per US Weekly, Alanna Thompson & Miles Brown are the first two confirmed celebs for DWTS Jr.:

Ready to dance! Alana β€œHoney Boo Boo” Thompson and Black-ish actor Miles Brown are preparing to compete on a Dancing With the Stars special juniors season, a source exclusively tells Us Weekly.

Thompson, 12, rose to fame on the TLC reality series Toddlers & Tiaras before her family landed a spinoff series titled Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. She now appears on her mother June Shannon’s WEtv reality seriesMama June: From Not to Hot.Β  Β 

Brown, meanwhile, is a 13-year-old actor who currently stars as Jack Johnson on the ABC sitcom Black-ish. He is also the official reporter for the Jr. NBA and played in the 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in February.

I think it’s probably a foregone conclusion that Miles is paired with Rylee and being mentored by Lindsay, due to the preponderance of evidence; as for Alana – she’s pretty close in age (and height) to Artyon, and he is following her…no idea on her pro, though.

In case you were wondering if they have any dancing chops…here’s bebe Miles on AGT 8 years ago, already cutting a rug:

And here’s Alana, doing her thing at a pageant 6 years ago:

I don’t think we have to worry about stage fright from either one. πŸ™‚

Thoughts?

July 19, 2018 I Written By

Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS DWTS Jr. Internet Watch – Interesting Things on Twitter & Instagram

Ok, since my DM’s on Twitter have been blowing up with questions of “Did you see who [insert pro here] followed?!” or “OMG [insert celebrity child here] loves slime and [insert pro here] just posted a picture with slime!!! Are they paired up???”, I figured now was the time to pull the trigger on what I will call an “internet watch” post. This is going to be the place where you find all of the interesting, peculiar, curious, and suspicious goings-on between the pros, junior pros, potential kid celebs, etc. on Twitter and Instagram (and maybe Facebook, if anyone actually still uses it anymore) that aren’t necessarily concrete enough to elicit their own post, but are food-for-thought nonetheless.

First, a bit of a disclaimer: I’ve kind of said this already on Twitter, but DWTS Jr. is going to be different than DWTS (because these are kids, not adults), and thus I feel like I need to approach it differently; with that being said, I’m not sure spoiling anything that isn’t already somewhat common knowledge (i.e. the kids posting on social media, or anything other media outlets have already leaked) feels…ethical. Source has told me just how excited the kids are, and want everyone to be surprised at the cast announcement – and that gives me pause, because I don’t want the junior pros/their celeb partners to be disappointed. So with that being said, I’ve decided not to spoil any celeb names that haven’t already been hinted at or leaked by others – I’ll speculate along with you guys on things you see, but I’ve gotten a few of the kid celeb names, and they’re names that NOBODY is talking about; I’m going to keep ’em to myself unless some other outlet spoils them…and knowing this show, someone will eventually. Be patient πŸ™‚ Read more..

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Ultrasound sales specialist by day, semi-knowledgeable DWTS fan by night...with a smattering of hair & makeup enthusiast, occasional model, baker, and crazy cat lady peppered in to make things REALLY interesting ;-) I might pee my pants in happiness if Donnie Wahlberg ever does DWTS - or if they ever use "Sunglasses at Night" as a paso doble. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog