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PureDWTS Season 28 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Bobby Bones Claims “a Friend” is Part of The Cast

Several of you have reached out about this one, and I held off on posting because I couldn’t find the exact episode where he allegedly said this – until now. As a side note: if you are reaching out to me here/on Twitter/on Instagram/etc. to tell me about something interesting/weird/suspicious that you read/saw/heard with regards to the show, PLEASE – send me a link/screen shot. “I read this article but I can’t remember where but it basically said XYZ, I think” doesn’t really help me – while I appreciate your effort and probably 2/3 of the time your instincts are spot-on, sometimes I would prefer to see the proof myself before drawing any worthwhile conclusions…and I don’t always have time to go digging.  Your cooperation moving forward is appreciated 😉


Our *wince* reigning season 27 champion, one Mr. Bobby Bones, was doing his usual radio show last Wednesday and someone mentioned the hat he was wearing, which incidentally was sent to him by Sharna…which started Bobby down an interesting path about the upcoming season of DWTS. The talk about the show starts around the 6:50 mark, if you want to listen to it yourself; however, I’ve transcribed it below to save some time, paraphrasing where necessary…

Bobby: Ummm ok, a lot of people asking where I got my hat. It’s Woody from Toy Story. Sharna mailed me this. She was like “Saw it, thought I’d mail it to you.” Which, by the way, let me say this: Sharna, who was my partner from Dancing with the Stars, ummm…we’re engaged! Wouldn’t that be funny if I just dropped that on you guys???

*polite laughter from his cohosts*

Male cohost: And none of us knew? Hehe.

Bobby: Ummm…the show starts back, they start training again I think in September? Cause the show is September 16, that’s the day it comes back. So they start in like, late August/September, and…I’m torn, because…if you know, Amy, don’t say…but one of my friends is doing the show…

Amy: Mmmm, yeah.

Bobby: …and then, this friend will not be dancing with Sharna, so I’ve got two people on the show, so I guess I just support them both…but…

Amy: Yeah, support both!

Bobby: WHERE DOES MY LOYALTY FALL??? Friend A or Sharna, Amy??? Cause I helped Friend A get on the show…

Amy: I think you can root for both until one of them-

Bobby: Oof, I’m not someone that has two favorite teams. Only Arkansas Razorbacks or Chicago Cubs.

Amy: Well that’s hard…ugh…I don’t know.  Good luck with that, I don’t wanna help you.

The conversation then segues into the cohosts asking if DWTS has “asked Bobby back” (ummm, for what???) and then some nonsense about a parody of “Old Town Road” that Lil Nas X told them to stop playing, blah blah blah…

So, let’s unpack what we just heard. Given Bobby’s penchant for hyperbole last season (“My schedule is so ridiculous, more busy than anyone else in the cast!”, “Everyone hates me because I won!”, “I’m the people’s champion, you all chose me!!!”), my first thought was “How close is this ‘friend’ of Bobby’s?” It’s entirely possible, at least in my mind, that this “friend” may be more of an acquaintance – someone that Bobby may run into at events a few times a year, but isn’t on a “come hang out at my house in the Hamptons for the weekend”-basis with.  Or he could genuinely be friends with this person…so that makes it harder to pin down who it could be, because it seems to widen the pool…

Then Bobby mentions that this friend “Will not be dancing with Sharna.” Ok, I may not be completely plugged back in with the show again just yet, but I know from a reliable source that none of the pros have met their partners yet – none of the pros have even gotten hints about their partners yet, and they aren’t likely to for another 2-3 weeks. So the only way Bobby could possibly know without a doubt that his friend was not dancing with Sharna was if his friend was female or a drag queen…and I don’t get the feeling that Bobby hangs out with a ton of drag queens.

Bobby then claims he “helped this friend get on the show”.  Again, with regards to Bobby’s penchant for hyperbole and occasionally borderline-delusional sense of self-importance, unless this friend is kind of a nobody (which makes me wonder why they would even cast her), I have a hard time believing that Bobby going to bat for this individual somehow helped them get signed on to the show. Could Bobby possibly mean the reverse – he helped the show book this friend? That this friend is maybe a bigger name, and Bobby may have made the introduction between the friend and the show?

Thanks to @fisharnolds on Twitter, we may have our first good theory…country singer Maren Morris, who also happened to be the guest on that same episode of the Bobby Bones show and is apparently tight with Bobby.


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I mean all of @MarenMorris favorite songs off her new album are also our favs tbh ❤️ Full interview at link in bio!

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Maren is also on tour this fall, but coincidentally, none of her tour dates fall on Mondays…hmmm. I will add this, though: I used to work with a guy that was a roadie for several alternative bands back in the late 90s/early 2000s, and he always said that a lot of tours are “dark” (no shows) on Mondays and/or Tuesdays because a) ticket sales are usually poorest for dates on those two days of the week, and b) it gives the tour a longer window to make it to the next set of stops, which may require more than a day’s drive to reach, and it also gives the band and crew a break. Not saying that it means Maren’s not doing DWTS, just that it could be another reasonable explanation for the Monday night gaps in her tour schedule…hedging all bets here, guys 😉

My thoughts? If they did manage to get Maren, who is what I would consider a pretty big, “current” star (thought maybe not A-list), then maybe they really are putting their money where their mouth is and are going after bigger celebs with more pull. I was weary when someone told me that “a friend of Bobby’s” would be doing the show, but I guess a current country star isn’t so bad – as long as she isn’t going rogue with the floss dance or constantly reminding us that she’s “from a small town of 800 people”…*eye roll*

Thoughts about “Bobby’s friend” that’s allegedly doing the show?

July 31, 2019 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.

PureDWTS Season 28: What The Show Needs to Do to “Fix” Itself

After an 8 month hiatus (the longest in the history of the US version of the show), the next season of DWTS is upon us! Admittedly, I enjoyed the break – aside from the reprieve it gave me in my already-busy work/school schedule (I graduate in October with a bachelor of science in social media marketing…does this officially make me an expert blogger now? 🙂 ), it gave me time to ruminate on just how season 27 went so far off the rails, and what needs to be done to get DWTS back on track.

One opinion I heard quite a bit in the off-season? “Bobby is the reason why season 27 sucked!” While I agree that Bobby seemed to dry-hump my last nerve on a weekly basis last season, here’s a revelation I had…

…Bobby wasn’t the reason season 27 sucked. Bobby was simply a symptom of a much bigger problem: the show neglecting its core audience in favor of foolishly pursuing a wider, younger audience by tinkering too much with a formula that already worked pretty well on its own.

This isn’t something that happened overnight – I’d estimate it probably started about ten years ago, with season 9 (aka “the kitchen sink season with wayyyyy too many couples” – and also my first season here at Pure), and has simply gone through a cycle of snowballing and slightly receding since then. We had season 9 that threw a whopping 16 couples at us, absurd new dance styles and challenges, and the biggest ringer (Mya) and biggest ego (Donny) we had seen to date. Then we had the pared-down season 10, with only 11 couples and relatively normal dance styles.  Season 11 brought our first truly “controversial” contestant – Bristol Palin, whose continued presence (and only mediocre performance) seemed to polarize even the most laid-back fans. Season 12 was a return to form, casting-wise, but was the first time we saw the invisible ABC family hand pulling the strings to keep a Disney kid (Chelsea Kane) in the game despite them simply not having the votes. Season 13 gave us a pro shakeup, but otherwise seemed relatively tame; season 14’s agenda seemed to include making William Levy “happen”, despite being a fair-to-middling dancer that was a relative unknown to the show’s audience. Season 15 was the dumpster fire many of us recall as the All-Star season; season 16, aside from its unexpected outcome, was also fairly tame in the grand scheme of things.  So was season 17, which ended up being a pleasant surprise despite a cast that seemed pretty ho-hum initially. Season 18 saw the Meryl & Maks PR machine; season 19 gifted us with some great dancing and a cast that seemed to get along really, really well. Season 20 was “Val’s Rumer’s season” from the jump, and seemed to get extra nasty with the ringer finger-pointing. Season 21, aside from some shady partner-shuffling and Tamar being…well, Tamar, was relatively uneventful. Season 22 had a great cast, aside from there simply being too much competition; season 23 saw the rise of a previously-unknown-but-later-much-beloved star (Hinch), only to get felled in the end by a contestant that had been rather inconsistent throughout the season and conveniently was going on tour (Laurie). Season 24, which I like to refer to as “chock full o’ ringers”, was a good season, aside from being a bit of a thought experiment on what happens when you throw an ungodly number of female ringers in with a bunch of men that have absolutely no dance experience; season 25 was the last season I remember that was good on the whole, with great dancing and a generally quite likeable cast. And then the hammer dropped: ABC made the dumbfounding decision to pick up the defunct American Idol, hire Katy Perry to judge, and then fall all over themselves to cater to her demand for a whopping $25 million salary…and things start to get dicey REAL quick…

…2018 rolls around, and we’re told that we’re getting a paltry 3-week spring season of the show with just athletes, and it ends up being a pretty predictable (and snoozeworthy) endeavor. We’re treated to the delightfully un-manipulated DWTS Juniors airing concurrent with the fall season which is…a dumpster fire of epic proportions. Terrible dancers with obnoxious personalities defy logic with their staying power (Joe & Bobby), one ringer (Tinashe) quickly gets eliminated while production struggles to keep the other ringer (Alexis) in the game with a schlocky and painfully-forced showmance with her partner. The one really good male celebrity (Juan Pablo) is unsettlingly “juan-note” and just seems to do the same routine each week, and the full package of skill, personality, and fanbase (DeMarcus) gets injured and never quite gets his mojo back. By the time Bobby got his trophy, the wheels had completely fallen off season 27.

When you take season 27 in the bigger context of what has been happening on the show the past ten years, it’s easier to see what went so horribly wrong: the show was likely going through its usual “make a stupid change, regret it, change it back the next season” cycle, and the arrival of the albatross that is American Idol simply put a brick on the accelerator: what probably would have been a relatively minor snafu turned into a flaming pile of garbage instead.

The news surrounding the new season seems to indicate that they knew they messed up with season 27, and to quote dear ol’ Tommy Bergeron “We hear you.” Do they, though? I’m seeing the same promise we hear season after season that they’re “going after bigger celebs” and “making format changes”– and I’m not sure that’s what the show needs. Hell, I’m fairly certain it’s not what the show needs – I think we need a “back to basics” season like season 10 to cleanse our palates. This show has never been about getting “big stars”; its early success was built on a bunch of has-beens and d-listers attempting to learn how to dance while giving us all a shot of nostalgia. Part of me wonders if we’ll lose a bit of the magic if they actually do manage to get a current A-lister on the show (I’m dubious that they’ll actually pull it off). As for format changes – the only changes I want to see are a return to simpler times, when they didn’t do wacky stuff like the dance-offs, immunity, live voting, etc. What I think we might end up with: a judges’ save, which doesn’t really do anything but piss off the fans.  But as is DWTS is wont to do – they will probably make some nonsensical choices and call them “improvements”, and we will probably be eye-rolling and shaking our heads once we hear about all these super-duper top secret format changes.

All complaints aside, if this 8 month hiatus has done anything, it’s given me a clearer slate and a lot more of an open mind for the season to come.  I’m willing to give it a fair shake – whether I continue to do so depends entirely upon these “changes” we’re being promised and how they manage to play out.

Thoughts? Feelings headed into the new season? I’ve got more content queued up for the coming days and weeks…stay tuned 😉

July 24, 2019 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.

Is Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi Going To Dance In Dancing With The Stars Season 28?

Is gymnast Katelyn Ohashi going to dance in Dancing With The Stars Season 28? Take a listen to the interview below and let us know what you think in comments. I can’t decide, but, she looks like the perfect partner for Sasha or Val. Thanks to Vin via DWTS Gossip and Kristyn Burtt for the heads up. To read more rumors on the new season of Dancing With The Stars, see THIS LINK.

July 22, 2019 I Written By

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars Nominated For Four Emmy Awards!

Dancing With The Stars has been nominated for four emmys in the 2019 Emmy Awards for Costuming, Hairstyling, Lighting Design/Direction, and Makeup. Be sure to read more in detail at The 2019 Emmy Awards will take place on September 22nd on Fox at 8:00pm ET/5:00pm PT.

July 17, 2019 I Written By

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Dancing With The Stars Season 28 Premiere Date Set!!!

Awww, great news. According to The Wrap, Dancing With The Stars Season 28 finally has a premiere date set for Monday, Sept. 16 at 8/7c. To see a full premiere-date schedule, seeThe Wrap.

July 2, 2019 I Written By

"Dance is the hidden language of the soul" ~ Martha Graham. That's what DWTS makes me think of every Monday night. To read more about me and my other interests, see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.