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PureDWTS Season 28 Alert: Something is Going Down on GMA on Aug. 21

No, I have no idea what it is, but it was one of the key dates the pros (who are being kept in the dark about as much as we are) were told about the upcoming season.  Pro announcement, maybe? And speaking of pros…

…there’s apparently some new ones! I have no idea who, how many, what gender, whether they’re going straight to pro or doing time in the troupe, whether they’re being promoted from the troupe, nothing – I was just told “there’s some new pros.” And this makes sense, given that we know that new pro auditions were held earlier this year, and Louis apparently was one of the judges (blech). I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that these new pros are IN ADDITION TO the existing ones – if you only have to do one season per year, suddenly the budget (and size) of the single season aren’t so constrained…and you might be able to add more couples 🙂

UPDATE: I mentioned this on Twitter, but not here, so here goes: ABC cleaned house behind-the-scenes and most of the old crew was let go – and a good chunk of the new production staff has previously worked on Strictly Come Dancing. New executive producer, Andrew (I think his last name is Cartmell) is also a poach from SCD…so for those of you who love to boast about how SCD is “soooo much better than DWTS”, guess what: it’s your people that are at the helm of DWTS now 😉

Another update: Ok, so apparently I need to clarify this further, as some of you are asking questions here and on Twitter that are making me think you misinterpreted my last note. Cast = the people in front of the camera on a show; crew = the people behind it.  Most of the old CREW from DWTS was let go, and they got some people that were CREW on SCD – producers, story editors, writers, etc. The “new pros” I speak of were not poached from SCD (that I know of); I’ve been told that all of the new pros that auditioned reside Stateside for most of the year. The “new pros” have nothing to do with SCD. 

Intel courtesy of…some sources. 😉

Discuss.

August 6, 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. Follow me (and my dog!) on Twitter & Instagram: @putuincespence & @BirkinTheBulldog

PureDWTS Season 28 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Reality Steve Weighs in on the Hannah/Tyler DWTS Rumors

So we didn’t end up finding out the first two celebs for this season on GMA yesterday (wuh wuhhh), and it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen in the foreseeable future – so we probably aren’t getting official confirmation anytime soon on the Hannah/Tyler DWTS rumors.  However, Reality Steve did weigh in on the situation on his weekly recap post…and he had some interesting things to say:

Which now brings us to DWTS stuff. Over the weekend, GMA was announcing on their Twitter account that the first two dancers of the season were going to be announced yesterday on their show. Due the tragic events of this past weekend, they’ve postponed that indefinitely. Speculation immediately began that those first two contestants to be named were gonna be Hannah and Tyler. Not what I heard. From everything I’ve been told, this whole “Tyler on DWTS” was never a thing. He’s not gonna be on it, nor was he ever supposed to be, so this isn’t Gigi related with the latest stories. That’s just people speculating, and I’m here to tell you, at no point had I ever heard Tyler was doing DWTS. Now Hannah on the other hand, I’d be shocked if she isn’t on this season’s cast. I fully expect her to be named at some point. DWTS used to do the whole cast at once on GMA and there’d always be a few names that leaked out early. But now because they couldn’t control those leaks, they announced them 1 or 2 at a time on social media or GMA. I don’t know when Hannah will be part of the announcement, but I expect it. She’s hot right now and it makes sense, so expect her to be part of cast announcements in the future.

Ok, first a bit of clarification: I have no reason to believe DWTS is going to do a rolling cast announcement, a la Strictly or what they did in season 21. I honestly think this “let’s announce two contestants super early” business is just a ploy to try and get people hype for the new season, after the long hiatus and such poor ratings last season. I fully expect a full-size cast announcement sometime in early September on GMA.

As for the rest of it – Steve’s track record with Bachelor DWTS spoilers is good, so I tend to believe him if he says Tyler was never actually an option for this season. And I tend to believe him when he says that Hannah IS a part of this season – she did suddenly move to L.A., after all.  And I tend to think producer Adam following Tyler on Friday evening on Instagram was simply a red herring – or who knows, maybe Adam’s just a fan. As for the mention of Gigi and the “latest stories”, I’m guessing Steve’s referring to this blind item that someone tweeted me, speculating that it could be about Tyler.

I guess I’m not terribly disappointed – really the only reason I wanted him on the show was as a palate cleanser from Grocery Joe, since Tyler can actually dance and isn’t allergic to the full spectrum of human emotion, a la Joe. And apparently the president of ABC is really excited about this season’s cast, so I’m thinking (hoping) there will be other celebs that will make up for it. Then again, if Chris Harrison’s pimping does any good, maybe Tyler will end up on the show after all 😉

Thoughts?

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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

“Impressive Names” Coming To Dancing With The Stars Season 28?

In May, we got a little teaser from Deadline on the format changes coming to Dancing With The Stars Season 28. They also talked on the possibility of bigger stars doing the show. Now there is another teaser from the same source. Let’s just say they are hoping these tweaks and the new casting will help the show stick around after this season….

“The producers were just in last week talking about the casting and the creative evolution. It’s all very exciting. It won’t be major format changes, just tweaking and tinkering… the show’s been on so long and it’s been so successful elsewhere, I think they’ve done quite an impressive job of looking at what works,” she said.

Burke added that the hope is the format tweaks will lead to more seasons of the show.

“I’m quite excited about the casting they’ve put together. It’s not done, but the names that I have heard [are impressive]. I think it’s going to be a big season,” she said.

More at Deadline.

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Hi, 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.