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The Cast Of DWTS Season 28 Talks To The Press After GMA Announcement (Includes Tom Bergeron Inside Edition Report)

Some great and interesting interviews are starting to come out with the new celebrities of Dancing With The Stars Season 28. Check out the ET and Access interviews below as well as People and E Online. Also below is a report on Tom Bergeron and his feelings about Sean Spicer being cast. He’s not liking it being he doesn’t want politics on the show. My feelings, as long as Sean doesn’t “make” his appearance on the show political, I’m ok with it. Lots lots more below….

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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.

PureDWTS Conspiracy Theory – A Case of Schrödinger’s Gronk…?

In a blaze of clarity, I opted to take half the day off in order to blog the cast announcement this morning and handle the subsequent traffic at Pure. I’m glad I did, because it gave me time to ruminate after the flurry of the GMA announcement died down – and I realized some stuff just didn’t add up.  Namely, why get rid of the troupe completely, then bring 14 pros in to couple 12 celebs? It makes little to no sense. Then, slowly, I started to remember stuff from the past 24 hours, and I formulated what I (and Heidi, and Vogue, and @justinweible, all of whom were gracious enough to listen to me ramble) think is a pretty sound (and potentially exciting) theory.  Ladies and gents, I give you “Schrödinger’s Gronk”.

First, background: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots retired back in March of this year, after a season full of injuries culminating in a Super Bowl win.  Gronk took a beating – I don’t blame him if he retired for the sake of his health.  But did he TRULY retire…? A lot of “insiders” say no – they think he’ll announce he’s coming back to the Patriots before long, and Justin had a good theory that he may have retired in order to get out of the NFL preseason and training camp, only to rejoin the Patriots once the preseason is over. I casually threw him (and his gf, a model and dancer) out as a good casting possibility for season 28, as he had expressed interest in doing DWTS numerous times in the past but had given the excuse that he didn’t want to get injured in the off-season. Nobody seemed to think much of it until yesterday, when suddenly numerous outlets were reporting Gronk & Camille as being part of the cast. I assumed that they had simply gone swimming in our previous rumor/prediction posts and comments sections (as some outlets have been wont to do, in order to get hits in the absence of any real rumors), and they were just regurgitating what we were saying…but now I’m not so sure those rumors were completely unfounded. Stay with me…

This morning, we saw 14 pros announced as being part of this season, but only 12 celebrities were announced on GMA. Insert “monkey confusedly punching buttons on a calculator” gif here 😉 This doesn’t make sense, especially when you take into account that the troupe was disbanded – why bring on two extra pros if you’re getting rid of all your “extra” dancers? My answer: you don’t…unless you’re possibly waiting on two additional celebs to maybe join the cast 😉

Miner pointed out that Gronk is holding a mysterious press conference next Tuesday, Aug. 27, to announce “the next chapter” in his career. Some have interpreted that as being an announcement that he’s returning to the NFL…others think he’s writing another book.  Me? I’m thinking it was intentionally left open-ended, because even Gronk wasn’t sure at scheduling time what he was going to announce. Stay with me, I promise this starts to make sense soon…

As Justin pointed out to me, the NFL deadline for teams to finalize their active rosters is ten days from now – Aug. 31. The Patriots’ last preseason game is Aug. 29. I’m guessing that Gronk retired to give himself time to heal and get out of having to participate in the pre-season/training camp, and was possibly planning on returning to the Patriots after the preseason, ideally well-rested and healed up and ready to go full throttle. HOWEVER – injuries are unpredictable, and Gronk being Gronk, he likely wanted to hedge his bets a bit…enter DWTS. If there was no possible way his injury would allow him to play in the regular season, what’s the next best thing to do if you’re Gronk? Answer: the reality TV show you’ve talked about wanting to do for several years, but never had the chance. And given the relatively dismal lineup we saw this morning, I’d guess DWTS was ready to play ball with Gronk (pun intended). He’s a big get (and his gf is just a bonus – good dancer, famous in her own right, and they can exploit the couple angle), so they may have agreed to a conditional deal with Gronk & Camille: if Gronk decides not to return to the NFL, he’ll do DWTS; but if he does do the show, you have to wait until the week he makes his decision about the NFL in order to make the announcement. I’m thinking Gronk knew for awhile that he was going to make some sort of announcement on Aug. 27; he just didn’t know whether it would be “I’m returning to the NFL” or “I’m doing DWTS!” until recently. Or maybe he’s known for awhile, but Patriot fans are in such a fervor over his possible return that waiting until the last possible week to make the announcement is a shrewd PR move.  I can’t find the link now, but the NFL shop released a shirt not long ago that had the names of some of the main Pats players (Brady, Edelman, etc.) with “…Gronk?” at the bottom. Money is being made on the hope that he’s gonna return to the Patriots – so I think it makes sense to wait as long as possible before possibly bursting their bubble. As Justin pointed out, he’s still contractually obligated to the Patriots – so who knows, this could be coming from upper management at the Patriots organization.

Now, all this is not to say that he and Camille are definitely doing the show – you’ll notice the title of this post, Schrödinger’s Gronk, is a nod to the famous Schrödinger’s cat, a thought experiment in which a cat in a box is considered both alive and dead due to a subatomic event that may or may not occur. Don’t worry about the cat too much – just know that until we see the outcome of his press conference on Tuesday, we’ve got a case of Schrödinger’s Gronk: he’s both on this season and not on this season.

But I do think there’s a couple things working in favor of Gronk doing DWTS – there was the sudden surge in reports just yesterday that he and Camille were going to be on the show, as if someone had heard some fresh, recent intel; and then Camille posted this on IG last night – look at the comments…

 

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“Written in the stars” sounds like Camille knowing that something she has wanted to do for awhile is going to happen – perhaps Gronk has made a decision? 😉

Regardless of whether we see Gronk & Camille or not, DWTS doesn’t have to make many changes: if they don’t do the show, the two extra pros (whoever that may be) can function similarly to the extra pros on Strictly, who fulfill the same roles as a troupe (filling in if another pro is sick/injured, helping out with group dances and bumpers, etc.). If they do get Gronk & Camille, I think the cast just got less dismal, more current, and a lot more interesting…and all the pros announced this morning get a partner 🙂

Discuss.

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Dancing with the Stars Season 28 – Who’s Dancing with Whom??

Well, it seems like we haven’t had to do with is quite some time, but here we are again!! They say we won’t find out the partnerships until the premiere, but I say the paparazzi and fans are much better than that!!

Your celebs are listed below and in our GMA Live Blog. As we find info about partnerships we will update this post. If you see something that implies a partnership, we NEED A LINK or some other evidence. If you want to make a prediction in the comments, by all means do so – but make it clear that it’s a prediction. If you don’t remember who the pros are, you can check out pro watch – I think it’s up to date now – this morning was kinda hectic so if you notice an error just let us know and we’ll fix. Have at it. 🙂

ETA: I don’t know if this is enough for me, but Jenna is meeting her partner today and had a specific producer with her. According to Linz, that producer was then at the Lakers’ arena. Would ordinarily mean nothing, but word is that all the pros are meeting their partners *tomorrow*, not today. That kinda narrows it down a bit. So, looks like Lamar is a possibility for Jenna. ~Heidi

ETA2: And Kel just followed Witney, according to Courtney….good enough for me! 🙂

ETA3: And Ray just tells everyone his partner is Cheryl. 🙂  Of course, since we’ve found three of the male celebs partners so easily, they could think they’re being clever with a coordinated “leak”.

ETA4: Thanks to Amanda in comments who says that Tom B. said on Sirius this morning that Keo and Daniella will be rotating pros who won’t have partners. No idea what that means. I also love (sarcasm) people who screencap our comments section to spread all over the internet – I’m trying to have a life here and ya’ll are taking time away from that. 🙂

ETA5: And these partnerships are leaking like a sieve now, kids – producer @thedchannel features Gleb on a shopping spree in her IG story…and you hear him say they’re “in Nashville”. Unless this is all some elaborate ruse to throw us all off the real partnerships, it’s looking like the laziest of the male pros (and one who really shaded his last partner) just got handed someone that’s guaranteed to get him to at least the halfway point of this season, if not further. Anyone else seriously hoping for a Hail Mary tomorrow, with Gronk & Camille announcing they’re the 13th and 14th celebs? Cause this season is tanking FAST… -Court-

ETA4: Val is pictured outdoors at his partner’s place – which has outdoor furniture exactly like Christie Brinkley’s. Scroll to the bottom. Imma go with that until I hear otherwise. We also have lots of other clues to other couples (Lindsay/SS??? Hannah/Alan??) but no concrete proof just yet. ~Heidi

ETA5: A few more pairings based on some deductive reasoning. And Hannah got papped. 🙂 ~Heidi

ETA6: Court showed me photos that convinced me that Sasha and Ally are paired…but I’m running out the door so maybe she’ll post them when she gets home… 🙂 **Court adding: Scroll down for the smoking gun heels…and thank you to those of you on Twitter who take the time to put together solid photographic evidence! You’re the real ones 😉

Karamo Brown

Hannah Brown – Alan

Lauren Alaina – Gleb

James Van Der Beek (We are guessing Emma but don’t know for sure)

Ray Lewis – Cheryl

Kate Flannery

Ally Brooke – Sasha

Lamar Odom – Jenna???

Kel Mitchell – Witney

Sean Spicer – Lindsay

Christie Brinkley – Val

Mary Wilson

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VIDEO of the GMA Dancing With The Stars Season 28 Cast Announcement

Good Morning America announced the cast members for Dancing With The Stars Season 28 today. Below you can watch video coverage. For more in detail how the announcement went down LIVE, see our Live Blog. Be sure to join us in comments in all the posts to tell us what you think.

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PureDWTS Season 28: Ousted Pros Artem & Sharna Post Farewell Messages on Instagram

Both indicate that they’re “very sad” – I tend to think this was not their call (definitely not Artem’s call, Sharna’s harder to get a read on). Both also seem to give the impression that they’re done with DWTS for good. You be the judge – and maybe send them some love.

 

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I just want to say how sad it makes me feel not to be part of Season 28 of DWTS. It’s been 10 years since I have joined this absolutely, one of a kind, incredible show! It has given me recognition as a dancer, choreographer and a teacher. I have had so many beautiful memories with all of my celebrity partners! They all have shaped me into the person that I am today. Special thank you goes to all the people behind the camera who work extremely hard to not only impress our fans but to make our pro dancer’s visions come to life. What I will miss the most is working along side my coworkers, the heroes of the show. I want to wish them and their new celebrity partners the best of luck this season! I want you all to make it better than it ever was before! Because our DWTS Fans, who mean SO much to me, want DWTS to continue going strong for many, many years to come. To all the fans, I want to thank you SO much for supporting me all these years! I simply couldn’t have done it without you! Without your love! Without your connection! And most importantly without your support! You all have no idea how much I will miss you all this season! I’m already missing you all so much! Even though this is so hard on me, I will be DWTS #1 fan, cheering you all on every Monday night! Good luck to everyone on Seasons 28! With lots of Love Artem  #dwts @dancingabc

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♥️ As I’m sure you’ve heard, I will not be returning to @dancingabc this season. I am unbelievably sad to not be back!!! However, what i can whole heartedly tell you is that It’s all good, ALL love and in this moment I can’t help but be grateful for the time and the journey that I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the incredible talent I’ve shared the stage with and the memories I’ve made. To say the least.. it’s been epic. ♥️ and to have finally won still feels as exciting and special as it did the moment @tombergeron said our names. . After nearly 9 years I feel like I grew up on the show. I am going to truly miss creating, story telling and performing for you all, I’ll miss giving the transformative power of dance to the person in front of me, and I’ll miss seeing my Dwts family every day and watching them work their craft in ways that inspire me. Though nothing could ever replace my love for the show, there are things coming into my world that I’m excited to dive into now that I have time. Everything happens for a reason ♥️ you know me.. I’ll share when I can. I have endless love and gratitude for all of you and for everyone at the show. For my fellow pros you light up the stage time and time again, you are what makes the show magical and I can’t wait to watch you shine. ✨ And to all 12 of my partners… thank you thank you and I adore you. I’ll be watching and cheering this coming season for all of my fam out on that dance floor!!! Good luck everyone, may this be the best season yet! Let’s go season 28!!! 💋 #dwts

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Dance Champions Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov Join The New Cast Of DWTS!

As you might have read in our LIVE blog post this morning, dance champions, Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov, have been added as new Pros to Dancing With The Stars Season 28. This beautiful couple have been dancing together since 2009 and are seven-time United States 10-Dance Champions and Latin Champions. Pasha and Daniella are the first US couple in 40 years who represented the US in all four dance styles at the world championships…Latin, Ballroom, Ten dance, and Show dance. They have also been featured in Dancing Pros in 2014, Dance Legends in 2015, and World of Dance in 2018. Daniella Karagh also toured in Derek Hough’s tour this past summer. Below is just a hint of what we might see of this couple in Dancing With The Stars Season 28. Get ready for a lot of passion…

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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.

PureDWTS Preliminary POLL: Who Are You Rooting For?

Normally, we’d be voting on partnerships (rather than just celebs), but given that we aren’t going to find out the partnerships officially until the premiere in 3.5 weeks, right now we’re just sticking to celebs.  Based on first impressions from the cast announcement, who is your favorite? Who do you think will win? Who will be first out? Who will make the finals? Vote and tell us more in the comments! 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

Val Chmerkovskiy Talks On The New Season Of Dancing With The Stars And More

Val Chmerkovskiy talked with Entertainment Tonight about the new season of Dancing With The Stars. They are hoping to really push the boundaries again. Lots more below….

“Honestly, I’m really excited. I’m excited to contribute,” he continued. “This is season 28. We really kind of push the boundaries every season. This is the first year where we haven’t had a spring season, so I feel like enough anticipation is there, the excitement is there. Me, personally, I’m ready to go and dance and teach and do my thing.”

When the show returns next month, fans will be introduced to “really fun format changes,” according to ABC entertainment president Karey Burke, who hinted at the tweaks earlier this month during the Television Critics Association summer press tour. Speaking with ET, Chmerkovskiy said he hopes that means “moving forward to the things that made the show special,” especially for the fans who have been tuning in to the dance competition show since the beginning.

“I think there’s so many shows out there that have pushed the limit on technology and all of that stuff. I think people are much more interested in real good, feel-good stories,” he continued. “Not everything has to be a tearjerker. Some things can just be fun. I think what made Dancing With the Stars the number one show for so long, is that we take our craft seriously, we take our relationships seriously. It’s a show that has a lot of fun, and it’s kind of an escape for all of these people all across this country. Monday nights can be brutal, man! They just wanna go home, sit with their families and watch something that isn’t hijacked by politics. Just feel-good television that’s good for the entire family.”

More at Entertainment Tonight on what he’d like to see in his new partner.

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And The New Cast of DWTS Season 28 Is….GMA Live Blog

Well, today’s the day!! Christie Brinkley? Hannah B? Gronk, Camille, Jessica..? Michael, Magic, Kobe?? Who the hell knows. I’d be willing to bet that close to half the cast we won’t be surprised about. Just say no to Abby Lee Miller. Sweet Jesus.

And, unfortunately, it sounds like a lot of the pros will be back. Sorry – love the women – but I feel the male side needs a good solid shake. 🙂

Show starts in T-minus 15 minutes…

Of course they had to ask Ginger if she saw her dance partner, Val, upstairs and she of course says yes. Lord, get over it already.

Sounds like 8:18 is the time. Gonna run for the shower. Let me know if there are any stupid hints between now and then.

Uptown is Christie Brinkley, IMO. I don’t have rewind capability…other clues? “Office”?? Rainn Wilson? That could be interesting. Crossing the Creek…James Van Der Beek? Joshua Jackson? Read more..

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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. :-)