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PureDWTS Season 28 Cast Rumors & Watchout: DancingABC IG Drops Another Hint

I’m being told this is “totally Lauren Alaina” – which could be the friend Bobby was talking about getting on the show.

August 20, 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 and Watchout: Peta is Apparently Back

I’m not even sure what to say about this one, other than “Maks better NOT be back as well” and “I hope she’s ready to actually work, instead of half-assing it like she did the last two seasons she was on.” Per Us Weekly

Welcome back! Peta Murgatroyd will officially be part of the Dancing With the Stars season 28 cast after two season off.

“I’m overwhelmed with excitement,” Murgatroyd, 33, tells Us Weekly exclusively about her return. “I’m excited and happy to be back with my family. Honestly, I just missed everybody so much! As a lot of people know, it’s such a close and tight-knit family, so I’m just happy to be back with everybody.”

Funny that she’s “overwhelmed with excitement”, when the last few interviews I’ve seen she seemed kinda blase about the show.  Whatever…discuss…

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PureDWTS Season 28 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Instagram Throws Some More Hints Our Way

I’m just gonna leave this here and let you guys speculate for now.  I’ll come back when you’ve analyzed every clue and then post the significance in the main post, cause mama’s got a 9-5 and a pile of requisitions on her desk 😉 First impressions: probably a country singer, although the “queen” clue gives me the vaguest hope that we maybe got a drag queen…;-)

 

August 19, 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: Instagram Is Getting Cryptic…

So here we have the latest IG post from the @DancingABC account…and there’s a lot to unpack…

 

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Decode the clues! 🔎 You might be a cultural genius if you can guess who this star is. #DWTS

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Let’s have a look at each element…

Florida A&M Rattlesnakes pennant: there’s over 60 alums that have gone on to the NFL, so good luck figuring out which one…if that’s even what this is meant to hint at. Turns out Karamo Brown went there, too…

“It’s all fun and games until you enter the real world”: my guess is that this individual has undertaken a different career path after doing one thing earlier in life…maybe a former NFL player that is now in a different line of work? Ok, just had a memory: someone on Real World many, many years ago yelling “Dammit Karamo, now you’re pissing me off!” Totally spaced that he was on Real World: Philadelphia

29.7604 N 95.3698 W: plug this into Google Maps, and it looks like it’s Houston City Hall. Karamo’s from Houston.

Web page searching mens jackets…?: Yeah. IDK. Maybe this person has a clothing line? Someone on Twitter saying it’s Karamo from Queer Eye

Notes with “Sunday” and “YEAH”: Does this person maybe have a show on Sundays…? Is “YEAH” a catchphrase?

Letter “A” and clock at “10:15”: Anyone notice any significance?

Typewriter and glasses: Does this person wear glasses? Are they a writer?

Discuss…

August 16, 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 and Watchout: DancingABC Instagram Starts Hinting at Stars

Part of me kind of hates this, because it inspires all manner of frantic (and sometimes neurotic) research – remember the great arm freckle debacle of season 20? Add to that the fact that *wince* Bones is commenting on these posts with “signed, the champ” and I’m just not about it 😛 But feel free to guess…

 

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The new cast of #DWTS is ready to bring the fun! Don’t miss @goodmorningamerica next Wednesday when we reveal our STARS!

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We can’t wait to sing these names from the rooftops! 😄 Who do YOU want to see in the #DWTS ballroom this season?

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August 15, 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: The Full Cast Will Be Announced Aug. 21

I knew SOMETHING was happening with regards to DWTS on GMA Aug. 21, I just didn’t know what; apparently it’s the entire cast announcement, per GMA’s Twitter:

So it looks like we’re getting the entire cast two weeks earlier than expected. Hope they’ve got their ducks in a row…and if they really want to milk this, I’m expecting the DancingABC Instagram to start dropping hints soon…

Adding: Per my source, none of the pros have met their partners yet.  Unless that happens sometime in the coming week, I’d say we may be looking at a Strictly-style cast announcement: pros meet their partners for the first time on LIVE TELEVISION 😯 Guess we’ll see who has a poker face and who doesn’t…pass the popcorn 😉

Adding again: Ok, finally got some clarity from a source: ALL OF THE CELEBS and ALL OF THE PROS are being announced on GMA on Wednesday; however, the partnerships are not being announced – I’m guessing that will happen at a later date, and source thinks it might possibly happen on social media. So they really are doing this Strictly-style…I guess my hope is that this “here are all the pros and here are all the celebs” format doesn’t inspire some pros to start campaigning to get a certain celeb…I could see a pro or two whining to the producers about why they should get [insert incredibly ringer-y partner here] before the formal announcement is made.  STAND FIRM, ANDREW!!! 😯

August 14, 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 Says Hannah Brown is Definitely On This Season

Well Steve did already hint that she would probably be part of this season…and her name has been in the mix…but it appears we have confirmation from his latest post: Hannah’s gonna be on this season.

I’ve been saying for weeks in this column that I fully expect Hannah Brown to be part of the DWTS cast when it’s officially announced. Host Tom Bergeron said we should be expecting the cast announcement sometime next week. Not that it should come as any surprise, but I’m here to tell you that Hannah is absolutely gonna be on DWTS this year. That should surprise no one. She’s the most popular female contestant in the history of this franchise if we’re going off IG followers. She’s off one of the more successful seasons they’ve ever had, and lets be honest, it seems like Hannah and her personality are made for DWTS. I’m sure this will make Kaitlyn very happy that they finally cast a female lead (minus Trista who was in season 1 of DWTS). We all know how many they’ve passed over in recent seasons, that Hannah is kinda making a bit of history here. So anyway, expect her to be part of the cast when it’s announced sometime next week.

Ok, real quick, a clarification: I don’t know what exactly is going down on GMA next week.  I don’t know if it’s the pro announcement, the cast announcement, both, something else, whatever. All I know is that the pros were told that there would be some sort of DWTS-related GMA segment on Aug. 21. A lot of people seem to be assuming that it’s the cast announcement, but based on the intel I’ve received, I can’t guarantee we’re going to get confirmation next week on any of the celebs…

…all that said, I believe Steve (that should seriously be a campaign slogan). As I already said, his track record is peerless (nonsensical claims to the contrary from a reader of Cosmopolitan notwithstanding), and if he says she’s going to be on, I think it’s as good as confirmation from the show itself. And I think Hannah’s a good choice – she seems like she’s got a good head on her shoulders and likely will be a good dancer.  The question is – who are they gonna partner her with? My gut says Artem or Alan, but I think it’s equally possible that they give her to *eye roll* Val. Or do they throw a curve ball and put her with a new pro…? Thoughts?

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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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PureDWTS Season 28 Live Blog: GMA Announcing the First Two Contestants!!! **POSTPONED INDEFINITELY**

And we begin our broadcast day, friends 🙂 With this announcement (the earliest we’ve ever been given confirmation on a celeb cast member, mind you), I’d say the season 28 cycle has officially commenced!

I know there’s been some skepticism – “Why are they announcing this so early??? Ugh, I hope this isn’t like the announcement mess of season 21!!!” And I get it – that rolling announcement they attempted for season 21 was a dumpster fire. But given that we’re coming off the longest hiatus between seasons in the history of the show (and coming off an almost universally panned season, mind you), I think it’s important that the show get the ball rolling earlier than usual – they’re going to have to start the arduous process of getting fans excited about the show again, and invested in the upcoming season. The longer they lay dormant, the less likely viewers are to tune in – so I fully expect the month of August to be a tad bananas in the DWTS fandom, and I think we may see more cast announcements between now and early September, when they usually reveal the full cast.

As for this announcement – I tend to think (hope) they’ve managed to snag some popular, relevant celebs, and are using this early reveal to whet our appetites for what’s to come. The prevailing theory from the comments on this post is that it’s going to be recent Bachelorette Hannah Brown and her runner-up-cum-second-chance-flame Tyler Cameron, which I think would be a very shrewd choice – as much as we’ve eye-rolled at past Bachelors on DWTS, the most recent incarnation of the show was surprisingly progressive (Hannah shutting down slut-shamey comments from one of her suitors, Tyler C. being a woke, respectful king) as well as scandalous (Hannah’s final pick, Jed, was revealed to have been in a relationship with someone back home during the duration of the show, and apparently had only done the show to “further his singing career”).  Hannah and Tyler are having a moment – a big moment! – and they would likely be a huge ratings draw, as Bachelor franchise fans are invested in whether or not they’ll rekindle their romance. Whether you love The Bachelor franchise, hate The Bachelor franchise, or love to hate The Bachelor franchise, this would be a very good move for DWTS. Plus I think it’s high time that we get another Bachelorette on the show – Rycroft doesn’t count, so we haven’t had one since Trista in season 1 (Kaitlyn Bristowe DWTS drama notwithstanding). I’m also told that Tyler has always wanted to do DWTS, and is possibly-maybe a bit of a ringer…? 😉 Music to my ears, after watching Grocery Joe lumber awkwardly through season 27.

If not Hannah & Tyler, then who else could it be? Again, I go back to it being someone big and possibly a package deal – my only other guess was Gronk and his model/dancer gf Camille Kostek. What are your theories as we wait to find out? 🙂

UPDATE, 7:58 AM EST, 8/5/19: Apparently no mention has been made of DWTS so far on GMA – and the tone seems very somber today, in light of the two mass shootings over the weekend.  Makes me wonder if they’ll still do this announcement…stay tuned…

UPDATE, 8:18 AM EST, 8/5/19: Looks like the announcement got pushed, per this tweet from Ginger…lol. Guess we’ll try this again tomorrow…

Update, 3:01 PM EST, 8/5/19: Sooo…the DWTS announcement may or may not be tomorrow…check out Tom’s response to a fan asking about it.  Then again, I’m not sure that they were even planning on having Tom on GMA for this particular announcement, so it would make sense that he didn’t know anything. We’ll watch again tomorrow, just on the off-chance they do make the announcement…but it seems a bit up-in-the-air at the moment…

Update, 4:43 PM EST, 8/5/19: Kristyn reached out to ABC publicity to ask when the announcement was rescheduled, and was told it was “postponed indefinitely” 🙁 We’ll keep an eye out to see if/when it might come up again, but for now…no news, kids.

August 5, 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