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Randall Christensen, Former DWTS Costume Designer, Passes Away

Got the most heartbreaking email yesterday from Randall’s publicist, letting me know of his passing 🙁 For those who maybe weren’t around in the earlier years of the show, Randall was the main costume designers for seasons 2-13 of the show, and created some of the most memorable costumes in the history of the show (think Toni Braxton’s Marie Antoinette gown, Nicole Scherzinger’s Prince getup, Derek & Joanna Krupa’s futuristic paso doble outfits).  He was also a great friend of ours here at Pure, and was gracious enough to grant us several interviews over the years, giving us the behind-the-scenes story of some of the costumes.  Per his publicist, Randall had been courageously (but quietly) battling carcinoma for several years. I had always wondered why he had parted ways with the show – did he quit to pursue other opportunities? Was he let go? But I never wanted to offend him or hurt his feelings by asking…now I understand that he was putting his health first. Those of us here at Pure send our deepest condolences and warmest prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Emmy-winning costume designer, Randall Christensen died Sunday, June 16 at the age of 60. Randall
was best known for his dazzling work on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for 11 seasons. Mr. Christensen
had been struggling with carcinoid cancer for the past several years.
He was born October 7, 1958 in Camden, South Carolina and was a recent resident of Long Beach,
California. Mr. Christensen is survived by his husband, opera singer, Aaron Ball, mother Joan, and
siblings Steven (Kay), Bruce, Dana (Patti), and Valerie Kirkley. He is preceded in death by his father
Hayward and brother Mark.
Winner of the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program (Dancing
with the Stars) and four-time nominee for the Costume Designers Guild Award for Outstanding
Contemporary Television Series (Dancing with the Stars), South Carolina-born costume designer Randall
Christensen delighted performers and audiences alike around the world with his transformative and
iconographic dance and skate costumes and had been proclaimed ‘the next Bob Mackie’ by designer
Bob Mackie himself.
In addition to designing his award-winning creations for Dancing with the Stars for eleven seasons,
Christensen’s stunning gowns can be seen worn by Jennifer Lopez in the film Shall We Dance (2004) and
Mary Steenburgen in the film Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005). Mr.
Christensen’s work can also be seen in the films Take the Lead starring Antonio Banderas (2006), Dance
with Me (1998) with Vanessa Williams, and on television in 20th Century Fox’s award-winning So You
Think You Can Dance and TLC Network’s Ballroom Bootcamp.
Christensen’s company, Randall Designs, has been a leader in the competitive dance and skate costume
industry since 1986 and is based in Phoenix, AZ Christensen also created costumes for Crystal Cruises
and Princess Cruises. Much in demand the world over for his ballroom dance costumes, Christensen wa
also the designer of choice for the world’s top competitive ice skaters. Christensen’s exquisite designs
for Olympic champions Charlie White and Meryl Davies during the 2014 XXII Olympic Winter Games in
Sochi received global notice and praise when White and Davis became the first Americans to win the
Olympic gold medal for ice dancing.
Memorial services will be Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 2:00pm at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, Los
Angeles. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Best Friends Animal Society
at www.bestfriends.org.

If you want to relive some of the magic of Randall’s greatest DWTS creations, you can check out several of the interviews we conducted with him over the years.

2012 interview, part I
2012 interview, part II
Randall’s costume retrospective, season 4, week 1
Randall’s costume retrospective, season 4, week 2
Randall’s costume retrospective, season 4, week 3

June 21, 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/DWTS Juniors Season 2 Update: New Producers, Pro/Troupe Auditions, New Schedule?

After a seemingly endless period of no news, it looks like we’re finally getting some movement behind-the-scenes on season 28 of DWTS and season 2 of Juniors.  Per a source…

DWTS now has new executive producers at the helm – no idea who exactly, but apparently Ashley & Joe are out. I’m guessing we’ll be hearing more after fall up-fronts next week…

Invitation-only auditions for pro/troupe on DWTS were held last week, so we may be seeing some new faces on the show come fall.  Veteran pros did not have to re-audition.

Juniors season 2 is no-go for the summer/fall, but is tentatively being pushed to a mid-season slot – think Jan/Feb of next year, which I think is actually a perfect slot to try because most regular-season shows are on hiatus at that time.  That mid-season slot worked wonders for The Masked Singer; it could be a good vehicle for Juniors, too.

As I mentioned earlier, we’re probably going to see DWTS news pick up a bit after up-fronts next week – likely a tentative premiere date, season length, and of course, the names of the new EP’s. Thoughts? 🙂

May 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 Julianne Hough Joins “America’s Got Talent” Judging Panel

In what seems to be a pattern of DWTS pros/judges making the move from ABC to other networks recently (first Derek to NBC for World of Dance, then Carrie Ann to CBS for The Talk), Julianne was just announced as one of the new judges for the upcoming summer season of America’s Got Talent:

“America’s Got Talent” has set a new host and members of its judging panel going into Season 14, Variety has learned.

Terry Crews will take over as host of the NBC competition show from Tyra Banks. In addition, Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough will serve as judges on the upcoming season, joining returning judges Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel. Mel B. and Heidi Klum will not return as judges.

Gotta say – this is likely a major step up for Julianne, as AGT has been a summertime ratings stalwart for YEARS. For those clamoring for her return to DWTS, however, I think this unfortunately means she’s done with DWTS for the foreseeable future – NBC is infamous for being stingy with their talent.  Which is disappointing for me, as I adore Terry Crews and would love to see him on DWTS at some point.  However, Mama Spence has been casually watching the AGT: The Champions mid-season series recently (which Terry has been hosting), and says that Terry is “the perfect host” – and this is coming from someone who loved Nick Cannon as the host of AGT. I rather expected Mel B not to return to AGT, given that she’s had some person struggles in recent years, but I’m a tad surprised that Heidi didn’t come back…or perhaps wasn’t asked back. All in all, an interesting development.

February 11, 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

Rupaul’s Drag Race Finalist Courtney Act to Compete on DWTS Australia

So last week, we talked about RPDR season 8 champ Bob the Drag Queen starting a campaign to get on DWTS.  In an interesting development, RPDR season 6 runner-up Courtney Act (aka Shane Jenek) was just announced as a contestant on DWTS Australia:

Drag artist Courtney Act is set to appear on Australia’s Dancing with the Stars with a male partner.

Act, whose real name is Shane Jenek, was the final contestant to be announced in the 11-strong line-up for the celebrity-studded dance competition.

The drag queen, who made her name name on RuPaul’s Drag Race, revealed the news on Twitter and jokingly referred to her costume mishap while entering Celebrity Big Brother in January 2018, which she went on to win.

Courtney posted her promo pic on IG, which I think is pretty cute 🙂

Worth mentioning: Courtney’s no stranger to reality TV – aside from RPDR and her aforementioned win on Celebrity Big Brother UK, she also competed on the inaugural season of Australian Idol and is set to compete in the Eurovision song contest later this month. Note that they’ve got her dancing with a male pro, and there seems to be very few people getting worked up about it – I think if she does well (and she probably will), we could see DWTS here in the States taking notice and perhaps more seriously entertaining the notion of casting a drag queen for season 28. At this point, my vote’s for Ginger Minj – she was just in Dumplin’ and Super Drags, she’s got a theater and singing background, and there’s currently a bit of a grassroots campaign to get her cast as Ursula in the upcoming live action version of The Little Mermaid. She’s also short, which should eliminate a lot of the trickiness of pairing her with a male pro to dance with. But in the grand scheme of things, I’m just glad to see drag queens in the mainstream 😉

February 1, 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 & Watch Out: Bob the Drag Queen Wants to Be on DWTS (POLL)

I apologize for the tardiness of this post – I was in Denver when Zoe (@ptxdwts on Twitter) pointed this out to me, and Heidi & Vogue were each tending to family business. But I’ve finally gotten a spare moment and thought we could talk about this 🙂

Last Friday night, Rupaul’s Drag Race season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen (real name: Christopher Caldwell) tweeted out this message:

Now I vaguely remember a few drag queens joking a bit in the past about wanting to do the show, but I feel like this is the first instance where one of them actually seems serious about it.  Bob’s got a point – with the success of RPDR in the last ten years, drag queens are becoming much more well-known in the mainstream, as opposed to being considered more of a subculture/niche celebrity. They’re starring in Oscar-nominated movies (Willam and Shangela were in A Star is Born), TV events (Valentina is set to play Angel in Rent: Live this Sunday), and Netflix original content (Ginger Minj was most recently in Dumplin’, while Alyssa Edwards’ reality show Dancing Queen follows her dance school in Texas, and many of the voices in the cartoon Super Drags are former RPDR queens). Drag queens are having a moment – so perhaps it’s time for DWTS to give one a shot.  I’ve said it already, but I think season 28 is going to be a make-it-or-break-it season for this show – I think they’ve got to somehow revamp it, while also hanging onto their core fanbase. I think attitudes have changed (and continue to change), and while I’m sure there would be some obnoxiously-vocal bigots threatening to boycott the show if a drag queen was on, I think it could be cancelled out by the influx of new viewers the show could potentially get from casting a queen as famous as Bob.

Potential caveats? I assume Bob would be competing in drag, which means she’d be dancing with a male pro – and Bob is easily 6’2″-6’3″.  That’s at least as tall as Keo, our current tallest male pro, and I assume Bob would also be wearing heels.  I think it’s safe to say lifts are probably out 😛 Other than that, I can’t see too many logistical barriers…what do you guys think? I know I say this a lot anymore, but I just want to see something I haven’t seen before…so I’m all about Bob on DWTS 😉 Be sure to vote in the poll below!

January 25, 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

Perez Hilton Says Joey Lawrence and “A Lot of Personalities Who Have Done DWTS” Are On Celebrity Big Brother Season 2

I got so wrapped up in former DWTS celebrities doing The Masked Singer that I spaced that Celebrity Big Brother season 2 is kicking off soon…and apparently that show is also borrowing from the former DWTS contestant casting pool, per Perez Hilton:

Sources tell us that Joey Lawrence is “definitely” doing it. And he has not been on any of the spoiler lists thus far.

Joining Joey in the Celebrity Big Brother house will be a lot of personalities who have previously done Dancing With the Stars on ABC.

Given that five of the eleven celebs on CBB season 1 were DWTS alums, it’s not surprising that CBB has dipped into the DWTS pond again – especially since Deena Katz (DWTS casting director) is apparently doing casting for CBB now, too. So begins the speculation – who was on DWTS that isn’t currently up to anything and maybe might need the money/exposure? Ochocinco? Aaron Carter? T.O.? Kate Gosselin? Let’s hear your guesses…

January 10, 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

DWTS Season 19 Contestant Tommy Chong 2nd Celeb Voted Off “The Masked Singer”; More Former DWTS Contestants Likely Behind the Masks

Well, as we hypothesized last week – it sure seems like the casting department for The Masked Singer went fishing for contestants from the pool of celebs that have done DWTS. Six new masked celebs performed last night, and my favorite of Peta’s former partners, Chong, was sent home after an exuberant (but just ok, if we’re being honest) performance of “I Will Survive”…while dressed as a pineapple, I might add 😛 And while only Chong was unmasked, there are four other contestants who may or may not be past DWTS competitors, based on the clues…shall we have a look?

“The Rabbit”

Clues given: has spent most of his life onstage, but never alone; he now “pops up here, and pops up there”; synchronized singing is his forte; he’s performed in a mask before; the last man standing “is gonna be me”

Who it might be: NSYNC member and DWTS season 4 finalist/all-stars contestant Joey Fatone (but I haven’t ruled out JC Chasez as a possibility)

Why: NSYNC had a hit called “It’s Gonna Be Me”; Joey seems to pop up in the most random places anymore (DWTS, hosting game shows, hawking male hair loss products); the only clue that’s throwing me is the straight jacket – yes, NSYNC did a video where they were in an insane asylum for “I Drive Myself Crazy” (which, in retrospect, was in rather poor taste) and they all wore straitjackets, but the cover of JC’s solo album Schizophrenic also features him in a straitjacket. Both men are of similar heights, though Joey seems quite a bit stockier than JC…but who knows.

 

“The Raven”

Clues given: “all my life, I’ve listened to other people’s stories”; always been a “sunny kind of person”; “no one talks more than me”; recently suffered a “tragic loss”, show is giving her the opportunity to “honor my beloved”

Who I’m fairly certain it is: talk show host and DWTS season 13 finalist Ricki Lake

Why: Ricki’s best known as a talk show host, but she also has dabbled in singing/performing – she played Tracy Turnblad in the original movie of Hairspray. Her ex-husband sadly committed suicide in February of 2017.

 

“The Poodle”

Clues given: loves to take on different characters while onstage; lots of clips of San Francisco shown – particularly the Castro District, which is a well-known LGBTQ area; comes from a “musical family”, but “known for a different kind of talent”; “STAND UP!”; pictures of rainbows; “time to return to my musical roots”; “to figure me out, you’re gonna have to WORK!!!”

Who I’m fairly certain it is: comedian and DWTS season 11 contestant Margaret Cho

Why: She’s a stand-up comedian from San Francisco, and has always been outspoken in her support of the LGBTQ community; has actually released an album and can legitimately sing

 

“The Bee”

Clues given: long career, and has never wanted to stop doing what she loves; “you can call me Queen Bee, but ‘Empress’ also suits me”; guys in suits in the background doing synchronized moves to a Motown-sounding track; “looking forward to singing to a new generation”; career started in the ’50s

Who I’m fairly certain it is: R&B legend and DWTS season 14 contestant Gladys Knight

Why: Gladys has been around for awhile, and she first started performing in the 1950s; nickname is the “Empress of Soul”; the Pips were 3 guys who did synchronized dance moves behind Gladys when they were performing

And in case you missed it (and love Chong like I do), here are Chong’s clues and performance:

As for the last remaining contestant, The Alien – still torn on that one, but most folks seem to be guessing Kendall Jenner.  What are your thoughts on the identities of the contestants, both this week’s and last week’s? 😎

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DWTS Season 22 Contestant Antonio Brown First Celeb Voted Off “The Masked Singer”; Could More Former DWTS Contestants Be Behind the Masks?

Admittedly, when I saw ads for The Masked Singer on FOX, I didn’t pay it much mind because I thought it would be a one-and-done, mid-season flop. But given that the show premiered Wednesday night to HUGE numbers, I watched the premiere last night on Hulu…and I’ll admit, there is something oddly compelling about it. It’s no Game of Thrones, but there’s something about watching mystery celebs in ridiculous head-to-toe animal costumes singing well-known songs while judges Robin Thicke, Jenny McCarthy, Ken Jeong, & DWTS season 10 champ Nicole Scherzinger hem and haw (and often poorly guess) about who they are that’s certainly entertaining.

So what’s this got to do with DWTS, you ask? Well, given that the first celeb voted off was DWTS season 22 contestant (and the inspiration for this blogger’s favorite DWTS hashtag, #ShoshannaWhatSheMissin) Antonio Brown, it stands to reason that other former DWTS contestants might be behind some of the masks as well.  And in the tradition of shows like DWTS, Celebrity Apprentice, and Celebrity Big Brother, you often see the same celebs making the rounds on these shows. Various clues have been given about each of the contestants, including their height (which DWTS fans make a habit of keeping tabs on), and even the costumes themselves supposedly have clues worked into them.  And some of these clues seem to sound an awful like some familiar faces from DWTS…shall we have a look at two former contestants likely hiding behind those masks?

“The Peacock”


Clues given: 5’9″, loves attention, first got onstage at age 5, your mom might have had a poster of him on her bedroom wall, part of a Vegas act, name-dropped Michael Jackson, petted a dog statue

Who I’m fairly certain it is: season 9 champ Donny Osmond

Why: Donny is the original DWTS attention fiend, pre-Alfonso. Singing voice sounds just like Donny, who has had a residency in Vegas for years. Teen idol from my mom’s era; had a hit called “Puppy Love”.  Loves to name-drop. Also, SHORT MAN SYNDROME

“The Lion”

Clues given: “Hollywood royalty”, “embracing vulnerabilities”, 5’6″, “my pride has many women in it”

Who I’m fairly certain it is: season 20 champ Rumer Willis

Why: Obviously the daughter of Bruce Willis & Demi Moore would be considered “Hollywood royalty”. Rumer’s 5’6″ – that I remember from covering season 20. She also talked at-length about her experiences with being bullied and overcoming her insecurities.  It was also pretty well-known that she had singing (*cough* and dancing…*cough*) experience, and she even performed her freestyle to a cover she sang of “Toxic”. Her family is pretty female-dominated – she’s one of three daughters.

And we already know that Antonio was “The Hippo”, but if you want to see his clues and performance, go ahead…


As for the other three contestants we saw this week, Tori Spelling is totally “The Unicorn”, and Terry Bradshaw is “The Deer”.  The only one I’m not feeling certain about is “The Monster” – a lot of folks on Twitter seem to be saying T-Pain, but I’m still feeling kinda “meh” on that one. Honestly, kinda shocked we haven’t seen all three on DWTS at this point…I know Terry’s been a rumor before.  Any bets on whether we see Tori on season 28? 😛

Are any of you watching the show? Thoughts? Guesses on the celebs? If enough of you are interested, I might be persuaded to cover this show regularly… 😉

January 4, 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 Alfonso Ribeiro Sues Fortnite Creators Over Their Use of the “Carlton Dance” (POLL)

So, this is admittedly a bit DWTS-adjacent, but given that this topic has somewhat been touched on in the past here (and there’s not much to report on DWTS at the moment, outside of tour updates), I figured “Why not see what our readers think?”

For those of you who haven’t heard, news broke this morning that season 19 DWTS champ Alfonso Ribeiro actually filed two separate lawsuits against Epic Games (the creators of Fortnite) and Take Two Interactive (the creators of the NBA 2K series) for their use of his famous “Carlton Dance”:

Carlton wants his dance back.

Actor Alfonso Ribeiro is suing to stop two video game developers from selling a dance popularized by his “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” character.
In two lawsuits filed Monday, Ribeiro said the companies have “unfairly profited” from using his likeness and from exploiting his “protected creative expression.” The suits name Fortnite developer Epic Games Inc., and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., creator of the NBA 2K series, and several of its subsidiaries.
Epic Games declined to comment on the lawsuit. Take-Two subsidiary 2K Games did not respond to a request for comment.
The lawsuits ask a California federal court to bar the game developers from using, selling or displaying the dance. The suits state that Ribeiro is in the process of copyrighting the dance.
Ok, so right off the bat, I’ve gotta raise my eyebrows a bit at the fact that Fonz is “in the process of copyrighting the dance”, but doesn’t have it copyrighted YET. I think it might be hard to prove copyright infringement if you don’t even officially own the copyright yet (and the question remains whether you can truly copyright a dance at all – more on that later). I also find the timing a bit curious, as both Fortnite and NBA 2K have been around for over a year (the latter definitely longer, though I don’t know how long they’ve been using the dance), and Fonz is just now slapping them with a suit. But I digress…
…I’ve said more than once that I think copyrighting specific dance moves is a slippery slope – given that dance is an art form that has very much evolved from collaboration and various individual moves slowly becoming widely-known pieces of dance vocabulary, I think granting people the ability to copyright certain moves has a potential chilling effect on dance as a whole. I’m all for people getting credit for their intellectual property, but I think within a dance context that should be applied to entire choreographic works, rather than just specific moves…particularly very simplistic ones, like “The Carlton”, which I think could be argued is a very natural movement that pre-dates Alfonso making it his “thing”. Alfonso has even admitted that he basically came up with the dance just by watching a young Courteney Cox dancing onstage with Bruce Springsteen in the “Dancing in the Dark” video, and imitating Eddie Murphy’s “White People Dance” from his Raw standup performance. All that being said – Alfonso might still have (somewhat of) a leg to stand on.  Check out this post from a trademark lawyer’s website, titled “Can I Trademark a Dance?” – it basically says you can trademark the NAME of a dance, but not necessarily the move itself. So if I’m interpreting it correctly, Alfonso might be able to claim that the move is called “The Carlton” (especially since the Fortnite character that does it supposedly looks a lot like his Fresh Prince character) but I don’t know that he can really claim to have invented the dance and own exclusive rights to it in any capacity. And who the hell knows how you go about monetizing that type of trademark. But here’s where I think it gets even more complicated: I’m not even sure that Alfonso owns the rights to the character of Carlton Banks – it’s hard telling, but I think most of the rights to the characters on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actually belong to Andy & Susan Borowitz, the show’s creators, and to a lesser degree, Benny Medina (whose life experiences the show was loosely based on).  So does he really have the capacity to say “This is the Carlton dance!” when he himself might not even own the rights to the character that performed it…? I dunno…it all seems pretty murky to me, and it seems like a bit of a cash grab on Alfonso’s part.
But what do you guys think? Vote in the poll below and speak your mind in the comments!
December 18, 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 28 Cast Rumors & Watchout: James Hinchcliffe Thinks Fellow Indycar Driver Josef Newgarden Should Do DWTS

I’d categorize this one as “there’s a 50/50 chance between this being a complete joke and a legitimate possibility”, given the parties involved 😉

Hinch has said in multiple interviews since his time on DWTS that he’d “love to see Josef Newgarden do DWTS” – I believe he even mentioned it in a Facebook live with Sharna once, and Sharna was onboard with the idea.  Josef’s a fellow Indycar driver (a pretty successful one, too – he won the 2017 Indycar Series Championship), and is considered a sort of Indycar heartthrob – several of the drivers like to joke that he should be a Disney prince or in a boyband. He’s also a goofy guy and doesn’t seem to worry too much about “being cool”, so he’s uninhibited enough to give DWTS a shot, I think.

Well the other day Josef retweeted a gif of himself busting a move on the bricks at IMS (which was actually cropped from a YouTube video of him during the “Harlem Shake” dance craze five years ago), and this is how things went down:

Now while Josef might be kidding (or semi-kidding), I think Hinch is serious – and I think that Josef would actually be a wise casting move on ABC’s part. Charming, attractive, boyish young guy that doesn’t take himself too seriously and isn’t afraid to let loose and give himself over to the experience? That’s practically catnip to DWTS viewers these days (hello, Milo). And given that ABC has time to pin down the next cast (and reeeeallllly needs to focus on getting a quality cast to redeem themselves from the fiasco of season 27), I think they ought to look into Josef – Hinch ended up being wildly popular despite being a relative unknown headed into his season, and Josef is at least semi-well-known.

Thoughts?

December 17, 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