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PureDWTS Season 25 Cast Rumors Continue: Barbara Corcoran from Shark Tank Is Dancing!

I’m gonna start referring to today as “the sieve” because my god – all the leaks 😛

Looks like we have another name to add to the board – Shark Tank businesswoman Barbara Concoran, according to E!:

Barbara is one of the investors on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank, and has been with the show for all eight seasons. The businesswoman isn’t the first of ABC’s Sharks to compete on DWTS, as Robert Herjavec was part of the season 20 cast, and while he didn’t win the mirrorball trophy, he landed himself a wife in pro partner Kym Johnson.

I feel like adding that Barbara’s actually the third Shark we’ve had on the show – Mark Cuban being the first, and Robert Herjavec being the second.  I’ve always thought she was one tough cookie, and looks like she’s in fantastic shape – so she could have some staying power this season.

Anyone getting as tired as Vogue & I from keeping up with all the names coming out today? 😉

August 31, 2017 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 25 Cast Rumors: Did Bobby Brown Pull Out of DWTS?

If you believe US Weekly (and they’re usually pretty spot-on), then the answer is yes:

Bobby Brown had a change of heart. The singer was supposed to be a contestant on season 25 of Dancing With the Stars, but bowed out at the last minute, sources tell Us Weekly.

“Bobby Brown was originally slated to be on this new season of DWTS, but recently pulled out,” one source tells Us. “There were issues with his contract, and he couldn’t come to an agreement with ABC that it would be worth it to do the show.”

Sounds like somebody may have been holding out for mo’ money. Given that we’ve already spoiled the partners for the five female pros already confirmed for this season, I can only assume that Bobby was probably going to be the “surprise” 13th couple announced on Sept. 6, with Cheryl as his partner.  None of my sources had heard a peep about Cheryl’s partner – which makes sense, because it doesn’t sound like he was ever contractually locked down.

So this begs the question: will we still get 13 couples this season? And will Cheryl still get a partner? I’m thinking yes, because the show almost always has backup celebs in their back pocket – a good example is season 13’s Carson Kressley, who filled in at the last minute after Ryan O’Neal backed out. And honestly, given that Bobby is known for having a bit of a volatile personality, I’m not sure I would have wanted to see him this season – I’d rather see Cheryl with someone a bit more stable and willing to work.

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

PureDWTS Season 25/SYTYCD Season 14 Update: Kiki & Jenna Still In, Logan & Allison Still In, Val Choreographs Two Routines

Meant to do this the other day, but got caught up in DWTS casting rumors and lost track of it.  For those still monitoring the situation over at SYTYCD as it pertains to Jenna, Kiki, Logan, Allison, and whichever DWTS pros get tapped to choreograph, here’s what’s up… 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

PureDWTS Season 25 – The Couples!!! **SPOILERS**

So we already know a few of the couples, either because they were formally announced or because we have intel of our own.  Below are the couples we have confirmed thus far – IF we get any more confirmations between now and the cast announcement next week, you will find them here. If you want to see the list of this season’s pros only, go to Pro Watch.

SPOILERS AFTER THE JUMP… Read more..

August 30, 2017 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 25 – ET Reporting Cheryl Burke Is Back As A Pro

Well it looks like most of you guessed correctly – ET is reporting that Cheryl is indeed back as a pro this season:

Looks like Cheryl Burke is making her way back into the ballroom after all!

A source tells ET that the 33-year-old dancer will return as a pro for season 25 of Dancing With the Stars.

“She’s really excited to return to her roots,” the source says. “She doesn’t want to let anyone down, so you can expect she will be bringing her A-game every night!”

They go on to detail how her Love On The Floor tour got pushed back to 2018, and how returning to DWTS was a “no-brainer”. Given that she wasn’t announced as a pro on GMA today, it’s safe to say she is likely the 13th “surprise pro” that will be announced during the cast announcement on Sept. 6.  For those holding out for a Sasha/Jenna/Allison surprise return – sorry, but maybe next year.
I’m glad both she & Mark will be back – I tend to find that it keeps the newer, more headstrong pros in check a bit better when they have to deal with some OG MBT winners 🙂
August 24, 2017 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 25/SYTYCD 14 Update – Kiki & Jenna Still In, Sydney & Paul Out, Sasha & Emma Choreograph

Figured it was probably worth it to check in on how things were going with our DWTS cross-overs on SYTYCD, especially since speculation has started on whether or not Jenna’s going to be a pro this season…

…Kiki & Jenna are still in the competition as of last night, which seems to be sparking chatter of “Is Jenna going to be a pro on DWTS this season?” While crazier things have happened, the longer Jenna remains on SYTYCD with Kiki, I think her chances at a pro spot on DWTS this season get exponentially smaller with each week that passes – especially since this season’s pros are getting confirmed this week, and it’s possible that Kiki & Jenna could make it to the finals…which would drastically cut into her rehearsal time with a potential celeb partner on DWTS. And given that Nigel seems to have gotten a lot more proprietary with his all-stars as the seasons have gone on, I’m not sure that he’d be willing to share her with DWTS for the few weeks of overlap between DWTS rehearsals and SYTYCD wrapping up.  Last year was a bit of a different situation on SYTYCD, as Jenna was an early out and there wasn’t much in the way of overlap with DWTS – but given that Kiki & Jenna haven’t even landed in the bottom 3 yet, it may be possible they could be there for awhile…leaving less and less time for Jenna to devote to being a pro on DWTS.

In other news, Sydney & Paul were eliminated last night, and Logan & Allison are still in the competition – which means that I think Allison’s chances at a pro spot on DWTS this season are about as good as Jenna’s…in that they’re probably not all that good. Sorry.

But at least we got a piece of Sasha & Emma jive choreography, which they did for Logan & Allison – and Shad even showed up in the audience to support them! Love when contestants remain close with their pros after their season ends 🙂 They also got to see Jake Monreal, Jenna’s partner from last year, whom they had also choreographed for.

As always, be sure to check out Amanda’s detailed review of last night’s show over at Pure SYTYCD.

August 22, 2017 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 – Dmitry Choreographs for Jenna & Kiki; Val Choreographs for Paul & Sydney on SYTYCD

So the live shows this season on So You Think You Can Dance started last night, and there was of course cross-over to DWTS – Jenna is back as an All-Star again, as is sometimes-DWTS-pro-dance-lurker/former MOVE cast member Paul Karmiryan; Dmitry is also choreographing again.  Additionally, Jenna has picked former DWTS troupe member Kiki Nyemchek as her partner this season, and Val has signed on to choreograph.

I was kinda shocked to see Kiki again – I didn’t realize he’s as young as he is (25 – I honestly thought he was already in his late 20’s five years ago), which means he was only 18 when he started in the DWTS troupe wayyyy back when; pretty sure he was a Fam hire. Judging from the comments on YouTube for their cha-cha, he still appears to be the pretty bland guy I remember from the troupe – the general sentiment seems to be that people preferred Jenna’s other partner and are disappointed that she picked Kiki over him:

Oof.  I see that Dmitry’s choreography hasn’t improved much – the song is awful, and the whole dance just felt like a non-event.  Couldn’t even tell you what Kiki did, as Jenna outdanced him the whole time. Paul & Sydney seemed to fare slightly (very slightly) better with Val’s choreography…

Oh look – the high kick is apparently a permanent thing now 😛 And there seemed to be a lot of stop-and-go, so no question – this is Val’s choreography, and this felt like a slight remix of Normani’s cha-cha…but less energetic. I will say I preferred it slightly to Dmitry’s cha-cha; but is it just me, or is Sydney…not all that great? She looks more like a contemporary or hip-hop dancer trying to do ballroom to me, than an actual ballroom dancer. She reminds me of that salsa dancer from several seasons ago (Cristina something, maybe?) that they tried to pass off as a ballroom dancer – just seems to lack polish & confidence in her movements.

Prediction: neither couple is likely to last long on SYTYCD, as is usually the trend – SYTYCD is just not particularly ballroom-friendly or ballroom-appreciative. Did any of you watch? What are your thoughts?

Be sure to check out Amanda’s review of last night’s show over at Pure SYTYCD.

August 8, 2017 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 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Sean Spicer & OJ Simpson – Would DWTS Actually Go After Them?

When I started this post a few days ago amid all the joking on Twitter about recently-resigned White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and recently-paroled felon/former NFL star O.J. Simpson, it was mainly to reassure everyone that I didn’t think DWTS would touch either of these guys with a ten foot pole.  But as with many things DWTS-related these days, I’ve been chagrined…

…according to Page Six, apparently ABC may have actually reached out to Sean about the show:

Spicer, who announced his resignation Friday, was seen coming out of high-level meetings at ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox News in Manhattan, according to sources. A source told us some news execs “made the full-court press” as they competed to woo the high-profile spokesman — who brought in solid ratings and plenty of late-night fodder — while others “just kicked the tires.”

But there’s also speculation 45-year-old Spicer’s next stop could be showing off some spicy dance moves on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Actor Zach Braff jokingly tweeted when Spicer stepped down, “Can’t wait to see Sean Spicer waltz on Dancing With the Stars.”

But a TV insider confirmed to Page Six that the dancing competition show has indeed reached out to the Beltway insider. “That has legs,” the source said.

Given the show’s questionable practices this past season, I guess I’m not totally surprised that they might reach out to someone as sensational as Sean – he would likely appeal to both the conservative-leaning main viewing demographic, and also has a bit of trainwreck appeal. Not sure how charismatic he’d be…or how good of a dancer he’d be…and my gut tells me near-perpetual punching bag Emma would probably get stuck with him. But I’d take Sean anyday over…

…*sigh* O.J., and if this show ever goes after him, I daresay we’ve jumped over a whole line of sharks and there is no hope for this show. It’s one thing to cast a somewhat scandalous political figure – but I think it’s quite another to cast someone involved in one of the most sensational murder trials of our lifetime, and whose acquittal is still a very controversial topic 20-some-odd year later. And aside from all that – O.J.’s 70 and apparently in somewhat poor health, so I’m not sure he’s physically or mentally fit for the rigors of this competition. I REALLY doubt they’d angle to cast The Juice…but Kato Kaelin? That name screams DWTS to me…

…thoughts?

ETA: Vogue here. Yesterday, Politico caught up with Sean Spicer and asked him if he was going to do Dancing With The Stars. He wouldn’t say, but, note that he did indeed meet with ABC the day before. Hmmmm….

Spicer was just back from a whirlwind day in New York City, meeting with network executives about what might come next. “This is the phase where you just say ‘Hi’ to everybody,” he said, noting there was no discussion of money or offers of employment.

“I’m not going to tell you that,” he said of whether he might be a future contestant on “Dancing with the Stars,” a possibility that came up on Wednesday in his meeting with ABC. Spicer still occupies his old office, complete with a couch and a fireplace, while Scaramucci, for now, operates out of a smaller, more modest office two doors down.

July 26, 2017 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 25 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Did WWE Star Nikki Bella Get Asked?

First off, a shout-out to my co-worker Floyd, who is OBSESSED with WWE and Total Divas, and brought this to my attention 😛

This is a bit of old news, but is new to me (and probably most of you), since I don’t exactly keep an ear to the ground on professional wrestling.  Apparently back in April, on an episode of Total Divas, Nikki Bella of the Bella Twins got an email from DWTS:

Something to keep in mind: this episode aired April 26 of this year, but it was definitely taped at least a few months prior to that – and judging from Nikki’s light hair in the video, this was most likely taped in early January of this year, as that is the last time any of her IG pix show her with highlights. So I’m guessing she may actually have been offered a spot on season 24, but turned it down to focus on wrestling.

And given that she has since gotten engaged to John Cena and has expressed a desire to retire from wrestling and settle into married life…is it possible that DWTS may re-extend the invite for season 25? I wouldn’t mind seeing her – again, my memory is slightly more rusty these days, but I don’t know that we’ve ever had a female WWE star on the show since Stacy Keibler in season 2. Also could be nice seeing Cena in the audience supporting her 🙂 Thoughts?

July 21, 2017 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 25 Casting Rumors & Watchout: Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Says “Never Say Never!”

As has become par for the course with DWTS, the most recent Bachelor/Bachelorette’s names are being tossed around as possible rumors for the next season.  We first reported Rachel’s name being in the mix back in February, pre-season 24.  In an interview with E!, Rachel talked about not being interested in joining Real Housewives of Dallas (“I kind of don’t want my personal life to be out there so much”) but seemed a bit more on-the-fence about DWTS:

While we do think Rachel would make an amazing Housewife, we understand the need to just focus on being out in the open with her fiancé (Bryan, Eric or Peter) after having to keep their engagement a secret for the last couple of months.
But just because the lawyer isn’t down to join RHOD doesn’t mean that she is opposed to doing another reality show, telling us, “Never say never!”
Of course, previous Bachelors and Bachelorettes have gone on to compete on Dancing With the Stars, including the most recent Bachelor Nick Viall, but Rachel admitted she would be a little hesitant to sign up for the ABC reality competition.
“I don’t know about Dancing With the Stars,” she said.I do love to dance. I’m a never say never-type person, so we’ll see!”
As much as I usually roll my eyes at Bachelor castings on DWTS, I would actually kind of love to see Rachel on the show – especially after Kaitlyn Bristowe spilled the tea on her own DWTS casting mess from a few years ago. I think she’d be a good partner for Artem or Gleb to really shine with.
Thoughts?
July 20, 2017 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