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PureDWTS Junior, Season 1 – What We Know So Far, A Few Updates

Well shucks – I tweet about not hearing anything about DWTSJ, and suddenly they start confirming stuff the next day. As luck would have it, I actually did get to talk to Deep Throat a bit last night and this morning, and did manage to dig up a few more of the particulars. I will maintain this post with any other facts that come to light between now and the unofficial “preseason” (the pro and cast announcements, etc), so save it to your bookmarks 😉

Confirmed facts (either by media or our own sources):

1.) It’s airing on Sundays from 8-9 PM. Confirmed on Twitter by Kristyn, as it’s listed in the ABC schedule; I generally think this is a good time slot, as the show won’t be in direct competition with AGT, SYTYCD, or WOD (which was my concern when I had initially heard it was to be a summer series). It might run into some competition once some of the regular season Sunday night heavy-hitters (The Walking Dead comes to mind) start back up, but for the most part, I don’t think it’s a doomed time slot.

2.) It will tape from July-August.

Given that they’re going to be dealing with a cast that’s under the age of 18, this will probably help get around some of the child labor laws, as well as keep production costs down.

3.) There will be 10 episodes total – some will be live, some will likely be ALL pre-taped.

See above about taping schedule.  My guess is that the finale will likely be live, but everything else will be pre-taped. Entire show will be pre-taped, per source.  Good luck keeping those leaks plugged, ABC 😉

4.) There will be 8-10 couples.

Which makes sense, if the show is to be 10 episodes long.  I think any more than 10 couples would be overkill, for a preliminary season of a new format.

5.) Age cutoff is (roughly) 13.

Source said most of the pros that tried out were 13 and under – a scant few 14 y/o’s did get to audition, but no clue whether they were actually cast or not.

6.) Some of the regular DWTS pros will be serving as mentors.

We had already kinda guessed this, since Sasha & Emma were at the pro auditions, but nice to have confirmation. No idea which pros will for sure be mentoring, but I would venture a guess that Sasha & Emma are indeed involved in some capacity.

7.) Pros have been cast, but they’re still working on the celebs.

And they’ve got time, given that the show isn’t taping until July.  Makes me wonder how they’re going to keep the cast from leaking like a sieve…or maybe that’s their intention…?

8.) Tom is NOT hosting.

Already confirmed awhile back, but just reiterating for the sake of being thorough.

9.) It will not affect the fall season of DWTS in any way.

The fall season will be full-length, airing on Mondays, business as usual.  DWTSJ will be pre-taped, so any pros doing mentoring will not have any overlap with their regular pro duties. I’m guessing DWTSJ is going to air semi-concurrently with the fall season, with DWTSJ on Sunday nights and DWTS on Mondays.

10.) There will be all-new judges as well.

And they’re going to skew much younger than the judging panel on DWTS.

 

Speculation/guesses/stuff we can’t reveal yet:

We’ve been told a few of the pros names. We will reveal when we can, but if you go have a look at the post we did on the DWTSJ pro auditions, you can probably guess at least one of them – hint: I got at least one of the pros on my wish list 😉

Bindi’s brother, Robert Irwin, may be one of the celebs. His was a name a lot of the fans started tossing around when DWTSJ first got announced, and he has been spotted in the audience this season. I would not be mad if he was cast 🙂

Is Bindi possibly hosting…? This might be more within the realm of “wishful thinking”, but she did hop in and give Tom a quick assist last week, and is articulate and friendly enough that I think she’d handle talking to the kids beautifully.

The only child celeb that has publicly expressed interest is Alabama Barker. Read the original post here.

May 15, 2018 I Written By

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PureDWTS All-Athletes Season: NFL Star Josh Norman To Dance This Season

And the leaks are coming faster now, with less than 24 hours to go until the announcement.  Looks like Josh Norman from the Washington Redskins appears to be the mysterious football player in the picture with what appears to be Sharna on the DancingABC instagram:

The lineup for Dancing With the Stars: Athletes just keeps getting better and better!

A source tells ET that NFL star Josh Norman will be vying for the mirrorball trophy during the four-week, all-athlete edition of the dance competition show.

“Josh is a total lose cannon!” the source says of the Greenwood, South Carolina, native, who stands at 6′ 0″ tall. “No one ever knows what’s going to come out of his mouth! He’s really funny and competitive and loves the camera.”

Loose cannon, eh? Not quite sure how to feel about that, but I’m trying to keep more of an open mind these days…at least he’s not Gronk *shudder*.  Can we all agree now that Cam Newton is likely NOT part of this season’s cast, and Papa Slater is just having a bit of fun trolling us? 😉

April 12, 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

Dancing With The Stars Season 26 Pre Announcement Social Media Teasers

Dancing With The Stars has been posting some really interesting social media teasers before the cast announcement tomorrow. Take a look below. Any guesses for who the celebs and pros might be? Several fans are saying Kobe Bryant and Lindsay Arnold might be pictured together. Well, we will soon see…..tomorrow. 🙂 Keep checking back. We’ll post updates if and when we see more….

We’ve chosen our competitors! #DWTS Athletes is less than a month away.

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Former NFL Quarterback Johnny Manziel “Too Controversial” To Do Dancing With The Stars

If true, I guess former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel was dropped from doing Dancing With The Stars because he is “too controversial” according to Fox News. Geez, what about Tonya Harding? Isn’t she just as controversial? I think I’d take him verses Tonya any day.

Manziel was reportedly in talks to join the show for a few weeks but producers chose to pass on the former Cleveland Browns quarterback, The Blast reported. Producers reportedly deemed the embattled quarterback “too controversial” and decided to move forward with someone else.

Manziel had a tumultuous NFL career after not living up to expectations and being spotted partying with celebrities. He reportedly went to rehab in 2015 and was pulled over by police while arguing with his girlfriend.

He is currently attempting to make a comeback in the NFL and is playing in the Spring League.

Read more at Fox News.

April 11, 2018 I Written By

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Softball Player Jennie Finch To Dance In the New Sports Edition Of Dancing With The Stars Season

So not only are Tonya Harding, Adam Rippon and Jamie Anderson dancing in the new sports edition of Dancing With The Stars, softball player Jennie Finch will be dancing as well. I can see her with Gleb Savchenko. What do you think?

April 5, 2018 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Tonya Harding, Adam Rippon, And Jamie Anderson To Dance In Dancing With The Stars Season 26

According to US Weekly, Tonya Harding and Olympians Adam Rippon and Jamie Anderson are going to dance in the new sports edition of Dancing With the Stars. I just knew Tonya would be dancing. 😐 Let us know what you think in comments….

Tonya Harding is ready for her comeback. The Olympian is set to compete on the first-ever all athletes season of Dancing With the Stars, a source confirms exclusively to Us Weekly. Harding, who is most famous for her feud with Nancy Kerrigan, landed back in the spotlight this year with the release of I, Tonya, the Oscar-nominated film.Kerrigan competed on season 24 of Dancing With the Stars.

“The media had me convicted of doing something wrong before I had even done anything at all. I’m always the bad person,” Harding, 47, told ABC News in December about her fight with Kerrigan. “Is it a challenge from the Lord to see how far I can be pushed until I break and become nothing? You can’t push me that far anymore, because I’ve been nothing and I’ve been nothing several times … But it’s my faith in myself and in my father that comes back to me and makes me get back up off my butt and be something worth being proud of. I always wanted my daddy to be proud. And now, I want my son to be proud.”

Us Weekly can also reveal that Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson are set to join this season.

More at US Weekly.

April 4, 2018 I Written By

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Brooks Laich Talks Of Why He’d Do DWTS, Wife Julianne Hough Joins In With More

Wouldn’t it be fun to see Hockey player Brooks Laich do Dancing With The Stars? He talks in why he’d do the show below (please yes to this idea!!). His wife Julianne Hough also chats on why she’s not judging this season (cries!) as well as Sasha Farber and Emma Slater’s wedding.

March 27, 2018 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Watchout: Rob Gronkowski To Dance In The Dancing With The Stars All Sports Edition?

According to Heavy.com via Good Morning America, Rob Gronkowski might be dancing in the new Sports Edition of Dancing With The Stars. He’s been rumored before. Check out how he says he’s the best NFL dancer. Thanks to Court for the find on her way to work. Yayyy…

According to Good Morning America, Rob Gronkowski has said he’s the best dancer in the NFL and incorporates dance moves in his workouts. He also apparently is joining Dancing With the Stars 2018 and hopes to win the mirrorball trophy. Page Six has reported that Gronk was overheard telling people at Shaquille O’Neal’s Miami Music Week event “Fun House” that he wants to win DWTS one day.

More at Heavy.com.

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Dancing With The Stars Season 26 Gets New “Showrunner”

According to Hollywood Reporter, X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent veteran Andrew Llinares will take over as showrunner for the forthcoming all-athletes edition of Dancing With the Stars. Interesting. Read on….

Llinares also launched and exec produced Britain’s Got Talent — the show on which Susan Boyle’s performance became a viral sensation. He started his career as a journalist before moving to television at Granada Television in the U.K. He also exec produced and directed Pop Idol, the forerunner to American Idol.

“The challenge is to find a way to hold on to the key values of the show, while moving it forward while keeping current and fresh,” Llinares says of his goals for DWTS. “It’s definitely about evolution rather than revolution. Story and emotion are absolutely key for me. With that in mind, I want us to find ways to make the stories on the show even more compelling and the emotional connection which the viewer has to the performances, even stronger. I also want us to come up with ideas that surprise and excite the viewers every week so that they keep coming back for more.”

The forthcoming 26th season of Dancing With the Stars will be an all-athletes edition, with Llinares declining to reveal his dream gets for the cast — an obvious go-to would be Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon — but he hopes the themed season will bring an “entirely new dynamic” to the veteran series. “Over the years, many athletes who’ve participated as the celebrity dancers on DWTS have gone on to win the Mirror Ball trophy; they are used to training and competing, so they tend to do very well. I think we’ll see an intensity and level of competition that we may never have seen before on the show.”

More at Hollywood Reporter.

March 12, 2018 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Watchout: Figure Skater Adam Rippon Talks On The Possibility Of Doing Dancing With The Stars

In a new People interview below, Skater Adam Rippon says he’d love to do Dancing With The Stars if given the opportunity. Without naming names, he also talks on which pro he’d like and why. More below. I love this guy. Bring him on. If you didn’t see our first “watch out” report on Adam, see this post.

March 9, 2018 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.