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PureDWTS Season 27 – And the New Troupe Member Is…

Vladislav “Vlad” Kvartin! Filling in the slot left by Brandon getting promoted to pro 🙂

Some of you might remember him as part of the cast of Maks/Val/Peta’s “Confidential” tour.  He’s also an instructor at Dance with Me in New Jersey, and appears to do some modeling on the side (bookmark that for future questions about height!) Is it just me, or do he and Artur look like they could be brothers…?

 

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2️⃣2️⃣ grateful, inspired, excited. Stay tuned…

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September 6, 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 27 Cast Rumors & Watchout: ET Confirms Juan Pablo Di Pace is Dancing

We done already called this one…but here’s your confirmation from ET:

The Dancing With the Stars cast is getting a little Fuller. 

Fuller House star Juan Pablo Di Pace is expected to join the cast of the show’s upcoming 27th season, multiple sources tell ET.

Dancing isn’t all that foreign to the 39-year-old actor, who had a role in 2008’s Mamma Mia! “He has moves,” a source tells ET, predicting that Di Pace will make quite the impression on judges and viewers. His Fuller House co-stars, Candace Cameron Bure and Jodie Sweetin, have competed — and done well — on past seasons. “He was also a very successful opera singer before he got into acting, so he understands rhythm for sure – not to mention his Latin blood,” the source says.

He’s likely one of a few trained dancers we’ll see this season.  We previously mentioned that he had followed Cheryl…his partner, maybe?

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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 27: US Weekly Confirms DeMarcus Ware, Bobby Bones, John Schneider, & Danelle Umstead

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: the DWTS fandom does better research than the FBI.  I think the only one of these that we hadn’t already figured out was John Schneider – US Weekly confirms:

The ballroom awaits! Mary Lou Retton, Bobby Bones, Alexis Ren, John Schneider, DeMarcus Ware and Danelle Umstead have joined the Dancing With the Stars season 27 cast, multiple sources confirm to Us Weekly.

Bones, 38, is a radio personality best known for his self-deprecating program The Bobby Bones Show. Forbes named him “the most powerful man in country music” in 2017. He has interviewed countless musicians including Chris Stapleton, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift and Shania Twain.

Schneider, 58, starred as Beauregard “Bo” Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard series from 1979 to 1985. More recently, he appeared in Smallville and The Haves and the Have Nots. He is also a country singer.

Ware, 36, is a former NFL outside linebacker and defensive end. He played for the Dallas Cowboys from 2005 to 2013 before joining the Denver Broncos in 2014. He announced his retirement after the 2016 season.

Umstead, 46, is a Paralympic alpine skier. She competed at the Winter Paralympics in Vancouver in 2010, Sochi in 2014 and Pyeongchang in 2018. At the age of 13, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a genetic eye condition that left her blind.

Couple prediction post forthcoming. Told y’all they couldn’t do a season without athletes…

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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 27 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Gymnast Mary Lou Retton & Model Alexis Ren to Dance?

According to ET, both the former gymnast and the Instagram model are dancing this season:

A source tells ET that Olympian Mary Lou Retton is joining the cast. “She turned 50 this year, but is in great shape and will definitely impress people with her flexibility and choreography,” the source says of the former gymnast, who won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition as well as two silver medals and two bronze medals at the 1984 summer games in Los Angeles.

While elite athletes are nothing new for DWTS (after all, last season was comprised of all athletes), ET’s source reveals that the show is trying something “new” this year, with model Alexis Ren.

“She’s a young model who rose to fame on Instagram and has been in Maxim and Sports Illustrated. They haven’t really gone the influencer route yet, so this is new to them,” the source explains. “But besides being young and attractive, she also has a very compelling story. Her mother died when she was just 17 years old and she’s struggled with an eating disorder in the past.”

If I had to guess, I’d say Mary Lou will probably go to Sasha, just due to height (she’s 4’9″).  As for Alexis – she seems like the kind of partner that Gleb would have gotten in the past, but I’m wondering if they give her to Alan and pray for a showmance vibe.

 

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Headed out with this one #love #girlsnight

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I bet you’ve never seen a photo like this before hahaha

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ET also said Sarah Michelle Gellar’s out…wuh wuh WUHH. Can’t say I’m too jazzed about this cast so far…

September 5, 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 27 – Val’s Partner is Nancy McKeon from “The Facts of Life” – VIDEO

So the first season 27 couple revealed is…Nancy McKeon & Val:

My initial thoughts: she seems like she’s been out of the spotlight for awhile, and seems like she’s only known for being Jo on The Facts of Life. Probably a bit more D-list, but seems like she’s got a good energy about her – can Val deal with another partner that isn’t an outward ringer, and also doesn’t really have an inspiring backstory? This…could be interesting.

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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 27 – GMA to Reveal First Couple Tomorrow Morning!

Well ok then…guess I’m getting up early *grumpy noises*. Any guesses on who it might be? Apparently Alan hasn’t met his partner yet…but she’s “well-known”…maybe they’re introducing them on GMA…? Lord knows.  I just hope we aren’t back to the “reveal one couple per day in some hastily-thrown-together dog & pony show” format of season 21…

Update: I supposed shouldn’t be shocked that it’s Val – the Chmerkovskiy boys seem to have turned GMA into their own personal PR platform.

 

September 4, 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 27: Bachelorette Runner-Up Blake Horstmann to Dance? Reality Steve Says “No” – But Could it Be Someone Else…?

Ok, so Life & Style mag was claiming that recent Bachelorette runner-up Blake Horstmann was possibly going to be doing DWTS this season – and they basically went through the same social media digging that fans of DWTS have long-since mastered to back up their conclusion:

Fans first starting speculating when Blake followed the DWTS Instagram account on Aug. 22. This, in itself, isn’t really that wild. It’s a popular show, he might just be a fan. However, it turned more suspicious when people began questioning him about it and he seemingly un-followed the page just 30 minutes later, according to some eagle-eyed redditors. The theory is that he got nervous that he gave his casting news away, and tried to backtrack.

Adding fuel to the fire, fans spotted Blake liking all of the comments on his Instagram about how he should join the show. One such comment read, “please go on Dancing with the Stars, you’d be amazing!” and another said, “why don’t you go on Dancing with the Stars?”

The article goes on to say that Blake is actually a pretty good dancer already, yadda yadda yadda.  If you guys are anything like me, this all read more as “wishful thinking” on Blake’s part, and maybe a bit of campaigning, rather than solid evidence.  And Reality Steve confirmed it in a recent “Reader Emails” post:

Dear Steve,

Thank you for always making your recaps satirical and sarcastic! It makes watching BIP a bit less agonizing. I have a few questions about some current casting rumors in bachelor nation.

1. I saw that Blake Horstmann has been posting things about dancing and seemed to be in California during this past week. Is he a likely candidate for DWTS?

Steve: No.

Now Steve has a solid track record with Bachelor/DWTS intel, so if Steve says no – Blake ain’t doin’ DWTS. HOWEVER – I did find Steve’s answer to be a bit abrupt…as if he knew more than he was letting on, but thought he better keep it brief and to-the-point for the time being.  And it turns out my gut feeling was right, because Steve just shared this on Twitter, in response to a tweet from Sharna on Sunday night:

Now I’m not sure that he’s got the partnership right (for reasons I will elaborate on shortly in the Interesting Things on Social Media post), but again, Steve’s track record is pretty solid…so it looks like Bachelorette fan favorite “Grocer” Joe Amabile might be dancing this season? I know nothing about this man, but he seems like he doesn’t t take himself too seriously, and looks like a cross between Darren Criss/Josh Peck/this hot vet I follow on Instagram.  Plus, he was in WeHo as recently as 3 days ago:

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Thoughts? I guess I’m ok with it…brain is too tired to put up much of a fight these days 😛

September 3, 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 27 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Interesting Things on Social Media

In the absence of any solid intel at the moment, it’s time for the usual “interesting things” on social media post, where we speculate on peculiar things we see the pros/possible celebs doing on social media that might suggest they’re a part of this season of DWTS. There were so many people that hit me up with messages on Twitter and IG, so I apologize if your name’s not mentioned…I kinda just want to get this post up, and I didn’t have the energy to sort through my @ mentions and DM’s and try to credit each item individually.  Just know that if you helped point any of this out to me, I am grateful! 🙂 Read more..

September 1, 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 27 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Is “Property Brother” Jonathan Scott Getting Ready to Dance?

Now this is a tricky one, because I can’t really tell if these outlets are just recycling through intel from past seasons, or if Jonathan is actually a possibility, considering both brothers were asked to do DWTS back in season 25 last fall, but Jonathan was too busy:

Jonathan Scott may be considering trading his work boots for dancing shoes.

The 40-year-old is being urged by brother Drew Scott to appear on the upcoming season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. Drew danced on the show in season 25 and made it to the finals.

Speaking with Hollywood Life about the show, Drew said: ‘Everyone wants to know. I’m pushing him. I want him to do it.’

The article goes on to talk about some good-natured rivalry between the brothers over who would do better on the show, and the Daily Mail parrots the same “no athletes this season” line that Good Housekeeping was reporting a month or so ago – which I’m extremely skeptical about, because I could see a season with zero athletes being…well, kind of boring, because having athletes guarantees you’ll have at least a few folks with the stamina & strength to do well. Athletes (particularly NFL stars) also seem to be open to the idea of DWTS, so if they’re cutting off that casting lifeline this season, good luck finding some halfway-decent competitors.  But I digress…

…do I think Jonathan is doing DWTS? Ehhh…I won’t say it’s a complete impossibility, because he was originally the brother they wanted for season 25; but it also feels a bit too recent to have Jonathan do the show and have it feel fresh & exciting.  Guess we’ll see…

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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 DWTS Season 27/Juniors Season 1 – An Update About the Cast Announcement

So I’ve been getting a lot of questions about when they’re going to announce the celebs for Juniors – initially, I was told it was going to happen closer to the cast announcement for the regular season, which made me wonder if they were just going to do one big cast announcement on GMA for both Juniors and season 27.  However, source has now heard that the cast announcement for Juniors is “going to coincide with the premiere of season 27” – which makes me wonder if the results show we’re getting on 9/25, per Kristyn, is going to double as the cast announcement for Juniors, which premieres roughly 2 weeks later. I have no other info other than that – no idea if the Junior celebs and their partners will be there for the show (seems like it could be a bit of a logistical nightmare), or if they’re just going to be showing something pre-taped, but I’ve got a gut feeling that whatever it is, it’s probably going to happen during the 9/25 results show.

As for the regular season – since everything has basically gotten pushed back a week due to the premiere being a week later than usual, I’m guessing we get a cast announcement sometime between 9/4 and 9/12.  Pros were due to start meeting their partners this week, so I’m leaning more towards the week of 9/10 for the cast announcement. Notice the use of the words “I’m guessing” and “I’m leaning more towards” – this is just my educated opinion, not fact, so I better not hear anyone saying “Well Courtney says the cast announcement is the week of the 10th” or “Courtney says Juniors celebs are getting announced during the results show!” This fandom has developed a bit of a fake news problem as of late, so please don’t contribute to it by misquoting. I’d rather not burn out on both Juniors and regular DWTS before the seasons have even started 😉

August 27, 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