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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

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’ Alan Bersten Reveals Health Scare to People Magazine

Well this is quite frightening, but I will tell you right off the bat that there is a happy ending! And note that you should always pay attention to your body and be aggressive when it comes to making sure you get the right treatment. Alan had a thyroid tumor that could have been ugly, but all appears well now. I’ve put a little excerpt below, click the link to read the whole article. Quite informative, IMO.

Though he says he felt “fine,” Bersten’s mother pushed him to go back to the doctor to get another blood test. A week later, he got the results and found that it was not supplements causing this but rather a tumor on one of his parathyroid glands.

There are four of these very small glands located on the thyroid gland in the neck that produce parathyroid hormone (PTH), which helps control the amount of calcium in the blood. A tumor, like Bersten’s, causes the affected gland to release more PTH than it should and disrupts the balance of calcium in the blood. It’s still unknown how people develop the disorder, but it’s typically most common in older women.

Bersten was told that to treat this potentially fatal condition — called hyperparathyroidism — an endocrinologist would have to remove the tumor and check if it was malignant (cancerous) or benign (non cancerous).

“Just the word tumor is so frightening,” he says. “I didn’t know what malignant or benign meant until I looked it up and I was like, ‘Well hopefully it’s benign — God forbid I have cancer.’ That is more stress than I could ever imagine. I think the scariest part was not knowing.”

April 19, 2018 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS the Athletes Season (Season 26) Cast Announcement – LIVE Blog

Time to get back into the DWTS groove…which I now consider a warm up for World of Dance starting on May 29th. 🙂 Only because I’m not sure how much I’m going to enjoy this abbreviated season. I hope it goes well. And I’m really not into the whole DWTS Junior concept. Having a real hard time with that one.

Anyway, back to season 26 and our cast announcement. I predict they will be all athletes. 😀 I also predict we will have to suffer through at least 1.25 hours of GMA before we learn anything worth learning.

Here we go – thanks to Court, since I can’t get a stream…..Oh…just got on!

Thomas!! I’ve missed you!

Stalling….stalling….stalling…..

Tom nails GMA about not knowing what they’re doing. LOL

Here we go…Going so fast that I’ll have to go back and fill in….

Kareem Abdul Jabar and Lindsay

Johnny Damon and Emma

Jamie Anderson and Artem

Chris Mazdzer and Witney

Mirai Nagasu and Alan

Joshua R. Norman and Sharna

Jennie Finch and Keo

Tonya Harding and Sasha

Adam Rippon and Jenna

Hayley and Brittany getting more screen time than the pros right now, and looking good while doing it. 🙂

Arike Ogunbowale and Gleb are the final pair – woman’s basketball player! Yay!!

Here’s a few cast photos – I’m sure Vogue will get them all later. 🙂 Read more..

April 13, 2018 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Maks Chmerkovskiy Talks On The Possibility Of Judging Dancing With The Stars, Why He’s Not Dancing, And More

Maks Chmerkovskiy was recently interviewed by Mass Live on his new dancing Confidential Tour with his wife, Peta Murgatroyd, and brother, Val Chmerkovskiy. He talks of what to expect of the show, but, in the interview, Maks also chats of why he decided not to dance in the new season of Dancing With The Stars and why he might not do so in the future…well,. unless it’s a “judging” gig. Read on…

Will you be returning to “Dancing With the Stars”?

Listen, I love the show, but I have other interests at the moment. I would have loved to judge and transition into that, but it’s not my call. It’s not up to me. Everything that is up to me, I do at 100 percent and then give it my all. I just don’t think I can do the show as a professional dancer at 100 percent and give it my all anymore. I am at a different point in my life.

I thought you brought a lot to the table as a guest judge. (Chmerkovskiy served as a guest judge several times between 2013 and 2016.)

Thank you. I appreciate that. I would love to do that gig. That’s my thing. That’s my medium (and) that’s what I know. I know exactly what I am looking at. I know exactly what I want it to be and exactly how to influence someone to do better in that genre. That’s what a judge should do, in addition to adding to the production. If that’s in my future, I would gladly accept it. If not, there are other opportunities. We are always moving forward.

I enjoyed Maks as a judge (he was totally entertaining), but, I loved Julianne Hough as a judge too. Both brought different things to the show as Judges. Maks was controversial and entertaining in a “Len” way while Julianne was so articulate, thoughtful, and good with words. I wish they’d hire them both. More at Mass Live. Let us know what you think in comments.

April 4, 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.

Gleb Savchenko, Alan Bersten and Artem Chigventsev Hold “Pro Dance Camp”

Well, lots of interesting information in this article about how Gleb came up with the idea and enlisted Alan and Artem for assistance in this fun-sounding weekend. I don’t pay that much attention to what many of the pros do in the off season, but it sure sounds like they like to stay busy!! You can read the whole article at ET, but I’ve put a short excerpt below:

6. The guys can describe their personalities using one style of dance.

Alan joked that he’s a mix of all the best qualities, and therefore would be the Argentine Tango. “I love the elegance of ballroom, like with the waltz, but the Argentine Tango is a mix of that and Latin passion,” he shared. “It has everything, and everyone can see it differently. It can be really fierce, it could be subtle, it could be sometimes controlling, but also soft. It has all the different dynamics.”

Artem said he’s torn between Argentine Tango and the Paso. “They’re both very manly, both very sensual, in a lot of ways, and I feel like I can express myself more in those dances than any others,” he explained.

As for Gleb? “I would probably say contemporary and the thing is, I’m not a contemporary dancer. I’m ballroom trained, I’ve never really trained properly in contemporary, but I kinda picked it up when I started doing the show,” he revealed. “I really love it because it’s a style where you can actually do anything, and you can really tell a story through dance. You can express yourself more. I’m all about telling a story through dance — the emotions and feelings and very strong characters of a man and a woman and their connection.”

7. They read your tweets.

During breaks from dancing, we caught the guys on their phones, and Alan says a big reason why they created Pro Dance Camp in the first place was because of all the fan suggestions they’ve recently received. “A lot of the fans want to dance with us,” he explained. “We get a lot of tweets that are like, ‘I wish there was a Dancing With the Fans season.’ So this is really as close as it gets!”

April 3, 2018 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Dancing with the Stars, The All Athletes Season – PRO WATCH!!!

It’s time! Time to come back from your vacation and start chatting DWTS once again. 🙂 So, how ya’ll been? 🙂 I’ve been on something of a vacation from DWTS and even from Derek. But now it’s time to start winding back up again for our abbreviated, all athletes season.

What do we know about the pros right at this minute? Well, Maks, Val and Peta are out for the season due to their tour – likely planned before this season became a thing. Derek is on another network and a different dance show. Mark kinda sounded out – but you never know. Julianne is out as a judge as she’s working on her and Derek’s scripted show “Blackpool”, among other things. Have I left anything out? I think that’s all I’m aware of right at this moment. OH! Kym is also out due to the impending arrival of her twins.

So, what have you heard? Be sure to provide a source if you have something to share….

ETA: It’s a GO for Gleb Savchenko as a Pro for this season. Yayy!! Please read more details HERE. ~Vogue

ETA2: Per the DancingABC Instagram, these are the pros this season – fairly predictable lineup, identical to my hypothetical list on Twitter last week. -Court-

Male Pros
Val – OUT
Gleb – IN
Mark – Out
Artem – IN
Derek – OUT
Sasha – IN
Maks – OUT
Keo – IN
Alan – IN

Female Pros
Sharna – IN
Kym – OUT
Emma – IN
Witney – IN
Lindsay – IN
Jenna – IN
Cheryl – OUT
Peta – OUT

I’m assuming there will be a Troupe???

ETA: According to this Kristyn Burtt interview with Britt Stewart, there will be a troupe for this season. Thanks Kristyn. ~Vogue

The Troupe
Courtesy Hayley Erbert

March 12, 2018 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

Alex and Maia Shibutani Talk Derek Hough and Dancing with the Stars (Video)

I would love to see them on the all athlete season. It’s a shame that Derek can’t dance with Maia – but she won’t be a ringer if she’s not dancing with Derek….right? 😉 Here they are talking to Kelly and Ryan about how they went to Derek for advice and the possibility of DWTS.

February 28, 2018 I Written By

I'm a nerd and proud of it. Two degrees in geology also means I love BEER. :-) I'm also a Derek lover - proud of that too. So don't scream at those of us on this site and call us a bunch of "biased Derek-lovers" - it's just ME. :-) It may sound like I hate DWTS at times, but really, I'm just a snarky nitpicker from way back. And I'm cynical and jaded too. But I do love DWTS. :-)

DWTS Junior Season 1 Pro Auditions Currently Underway!!!

Just when I had convinced myself the DWTSJ had gotten put on the back burner for the foreseeable future, we get our first glimmer of hope that this show is actually going to happen at some point 😎 Sasha’s Instagram story today indicated that he and Emma were on-hand in L.A. for the DWTS Junior pro auditions – producer Adam was also on-hand.  The video is pretty brief, and there are literally TONS of kids crammed into the audition space, so I was having a hard time picking out familiar faces – but apparently Rylee Arnold (Lindsay’s younger sis) is there, and I think I might have seen Manny Castro (Ruby & D’Angelo’s dad, owner of Dancetown studio in Miami)…also wondering if the little boy to Emma’s left at the beginning might be Artyon from this past season of America’s Got Talent…has anyone else clocked any familiar faces? I’ll keep a running list towards the bottom of the post as we get confirmations of who was at auditions…

 

Confirmed as auditioning:

Rylee Arnold (Lindsay’s younger sister, VIBE-er)
Brighton Brems (friend of Rylee’s, also from VIBE)
Artyon Celestine (AGT season 12, IMMABEAST)
Hailey Bills (Jenna’s niece)
J.T. Church (SYTYCD: The Next Generation runner-up)
Bryten Belka (Center Stage Performing Arts)
Kamri Peterson (Center Stage)
Victoria Podakova (one of Karina’s students)
Elijiah Geolina (one of Karina’s students)
Marcelo Fitzgerald (Center Stage, Kamri’s Latin partner)
Anthony Tatoosi
Emily Tatoosi
Ceilidh McSeveny (Center Stage)
Easton Brotherson (another VIBE kid)
Makeila Lawrence
Emily Dobson
Daniel Novikov
Kirill Vassilenko

ETA: Here’s a longer version of Sasha’s instastory ~Heidi

February 20, 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

DWTS Val Chmerkovskiy And Maks Chmerkovskiy Talk On Their New Tour, Babies, And More (Interviews)

As you know, Val Chmerkovskiy, Maks Chmerkovskiy, And Peta Murgatroyd are going on tour this Spring. Val and Maks talk all about the tour, babies, and more below with People. Also below, they cook with Carla on The Chew. Val also talks on his new book coming out.

Get your tickets HERE.

December 12, 2017 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.

Val Chmerkovskiy, Maks Chmerkovskiy, And Peta Murgatroyd Going On Tour (Promos, Ticket Info, Interviews)

Get Ready! Val Chmerkovskiy, Maks Chmerkovskiy, And Peta Murgatroyd have announced they are going on tour. Below they talk about with US Weekly. Be sure to see the link for more.

“We’re very excited. It’s been a couple years now since Maks and Val, the other tour that we did, and it seems like it’s going to be even better,” Maks, 37, told Us about the tour that’s kicking off in spring 2018. The brothers went on their Maks & Val: Our Way tour last summer together, but Maksim believes that this one will far surpass their previous one. “We had a phenomenal team of people, all of whom are coming back. We think this is going to be head and shoulders above even the last two that we did,” he said. “This time we’re bringing a secret weapon which is Mrs. Murgatroyd, or I guess she’s Mrs. Chmerkovskiy now.”

The Chmerkovskiy clan has expanded since the last tour, after Maks and Murgatroyd and welcomed their son, Shain, in January and later tied the knot in July. “Having shared the stage with Val was a ridiculous experience. There’s nothing better than doing it with your family,” Maks said to Us. “Bringing Peta on just makes that much more sense. I also can’t wait to tour with my family and just be on the bus with the little baby Shai and have him be part of this as well.”

The three dancers are already hard at work with rehearsals, which began in the summer and will continue through the winter. Murgatroyd, who was pregnant during the first one, is thrilled to be joining the siblings’ tour as a special guest. “I am elated. I am so gracious and happy to be part of this tour,” she told Us. “I always sort of felt that need to want to be a part of it and it was just so much fun when I was watching rehearsals that I’m super ecstatic that I get to be part of this one. It’s going to be amazing. If you loved the first one, the second one is just going to be on a whole new level.”

You can also see them talking about the new tour on GMA and Facebook below. They also performed…

And here is a promo:

Get your tickets HERE. I’d love to see it especially with Peta included in it.

December 4, 2017 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.