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PureDWTS Season 28: Artem Talks About His Dismissal from DWTS on the Bellas Podcast

Up until now, we’ve really only gotten to hear Bobby and E! weigh in on Sharna’s dismissal from the show, and have only a few existential Instagram posts from Nikki Bella (and maybe a few subtweets) to tell the story of Artem’s dismissal.  So as we had previously heard, Artem was indeed a guest on girlfriend Nikki and her twin sister Brie Bella’s podcast this week, and a good portion of the episode was dedicated to Artem telling his side of the story – you can listen to the Bellas podcast on Apple, Spotify, Stitcher, etc., but I’ve linked to this specific episode on Apple.  No transcript today, kids – the segment is long: it starts at the 4:29 mark and ends at the 19:25 mark. It’s a good listen, though…

There’s two key things that got mentioned that I want to talk about. First, Nikki pointed out that all of the pros have basically been unemployed (with a few side projects, of course) since March, when the tour wrapped – and as we know from our research about how the pros’ contracts work, the pros only get paid if they actually get cast on a season. So while the pros on DWTS do get paid relatively well, I could see how being suddenly let go (after not working for nearly 6 months!) could create some definite stress, and I feel for Artem, Sharna, and the troupe in that respect – my office is currently operating amidst whispers of layoffs due to money mismanagement higher up in the company, and we’re all trying to sock as much money away as possible, lest we fall victim. Imagine getting laid off and NOT seeing it coming – or worse, turning down other work on the assumption that you are returning to the show, and then getting cut 😯  I’m sure there’s a clause in their contracts that spells out that they aren’t guaranteed a position from season to season, but if I were Artem or Sharna (Sharna in particular, since she just recently renegotiated her contract), I would at the very least have a lawyer take a glance at their contract to see if they might have grounds to sue for estoppel – particularly if they turned down other work on the assumption that they’d be returning to the show. Then again, if they hope to keep the door open to return in a future season, they best just quietly accept their fate.  That’s the worst thing about all of this: no matter how you dice it, DWTS holds all the cards. They have first dibs on the pros, regardless of whether they’re going to use them or not, and they can string them along for as long as they like and then have no obligation to pay them if they opt not to use them – and oftentimes, they still have the legal right to prevent those same pros from accepting other work, if they choose to.  And if the pros complain? Buh-bye, kiddo – no more DWTS for you ever again.

Second key point: Artem wistfully mentions that dance is all he’s done for the past ~20 years, and now he’s having serious doubts about his skills…and wondering if he needs to reinvent himself and pursue a different career. This clip just breaks my heart:

And Artem, I feel you on the reinvention part – I’m currently in the midst of a reinvention of sorts myself, and I find myself questioning my worth almost daily. Luckily, it seems like both Artem and I have strong support systems in place to remind us that just because others don’t always see our worth, doesn’t mean we aren’t extremely valuable 🙂

Other quick note: the Bellas actually asked Sharna to appear on the podcast as well to talk about her dismissal, but she is currently unavailable at Burning Man 😎 Can’t say I blame her – nothing like a week in the desert with no phone service, no money, no societal expectations, and a lot of drugs to clear your head and give you perspective 😉

Discuss.

August 28, 2019 I Written By

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PureDWTS Season 28: E! Claims Sharna Was Let Go Due to “Budget”

So the speculation on Sharna & Artem’s dismissal continues…and per E!, they think Sharna’s in particular may have been due to cost:

E! News has learned Burgess’ exit, which could just be for the season, was due to the budget of the aging series. DWTS previously took a cycle off to recalibrate after sinking ratings and is returning with some changes, including ditching the dance troupe and many extras previously associated with the reality series.

Now while that may not seem like anything worth reporting, I will say this: a source informed me yesterday that Sharna was, indeed, the highest paid of the female pros – she renegotiated her contract prior to season 27 (it may have even been prior to season 26), and it was for “quite a bit more than the other girls were making”. This would have been prior to the show taking a nosedive last year, and the folks in charge that agreed to it were the old crew (who would wind up getting canned and replaced by the new set of dunces prior to season 28). When the new crew of bigwigs (Llinares & Co.) took over, I’m sure they were told to find ways to cut costs – and I daresay it’s cheaper to let go of some pros that are costing too much and bring on newbies that you can afford to pay at a much lower rate (such as Daniella – this could also explain why the troupe was cut). So this theory about Sharna’s dismissal actually makes some sense to me…as for Artem, though, source said his contract wasn’t even old enough to come up for renewal yet, so it’s a bit murkier just why he was let go.

Now before any of you go off all half-cocked with questions like “UGH WHY WAS SHARNA MAKING SO MUCH MORE MONEY THAN THE OTHER GIRLS?! SHE DIDN’T DESERVE IT!!!”, something to keep in mind: oftentimes, contract pay rates have less to do with merit (although it helps) and more to do with how good your agent is at negotiating – plus, studies show that women are less likely to get raises than men, and half the battle is simply having the cojones to ask for the money in the first place and insist upon being compensated fairly. So if Sharna was commanding a nice lil salary from DWTS, I say “Good for her! #LadiesGetPaid”. Her contract pay may also have hinged upon her agreeing to stick around DWTS for awhile – like franchise players in the NFL, you can usually command a higher salary if you agree to a degree of exclusivity (i.e. DWTS has first dibs on Sharna each season, and reserve the right to forbid her from accepting any other offers). As for the inevitable questions like “But how was Sharna getting paid better than OG’s like Cheryl and Peta?!”, I recommend you reread our posts on how the pros’ contracts work, and keep in mind that once the pros are past their initial contract, they can negotiate on a season-to-season basis – which is where Cheryl and Peta are at this point, and a la carte one-season contracts never pay as well as multi-season ones (but the trade-off is flexibility – the pros are only contractually obligated to DWTS for a season at a time, and can do whatever they want after it’s over). I’m sure Jenna’s initial contract still has quite a bit of time left on it before she can renegotiate, and I’d venture a guess that Witney, Lindsay, and Emma have a little bit of time left on theirs as well – so none of them would be renegotiating just yet.

Thoughts on this theory for why Sharna was sent packing?

August 24, 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: Bobby Bones Weighs in on Sharna & Artem’s Dismissal and Sean Spicer, Talks to Lauren Alaina About Her Partner

So…I was at odds with this one, because while I think none of us really want to hear any more of Bobby’s thoughts on DWTS, a lot of people are still wrestling with the question of why Artem & Sharna were let go.  But for once (and I can’t believe I’m saying this), Bobby made some good points on his podcast yesterday about their dismissal, as well as Sean Spicer’s participation.  Bobby’s commentary on the whole situation starts at the 88:43 mark and ends at the 92:52 mark, if you want to listen for yourself; I’ve taken the liberty of transcribing below (pain in the ass, but I know some of you won’t bother listening and will just start going off in the comments regardless – so at least do me the favor of reading this):

Bobby: Let me say this.  You know they announced the Dancing with the Stars cast yesterday, and then it came out that Sharna, my partner from last season, is not returning to Dancing with the Stars. She is not the only one – they didn’t bring back Artem on the guys’ side, so it wasn’t just a Sharna thing. But I can tell you that I reached out to her before they announced and was like “Hey what’s up? Who’s your partner?” and she was like “I don’t know yet!”

Amy: Oh.

Bobby: And this was like two or three days BEFORE the announce.  And I was like “oh, cool” because she had just been on a trip and she came back and I was like “Oh cool, let me know!” When you see who you get, y’know. So a few days before, she didn’t know she wasn’t gonna be on the show. I don’t think I’m speaking out of turn here – I hope not! Uh, so, then she found and texted me and was like “Oh, I didn’t know…this is crazy! I had no idea.”

Amy: Whaaaat?! Wow, I mean, because she’s been on, like-

Bobby: She’s been on for 11 seasons, 12 seasons, yeah. So she wrote [he goes on to read a passage from Sharna’s farewell IG post]. A lot of these sites have now coupled me with the story, going “well this is why, controversial winner!”

Lunchbox: *chuckles* I saw that, yeah.

Bobby: Which it’s not – cause why would Artem not come back, either?

Lunchbox: Right, had nothing to do with you.

Bobby: I would have loved if it had everything to do with me, don’t think that I wouldn’t think that was great – not because of her, but that we just broke the system so much that they’re having to- that’s not the case. Ummm…so…Sharna’s awesome, I talked to her before, I talked to her right after, she’s like “You’re not gonna believe it.  I can’t believe it!” So she’s not back.  I don’t really know WHY…I’m not sure. I have great relationships with everybody – all that crew on DWTS, obviously with Sharna, so I don’t know what the deal is with her. So…I did see on Instagram that she wrote that…

Amy: That’s a bummer.  It’d be different if she was a part of the decision, like “Y’know what, I’m just not gonna do it this year”, but she was just as shocked…

Bobby: I talked to Lauren Alaina last night for a long time, cause she’s doing it. We put a dancing picture on my Instastory, of us dancing…she hasn’t started practicing yet. She’s still in that phase of “this is gonna be so fun!”

Amy: *chuckles* Wait till it rules your life!

Bobby: But I was like “Hey, you’re gonna have some real issues of inadequacy with this. Cause you’re gonna go and you’re just not gonna be able to get it and you’re gonna go ‘oh well I’m the worst’ and it’s gonna bubble into your life and you’ll go ‘well I’m just not good at anything’ and when that happens – CALL ME. Whatever time it is – cause I struggled from that. 2 or 3 days of doing 8, 9 hours a day, like I couldn’t get it, and I was like ‘I’m just sad’, cause I’m not smart enough to get what I see people doing all around me. If that happens, CALL ME. Cause wherever you are, I was there, PLUS.”  Cause I had never danced! She called the postshow/preshow yesterday, she called me right after she got on Good Morning America, this is a call from Lauren Alaina yesterday…

[goes to recorded call between Lauren and Bobby]

Bobby: Have you started practicing dancing?

Lauren: NO!

Bobby: No practice yet???

Lauren: No! NONE!

Bobby: And have you announced your partner?

Lauren: I haven’t even met my partner! I don’t know who it is!

Bobby: Wait, they were up there, though, today…

Lauren: The people were there, but they didn’t tell us who our partners were.

Bobby: You follow someone, one of the pros on your Instagram already, that’s not your partner???

Lauren: No I followed him because I sang for him last year.

Bobby: I thought that too, but all the conspiracy websites are saying that Alan is your partner.

Lauren: But, I would be HAPPY if he was, I love him.

[call ends]

Bobby: I talked to her last night, she was like “They said I’m gonna have a good one, but I don’t know who it is!” She still doesn’t know. So, I’m excited for the season, I plan on going for the premiere, I saw that there was some drama because they put Sean Spicer on there, people upset about that. Y’know, I probably would have stayed away from putting anyone political on there, too…there’s a reason why you don’t wanna come on the show and not talk about politics. There’s certain places people go for politics, there’s certain places people don’t – THIS definitely isn’t! He won’t last long, anyway – physically, I don’t think he can handle it. So, yeah…that’s the deal. Pretty good cast, pretty excited about that, my thing on Sharna was I didn’t know, she didn’t know, and then I saw her post yesterday after she had told me that she was kinda upset about not being able to be able to go back.  She may go back another time, I don’t know…but there you go.  Everybody’s asking me to say something about it, so I said it – I didn’t know, she didn’t know. Alright, cool…

So, some immediate takeaways: the celebs have NOT met their pro partners yet (and vice-versa), so it’s possible they don’t know who they’re with yet. Also clear that Sharna was as caught off-guard about the whole thing as Artem was, and was gobsmacked to find out she wasn’t coming back this season. Bobby also appears to still be a bit of a vainglorious little shit, who likes to think his win “broke the system”. *Sigh* However – he does echo what we’ve all been saying about Spicer’s casting, so he gets minor brownie points from me…you know this show is in deep sh*t when even the most controversial winner ever says “Oof, shouldn’t have cast Spicer, guys.”

Someone also sent me the clip below (can’t figure out if this is from the same episode or a different one), where Bobby makes some good points about how cutting Artem loose was a bad decision…

I’m also being told that Artem is set to appear on the Bella’s podcast this coming Wednesday, so we’ll likely get more of his side of the story as well…stay tuned.

Many of you have asked me for my own thoughts on why Sharna & Artem were let go…and to be honest, I’ve remained quiet, simply because I’m just as stumped as you guys. I guess I can maybe kinda see why Sharna might have been the sacrificial lamb – she could have been removed so as to not remind viewers of the dumpster fire of last season, or maybe the fact that she’s been an outspoken critic of the show in the past could have benched her; compared to media darlings like Witney, Lindsay, Emma, & Jenna, she hasn’t been afraid to speak her mind about the show in the past (note that the last time we had an outspoken female pro who criticized the show in the press, it was Lacey – and her appearances on the show dwindled pretty quickly after that). Is Sharna wrong for speaking her mind? Not always – but from a PR point of view, she may be more of a risk than the new management is willing to take. Plus she no longer has her “It’s Sharna’s turn to win!” plot armor to protect her spot on the show anymore. My only other thought about why Sharna and Artem may have been let go is due to other projects they had going on – perhaps Artem’s participation in Total Bellas or Sharna’s gig as a judge on DWTSAu gave the (incorrect) impression that their hearts weren’t 100% in the DWTS game anymore…? I’m really just spitballing, guys – it makes no sense to me, it makes no sense to you, hell – it makes no sense to Sharna and Artem.

Thoughts?

August 23, 2019 I Written By

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PureDWTS Season 28: Ousted Pros Artem & Sharna Post Farewell Messages on Instagram

Both indicate that they’re “very sad” – I tend to think this was not their call (definitely not Artem’s call, Sharna’s harder to get a read on). Both also seem to give the impression that they’re done with DWTS for good. You be the judge – and maybe send them some love.

 

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I just want to say how sad it makes me feel not to be part of Season 28 of DWTS. It’s been 10 years since I have joined this absolutely, one of a kind, incredible show! It has given me recognition as a dancer, choreographer and a teacher. I have had so many beautiful memories with all of my celebrity partners! They all have shaped me into the person that I am today. Special thank you goes to all the people behind the camera who work extremely hard to not only impress our fans but to make our pro dancer’s visions come to life. What I will miss the most is working along side my coworkers, the heroes of the show. I want to wish them and their new celebrity partners the best of luck this season! I want you all to make it better than it ever was before! Because our DWTS Fans, who mean SO much to me, want DWTS to continue going strong for many, many years to come. To all the fans, I want to thank you SO much for supporting me all these years! I simply couldn’t have done it without you! Without your love! Without your connection! And most importantly without your support! You all have no idea how much I will miss you all this season! I’m already missing you all so much! Even though this is so hard on me, I will be DWTS #1 fan, cheering you all on every Monday night! Good luck to everyone on Seasons 28! With lots of Love Artem  #dwts @dancingabc

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♥️ As I’m sure you’ve heard, I will not be returning to @dancingabc this season. I am unbelievably sad to not be back!!! However, what i can whole heartedly tell you is that It’s all good, ALL love and in this moment I can’t help but be grateful for the time and the journey that I’ve had, the people I’ve met, the incredible talent I’ve shared the stage with and the memories I’ve made. To say the least.. it’s been epic. ♥️ and to have finally won still feels as exciting and special as it did the moment @tombergeron said our names. . After nearly 9 years I feel like I grew up on the show. I am going to truly miss creating, story telling and performing for you all, I’ll miss giving the transformative power of dance to the person in front of me, and I’ll miss seeing my Dwts family every day and watching them work their craft in ways that inspire me. Though nothing could ever replace my love for the show, there are things coming into my world that I’m excited to dive into now that I have time. Everything happens for a reason ♥️ you know me.. I’ll share when I can. I have endless love and gratitude for all of you and for everyone at the show. For my fellow pros you light up the stage time and time again, you are what makes the show magical and I can’t wait to watch you shine. ✨ And to all 12 of my partners… thank you thank you and I adore you. I’ll be watching and cheering this coming season for all of my fam out on that dance floor!!! Good luck everyone, may this be the best season yet! Let’s go season 28!!! 💋 #dwts

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August 21, 2019 I Written By

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PureDWTS Season 28 Cast Rumors and Watchout: Peta is Apparently Back

I’m not even sure what to say about this one, other than “Maks better NOT be back as well” and “I hope she’s ready to actually work, instead of half-assing it like she did the last two seasons she was on.” Per Us Weekly

Welcome back! Peta Murgatroyd will officially be part of the Dancing With the Stars season 28 cast after two season off.

“I’m overwhelmed with excitement,” Murgatroyd, 33, tells Us Weekly exclusively about her return. “I’m excited and happy to be back with my family. Honestly, I just missed everybody so much! As a lot of people know, it’s such a close and tight-knit family, so I’m just happy to be back with everybody.”

Funny that she’s “overwhelmed with excitement”, when the last few interviews I’ve seen she seemed kinda blase about the show.  Whatever…discuss…

August 20, 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

Dancing with the Stars Season 28 – PRO WATCH!!!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, here we are again.  I’ve gotten to be a pretty lazy blogger, thanks to this little hiatus we just suffered through. Actually, I didn’t suffer at all, I just like being dramatic sometimes. 😉

Did anyone else notice the wording of the tweet that Courtney posted yesterday about the cast announcement??  “Season 28 of DancingABC is here and we’re revealing all the new stars and the new cast live on GMA next Wednesday.” All new stars AND a new cast?? What the hell is that supposed to mean? Now, granted, Courtney and I did spend half an hour texting last night debating whether the GMA tweeter is just an idiot (probably) or if there is something more nefarious about (who the hell knows?).  But why else do you tweet about new stars AND a new cast?? What the actual f@#k?

Okay, now that I’ve scared the bejesus out of 50% of our audience, let’s talk about who’s not likely to be back – maybe ever. In any capacity. Julianne Hough, for one. She’s now loyal to NBC and on AGT a couple nights a week. Derek?? Has a producing deal with NBC and says with a great deal of certainty (while literally standing 4 feet from me – and I was sitting. Imagine that. 🙂 ) that he will be back on World of Dance in 2020. He might be back for the last season of DWTS…but I wouldn’t hold my breath. I only say these things because invariably I see people in the comments and on twitter putting him in their pro wish list or predictions. Just stop already. I will be STUNNED if he appears on DWTS this or any other season. I do think that Hannah and Derek would make a beautiful dancing pair – oh yes. But even if he were back I don’t think we would see it. Ah well. Maks?? No idea and he’s not that great of a source on his own stuff – he tends to change his mind and/or use his leverage. But I believe he’s indicated that he won’t be back. Mark? VERY doubtful. Why would he? And then there’s the rest….We don’t know a lot yet, because I don’t think they know a lot yet. Read more..

August 15, 2019 I Written By

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PureDWTS Season 28 Alert: Something is Going Down on GMA on Aug. 21

No, I have no idea what it is, but it was one of the key dates the pros (who are being kept in the dark about as much as we are) were told about the upcoming season.  Pro announcement, maybe? And speaking of pros…

…there’s apparently some new ones! I have no idea who, how many, what gender, whether they’re going straight to pro or doing time in the troupe, whether they’re being promoted from the troupe, nothing – I was just told “there’s some new pros.” And this makes sense, given that we know that new pro auditions were held earlier this year, and Louis apparently was one of the judges (blech). I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that these new pros are IN ADDITION TO the existing ones – if you only have to do one season per year, suddenly the budget (and size) of the single season aren’t so constrained…and you might be able to add more couples 🙂

UPDATE: I mentioned this on Twitter, but not here, so here goes: ABC cleaned house behind-the-scenes and most of the old crew was let go – and a good chunk of the new production staff has previously worked on Strictly Come Dancing. New executive producer, Andrew (I think his last name is Cartmell) is also a poach from SCD…so for those of you who love to boast about how SCD is “soooo much better than DWTS”, guess what: it’s your people that are at the helm of DWTS now 😉

Another update: Ok, so apparently I need to clarify this further, as some of you are asking questions here and on Twitter that are making me think you misinterpreted my last note. Cast = the people in front of the camera on a show; crew = the people behind it.  Most of the old CREW from DWTS was let go, and they got some people that were CREW on SCD – producers, story editors, writers, etc. The “new pros” I speak of were not poached from SCD (that I know of); I’ve been told that all of the new pros that auditioned reside Stateside for most of the year. The “new pros” have nothing to do with SCD. 

Intel courtesy of…some sources. 😉

Discuss.

August 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 Witney Carson to Join Alfonso Ribeiro on Catch 21 on GSN

Looks like Witney’s got a new gig as the card dealer on GSN’s reboot of Catch 21, per Broadway World:

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced Alfonso Ribeiro (“Americas Funniest Videos”) has returned as host of its CATCH 21 reboot. Witney Carson (“Dancing with the Stars”) joins as card dealer, reuniting the former dance partners in a game show first. The half-hour series is anticipated to premiere in Fall 2019.

Alfonso posted their promo shot on Instagram, as well as a behind-the-scenes shot prior to the announcement:

 

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Here we go. @witneycarson and I are working together again. We will tell you what it is very soon.

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Looks fun – love the color scheme of the set. And Witney & Alfonso have always had a good vibe. This ought to be a nice resume-booster for Witney – and before anyone asks, Catch 21 is pre-taped, so this won’t preclude her from being a pro on season 28.

Congrats to Wit on her new gig! 🙂

August 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/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

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