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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 ๐Ÿ˜›

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.ย  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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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.

โ€œBobby Brown was originally slated to be on this new season of DWTS, but recently pulled out,โ€ one source tells Us. โ€œThere were issues with his contract, and he couldnโ€™t come to an agreement with ABC that it would be worth it to do the show.โ€

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.ย  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 24, Week 6 – The Team Dances: What We Know So Far & POLL

Let’s get right to it, shall we? ๐Ÿ™‚

Team Boy Band:

Rashad & Emma
David & Lindsay
Nick & Peta
Bonner & Sharna

Team Girl Group:

Normani & Val
Simone & Sasha
Heather & Maks
Nancy & Artem

The dances: Freestyles again.

The songs: Medleys again – Team Boy Band has a medley of the Jackson 5, New Kids on the Block (“The Right Stuff”), and One Direction; Team Girl Group has “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Angels, “No Scrubs” by TLC, and something by Fifth Harmony (of course).

The captains: No captains this time.

Source says: The female pros weren’t all that jazzed about the music at first, but it started to grow on them as they started to choreograph; the male celebs, however, were psyched and getting really into coming up with boy band moves to try out.ย  To quote Deep Throat, “I’ve never seen a group of celebs so enthusiastic about the team dance!” Team Girl Group seemed a bit more subdued, and seemed to be letting the pros choreograph.ย  To my knowledge, no – Heather was not helping choreograph.

Court’s thoughts: I think the men will probably take this one just based on enthusiasm alone – I tend to find if the group really LIKES their dance, they’re going to perform it better; just look at the differences from the team dances last season. I think team Girl Group’s choreo will likely be more difficult, but I don’t know that that’s necessarily a good thing if they aren’t all that jazzed about the dances they’re doing.

UPDATE: Added pictures…so far, @DancingABC has only posted pix of Team Boy Band. But I’ll be damned if this doesn’t look like a fun group…Peta looks the most excited we’ve seen her all season ๐Ÿ™‚

UPDATE2: Vogue here and below are a few more photos and some of Team Girl Band too.

Ladies unite! This is one epic Girl Group. #DWTS

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April 18, 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 24 – Glee’s Heather Morris is Dancing this Season **POLL**

So yeah, remember that “ringiest ringer ever” I was hinting at on Twitter the other night? Well the cat’s outta the bag – it’s Glee‘s Heather Morris:

It’s Brittany, b–ch.

Glee star Heather Morris is set to join the Dancing With the Stars cast for its upcoming 24th season, sources exclusively tell E! News. Our sources also tell us The Bachelor‘s Nick Viall is set to compete as well, making him the franchise’s first lead to do DWTS since Chris Soules in 2015.

More at E!

And because I’m feeling sort-of generous this morning, I’ll also reveal this: her partner is Maks.

Let’s address the elephant in the room here: as far as I can recall, Heather is the first legitimate professional dancer that has been cast as one of the celebs on DWTS.ย  She tried out for season 2 of SYTYCD (but didn’t make the top 20), and she also danced backup for Beyonce. BEYONCE. She was not an actor or a singer when she was brought to the Glee set to teach the “Single Ladies” dance to Kurt – but Ryan Murphy liked her so much that he actually created the role of Brittany for her.ย  But from what I can tell, she hasn’t done much acting or singing since Glee wrapped in 2015.

As I’ve said before – I’m all for ringers, as they (usually) guarantee we’ll see high-quality dancing from season to season.ย  But is the show really so desperate that they’d cast an actual professional dancer??? Say what you will about Nicole Scherzinger – she was primarily a singer, and secondarily a dancer from her girl group days; as was Mya.ย  But I don’t think we’ve ever had someone that was primarily a dancer and had only a bit of experience in some other medium.

Thoughts? Let us know in the comments, and vote in the poll below.

February 27, 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 23, Week 7 – The Team Dances REVEALED!!!! **SPOILERS**

Ok kids, since it’s likely well into the late hours of the evening (or the wee hours of the morning, depending on what time zone you’re in), I’ll get right to it – after Monday night’s show, the couples picked teams for the team dances next week.ย  By virtue of having the two highest cumulative point totals (186 and 184 points, respectively), Laurie and James were appointed the team captains (for those curious, the 3rd place finisher, with a distant 171 points, was Jana). Here’s how the teams shook out after all the picking was done… Read more..

October 17, 2016 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 22 Finale, Night 2 – 24-Hour Fusion Dances Revealed **SPOILERS**

Please forgive the incomplete info – doing the best I can, kids ๐Ÿ˜›

ETA: George Pennacchio filled in my gaps.ย  Nyle’s song is a guess on my part, as George only said that their song was called “Summer”.ย  Now if all of you who like to complain about every tango done to an EDM song “was just a copy of Meryl & Maks'” don’t bitch about Peta & Nyle’s…then YOU, my friends, are hypocrites. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Ginger & Val – Argentine tango/Foxtrot (song: “Just Like Fire” by Pink)

Nyle & Peta – Tango/Cha Cha (song: “Summer” by Calvin Harris(?))

Paige & Mark – Salsa/Jive (song: “Little Bitty Pretty One” by Thurston Harris)

Thoughts? How convenient that Val got Argentine tango again – he can just recycle the last 5 ones he did, which were all just remixes of the previous one he did. Having a hard time remembering Nyle’s tango, but wasn’t that one that he bungled up on? Paige is gonna look so stinkin’ cute doing a salsa/jive. ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s to a fun finale! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

 

May 24, 2016 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 22, Week 3 – An Update on Mark Ballas

As we mentioned yesterday, Mark was seen around the rehearsal studio yesterday, which seems to indicate that he is still very much in the competition this season.ย  Now we have a bit more behind-the-scenes info to share…

…according to a source, Mark is still injured, and given the nature of the injury, it seems potentially serious (I’m guessing they’ll share his diagnosis in the package on Monday). Mark is currently trying to rest his back as a result. HOWEVER, Mark has every intention of dancing with Paige on Monday if he’s able, and is still very much Paige’s partner.ย  Alan & Hayley have both been assisting them during rehearsals for their paso doble, but Mark is running the show – his concept, his choreography.ย  From the impression I got – the situation is still very up-in-the-air, but Mark is determined to dance.

I think the captions on the Instagram picture of Paige & Alan he posted on Tuesday very clearly indicate that he intends to remain Paige’s partner this season:

So what do I make of this? Well I think all the Alan fans that seem to be creeping out of the woodwork, hoping that Mark will “give Alan a shot at being a pro” need to slow their roll quite a bit, because I don’t think Mark has any intention of giving Paige up without a fight – and rightfully so.ย  I remember Deep Throat telling me how absolutely THRILLED Mark was to get Paige as a partner this season – he’d been hoping she’d get a shot on the show for awhile, and I’d even go so far as to guess that she was probably one of his “dream partners”. And Paige has got a great work ethic and a lot of talent – talent that I think is best harnessed by a seasoned pro with two MBT’s and a lot of choreography experience under his belt, and NOT a completely green, un-battle-tested newb from the troupe. This is quite possibly the most competitive season we’ve ever seen, kids – and if Paige wants a fighting chance (no pun intended) of lasting this season, Mark is her best bet.ย  If anything, I think the rest of the pros this season would mop the floor with Alan, experience-wise, if he were suddenly to become Paige’s full-time partner – and the resulting failure could potentially torpedo any future shots at being a pro that he might have…think about it.ย  This is quite possibly the WORST season to come in as a rookie pro and try to prove yourself…so why would you want to subject him to that? So you can watch him gyrate around with his shirt open and a dopey grin on his face? ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway, I wish Mark the speediest and most painless of recoveries, and I’ve got my fingers crossed he gets to dance with Paige on Monday ๐Ÿ˜‰

ETA: Vogue here. Paige was on KTLA today. She talked on Dancing With The Stars and the accident with Mark last week. She also gives a report on Mark and says he’s still trying to find out what’s wrong with him (like Court reported). Right now she’s rehearsing with both Alan and Mark and isn’t sure what will happen on Monday night. More below…

March 31, 2016 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 22: Somebody from Boyz II Men Is Going to Be Dancing

And this, kids, is where I illustrate to you how much of a crap shoot it can be for us with spoilers ๐Ÿ˜› Sometimes, we just have to do the best we can with incomplete scraps of information, and we do the best we can to vet everything before reporting to you – today, I just don’t have that ability, so I’m giving you what I can without reporting anything false.

What I do know: one of the three members of R&B group Boyz II Men is the 12th contestant on this season of DWTS.ย  And whoever that person is, he’s dancing with Lindsay.

One source told me the other day that Lindsay’s partner “is a singer in his 40s”. Another source reported that he/she overheard a male voice singing Boyz II Men songs a capella in the rehearsal studio with Lindsay, and saw “a black guy” leaving the studio later on, but couldn’t get a good look at his face to determine which Boy-to-Man it was.ย  Source was fairly certain, though, that it was NOT Shawn Stockman – arguably the most well-known member of the group, due to his recent stint as a judge on The Sing-Off.

So who does that leave? Well, before I hit up Wikipedia, I only knew them as Other-Guy-in-Boyz-II-Men-That-Dated-Brandy-Back-In-The-Day and Other-Other-Guy-In-Boyz-II-Men – but it turns out their names are Wanya Morris & Nathan Morris, respectively.ย  And no, there’s no relation there.

Other evidence? Lindsay’s mom, Mindy, apparently started following Boyz II Men on Twitter yesterday, but seems to have since unfollowed since so many of you noticed – I don’t suppose any of you slick private investigators grabbed a screen shot, did you?

So what has Boyz II Men been up to lately? They have a residence at The Mirage in Las Vegas (see below), and they most recently appeared in Grease: Live.ย  And back in 2013, they toured with NKOTB & 98 Degrees as part of the “Package Tour” (hehe), which I had the pleasure of seeing when they came to Indianapolis.ย  Video here from my long-abandoned tumblr page, taken from the 2nd row.

So who do I think we’ll see? I guess my money’s on Wanya, because then they might be able to get Brandy in the audience? *shrug* I honestly don’t know, but I daresay that anyone from Boyz II Men is another pretty damn good get for the show, in an already stellar casting group ๐Ÿ˜Ž

March 5, 2016 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 22 – The Couples Live Blog (Spoilers)

Since the pros were starting to meet their partners today (although we only know of three who have, right now), we figured that we would start revealing the couples as they reveal themselves…or when we find them out. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ย You gotta know that this is a secret that will be impossible to keep – not when they are starting to rehearse!! It’s gonna get out one way or another, and we’re going to report it!

Anyway, our first confirmed couple is kind of a gimme, as we’ve reported on this woman a couple times and the evidence was pretty strong.

ETA: Couple #2 confirmed! And I gotta say – I’m pretty excited about it.ย  Will definitely be interesting to see these two work together & grow this season… -Court-

ETA2: Didn’t see this one coming…thoughts? -Court-

ETA3: We’re guessing this is the one that is going to get announced on GMA this morning, given who it is – and I’d say it’s also a bit of an unexpected partnership, given this pro’s track record of fairly young and/or able-bodied, conveniently experienced dancers. -Court-

ETA4: Apologies to those on Twitter I may have confused last night – I myself got confused, and mixed up two different pros’ partners.ย  I think you’ll see why when the rest of the cast breaks ๐Ÿ˜‰ But yeah, this one was sort of a gimme, but it does help give us a clearer picture of the cast so far… -Court-

ETA5: Saw this name floating around Twitter as a possibility, so I figured I may as well confirm. Rather interesting (and timely) casting, no? -Court-

ETA6: DOUBLE-WHAMMY!!! So E! goes and spoils a name that came completely out of left field…guess what? So will I. ๐Ÿ˜‰ -Court-

ETA7: Since everyone else is reporting on Kim/Sasha, I will go ahead and add – but let me qualify that I only know this through process of elimination, and my sources were unable to confirm with certainty that those two are paired up…hence the **. But as for the other one I’m revealing – this I’m 100% certain of.ย  And yes – it’s another WHAMMY. ๐Ÿ˜Ž You heard it here FIRST, kids! -Court-

ETA8: Got another one out of left field for you – and I actually kind of wonder if this celeb may have requested his pro.ย  I don’t have any proof, just a hunch.ย  -Court-

ETA9: And with this update, I’m fairly certain this is the full cast.ย  Seen a lot (and gotten pulled into a lot) of speculation on Twitter about Ben Higgins (*eye roll*) being a “last-minute” or “surprise” add with Emma as his partner after The Bachelor wraps on Mar. 14, but honestly guys – all signs seem to be pointing to this being a 12-couple season.ย  Ditto to the fringe R5 fans that are insisting that Rydel is going to be a “surprise announcement” and be paired with Derek – no more spots left, guys.ย  Better luck next season…now please move on. -Court-

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February 26, 2016 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 21, Week 7 – And the Teams Are…**SPOILERS** and POLL

It’s super late/super early (depending on where you are),ย  so I’m just gonna get right to it.ย  These are your teams: Read more..

October 19, 2015 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