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PureDWTS Season 21 – Rumor Round-Up

As we’re on the eve of the announcement of the first season 21 celeb in less than 12 hours, I figured it was time to come up with a summary post of all the rumors we’ve covered so far this season.

As usual, here’s my explanation: I’ve divided our potential dancers this season into 5 categories: the “legitimate possibilities”, which are rumors that have surfaced within the last week or so (when most casting leaks occur) and come from sources that are generally pretty reliable when it comes to casting leaks; the “long shots”, which are rumors from less-reliable sources, vague tweets, and ambiguous responses from the celebs themselves – basically, rumors that we aren’t really as confident about; the “wannabes/campaigners”, who are celebs who have expressed interest in doing the show (but haven’t actually been reported as a rumor by any reputable outlets); “pure randomness”, which is for random and slightly interesting observations that may or may not indicate a certain celeb’s possible participation in this season – generally, they mean nothing, but we’re adding them here for sh*ts & giggles 🙂  And then there are the “no’s”, the celebs that have confirmed that they won’t be participating in this season. I’ve added short notes in wherever I’ve found it pertinent.

 

Legitimate possibilities:

Shay Mitchell
Nick Carter
Kacy Catanzaro
Kaitlyn Bristowe

I’m a just leave this here. ~Heidi


 

Longshots:

Bethany Hamilton
Anthony Davis (said he turned it down – but acted rather wishy-washy about it)
Nick Jonas
Lindsay Lohan
Scott Disick
Pippa Middleton
Marilu Henner
Kobe Bryant or Vanessa Bryant

 

Wannabes/Campaigners:

Christine Ouzounian
Andy Grammar
Ramona Singer
Terrell Owens

 

Pure Randomness:

Alison Baver
Boris Kodjoe (was originally supposed to be on season 18, but backed out)
Ricky Martin
Maureen McCormick
Chris Colfer
Christie Brinkley
Nick Lachey
Heather Locklear
Nina Dobrev
Drita D’Avanzo (draw your own conclusions – but it’s interesting)

 

The Definite No’s:

Rick Schroeder
Jodie Sweetin (personally told me “not this season”, but an interesting person liked my picture of her on Instagram)
Piers Morgan
Caitlyn Jenner
Amanda Bynes

Don’t forget to keep an eye on this post to see the names announced each morning this week on GMA! (NOTE: post won’t be active until tomorrow morning)

August 23, 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

DWTS Season 19 – Rumor Roundup!!!

Greetings from hot & sunny Spring, TX 🙂 I’m actually typing this poolside at my aunt’s house, as I’m on vacation right now – but Vogue & Heidi have been putting in some serious hours on the casting rumors, and as I have the past few seasons, I thought it might be good to work up a good summary post for all the casting rumors that have cropped between the end of last season and right now.  😎

If any new casting rumors pop up between now and the cast announcement next week, I’ll try to update – but at the rate they’ve been flowing these past few days, it might not happen immediately.  Please be patient 🙂

I’ve divided our potential dancers this season into 5 categories: the “legitimate possibilities”, which are rumors that have surfaced within the last week or so (when most casting leaks occur) and come from sources that are generally pretty reliable when it comes to casting leaks; the “long shots”, which are rumors from less-reliable sources, vague tweets, and ambiguous responses from the celebs themselves – basically, rumors that we aren’t really as confident about; the “wannabes/campaigners”, who are celebs who have expressed interest in doing the show (but haven’t actually been reported as a rumor by any reputable outlets); “pure randomness”, which is for random and slightly interesting observations that may or may not indicate a certain celeb’s possible participation in this season – generally, they mean nothing, but we’re adding them here for sh*ts & giggles. 🙂 And then there are the “no’s”, the celebs that have confirmed that they won’t be participating in this season.

Legitimate possibilities:

Andi Dorfman
Randy Couture
Kacy Catanzaro
Antonio Sabato Jr.
Janel Parrish
Lolo Jones
Sadie Robertson
Betsey Johnson
Lea Thompson
Bethany Mota
Jonathan Bennett

Longshots:

Lindsay Lohan
Meagan Tandy
Tommy Chong
Colton Smith
Andy Pettitte
James Storm
Shania Twain
Ashley Gold
Landon Donovan
Tim Howard
Kandi Burress/someone from Bravo
Josh Murray
Sara Evans

Wannabes/Campaigners:

Vincent M. Ward
Jane Savoie

Pure Randomness:

Tavis Smiley
Carly Steel
Shemar Moore
Courtney Robertson

The “No’s”:

Jim Kelly

 

So which rumors are you guys most excited about? Which ones do you think are bogus? Let’s hear it!

August 29, 2014 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 Season 16 – Rumor Round-Up!!!

Ok kids, we’re at about t minus 66 21 13 hours until the cast announcement, and it’s time once again to break down the various rumors we’ve heard about the cast so far – which, unfortunately, haven’t been too plentiful this season.  But hey, at least it has given our imaginations the chance to run wild and we may be in for some big, hopefully pleasant surprises on Tuesday morning 🙂

I went ahead and broke the rumored names into categories: the ones that we think are legitimate possibilities (names we keep hearing, from reputable sources), the ones that are a longshot (they’ve been a rumor, but they’re more likely to say “no” than the legitimate possibilities), the ones that have said they want to do the show or have campaigned to get on the show (but probably haven’t been/won’t be asked), the random one-offs that are usually referred to by a 3rd party (and not a reputable source or the person themselves), and the “endless parade of no” – the celebs who were reportedly asked to do the show, but turned it down.

ETA: Added a new rumor, and threw in some updates on others.  Things are starting to take shape! 🙂

ETA2: The rumors came flooding in today…and some of them seem pretty legit. 

Legitimate possibilities:

Sean Lowe
Aly Raisman
Victor Ortiz – confirmed
Somebody from General Hospital – right now, all we know for sure is that it’s not Kristen Alderson or Nancy Lee Grahn
Kellie Pickler
Jacoby Jonesconfirmed during Oscars telecast
Lisa Vanderpump – already following new pro Gleb on Twitter, and vice-versa
Andy Dick
D.L. Hughley

Longshots:

Colin Kaepernick
Wynonna Judd
Emily Maynard
Kourtney Kardashian
Mama June
Katie Couric
Christie Brinkley
Jordyn Wieber

Wannabes/Campaigners:

Jerry Supiran
Finola Hughes
Tiffany
Dina Lohan
Perez Hilton
Bobby Bones
Barbara Evans
Deena Cortese
Shannon Bex
Maia Campbell
Miss America Mallory Hagan
Daniella Monet

Pure Randomness:

Billy Idol
William Shatner
Miss Alabama
Arianny Celeste
Tito Ortiz
Danica McKellar
Adrienne Maloof

The Endless Parade of “No”:

Eric Idle
Lance Armstrong
Lindsay Lohan
Bobby Flay
Ann Romney
Victor Cruz
Tori Spelling

Curious as to what pros we’re going to see/not going to see this season? Be sure to keep an eye on Heidi’s Pro Watch to keep up with all the in’s, out’s, and new faces this season.  And be sure to tune into PureDWTS starting at 7 AM EST on Tuesday (2/26), as yours truly will be live blogging the cast announcement on GMA…things could get crazy, kids.  You won’t want to miss it 😉

February 23, 2013 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 Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, and Val Chmerkovskiy Attend Z100’s Jingle Ball 2012

Don’t these three look like they are having fun? Dancing pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, and Val Chmerkovskiy attended Z100’s Jingle Ball 2012, presented by Aeropostale, at Madison Square Garden on December 7, 2012 in New York City. You can see more fun takes of them at Zimbio Pictures. You can read an article on the night and see a slideshow at iBTimes.

ADDING: Maks, Peta, and Val were interviewed by Extra at z100’s Jingle Ball. When asked, Maks says “no” to Honey Boo Boo dancing on Dancing With The Stars. He won’t dance with her or her relatives. He said neither one have earned that right and they need bigger stars. I agree.

ADDING #2: Below is another interview with Peta, Val, and Maks at the Jingle Ball. They talk to OK! about the finals and the length of the show. They aren’t the same people and are glad to have some time off from doing Dancing With The Stars and being home in New York City.

December 9, 2012 I Written By

I'm a fashion and music fan....and I have always loved dancing too of any kind. Dancing With The Stars and World Of Dance seem to have this way of bringing all of those things together. 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.

DWTS Season 12 Casting Rumors – The Typecasting of Season 12, Part II

In part one of my typecasting analysis, we took a look at who we might get from the Olympian, athlete, model, comedian, legend, & soap star categories.  Now let’s take a look at the other 6 categories and speculate on who else we might see before tonight’s cast announcement!

EDITOR’S NOTE: The site is getting hit with an extraordinary amount of hits right now (which is great! :-D) but it’s also slowing us bloggers down while we post – hence, there are no links in this edition because it’s just taking too long to add them all in.  However, you can access all of the DWTS casting rumors in Vogue’s post from the other day if you need a refresher on some of these 🙂

The Teen Idol

Previous examples: Joey McIntyre, Aaron Carter, Donny Osmond, Lance Bass, Mel B., Joey Fatone, Drew Lachey, Joey Lawrence, Ian Ziering, Cody Linley, Sabrina Bryan, Mario Lopez, Kyle Massey

Advantages: If sales of Tiger Beat are any indicator, the teenyboppers will come out in full force to support their favorite heartthrobs/idols.  Being young & good-lookin’ sure doesn’t hurt! Many also have the added advantage of having a decent dance background, especially if they were part of a musical act.

Disadvantages: Youth can also have its disadvantages – as in immaturity.  What some might call “youthful exuberance”, others might call “immaturity” or “attention deficit disorder” – poor Cody Linley had a hard time sitting still! Emotional immaturity (a la Aaron Carter’s post-rumba meltdown in the confessional) can be especially off-putting.

Possible candidates this season: I think the Lindsay Lohan rumor has been almost completely shot down, but Full House fans have been campaigning for both Jodie Sweetin & Candace Cameron Bure in the online voting.  I’ve also seen a surge of support within the past few days for New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight to do the show.

The Host

Previous examples: Jerry Springer, Brooke Burke, Leeza Gibbons, Mario Lopez, Kenny Mayne, Lisa Rinna, Tucker Carlson, Mark Dacascos, Rocco DiSpirito, Erin Andrews

Advantages: Being that they’ve been at the helm of their own shows, these guys usually have the media savvy & charisma to appeal to the masses, as well as the previous exposure & recognizability.  Most (not all!) are also decently attractive, which never seems to hurt (unless, of course, you’re a model – see previous post for explanation).

Disadvantages: Many hosts are only used to hosting – as in just sitting down & talking (or dodging the occasional punch, if you’re Springer), so the lack of movement experience problem seems to come into play. 

Possible candidates this season: Wendy Williams name has been repeated quite a bit, although Joan Rivers’ name was out there for awhile as a possible contestant.

The Actor

Previous examples: John O’Hurley, Melissa Joan Hart, Steve Guttenburg, John Ratzenberger, Debi Mazar, Denise Richards, Ted McGinley, Shannon Elizabeth, Jennie Garth, Vivica Fox, Marissa Jaret Winokur, Shannen Doherty, Jennifer Grey, David Hasselhoff

Advantages: Being that their bread & butter is acting, most can usually nail the emotions of the dances. Bonus points if they’ve done any Broadway (like Winokur) because they have likely had dance experience.

Disadvantages: For lack of a better term, many of them seem to be “has-beens” – actors that haven’t been particularly active in the mainstream in the past several years – or were never that big to begin with (can anyone else think of anything John O’Hurley has been in BESIDES Seinfeld?), making it harder for them to garner votes from a public who may not remember them. 

Possible candidates this season: Lorenzo Lamas has been claiming he’s on the casting “short list” for weeks now, so we’re thinking he’s a lock. 

The Reality Star

Previous examples: Kim Kardashian, Kelly Osbourne, Melissa Rycroft, Steve-O, Holly Madison, Trista Sutter, Shanna Moakler, Kate Gosselin, Jake Pavelka, Audrina Patridge, The Situation

Advantages: Many have achieved pop culture icon status on their respective reality outlets, making them fairly recognizable.

Disadvantages: They may be memorable for the wrong reasons – people tended to remember things like Kim Kardashian’s sex tape more than her reality show, and people seemed more focused on Holly Madison’s split from Hef than her antics on The Girls Next Door.  Many can also come across as attention-hungry & talentless – reality TV is often looked down upon as a way to get famous without having any talent whatsoever. 

Possible candidates this season: Aside from the omnipresent Heidi Montag rumor and ridiculous rumors about both NeNe Leakes & Kim Zolciak from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, we’ve also heard of former Idol contestant Danny Gokey gunning for a spot.

The Singer:

Previous examples: Mya, Billy Ray Cyrus, Mario, Belinda Carlisle, Master P, Chuck Wicks, Sara Evans, Willa Ford, Monique Coleman, Toni Braxton, Macy Gray, Nicole Scherzinger

Advantages: As with the teen idols, many have had dance experience concurrent with their music careers. 

Disadvantages: Most seem to be committed solely to one genre of music (often R&B or country), making it hard to appeal to a wide fanbase.

Possible candidates this season: There’s been big campaigns in the online voting for both Zack Wilde & Paul Byrom, but nothing really “legit” to go off of.

The Wild Card

Previous examples: Heather Mills, Tom DeLay, Mark Cuban, Steve Wozniak, Priscilla Presley, Buzz Aldrin, Bristol Palin

Advantages: The sheer novelty of having someone with such an off-the-beaten-path claim to fame (famous divorcee/widow, entrepreneur, disgraced politician, etc.) may be enough to have the public voting them – just to see what happens.  Being the “underdog” is a powerful thing…as we saw with Bristol last season!

Disadvantages: Due to their often dubious fame, people just may not have any clue who they are – I personally had to Google Mark Cuban’s name. There’s also the risk of backlash from some viewers who don’t think they’re “stars” per se, and shouldn’t even be on the show in the first place.

Possible candidates this season: Not sure if it was the hailstorm of controversy from Bristol last season or what, but this category was booming with rumors this season – everyone from Tony Robbins to Christine O’Donnell to Al Sharpton to Brooke Mueller.  Will any of them actually do the show? That remains to be seen.

So we’re mere hours away from the official announcement, gang – who do you think is in and who do you think is just wishful thinking? Be sure to check back here for Heidi’s Casting Announcement Live Blog starting at 8 PM EST…she (and the rest of us) suffer through The Bachelor so you don’t have to 🙂 And make sure you’re following @puredwts & @tvblog on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates on who’s in!

February 28, 2011 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 11 – Internet Chatter and Rumors

Well, it has gotten to the point (as usual at this point before the seasons starts) that I don’t know what’s an actual rumor and what is just internet chatter. I do know that I’m hearing/reading a bunch of stuff that has the potential to be highly annoying. 🙂 We’ve even got trolls trying to manufacture rumors to get me to post them! I’m actually flattered, but also smarter than your average troll. 😉 All of this was my long winded way of qualifying this post with a – “there are too many rumors and too much speculation to figure out which is which”. I’m going to write out what I’ve read and we’ll just see what happens in a week.

A certain Perez Hilton claims that Audrina Patridge and Brandy are going to be on this season. Problem with this is that Perez prints even the most sketchy of sources as rumors with no editorial opinion of what he thinks of these sources – which is what I try to do. So, I’m going to file this one under “even a stopped clock is right twice a day” and say that I think he might be right this time. Mainly because we discussed both Audrina and Brandy as possibles for previous seasons. Brandy as a rumor a year ago and Audrina as a done deal until MTV put a stop to her participation – this was discussed in the comments of a previous post. “The Hills” is done now, right? That could explain it.

Another one that cracks me up and scares me all at the same time is Mike “the Situation” Sorrentino.  Good lord. OK! Magazine is reporting (EXCLUSIVE! my ass 🙂 ) that he is IN.

You might not think the tango, mamba or waltz would require rock-hard abs, but Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino is setting out to show that his GTL skills can translate to the dance floor! OK! has exclusively learned that the Jersey Shore cast member who named his own muscles has signed on to the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars.

They even managed to get a quote from Derek at the Creative Arts Emmys, and his quote cracks me up. Couldn’t agree more, big D. 🙂

OK! spoke to DWTS‘ reigning pro champ, Derek Hough, who says the presence of the Jersey Shore guido will get fans glued to their screens.

“It’s People like that who come on the show who people will tune in and watch because either it will be a travesty or it will be interesting to see somebody turn something completely around so I’m up for anybody,” he told OK! at the Creative Emmys Saturday in L.A. “For me it’s classic entertainment, it’s fun. Whatever gets people talking and tuning in is interesting to watch.”

As a reminder of why I always have to wonder about these “exclusives”, besides the fact that he’s been all over twitter as a rumor for a month or more now, is that we reported on Mike back in July. This is Kate Gosselin all over again. Casual mention on a talk show and “ta da!!” they’re on the show. OK! also says that Audrina and Brandy are signed up (and Kurt Warner), but they likely just cribbed that from Perez.  My faith in “journalism” is non-existent.

The above are, IMO, actual solid rumors. We now venture into the area of what is likely fanciful dreams (or nightmare, depending on your perspective) and wishes. 🙂 Have you ever played the telephone game? That’s what a lot of this is probably about. Someone says “hey, wouldn’t it be cool…” and before you know it some “source” is reporting it as fact.

Lindsay Lohan – I don’t know what it’s about, but I’ve heard lots of talk on twitter about her getting a rehab reprieve and doing DWTS. I think this is straight up bull, but I would not be surprised to be wrong. Does anyone know why this chatter is happening? Or is only because of a story on E! News about her possibly getting out of rehab early? Personally, I think it would probably be good for her.

The nightmare category – Oksana Grigorieva and Rachel Uchitel. I’m pretty sure this is all just chatter and crap, but I gotta say: since when does sleeping with a famous man make one famous? Just gross. This better not be true. I don’t want to have to utter the words: “You’re dead to me, Dancing with the Stars.” 🙂

So, have I left anything out?

August 23, 2010 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. :-)