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Dancing with the Stars Season 28, Week SIX – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Well, this week there is no theme that’s actually called out, but it seems like there should be one, when you look at the list of songs in the press release. 🙂

The show will open with the couples entering the ballroom to “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang. In addition, the cast of Dancing with the Stars – Live Tour 2020 will perform a dance choreographed by Emmy® Award-winning Mandy Moore. The nationwide tour kicks off Jan. 9 in Richmond, Virginia. To purchase tickets and get the full list of tour dates, please visit dwtstour.com.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of songs including Carrie Underwood’s “Southbound,” Wham!’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing,” Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” Stevie Wonder’s “Part-Time Lover,” Lewis Capaldi’s “Someone You Loved,” among others.

I would say 80’s if not for Carrie Underwood. I would say classics…if not for Carrie Underwood. I would say…well, never mind. 🙂 I guess we’re doing contemporary and jazz every week now – if only all the pros could choreograph a decent one. I thought Hannah was the favored one – that’s what everyone keeps telling me. But she’s got the hardest dance this week and hasn’t had a “gimme” dance in a couple weeks – if ever. Interesting that Lauren and Sailor get the contemporary and jazz, respectively. Everyone else has their work cut out for them. Although I think Kate will do well. I think Karamo is probably screwed. James should be fine…hopefully.

Ally and Sasha – Quickstep

Kel and Witney – Quickstep

S___ and Lindsay – Viennese Waltz

Kate and Pasha – Viennese Waltz

James and Emma – Samba

Hannah and Alan – Samba

Sailor and Val – Jazz

Lauren and Gleb – Contemporary

Karamo and Jenna – Rumba

October 16, 2019 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 Season 28, Week FIVE – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Disney week. I can’t say it’s my favorite week. Too much production, too much BS.  But since this season has been remarkably low on all that stuff so far, perhaps I will enjoy it more.  We’ll see. Here’s what the press release says we can expect this week:

For the first time in the show’s history, the opening dance number will take place at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, in a pre-recorded segment and will feature the cast on Main Street, U.S.A. and in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, choreographed by the acclaimed Zach Woodlee (“Grease Live” and “Glee”). During the show, the celebrity contestants and their pros take over the Happiest Place on Earth as they seek inspiration for their dance numbers at Disney California Adventure Park and Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California. One lucky “Dancing with the Stars” couple will even get to travel to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and take the controls of the Millennium Falcon. From thrill attractions to favorite Disney characters and more, this will be a “Disney Night” to remember.

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of beloved Disney songs including “We’re All in This Together” from “High School Musical,” “Under the Sea” from “The Little Mermaid,” “A Spoonful of Sugar” from “Mary Poppins,” “Beauty and the Beast” from the live-action “Beauty and the Beast,” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from the live-action “The Lion King,” among others.

In addition, a special dance inspired by new song “Into the Unknown” from “Disney’s Frozen II” will be featured. And special looks from Disney+’s upcoming “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and live-action “Lady and the Tramp” will be shown.

Here’s who’s dancing which dances…ugh, the first contemporary and jazz of the season. At least Ally and Kate got them, along with Kel. This I can live with. 🙂 What do those whining about Hannah’s dances have to say about that, eh?? That argument no longer holds. Sorry not sorry. Foxtrot should suit her, though. James should do fantastic with the Paso. Conversely, Lindsay is going to have to work a REAL miracle this week. I love her, but I hope it doesn’t happen. Sailor should do well, but I worry about Lauren and Karamo with the Samba. Hopefully their partners get it together for them.

ETA: See below for what is apparently the full song list. Hmmm…Hannah was sitting on Aladdin’s rug with Alan, but she also was shown with a light saber.  And she said “someone” is going to be a princess. I would hope her and not Alan. 🙂  But the Aladdin song and the Beauty and the Beast song are both crap for a foxtrot.  Sailor met Cinderella, apparently, which would imply the Cinderella song.  Ally was also in the Beast’s library – and that song would work for contemporary. And they would so totally make Kate do Mary Poppins. And because the producers are who they are, I’m guessing Karamo gets the Lion King song.  My GUESSES are below.  

ETA2: Just saw Lauren’s tweet with mermaids in it. 🙂

Ally and Sasha – Contemporary (“Beauty and the Beast” from Beauty and the Beast)

Kel and Witney – Jazz (“We’re All in This Together” from High School Musical)

S___ and Lindsay – Quickstep (“You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from Toy Story 4)

Kate and Pasha – Jazz (“A Spoonful of Sugar” from Mary Poppins)

James and Emma – Paso doble (“He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean)

Hannah and Alan – Foxtrot (“A Whole New World” from Aladdin)

Sailor and Val – Viennese Waltz (“A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes” from Cinderella)

Lauren and Gleb – Samba (“Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid)

Karamo and Jenna – Samba (“I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” from The Lion King)

Thanks to R2M in the comments for the heads up on a Disney fansite that claims to have the complete song list – see below:

  • A Whole New World from Aladdin (Zayn and Zhavia)
  • A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes from Cinderella
  • Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid
  • A Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins
  • Beauty and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast (John Legend & Ariana Grande)
  • You’ve Got a Friend in Me from Toy Story 4
  • We’re All in This Together from High School Musical
  • I Just Can’t Wait to Be King from The Lion King (2019)
  • He’s a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
October 8, 2019 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 Season 28, Week FOUR – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Can’t believe it’s week four already!!  Dang, where does the time go??  It’ll be great to see Leah Remini again – who will she smack with the microphone this time? Or her 7 paddle…Here’s what the press release says:

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of hit and well-known songs including Dolly Parton’s “Jolene,” Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary,” Shawn Mendes’ “If I Can’t Have You,” Seal’s “Kiss from a Rose,” Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” and Queen’s “Somebody to Love,” among others.

The show will open with the couples entering the ballroom to “Hey Look Ma, I Made It,” by Panic! At the Disco. In addition, as part of ABC’s “Cast from the Past” week, where iconic TV show and film talent reunite in episodes on the network’s comedies and dramas, “Dancing” season 17 alumni Leah Remini will be a guest judge for the very first time.

I think it’s about time that he who shall not be named get quickstep. Let’s see if he can stomp his way through that one. Don’t forget to vote as much as you can for your favorite. We don’t want a repeat of last season. At least, I don’t. 🙂 Who cares if the show loses another million viewers next season? If there is a next season…

ETA: You know who is dancing first – we’ll know how many votes need to be cast to beat him. It’s unlikely he will go over Lamar, but here’s to hoping.

ETA2: Well, I could’ve sworn he said he was going first, but the lineup below is courtesy of George Pennachio, so….

 

Ally and Sasha – Jive
Dancing First?

Kel and Witney – Cha Cha
Dancing Second

S___ and Lindsay – Paso Doble
Dancing First or Third?

Kate and Pasha – Argentine Tango
Dancing 4th

James and Emma – Quickstep
Dancing 5th

Hannah and Alan – Paso Doble
Dancing 6th

Lamar and Peta – Viennese Waltz
Dancing 7th

Sailor and Val – Cha Cha
Dancing 8th

Lauren and Gleb – Foxtrot
Dancing 9th

Karamo and Jenna – Tango
Dancing 10th

October 5, 2019 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 Season 28, Week 2 – Dancing by the Numbers Roundup

I have a little bit of time between the end of my vacation and the start of week 3 tonight to do a bit of a round up on what happened with the numbers this week. Now, the surprising thing isn’t really S@$n, but Lamar. S@$n was given some very simple choreo by Lindsay, who happens to be something of a genius, and he didn’t totally screw it up. Is he a good dancer? No, he’s not. He couldn’t even raise more than $3,800 bucks for his lime week one shirt. :::shrug::: But he didn’t make any glaring mistakes. Simple is the key with him. Anyway, much more surprising is Lamar, especially considering S@$n’s score for night two. Check out the vote totals:

Lamar was a solid five points below S@$n when both dances were done and much farther below both Ray and Mary. S@$n was only two points down from Ray and 4 points down from Mary – not nearly the lift that Lamar had to do. Because of S@$n’s score on night two, what was a 5k vote gap became much larger for Lamar. Check it out.

For Lamar to be safe, he did all of the following:

  • He may or may not have gotten 12k more votes per million votes cast than S@$n, AND;
  • He got 16,900 more votes per million votes cast than Ray, AND;
  • He got 21,700 more votes per million votes cast than Mary.

For the rest of the contestants we don’t really know how he did. We’re not sure if he did better than S@$n because both men were safe. Those votes are no joke – and Lamar has had issues in the past, so the fact that he got those votes is doubly surprising. As for S@$n, he didn’t have to work nearly so hard and his safety is no surprise at all, when you look at the numbers.

Seriously, he needed less than 5k votes per million votes cast to be safe over Ray and less then 9.7k to be safe over Mary. Not such a big deal.  Will it continue? Stay tuned, we will see. And I will be voting for his main competition, in addition to my favorites. But if the judges screw the pooch like they did last week, I may just throw in the towel. The whole POINT of having the judges make the final decision was theoretically because they have more sense than the audience (looking at you, season 17) – now I’m not so sure that’s the case.

September 30, 2019 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 Season 28, Week THREE – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

Sorry folks, but I’ve been on a long weekend vacation, living it up, relaxing and not really thinking about DWTS!!  Press release came out days ago and it looks like they might have gotten the dances right this week. 🙂 Here’s what the press release says, for anyone who may have missed it. Like me. 🙂

Vying for America’s vote, each couple will dance to a variety of songs inspired by the celebrity’s favorite movies including Wilson Philips’ “Hold On,” “Here We Go Again” from Mamma Mia!, Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman,” Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5,” Selena’s “Dreaming of You,” Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” among others.

The show will open with a behind-the-scenes look at some movie magic on our very own “backlot.” Weaving through three “movie sets” on the way to the ballroom, viewers will run into our stars and pros as they make their way to stage! In addition, the broadcast will include a special Star Wars moment.

This sounds like it could actually be fun. The songs below are currently my GUESSES. Don’t forget to vote by text the name of your favorite to 21523 or sign on to DWTS.com to vote using an account (or ten) that you should have set up by now. 😉 Read more..

September 29, 2019 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 28, Week 2: Power Rankings

**NOTE: This is atrociously late, but with good reason – I’m currently in Telluride, CO, for my only sister’s wedding.  Tuesday was a whirlwind of preparation, Wednesday was a ton of traveling (IND -> DFW, DFW -> Montrose, then a 90 min car ride from Montrose to the rental house in Telluride), and today was preparation of floral arrangements, the altar, makeup dry-runs, grocery shopping, etc. Did I also mention that I’m experiencing some lightweight altitude sickness and haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep since Sunday? 😛 But it has been so very, very worth it to have this time with my family…and just marvel at how much bigger the glory of nature is than all of our minute, silly problems we focus on.  Seriously – staring at mountains is a religious experience.  Check out my IG story for more 😉

Oof. So the big reveal about the eliminations was (gasp!) a judges’ save, which many of us had already kind of predicted – but what I don’t think we could have seen coming was just how spectacularly WRONG the judges managed to get it on the first outing.  Sure, they were likely confronted with a real bottom two that none of us really saw coming (Mary and Ray), but judging from my gut reaction (and that of most of my Twitter timeline), the decision was a clear one: Mary should have been saved based on scores alone, and Ray should have been sent packing. That was the whole point of the judges’ save, right? To help them back up their own scoring and lessen the effect of any errant or contradictory audience voting? And yet when the chips were down, they went with the guy they cumulatively scored two points LOWER the first two weeks of the competition, muttering some phony baloney explanation about going with their head over their heart, blah blah blah. If this new power was meant to prevent another Bobby Bones from winning this season, the judges sure didn’t manage to give us any peace of mind with the way they chose to wield it this week. And notice that I said “judges” – because I’m fairly certain all three were in on the decision, and just offered up their votes in such a fashion that it gave the impression of being a nail biter: they knew all along that they wanted to keep Ray & Cheryl (because OG pro loyalty? Who knows), but they decided that Carrie Ann would vote to keep Mary & Brandon, and Bruno would vote to keep Ray & Cheryl, thus creating a tiebreaker which allowed Len the windbag to spew some grandiose nonsense before ultimately casting the deciding vote to keep Ray and Cheryl. Here I thought the viewers had poor judgement – perhaps I should be more worried about the judges and their newfound, rife-with-potential-for-abuse power this season.

Which brings me to my next concern: I think this whole “focus on content, score tough, be like Strictly!” strategy is resulting in a bit of an identity crisis for this show…because instead of the generally feel-good entertainment I’ve grown accustomed to, this show is now oddly…joyless. Len’s critiques alone just suck the air out of the room – I can watch a dance that is objectively pretty entertaining (like James’, regardless of what you thought of the content) and then feel completely deflated after listening to Len rip into it. If I’m feeling deflated as a viewer, I can only imagine how these celebs are feeling up there – or even the pros.  Len in particular feels oddly confrontational in all his critiques now – calling Emma “aggressive”? Making fun of Karamo’s shoes? Going in hard on Ally, who seemed like she was near tears the whole time? While we know Len has been known to get seriously cranky from time-to-time in previous seasons, he was never THIS mean-spirited THIS frequently. This doesn’t feel constructive – this feels like cruelty for cruelty’s sake. And that’s on top of the fact that that the choreo this season seems duller than ever before; I think one fraction of the pros are too scared to push boundaries and thus play it too safe (i.e. Jenna, Sasha), another fraction aren’t necessarily great choreographers regardless and are just doing whatever they want (i.e. Gleb, Val), another chunk of them don’t have much to work with and are just trying to keep it simple and doable for their partners (i.e. Lindsay, Peta, Brandon, Cheryl), and the last chunk are trying to strike a balance between playing by the rules and creating something entertaining (i.e. Emma, Pasha, Alan, Witney). Dare I say the costumes even seem a bit basic? The only two that stand out in my mind are Lamar’s head-to-toe invocation of the Jolly Green Giant, and Witney’s simple, see-thru lingerie-inspired samba dress (which was my fave of the night – I’d wear that in Vegas!) Overall, the vibe this season is just kinda bland and unhappy…if this is what Strictly is like on a regular basis, then I’m thankful that I don’t watch it.

Poor Mary – and really, poor Brandon. This is his second season as a pro, and the second season he’s had an unfairly early exit. Feels awfully similar to Keo’s initial seasons on the show, when it seemed like he just could NOT catch a break – only with Brandon, it feels like he’s already found his footing as a pro (whereas Keo had to learn how to teach, let alone how to teach a non-dancer) and is still getting screwed over…which makes it worse. Mary had such a great attitude about the show as well, and was a joy to watch…so I’m gonna miss these two. Bye bye, Mr. Steal Your Grandma…hope you have better luck next season (if there is one…)… Read more..

September 26, 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

DWTS Season 28, Week 1 – Dancing by the Numbers

I’m really not sure this is going to be a regular post this season, if the voting and the eliminations are going like they’re reportedly going to go tomorrow night. We’ll have to wait and see – I might end up with the numbers in the live blog and then having a “what happened” with the numbers sometime during the week after the show (unless it’s really obvious what happened). Hard to say. We’ll play it by ear. 🙂

So I’m hearing all kinds of complaints about the very low scoring paddles being used and the fact that the voting might all be live this season. To the former, I say – it’s about damn time!! Lamar and S__S_____ were NOT great and they didn’t deserve better than what they got. Of course, the judges still manage to screw up the middle of the pack (Kel and Ally get 16 but Lauren got a 19 and Mary got a 17??? Uhhhh…). As for the voting, and whatever the “new” elimination stuff is that is coming, it seems very clear to me what they’re trying to do – prevent another Bobby Bones. And I’m okay with that.  It’s not that they hate the west coast viewers – please. It’s not even that they “hate” Bobby Bones. It’s about the credibility of a dancing show which even FEWER people will watch if the actual dancers get voted off regularly. Does anyone actually WANT to watch Bobby dance besides his cult followers? Not me. And where do Bobby’s cult followers go when he’s off the show?? Do THEY still watch? I doubt it. Which would you prefer – all the good dancers getting eliminated because they don’t have a power fanbase or the ability to vote? Yes, yes, yes…the show has always been a popularity contest, but back in the day big fanbases were offset by the general viewing audience which tended to be MUCH larger. Combine the general viewer with the judges and most of the time, one of the better dancers won. Let’s face it, Bobby Bones beating ANY of the other top five from last season is pretty ridiculous.  If it got to be a regular thing, I would have no desire to watch the show, let alone blog about it. Read more..

September 22, 2019 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 Season 28, Week TWO – Who’s Dancing What…and When??

So, what’s the what for week two? Weeks two and three are where the rubber meets the road, in terms of actual dance ability. Those who are really good will look good, and those who aren’t will suffer by not have three to four weeks advance prep for a dance. 🙂 Here’s what I have so far, in terms of style, thanks to the folks in the comments. 🙂 See below for one fan’s claim of how to vote – not saying it’s true or accurate, just that the Ally fans are saying this it’s how it’s done.

Karamo and Jenna

Hannah and Alan

Lauren and Gleb

James and Emma – Cha Cha
Dancing 1st

Ray and Cheryl

Kate and Pasha

Ally and Sasha

Lamar and Peta

Kel and Witney

S___ S____ and Lindsay – Tango

Sailor and Val – Rumba

Mary and Brandon

September 20, 2019 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 28, Week 1: Power Rankings

So we wrapped up the premiere of the “new, improved!” DWTS a little over 24 hours ago, and I’ve got some mixed feelings. My main concern: in the wake of the disastrous year the show had in 2018, they’re currently trying to reinvent/rebrand the show to give ratings a boost and maintain a hope and a prayer of this show surviving into 2020.  The only problem? I feel like the rebranding involves just turning DWTS into Strictly Come Dancing 2.0.

Yes, they’re essentially the same show, in terms of the concept, aesthetic, etc. But Heidi and I have long been reminding people that comparing DWTS and SCD is a bit like apples and oranges, because the fact that the two shows air in completely different markets makes each take on slightly different flavors. Americans and Brits are two different cultures that have different tastes when it comes to television – I have yet to meet an American that understands the appeal of British soap operas (I can’t tell you how many times I fell asleep trying to watch the same god-forsaken episode of EastEnders in college because a girl in my dorm was from London and swore up and down that it was the greatest TV show ever), while I’ve heard more than one Brit puzzle about why American television is so violence-driven (same girl in my dorm was CONVINCED we all carried guns on our person because she had watched 24 before coming to college). And there’s obvious differences between our humor, with British humor being quite a bit drier and high brow than more crass, slapstick American humor. Given all those differences – would it be a stretch to assume that  Americans expect different things out of DWTS than Brits do out of SCD?

With respect to DWTS and what I’ve observed in my 10 years of blogging, I tend to think Americans care less about how many syllabus steps a routine has and care more about being entertained and wowed by a memorable dance. I know SCD is more driven by syllabus content and correct execution of the steps, and low-scoring of non-compliant routine is more commonplace than it is here in the US, where it’s unusual to see any paddle lower than a “6” taken out after week 1. So for things to shift rather suddenly from the DWTS focus on entertaining and memorable dance numbers to a more content-driven approach from the judges, I have to wonder: is this sh*t gonna fly…? Some of the best choreographers we’ve seen on DWTS are the ones that really thrive when they’re unfettered by syllabus  requirements – think Derek, Mark, and Julianne, who all ended up Emmy nominated at some point as a result. We’ve still got a few pros in the current stable that I think choreograph best in a more out-of-the-box setting – namely Jenna, and possibly Brandon. Then again, with the prospect of an Emmy nom a distant memory since the departure of Derek and the onslaught of more competition in the Outstanding Choreograhy category…maybe it’s time to start focusing more on content? I honestly don’t know – but I’m not sure the answer to all of DWTS’ problems is just tweaking everything to match SCD. Time will tell, especially after we hear about this new elimination twist next week…

One good thing to come out of the “let’s do it like SCD!” gambit? The delayed reveal of the partnerships left us more  likely to get unexpectedly WOWED by some of the contestants – and I daresay with all the chatter about Hannah, Karamo, Kel, and Sailor, I did NOT see James coming at all. I was genuinely and delightedly surprised, which was nice. I also didn’t head into this season with a favorite – there were a few contestants/partnerships I found intriguing, but nobody that I knew from the jump I’d be voting for…so I felt like I was seeing everything with fresh eyes. But shall we get on with the rankings?  🙂 Read more..

September 17, 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 – Who’s Dancing with Whom??

Well, it seems like we haven’t had to do with is quite some time, but here we are again!! They say we won’t find out the partnerships until the premiere, but I say the paparazzi and fans are much better than that!!

Your celebs are listed below and in our GMA Live Blog. As we find info about partnerships we will update this post. If you see something that implies a partnership, we NEED A LINK or some other evidence. If you want to make a prediction in the comments, by all means do so – but make it clear that it’s a prediction. If you don’t remember who the pros are, you can check out pro watch – I think it’s up to date now – this morning was kinda hectic so if you notice an error just let us know and we’ll fix. Have at it. 🙂

ETA: I don’t know if this is enough for me, but Jenna is meeting her partner today and had a specific producer with her. According to Linz, that producer was then at the Lakers’ arena. Would ordinarily mean nothing, but word is that all the pros are meeting their partners *tomorrow*, not today. That kinda narrows it down a bit. So, looks like Lamar is a possibility for Jenna. ~Heidi

ETA2: And Kel just followed Witney, according to Courtney….good enough for me! 🙂

ETA3: And Ray just tells everyone his partner is Cheryl. 🙂  Of course, since we’ve found three of the male celebs partners so easily, they could think they’re being clever with a coordinated “leak”.

ETA4: Thanks to Amanda in comments who says that Tom B. said on Sirius this morning that Keo and Daniella will be rotating pros who won’t have partners. No idea what that means. I also love (sarcasm) people who screencap our comments section to spread all over the internet – I’m trying to have a life here and ya’ll are taking time away from that. 🙂

ETA5: And these partnerships are leaking like a sieve now, kids – producer @thedchannel features Gleb on a shopping spree in her IG story…and you hear him say they’re “in Nashville”. Unless this is all some elaborate ruse to throw us all off the real partnerships, it’s looking like the laziest of the male pros (and one who really shaded his last partner) just got handed someone that’s guaranteed to get him to at least the halfway point of this season, if not further. Anyone else seriously hoping for a Hail Mary tomorrow, with Gronk & Camille announcing they’re the 13th and 14th celebs? Cause this season is tanking FAST… -Court-

ETA4: Val is pictured outdoors at his partner’s place – which has outdoor furniture exactly like Christie Brinkley’s. Scroll to the bottom. Imma go with that until I hear otherwise. We also have lots of other clues to other couples (Lindsay/SS??? Hannah/Alan??) but no concrete proof just yet. ~Heidi

ETA5: A few more pairings based on some deductive reasoning. And Hannah got papped. 🙂 ~Heidi

ETA6: Court showed me photos that convinced me that Sasha and Ally are paired…but I’m running out the door so maybe she’ll post them when she gets home… 🙂 **Court adding: Scroll down for the smoking gun heels…and thank you to those of you on Twitter who take the time to put together solid photographic evidence! You’re the real ones 😉

Karamo Brown

Hannah Brown – Alan

Lauren Alaina – Gleb

James Van Der Beek (We are guessing Emma but don’t know for sure)

Ray Lewis – Cheryl

Kate Flannery

Ally Brooke – Sasha

Lamar Odom – Jenna???

Kel Mitchell – Witney

Sean Spicer – Lindsay

Christie Brinkley – Val

Mary Wilson

August 21, 2019 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. :-)