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PureDWTS Season 28 Live Blog: GMA Announcing the First Two Contestants!!! **POSTPONED INDEFINITELY**

And we begin our broadcast day, friends 🙂 With this announcement (the earliest we’ve ever been given confirmation on a celeb cast member, mind you), I’d say the season 28 cycle has officially commenced!

I know there’s been some skepticism – “Why are they announcing this so early??? Ugh, I hope this isn’t like the announcement mess of season 21!!!” And I get it – that rolling announcement they attempted for season 21 was a dumpster fire. But given that we’re coming off the longest hiatus between seasons in the history of the show (and coming off an almost universally panned season, mind you), I think it’s important that the show get the ball rolling earlier than usual – they’re going to have to start the arduous process of getting fans excited about the show again, and invested in the upcoming season. The longer they lay dormant, the less likely viewers are to tune in – so I fully expect the month of August to be a tad bananas in the DWTS fandom, and I think we may see more cast announcements between now and early September, when they usually reveal the full cast.

As for this announcement – I tend to think (hope) they’ve managed to snag some popular, relevant celebs, and are using this early reveal to whet our appetites for what’s to come. The prevailing theory from the comments on this post is that it’s going to be recent Bachelorette Hannah Brown and her runner-up-cum-second-chance-flame Tyler Cameron, which I think would be a very shrewd choice – as much as we’ve eye-rolled at past Bachelors on DWTS, the most recent incarnation of the show was surprisingly progressive (Hannah shutting down slut-shamey comments from one of her suitors, Tyler C. being a woke, respectful king) as well as scandalous (Hannah’s final pick, Jed, was revealed to have been in a relationship with someone back home during the duration of the show, and apparently had only done the show to “further his singing career”).  Hannah and Tyler are having a moment – a big moment! – and they would likely be a huge ratings draw, as Bachelor franchise fans are invested in whether or not they’ll rekindle their romance. Whether you love The Bachelor franchise, hate The Bachelor franchise, or love to hate The Bachelor franchise, this would be a very good move for DWTS. Plus I think it’s high time that we get another Bachelorette on the show – Rycroft doesn’t count, so we haven’t had one since Trista in season 1 (Kaitlyn Bristowe DWTS drama notwithstanding). I’m also told that Tyler has always wanted to do DWTS, and is possibly-maybe a bit of a ringer…? 😉 Music to my ears, after watching Grocery Joe lumber awkwardly through season 27.

If not Hannah & Tyler, then who else could it be? Again, I go back to it being someone big and possibly a package deal – my only other guess was Gronk and his model/dancer gf Camille Kostek. What are your theories as we wait to find out? 🙂

UPDATE, 7:58 AM EST, 8/5/19: Apparently no mention has been made of DWTS so far on GMA – and the tone seems very somber today, in light of the two mass shootings over the weekend.  Makes me wonder if they’ll still do this announcement…stay tuned…

UPDATE, 8:18 AM EST, 8/5/19: Looks like the announcement got pushed, per this tweet from Ginger…lol. Guess we’ll try this again tomorrow…

Update, 3:01 PM EST, 8/5/19: Sooo…the DWTS announcement may or may not be tomorrow…check out Tom’s response to a fan asking about it.  Then again, I’m not sure that they were even planning on having Tom on GMA for this particular announcement, so it would make sense that he didn’t know anything. We’ll watch again tomorrow, just on the off-chance they do make the announcement…but it seems a bit up-in-the-air at the moment…

Update, 4:43 PM EST, 8/5/19: Kristyn reached out to ABC publicity to ask when the announcement was rescheduled, and was told it was “postponed indefinitely” 🙁 We’ll keep an eye out to see if/when it might come up again, but for now…no news, kids.

August 5, 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 Casting Rumor Recycling Bin – What Old Casting Rumors Might Crop Up Again?

While season 28 is a huge wild card right now and none of us are quite sure what to expect, one thing’s for sure: 27 seasons of this show have shown us that if someone is a rumor for long enough, odds are good that they’ll eventually end up on the show. Paula Deen, Jodie Sweetin, Ryan Lochte, Terrell Owens, the list goes on – all were rumors for multiple seasons (often over a span of several years) before they ended up on the show.  Hell, I even found an old post from early 2013 where *cringe* Bobby Bones was trying to campaign to get on the show.

So what names are in the rumor recycling bin that might crop up again? Here are a few I found that I think are worth considering…

Finola Hughes

Last time we heard her name: said she’d “love to do the show” back before season 16

Why we might see her name in the mix again: With the upcoming release of the new movie version of Cats, she’s getting renewed attention for playing Victoria in the original Broadway run of the show. She’s also ABC family (General Hospital), a dancer (classically trained in ballet, but who knows how much she’s actually retained from her youth), and fulfills the “nostalgia” quota (the famous Robert & Anna GH storyline, as well as roles in Stayin’ Alive and Aspen Extreme).

Likelihood of getting cast: Low to moderate – she’s probably not a huge get for the show, but she’s low-hanging fruit casting-wise and probably a bit more relevant at this point in time, due to her Cats connection. Also a good bet if they want to guarantee some good dancing.

Rob Gronkowski

Last time we heard his name: boasting about his dancing skills prior to the start of the All-Athletes season; however, he was on Deena Katz’s wishlist for season 23, and claimed he was “ready to dance” before season 20

Why we might see his name in the mix again: Rob has been a rumor for SEVERAL years now, and he seems to want to do the show, but his (understandable) excuse has always been that he “doesn’t want to get injured” in the NFL off-season.  But given that he announced his retirement from the NFL in late March of this year, an off-season injury is no longer a concern…so is Gronk finally about to put his money where his mouth is and show off these dance skills he’s been boasting about for a few years now? As a three-time Super Bowl champion from a popular team (and a bit of a pop culture fixture), he’s an attractive casting prospect. A bonus: his girlfriend is Sports Illustrated model Camille Kostek, who is a former NFL cheeleader who still dances regularly…could we maybe seem them on the show as a two-fer, a la Nick & Vanessa Lachey (but hopefully more fun to watch)?

Likelihood of getting cast: High to definite – the timing seems perfect for both him and the show. WATCH SOCIAL MEDIA, GUYS – Rob seems like the type that will drop some heavy-duty hints if he’s involved.


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It all started at 20 years old on stage at the NFL draft when my dream came true, and now here I am about to turn 30 in a few months with a decision I feel is the biggest of my life so far. I will be retiring from the game of football today. I am so grateful for the opportunity that Mr. Kraft and Coach Belichick gave to me when drafting my silliness in 2010. My life experiences over the last 9 years have been amazing both on and off the field. The people I have meet, the relationships I have built, the championships I have been apart of, I just want to thank the whole New England Patriots organization for every opportunity I have been giving and learning the great values of life that I can apply to mine. Thank you to all of Pats Nation around the world for the incredible support since I have been apart of this 1st class organization. Thank you for everyone accepting who I am and the dedication I have put into my work to be the best player I could be. But now its time to move forward and move forward with a big smile knowing that the New England Patriots Organization, Pats Nation, and all my fans will be truly a big part of my heart for rest of my life. It was truly an incredible honor to play for such a great established organization and able to come in to continue and contribute to keep building success. To all my current and past teammates, thank you for making each team every year special to be apart of. I will truly miss you guys. Cheers to all who have been part of this journey, cheers to the past for the incredible memories, and a HUGE cheers to the uncertain of whats next.

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Tori Spelling

When we last heard her name: She’s been a rumor as far back as season 9, and her name cropped up again for season 16 and season 18.

Why we might see her name in the mix again: She appeared on The Masked Singer earlier this year, which seems to indicate that she might be more open to reality shows at this point; she’s also part of the much-hyped 90210 reboot, BH90210, which begins airing Aug. 7 – where five of her castmates are DWTS alums. She’s also coming off of the shocking recent demise of former costar Luke Perry, which seems to provide fodder for “personal story” week (think Jennifer Grey getting choked up talking about Patrick Swayze, or Amber Riley addressing Corey Monteith’s death on her season).

Likelihood of getting cast: Moderate. She’s semi-relevant again, but probably not a huge name.

Kobe Bryant

When we last heard his name: It started getting thrown around for season 21, after Kobe and his wife attended the season 20 finale; it seems like it’s been getting whispered for every season since, but reached fever pitch again for season 26

Why we might see his name in the mix again: Because he hasn’t done the show yet, and he’s been on a lot of viewers’ wishlists since he retired from the NBA in 2016. Also a “bigger name”, like the show claims to be going after this year.

Likelihood of getting cast: Low to moderate. I think he’s just going to be a name that keeps cropping up each season until they actually get him on the show – but it could be cool to have both he and Gronk on the same season, since both are considered greats in their respective sports.

Teresa Giudice

When we last heard her name: It started popping up before season 11, then again in season 13, allegedly turned down an offer to be on season 22, but her name was back in the mix again for season 23.

Why we might see her name in the mix again: She’s the first Real Housewife I can recall being mentioned with regards to DWTS, so it seems to give a bit of OG cred – and given that she’s been through the legal wringer the past 5 years or so (a stint in jail, bankruptcy, her husband possibly getting deported), she could be a good candidate for a sort of “comeback” story line on DWTS.  She’s also hard-up for money, so I’m guessing she’ll gladly accept an offer.

Likelihood of getting cast: Low, but if Bobby Bones can campaign to get on the show and eventually succeed AND win, anything’s possible! Another person who I think will continue to crop up in the rumor mill until they get cast, they die, or the show gets cancelled.


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New Jersey & New York exploring Seattle. @sonjatmorgan is hilarious, love her!

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So what are your thoughts on these repeat rumors? Are some finally going to come to fruition this season? What other names can you think of that might crop up again this season, after being rumored in the past?

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