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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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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

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PureDWTS Season 28 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Bobby Bones Claims “a Friend” is Part of The Cast

Several of you have reached out about this one, and I held off on posting because I couldn’t find the exact episode where he allegedly said this – until now. As a side note: if you are reaching out to me here/on Twitter/on Instagram/etc. to tell me about something interesting/weird/suspicious that you read/saw/heard with regards to the show, PLEASE – send me a link/screen shot. “I read this article but I can’t remember where but it basically said XYZ, I think” doesn’t really help me – while I appreciate your effort and probably 2/3 of the time your instincts are spot-on, sometimes I would prefer to see the proof myself before drawing any worthwhile conclusions…and I don’t always have time to go digging.  Your cooperation moving forward is appreciated 😉

Anywho…

Our *wince* reigning season 27 champion, one Mr. Bobby Bones, was doing his usual radio show last Wednesday and someone mentioned the hat he was wearing, which incidentally was sent to him by Sharna…which started Bobby down an interesting path about the upcoming season of DWTS. The talk about the show starts around the 6:50 mark, if you want to listen to it yourself; however, I’ve transcribed it below to save some time, paraphrasing where necessary…

Bobby: Ummm ok, a lot of people asking where I got my hat. It’s Woody from Toy Story. Sharna mailed me this. She was like “Saw it, thought I’d mail it to you.” Which, by the way, let me say this: Sharna, who was my partner from Dancing with the Stars, ummm…we’re engaged! Wouldn’t that be funny if I just dropped that on you guys???

*polite laughter from his cohosts*

Male cohost: And none of us knew? Hehe.

Bobby: Ummm…the show starts back, they start training again I think in September? Cause the show is September 16, that’s the day it comes back. So they start in like, late August/September, and…I’m torn, because…if you know, Amy, don’t say…but one of my friends is doing the show…

Amy: Mmmm, yeah.

Bobby: …and then, this friend will not be dancing with Sharna, so I’ve got two people on the show, so I guess I just support them both…but…

Amy: Yeah, support both!

Bobby: WHERE DOES MY LOYALTY FALL??? Friend A or Sharna, Amy??? Cause I helped Friend A get on the show…

Amy: I think you can root for both until one of them-

Bobby: Oof, I’m not someone that has two favorite teams. Only Arkansas Razorbacks or Chicago Cubs.

Amy: Well that’s hard…ugh…I don’t know.  Good luck with that, I don’t wanna help you.

The conversation then segues into the cohosts asking if DWTS has “asked Bobby back” (ummm, for what???) and then some nonsense about a parody of “Old Town Road” that Lil Nas X told them to stop playing, blah blah blah…

So, let’s unpack what we just heard. Given Bobby’s penchant for hyperbole last season (“My schedule is so ridiculous, more busy than anyone else in the cast!”, “Everyone hates me because I won!”, “I’m the people’s champion, you all chose me!!!”), my first thought was “How close is this ‘friend’ of Bobby’s?” It’s entirely possible, at least in my mind, that this “friend” may be more of an acquaintance – someone that Bobby may run into at events a few times a year, but isn’t on a “come hang out at my house in the Hamptons for the weekend”-basis with.  Or he could genuinely be friends with this person…so that makes it harder to pin down who it could be, because it seems to widen the pool…

Then Bobby mentions that this friend “Will not be dancing with Sharna.” Ok, I may not be completely plugged back in with the show again just yet, but I know from a reliable source that none of the pros have met their partners yet – none of the pros have even gotten hints about their partners yet, and they aren’t likely to for another 2-3 weeks. So the only way Bobby could possibly know without a doubt that his friend was not dancing with Sharna was if his friend was female or a drag queen…and I don’t get the feeling that Bobby hangs out with a ton of drag queens.

Bobby then claims he “helped this friend get on the show”.  Again, with regards to Bobby’s penchant for hyperbole and occasionally borderline-delusional sense of self-importance, unless this friend is kind of a nobody (which makes me wonder why they would even cast her), I have a hard time believing that Bobby going to bat for this individual somehow helped them get signed on to the show. Could Bobby possibly mean the reverse – he helped the show book this friend? That this friend is maybe a bigger name, and Bobby may have made the introduction between the friend and the show?

Thanks to @fisharnolds on Twitter, we may have our first good theory…country singer Maren Morris, who also happened to be the guest on that same episode of the Bobby Bones show and is apparently tight with Bobby.

 

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I mean all of @MarenMorris favorite songs off her new album are also our favs tbh ❤️ Full interview at link in bio!

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Maren is also on tour this fall, but coincidentally, none of her tour dates fall on Mondays…hmmm. I will add this, though: I used to work with a guy that was a roadie for several alternative bands back in the late 90s/early 2000s, and he always said that a lot of tours are “dark” (no shows) on Mondays and/or Tuesdays because a) ticket sales are usually poorest for dates on those two days of the week, and b) it gives the tour a longer window to make it to the next set of stops, which may require more than a day’s drive to reach, and it also gives the band and crew a break. Not saying that it means Maren’s not doing DWTS, just that it could be another reasonable explanation for the Monday night gaps in her tour schedule…hedging all bets here, guys 😉

My thoughts? If they did manage to get Maren, who is what I would consider a pretty big, “current” star (thought maybe not A-list), then maybe they really are putting their money where their mouth is and are going after bigger celebs with more pull. I was weary when someone told me that “a friend of Bobby’s” would be doing the show, but I guess a current country star isn’t so bad – as long as she isn’t going rogue with the floss dance or constantly reminding us that she’s “from a small town of 800 people”…*eye roll*

Thoughts about “Bobby’s friend” that’s allegedly doing the show?

July 31, 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: What The Show Needs to Do to “Fix” Itself

After an 8 month hiatus (the longest in the history of the US version of the show), the next season of DWTS is upon us! Admittedly, I enjoyed the break – aside from the reprieve it gave me in my already-busy work/school schedule (I graduate in October with a bachelor of science in social media marketing…does this officially make me an expert blogger now? 🙂 ), it gave me time to ruminate on just how season 27 went so far off the rails, and what needs to be done to get DWTS back on track.

One opinion I heard quite a bit in the off-season? “Bobby is the reason why season 27 sucked!” While I agree that Bobby seemed to dry-hump my last nerve on a weekly basis last season, here’s a revelation I had…

…Bobby wasn’t the reason season 27 sucked. Bobby was simply a symptom of a much bigger problem: the show neglecting its core audience in favor of foolishly pursuing a wider, younger audience by tinkering too much with a formula that already worked pretty well on its own.

This isn’t something that happened overnight – I’d estimate it probably started about ten years ago, with season 9 (aka “the kitchen sink season with wayyyyy too many couples” – and also my first season here at Pure), and has simply gone through a cycle of snowballing and slightly receding since then. We had season 9 that threw a whopping 16 couples at us, absurd new dance styles and challenges, and the biggest ringer (Mya) and biggest ego (Donny) we had seen to date. Then we had the pared-down season 10, with only 11 couples and relatively normal dance styles.  Season 11 brought our first truly “controversial” contestant – Bristol Palin, whose continued presence (and only mediocre performance) seemed to polarize even the most laid-back fans. Season 12 was a return to form, casting-wise, but was the first time we saw the invisible ABC family hand pulling the strings to keep a Disney kid (Chelsea Kane) in the game despite them simply not having the votes. Season 13 gave us a pro shakeup, but otherwise seemed relatively tame; season 14’s agenda seemed to include making William Levy “happen”, despite being a fair-to-middling dancer that was a relative unknown to the show’s audience. Season 15 was the dumpster fire many of us recall as the All-Star season; season 16, aside from its unexpected outcome, was also fairly tame in the grand scheme of things.  So was season 17, which ended up being a pleasant surprise despite a cast that seemed pretty ho-hum initially. Season 18 saw the Meryl & Maks PR machine; season 19 gifted us with some great dancing and a cast that seemed to get along really, really well. Season 20 was “Val’s Rumer’s season” from the jump, and seemed to get extra nasty with the ringer finger-pointing. Season 21, aside from some shady partner-shuffling and Tamar being…well, Tamar, was relatively uneventful. Season 22 had a great cast, aside from there simply being too much competition; season 23 saw the rise of a previously-unknown-but-later-much-beloved star (Hinch), only to get felled in the end by a contestant that had been rather inconsistent throughout the season and conveniently was going on tour (Laurie). Season 24, which I like to refer to as “chock full o’ ringers”, was a good season, aside from being a bit of a thought experiment on what happens when you throw an ungodly number of female ringers in with a bunch of men that have absolutely no dance experience; season 25 was the last season I remember that was good on the whole, with great dancing and a generally quite likeable cast. And then the hammer dropped: ABC made the dumbfounding decision to pick up the defunct American Idol, hire Katy Perry to judge, and then fall all over themselves to cater to her demand for a whopping $25 million salary…and things start to get dicey REAL quick…

…2018 rolls around, and we’re told that we’re getting a paltry 3-week spring season of the show with just athletes, and it ends up being a pretty predictable (and snoozeworthy) endeavor. We’re treated to the delightfully un-manipulated DWTS Juniors airing concurrent with the fall season which is…a dumpster fire of epic proportions. Terrible dancers with obnoxious personalities defy logic with their staying power (Joe & Bobby), one ringer (Tinashe) quickly gets eliminated while production struggles to keep the other ringer (Alexis) in the game with a schlocky and painfully-forced showmance with her partner. The one really good male celebrity (Juan Pablo) is unsettlingly “juan-note” and just seems to do the same routine each week, and the full package of skill, personality, and fanbase (DeMarcus) gets injured and never quite gets his mojo back. By the time Bobby got his trophy, the wheels had completely fallen off season 27.

When you take season 27 in the bigger context of what has been happening on the show the past ten years, it’s easier to see what went so horribly wrong: the show was likely going through its usual “make a stupid change, regret it, change it back the next season” cycle, and the arrival of the albatross that is American Idol simply put a brick on the accelerator: what probably would have been a relatively minor snafu turned into a flaming pile of garbage instead.

The news surrounding the new season seems to indicate that they knew they messed up with season 27, and to quote dear ol’ Tommy Bergeron “We hear you.” Do they, though? I’m seeing the same promise we hear season after season that they’re “going after bigger celebs” and “making format changes”– and I’m not sure that’s what the show needs. Hell, I’m fairly certain it’s not what the show needs – I think we need a “back to basics” season like season 10 to cleanse our palates. This show has never been about getting “big stars”; its early success was built on a bunch of has-beens and d-listers attempting to learn how to dance while giving us all a shot of nostalgia. Part of me wonders if we’ll lose a bit of the magic if they actually do manage to get a current A-lister on the show (I’m dubious that they’ll actually pull it off). As for format changes – the only changes I want to see are a return to simpler times, when they didn’t do wacky stuff like the dance-offs, immunity, live voting, etc. What I think we might end up with: a judges’ save, which doesn’t really do anything but piss off the fans.  But as is DWTS is wont to do – they will probably make some nonsensical choices and call them “improvements”, and we will probably be eye-rolling and shaking our heads once we hear about all these super-duper top secret format changes.

All complaints aside, if this 8 month hiatus has done anything, it’s given me a clearer slate and a lot more of an open mind for the season to come.  I’m willing to give it a fair shake – whether I continue to do so depends entirely upon these “changes” we’re being promised and how they manage to play out.

Thoughts? Feelings headed into the new season? I’ve got more content queued up for the coming days and weeks…stay tuned 😉

July 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

Randall Christensen, Former DWTS Costume Designer, Passes Away

Got the most heartbreaking email yesterday from Randall’s publicist, letting me know of his passing 🙁 For those who maybe weren’t around in the earlier years of the show, Randall was the main costume designers for seasons 2-13 of the show, and created some of the most memorable costumes in the history of the show (think Toni Braxton’s Marie Antoinette gown, Nicole Scherzinger’s Prince getup, Derek & Joanna Krupa’s futuristic paso doble outfits).  He was also a great friend of ours here at Pure, and was gracious enough to grant us several interviews over the years, giving us the behind-the-scenes story of some of the costumes.  Per his publicist, Randall had been courageously (but quietly) battling carcinoma for several years. I had always wondered why he had parted ways with the show – did he quit to pursue other opportunities? Was he let go? But I never wanted to offend him or hurt his feelings by asking…now I understand that he was putting his health first. Those of us here at Pure send our deepest condolences and warmest prayers to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Emmy-winning costume designer, Randall Christensen died Sunday, June 16 at the age of 60. Randall
was best known for his dazzling work on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for 11 seasons. Mr. Christensen
had been struggling with carcinoid cancer for the past several years.
He was born October 7, 1958 in Camden, South Carolina and was a recent resident of Long Beach,
California. Mr. Christensen is survived by his husband, opera singer, Aaron Ball, mother Joan, and
siblings Steven (Kay), Bruce, Dana (Patti), and Valerie Kirkley. He is preceded in death by his father
Hayward and brother Mark.
Winner of the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Variety or Music Program (Dancing
with the Stars) and four-time nominee for the Costume Designers Guild Award for Outstanding
Contemporary Television Series (Dancing with the Stars), South Carolina-born costume designer Randall
Christensen delighted performers and audiences alike around the world with his transformative and
iconographic dance and skate costumes and had been proclaimed ‘the next Bob Mackie’ by designer
Bob Mackie himself.
In addition to designing his award-winning creations for Dancing with the Stars for eleven seasons,
Christensen’s stunning gowns can be seen worn by Jennifer Lopez in the film Shall We Dance (2004) and
Mary Steenburgen in the film Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School (2005). Mr.
Christensen’s work can also be seen in the films Take the Lead starring Antonio Banderas (2006), Dance
with Me (1998) with Vanessa Williams, and on television in 20th Century Fox’s award-winning So You
Think You Can Dance and TLC Network’s Ballroom Bootcamp.
Christensen’s company, Randall Designs, has been a leader in the competitive dance and skate costume
industry since 1986 and is based in Phoenix, AZ Christensen also created costumes for Crystal Cruises
and Princess Cruises. Much in demand the world over for his ballroom dance costumes, Christensen wa
also the designer of choice for the world’s top competitive ice skaters. Christensen’s exquisite designs
for Olympic champions Charlie White and Meryl Davies during the 2014 XXII Olympic Winter Games in
Sochi received global notice and praise when White and Davis became the first Americans to win the
Olympic gold medal for ice dancing.
Memorial services will be Saturday, June 29, 2019 at 2:00pm at Brentwood Presbyterian Church, Los
Angeles. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to Best Friends Animal Society
at www.bestfriends.org.

If you want to relive some of the magic of Randall’s greatest DWTS creations, you can check out several of the interviews we conducted with him over the years.

2012 interview, part I
2012 interview, part II
Randall’s costume retrospective, season 4, week 1
Randall’s costume retrospective, season 4, week 2
Randall’s costume retrospective, season 4, week 3

June 21, 2019 I Written By

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DWTS Officially Renewed for One More Season

According to ET, DWTS got a one season renewal. That’s not to say that it won’t be back in 2020…just that the producers are taking it one season at a time these days. There doesn’t appear to be any word on Juniors. Not in this article anyway. If it’s pushed to next January/February like Courtney suggested, then it would probably be too soon to announce it yet.

The Bachelor and Dancing With the Stars have both been officially renewed for new seasons at the network, ABC announced Friday.

The Bachelor, which is coming off a strong season with Colton Underwood, is returning for a 24th installment, while the celebrity dance competition series will be back for a 28th cycle

After opting to forego a spring season of DWTS, a show that has long aired two cycles per year, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burkeconfirmed in February at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that the reality competition would “definitely be returning in the fall.”

It remains unclear whether DWTS will return to its twice-a-year format, though the one-season renewal Friday seems to hint that may not happen.

May 10, 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/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

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

Rupaul’s Drag Race Finalist Courtney Act to Compete on DWTS Australia

So last week, we talked about RPDR season 8 champ Bob the Drag Queen starting a campaign to get on DWTS.  In an interesting development, RPDR season 6 runner-up Courtney Act (aka Shane Jenek) was just announced as a contestant on DWTS Australia:

Drag artist Courtney Act is set to appear on Australia’s Dancing with the Stars with a male partner.

Act, whose real name is Shane Jenek, was the final contestant to be announced in the 11-strong line-up for the celebrity-studded dance competition.

The drag queen, who made her name name on RuPaul’s Drag Race, revealed the news on Twitter and jokingly referred to her costume mishap while entering Celebrity Big Brother in January 2018, which she went on to win.

Courtney posted her promo pic on IG, which I think is pretty cute 🙂

Worth mentioning: Courtney’s no stranger to reality TV – aside from RPDR and her aforementioned win on Celebrity Big Brother UK, she also competed on the inaugural season of Australian Idol and is set to compete in the Eurovision song contest later this month. Note that they’ve got her dancing with a male pro, and there seems to be very few people getting worked up about it – I think if she does well (and she probably will), we could see DWTS here in the States taking notice and perhaps more seriously entertaining the notion of casting a drag queen for season 28. At this point, my vote’s for Ginger Minj – she was just in Dumplin’ and Super Drags, she’s got a theater and singing background, and there’s currently a bit of a grassroots campaign to get her cast as Ursula in the upcoming live action version of The Little Mermaid. She’s also short, which should eliminate a lot of the trickiness of pairing her with a male pro to dance with. But in the grand scheme of things, I’m just glad to see drag queens in the mainstream 😉

February 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 Cast Rumors & Watch Out: Bob the Drag Queen Wants to Be on DWTS (POLL)

I apologize for the tardiness of this post – I was in Denver when Zoe (@ptxdwts on Twitter) pointed this out to me, and Heidi & Vogue were each tending to family business. But I’ve finally gotten a spare moment and thought we could talk about this 🙂

Last Friday night, Rupaul’s Drag Race season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen (real name: Christopher Caldwell) tweeted out this message:

Now I vaguely remember a few drag queens joking a bit in the past about wanting to do the show, but I feel like this is the first instance where one of them actually seems serious about it.  Bob’s got a point – with the success of RPDR in the last ten years, drag queens are becoming much more well-known in the mainstream, as opposed to being considered more of a subculture/niche celebrity. They’re starring in Oscar-nominated movies (Willam and Shangela were in A Star is Born), TV events (Valentina is set to play Angel in Rent: Live this Sunday), and Netflix original content (Ginger Minj was most recently in Dumplin’, while Alyssa Edwards’ reality show Dancing Queen follows her dance school in Texas, and many of the voices in the cartoon Super Drags are former RPDR queens). Drag queens are having a moment – so perhaps it’s time for DWTS to give one a shot.  I’ve said it already, but I think season 28 is going to be a make-it-or-break-it season for this show – I think they’ve got to somehow revamp it, while also hanging onto their core fanbase. I think attitudes have changed (and continue to change), and while I’m sure there would be some obnoxiously-vocal bigots threatening to boycott the show if a drag queen was on, I think it could be cancelled out by the influx of new viewers the show could potentially get from casting a queen as famous as Bob.

Potential caveats? I assume Bob would be competing in drag, which means she’d be dancing with a male pro – and Bob is easily 6’2″-6’3″.  That’s at least as tall as Keo, our current tallest male pro, and I assume Bob would also be wearing heels.  I think it’s safe to say lifts are probably out 😛 Other than that, I can’t see too many logistical barriers…what do you guys think? I know I say this a lot anymore, but I just want to see something I haven’t seen before…so I’m all about Bob on DWTS 😉 Be sure to vote in the poll below!

January 25, 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

Perez Hilton Says Joey Lawrence and “A Lot of Personalities Who Have Done DWTS” Are On Celebrity Big Brother Season 2

I got so wrapped up in former DWTS celebrities doing The Masked Singer that I spaced that Celebrity Big Brother season 2 is kicking off soon…and apparently that show is also borrowing from the former DWTS contestant casting pool, per Perez Hilton:

Sources tell us that Joey Lawrence is “definitely” doing it. And he has not been on any of the spoiler lists thus far.

Joining Joey in the Celebrity Big Brother house will be a lot of personalities who have previously done Dancing With the Stars on ABC.

Given that five of the eleven celebs on CBB season 1 were DWTS alums, it’s not surprising that CBB has dipped into the DWTS pond again – especially since Deena Katz (DWTS casting director) is apparently doing casting for CBB now, too. So begins the speculation – who was on DWTS that isn’t currently up to anything and maybe might need the money/exposure? Ochocinco? Aaron Carter? T.O.? Kate Gosselin? Let’s hear your guesses…

January 10, 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