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Dancing with the Stars Season 17 Contestant Valerie Harper Passes Away at 80

The great thing about having DWTS around for so many seasons is that we grow attached to so many celebs that have done the show.  The sad thing about DWTS being around so long is that those celebs continue to age…and inevitably, we lose some 🙁 Such is the case with season 17 contestant Valerie Harper, who passed away today at the age of 80 after a courageous battle with cancer, per Yahoo:

Valerie Harper — best known as Rhoda Morgenstern, the feisty, scarf-wearing best friend of Mary Richards in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda — has died, eight days after her 80th birthday.

Harper’s daughter, Cristina Cacciotti, confirmed the news on Twitter. The actress passed away at 10:06 a.m. Friday “after years of fighting cancer,” but the family did not immediately disclose her cause of death.

Asked in a 2007 interview what she’d want on her tombstone, Harper answered, “‘She was in the game.’ I love to inspire people. I’d like to be remembered in a way that they would take action. I love to get people moving [to better themselves]. I’d like to be remembered for energy. Pulling people on the dance floor!”

And pull us onto the dance floor,  she did – I loved how her philosophy on her season of DWTS was all about “living in the moment” despite her terminal diagnosis, and how she continued to defy the odds with her resilience and kept on living life to the fullest. She really did “carry on”…

Valerie is the second DWTS contestant to leave us, after season 11’s Florence Henderson passed in late 2016. Here’s hoping Valerie gets a commemorative star on the DWTS floor just like Flo’s 🙂 Sending love and prayers to Valerie’s friends, family, and fans during this difficult time.

August 30, 2019 I Written By

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RIP TV Legend And America’s Favorite TV Mom Florence Henderson

Sad news this morning on Florence Henderson….and this beautiful tv legend was just at Dancing With The Stars this past Monday night. What hours and hours of entertainment she’s given us all. *RIP Carol!! Thanks for being a second Mom to America.* From Fox News…..

LOS ANGELES – Florence Henderson, the wholesome actress who went from Broadway star to television icon when she became Carol Brady, the ever-cheerful matriarch of “The Brady Bunch,” has died, her manager and her publicist said. She was 82.

Henderson died Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, after being hospitalized the day before, said her publicist, David Brokaw. Henderson had suffered heart failure, her manager Kayla Pressman said in a statement.

Family and friends had surrounded Henderson’s hospital bedside, Pressman said.

On the surface, “The Brady Bunch” resembled just another innocuous TV sitcom about a family living in suburban America and getting into a different wacky situation each week.

But well after it ended its initial run, in 1974, the show resonated with audiences, and it returned to television in various forms again and again, including “The Brady Bunch Hour” in 1977, “The Brady Brides” in 1981 and “The Bradys” in 1990. It was also seen endlessly in reruns.

“It represents what people always wanted: a loving family. It’s such a gentle, innocent, sweet show, and I guess it proved there’s always an audience for that,” Henderson said in 1999.

ETA: Below Tom Bergeron Tom talks on Florence and her passing….

November 25, 2016 I Written By

Hi, I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Watch DWTS Week 2 Rehearsals With Maureen McCormick, Florence Henderson, And Artem Chigvinstev – Videos

If you go to US Weekly, you can see a dance preview of Maureen McCormick’s dance with Artem Chigvinstev. Note how Florence Henderson is in the preview. Also below is a 8 second clip from @idolxfactor1.

“When I’m with you, it all feels just like … yesterday, and so beautiful,” McCormick tells her former costar in the clip.

McCormick spoke to Us exclusively a few days before the September 19 episode, and she revealed that Henderson offered some DWTS advice before McCormick signed on. Henderson herself competed on season 11, coming in eighth place.

“She just called me, and she was so supportive and so happy that I’m doing it because she knows a lot of the fears I had about it,” McCormick tells Us. “So she’s 100 percent behind me and telling me to have fun and dance my booty off and that she’s right there with me!”
McCormick, who earned a 22 for her Viennese waltz during the September 12 premiere, says she “wasn’t upset” by the judges’ criticism and is “just really looking forward to the whole journey and everything that happens.” But she points out that Henderson definitely felt that the judges got it wrong.

“She called and told me, ‘Oh, Mo, we really really think you got scored way low! But the same thing happened to me – just be strong and push forward,'” McCormick says.

September 19, 2016 I Written By

Hi, I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

See Kym Johnson And Robert Robert Herjavec On The Cover Of People Magazine, More Wedding Details

Just a reminder: Don’t forget to pick up a copy of People Magazine this week. There will be a special feature inside of Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec’s wedding. If you head to this link, you can see Kym and Robert on part of the cover and some thoughts from Kym for why she waited to get married. Also below is a video report from People and a photo of Edyta Sliwinska and hubby Alec Mazo who attended the wedding. You can also see Cheryl Burke and the other Bridesmaids. If you didn’t see our previous reports on Kym and Robert’s wedding and more people who attended, see them here and here.

ETA: Check out this link from People as they show the wedding cake and more.

Bride Squad! #throwback #wcw?

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August 4, 2016 I Written By

Hi, I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Congratulations To Kym Johnson And Robert Herjavec, Wedding Details And Photos In Next Issue Of People Magazine

It’s official! People just announced Dancing With The Stars Kym Johnson And Robert Herjavec were officially married this afternoon. Yayyyy….

It’s a match made in Dancing heaven!

Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec married his former Dancing with the Stars partner, Kym Johnson, in front of family and friends in Los Angeles on Sunday, PEOPLE exclusively confirms.

The bride, wearing a Monique Lhuillier strapless gown, walked down the aisle with her mother and father as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” played.

More at People. For exclusive photos and all the details on this beautiful pair’s wedding, pick up the upcoming issue of PEOPLE on news stands Friday.

Pics and video below of the rehearsal dinner and those at the ceremony today…..

Rehearsal dinner! #bridesmaids #whiteparty #teambride ?

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Fancy parents' night out for an exciting event! #summerweddings @nevinmillan

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July 31, 2016 I Written By

Hi, I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

DWTS Kym Johnson Robert Herjavec Wedding Countdown – Bridesmaids, Bridal Shower, Vegas Celebration, Wedding Dance Info, And More

The countdown has begun for Dancing With The Stars Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavec’s wedding. Below are some details from People (be sure to read the link for more). You can also view videos and some pics of the Bridesmaids. Note how Cheryl Burke and Carson Kressley are part of the group. Edyta Sliwinska, Anna Trebunskaya, and Florence Henderson were also at the Bridal Shower. Their smiles say it all! Entertainment Tonight also did a segment last night according to Abby. They posted this link at their site. Right now, it shows an error. Maybe they will fix it later. Here’s to Kym and Robert and this magnificent wedding!

As the couple gears up to exchange vows, Johnson and Herjavec plan to relive their Dancing with the Stars days with a choreographed dance routine to LunchMoney Lewis’ “Bills,” which backed up their first-ever routine as partners on DWTS.

“We’re kind of reprising that dance, but with our bridal party instead of professional dancers,” Johnson says of the performance – though Herjavec chimed in: “Everybody in your side of the bridal party is a professional dancer.”

Fellow DWTS alum Cheryl Burke will join the routine alongside Johnson, 39, and Herjavec, 53.

Herjavec says he, Johnson and the rest of the bridal party have been practicing for a “long time” and the couple will even whip out a more intimate number on their big day.

“We’re doing a romantic dance first to ‘At Last’ by Etta James,” Herjavec reveals.

“Then the bridal party are going to come on to the dance floor and we’re going to be doing a fun dance that’s going to surprise everyone I hope,” Johnson adds. “So, it’s getting everyone on board though. I think the bridal party are a little freaked out that we’re making them dance.”

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July 30, 2016 I Written By

Hi, I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

Kym Johnson, Tony Dovolani, Florence Henderson, Carson Kressley Set To Sail Soon On Holland America’s DWTS Champion Cruise

Set to sail soon is the Holland America “Dancing With The Stars” Champion Cruise. Pros Kym Johnson and Tony Dovolani as well as celebrities Florence Henderson and Carson Kressley will be joining the cruise for special performances and to help with the competition part of the cruise. For more information on the competitors and more, see PR Newswire.

Joining the Champions Cruise to perform in a special production show are professional dancers and “Dancing with the Stars” champions Kym Johnson and Tony Dovolani. Celebrities set to perform are America’s favorite TV mom Florence Henderson and television personality Carson Kressley.

The “Dancing with the Stars” talent will dazzle the audience in the main show lounge as they perform new dances and numbers from the hit television series, which is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Additional events on the cruise include a special fashion show featuring the glamorous show costumes and a chance to meet the dance pros and celebrities, ask questions and take photos with them.

The Jan. 10 Champions Cruise visits the eastern Caribbean, sailing roundtrip from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with calls at Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, the line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

Holland America Line’s partnership with “Dancing with the Stars” culminates with this Champions Cruise following a successful, three-year collaboration.

@kymjohnson5678 and I hosting the @halcruises @dancingabc fashion show tonight #subtle #not

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January 8, 2016 I Written By

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Kym Johnson, Carson Kressley, Tony Dovolani, Florence Henderson To Set Sail Together In Holland America Cruise

Heads up for those interested in going on a cruise with Holland America in January. Dancing With The Stars Kym Johnson and Tony Dovolani will be joining in on the fun as well as former Dancing With The Stars contestants Florence Henderson and Carson Kressley. Below is more from USA Today. If interested in ticket information, see Holland America.

The dancing celebs will appear on a Caribbean Champions Cruise on the Nieuw Amsterdam, departing Ft. Lauderdale Jan. 10, 2016, and on a Jan. 3, 2016, theme cruise the week prior.

Along with performances, additional events include lessons with the ship’s professional dancers; a fashion show featuring flashy costumes from the TV show; and a chance to meet the stars, ask questions and take photos with them.

August 15, 2015 I Written By

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Corky Ballas Talks On Derek Hough, The DWTS 10th Anniversary Show, And More

Corky Ballas talks on Derek and his accident in this new Diva Darv interview. He also talks on the 10th Anniversary show this coming Tuesday night and the dances he’ll be in.

April 26, 2015 I Written By

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DWTS14 Casting Rumors – The Typecasting of Season 14, Part I

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m just ready for the cast announcement so we can get all of this speculating over & done with! But to help us get a handle on who might be in and out, let’s take a look at what combination of “casting types” we might get this season.

The Olympian

Previous examples: Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno, Natalie Coughlin, Misty May-Treanor, Maurice Greene, Louie Vito, Evan Lysacek, Hope Solo

Advantages: The winningest of the 12 types, their obvious advantage is their athleticism – you won’t see these guys struggling with strength or endurance moves.  In addition, the same tireless work ethic that helped them medal in the Olympics will likely carry them through the toils of the competition. They also seem to be adored by the masses, as many are seen as “hero” figures – which translates into a formidable voting fanbase.

Disadvantages: For those specializing in sports that are less “artistic” (i.e. swimming, running, volleyball), it might be a bit hard to really get into the character of the dance and truly perform to the crowd.  Previously incurred injuries (or the fear of incurring an injury that might hinder their participation in subsequent competitions in their sport, a la Misty May-Treanor) may also slow them down & limit their mobility.

Possible candidates this season: The only semi-legitmate Olympian prospect I think we’ve heard is Bruce Jenner – and I would like to think that TPTB would have mercy and not subject us to back-to-back seasons of Kardashians in the audience 😀

The Athlete

Previous examples: Chuck Liddell, Warren Sapp, Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin, Helio Castroneves, Laila Ali, Floyd Mayweather, Ty Murray, Evander Holyfield, Jerry Rice, Clyde Drexler, Monica Seles, Jason Taylor, Lawrence Taylor, Chad Ochocinco, Kurt Warner, Rick Fox, Sugar Ray Leonard, Chris Jericho, Hines Ward, Ron Artest

Advantages: As with the Olympians, their athleticism & work ethic make them well-suited to the competition.  An edge they might have over their Olympic counterparts: sports like football, auto racing, & mixed martial arts tend to have a larger, more mainstream following than some of the Olympic sports.

Disadvantages: Again, a lack of “artistic” experience & previous injury (especially with the football players, who have really taken a beating over the years). Some of the more muscular athletes in hard-hitting sports may also have difficulty with the refined, precise moves of some of the dances.

Possible candidates this season: Vince Young tweeted that he had been asked to the do the show, then suspiciously deleted the tweet.  Guilty much? 😉 We’ve also heard Annika Sorenstam’s name in the mix.

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February 26, 2012 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