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PureDWTS Season 28: The Full Cast Will Be Announced Aug. 21

I knew SOMETHING was happening with regards to DWTS on GMA Aug. 21, I just didn’t know what; apparently it’s the entire cast announcement, per GMA’s Twitter:

So it looks like we’re getting the entire cast two weeks earlier than expected. Hope they’ve got their ducks in a row…and if they really want to milk this, I’m expecting the DancingABC Instagram to start dropping hints soon…

Adding: Per my source, none of the pros have met their partners yet.ย  Unless that happens sometime in the coming week, I’d say we may be looking at a Strictly-style cast announcement: pros meet their partners for the first time on LIVE TELEVISION ๐Ÿ˜ฏ Guess we’ll see who has a poker face and who doesn’t…pass the popcorn ๐Ÿ˜‰

Adding again: Ok, finally got some clarity from a source: ALL OF THE CELEBS and ALL OF THE PROS are being announced on GMA on Wednesday; however, the partnerships are not being announced – I’m guessing that will happen at a later date, and source thinks it might possibly happen on social media. So they really are doing this Strictly-style…I guess my hope is that this “here are all the pros and here are all the celebs” format doesn’t inspire some pros to start campaigning to get a certain celeb…I could see a pro or two whining to the producers about why they should get [insert incredibly ringer-y partner here] before the formal announcement is made.ย  STAND FIRM, ANDREW!!! ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

August 14, 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 Alert: Something is Going Down on GMA on Aug. 21

No, I have no idea what it is, but it was one of the key dates the pros (who are being kept in the dark about as much as we are) were told about the upcoming season.ย  Pro announcement, maybe? And speaking of pros…

…there’s apparently some new ones! I have no idea who, how many, what gender, whether they’re going straight to pro or doing time in the troupe, whether they’re being promoted from the troupe, nothing – I was just told “there’s some new pros.” And this makes sense, given that we know that new pro auditions were held earlier this year, and Louis apparently was one of the judges (blech). I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that these new pros are IN ADDITION TO the existing ones – if you only have to do one season per year, suddenly the budget (and size) of the single season aren’t so constrained…and you might be able to add more couples ๐Ÿ™‚

UPDATE: I mentioned this on Twitter, but not here, so here goes: ABC cleaned house behind-the-scenes and most of the old crew was let go – and a good chunk of the new production staff has previously worked on Strictly Come Dancing. New executive producer, Andrew (I think his last name is Cartmell) is also a poach from SCD…so for those of you who love to boast about how SCD is “soooo much better than DWTS”, guess what: it’s your people that are at the helm of DWTS now ๐Ÿ˜‰

Another update: Ok, so apparently I need to clarify this further, as some of you are asking questions here and on Twitter that are making me think you misinterpreted my last note. Cast = the people in front of the camera on a show; crew = the people behind it.ย  Most of the old CREW from DWTS was let go, and they got some people that were CREW on SCD – producers, story editors, writers, etc. The “new pros” I speak of were not poached from SCD (that I know of); I’ve been told that all of the new pros that auditioned reside Stateside for most of the year. The “new pros” have nothing to do with SCD.ย 

Intel courtesy of…some sources. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Discuss.

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

And we begin our broadcast day, friends ๐Ÿ™‚ 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”).ย  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…? ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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.ย  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.ย  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” ๐Ÿ™ 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 – GMA Allegedly Revealing Two Contestants on Monday

I don’t watch GMA regularly, and I can’t seem to find any tweets/videos/other proof of this, but according to @LinzeyReed on Twitter, GMA is announcing two of the season 28 cast members on Monday.ย  I’ll update with any relevant proof, once I find it…

Update: This is apparently Schrรถdinger’s cast announcement, because this tweet from GMA doesn’t seem to clarify whether the announcement is Monday or Tuesday.ย  Gotta love the perpetual messy bitch relationship between GMAย  & DWTS.. Original tweet deleted; it’s for sure Monday that they’re announcing the names…I sure hope this isn’t an indicator of the level of organization we can expect from this season…

If this really is the case, then I feel like the month of August is going to be a full-court press for DWTS, trying to win back some of the viewers they lost last season and in the long hiatus between season 27 and now.ย  I’m pretty sure this is the earliest we’ve ever gotten official confirmation on cast members…

…thoughts on who it might be? The fact that they’re announcing two cast members makes me wonder if they’re a package deal…like maybe Gronk and his gf, Camille? Hmmm…

August 2, 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 27 – IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Watch the Cast Announcement on GMA/the Pros on GMA Day

So admittedly, Heidi & I’s coverage of the cast announcement this morning kind of fell apart – so thanks to those who stuck with us ๐Ÿ™‚ I was tied up in meetings all day, but I wanted to make sure these got posted.

My overall thoughts? Milo just seems like a great kid: down to earth, easygoing, and upbeat. DeMarcus & Lindsay have a good energy about them.ย  I didn’t know anything about Evanna prior to this morning, but after watching this, I’d love to have a girl’s night with her. Mary Lou grated on my nerves. Alexis & Danelle seem a bit subdued. Juan Pablo looks like a contender, and Tinashe as well, as long as she can connect with the audience.

The actual announcement. Evanna, Juan Pablo, Tinashe, & DeMarcus all looking pretty good.

I think we’re missing a section where they talked to some of the cast (they showed video of DeMarcus and a cute video the Facts of Life girls made for Nancy), but here’s where they talked to the second half of the cast. Cameos by Dierks Bentley (wishing Bobby well) and Candace & Jodie (cheering on Juan Pablo), some inspirational stories from Danelle & Alexis, and kind of an awkward line of questing with Jenna that had me wondering for a second if she was preggers:

Then they had the celebs play just kind of a weird “13 questions” game that saw everything from Milo juggling to Juan Pablo’s worst dance move to Evanna’s Spongebob phobia:

Later in the day, the pros appeared on the new GMA Day show, which is taking the place of The Chew.

September 12, 2018 I Written By

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PureDWTS Season 27 – GMA Reveals Witney’s Partner, Milo Manheim

In kind of a random, why-not-just-wait-until-the-full-cast-reveal-tomorrow announcement on GMA, Witney’s partner got revealed – which we already knew to be Milo Manheim:

He’s a cute kid.ย  Kind of weird for me to think that I remember when his mom was pregnant with him, though ๐Ÿ˜›

 

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September 11, 2018 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 27 – Val’s Partner is Nancy McKeon from “The Facts of Life” – VIDEO

So the first season 27 couple revealed is…Nancy McKeon & Val:

My initial thoughts: she seems like she’s been out of the spotlight for awhile, and seems like she’s only known for being Jo on The Facts of Life. Probably a bit more D-list, but seems like she’s got a good energy about her – can Val deal with another partner that isn’t an outward ringer, and also doesn’t really have an inspiring backstory? This…could be interesting.

September 5, 2018 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 27 – GMA to Reveal First Couple Tomorrow Morning!

Well ok then…guess I’m getting up early *grumpy noises*. Any guesses on who it might be? Apparently Alan hasn’t met his partner yet…but she’s “well-known”…maybe they’re introducing them on GMA…? Lord knows.ย  I just hope we aren’t back to the “reveal one couple per day in some hastily-thrown-together dog & pony show” format of season 21…

Update: I supposed shouldn’t be shocked that it’s Val – the Chmerkovskiy boys seem to have turned GMA into their own personal PR platform.

 

September 4, 2018 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 DWTS Junior Season 1 – Judges Announced on GMA

Without much fanfare or previous notice, GMA announced the DWTS Junior judges this morning – which we already knew were Val, Adam Rippon, & Mandy Moore. Video below for those who missed (I did too). Not too much of note – they of course name dropped Ginger, they mispronounced Val’s name *chuckle*, Adam steals the show by just being himself. All in all, it didn’t feel like this segment had a whole lot of pre-planning, and was thrown together on the fly. Thoughts?

July 30, 2018 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

Mark Ballas Makes Top 10 Favorite Broadway Debuts, Performs With BC Jean In Times Square, Harry Connick Interview

Today, Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas and BC Jean performed on Good Morning America and they were amazing. Check out the video below by @idolxfactor1 in case you missed it. They were also guests on “Harry” yesterday. You can watch a part of the interview below. Also, fans have voted and Mark made Broadway.com’s top ten best new performances on Broadway for his role as Frankie in “Jersey Boys” and we couldn’t be more proud of him. WELL DONE, Mark!!!

December 21, 2016 I Written By

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