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PureDWTS Conspiracy Theory – A Case of Schrödinger’s Gronk…?

In a blaze of clarity, I opted to take half the day off in order to blog the cast announcement this morning and handle the subsequent traffic at Pure. I’m glad I did, because it gave me time to ruminate after the flurry of the GMA announcement died down – and I realized some stuff just didn’t add up.  Namely, why get rid of the troupe completely, then bring 14 pros in to couple 12 celebs? It makes little to no sense. Then, slowly, I started to remember stuff from the past 24 hours, and I formulated what I (and Heidi, and Vogue, and @justinweible, all of whom were gracious enough to listen to me ramble) think is a pretty sound (and potentially exciting) theory.  Ladies and gents, I give you “Schrödinger’s Gronk”.

First, background: Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots retired back in March of this year, after a season full of injuries culminating in a Super Bowl win.  Gronk took a beating – I don’t blame him if he retired for the sake of his health.  But did he TRULY retire…? A lot of “insiders” say no – they think he’ll announce he’s coming back to the Patriots before long, and Justin had a good theory that he may have retired in order to get out of the NFL preseason and training camp, only to rejoin the Patriots once the preseason is over. I casually threw him (and his gf, a model and dancer) out as a good casting possibility for season 28, as he had expressed interest in doing DWTS numerous times in the past but had given the excuse that he didn’t want to get injured in the off-season. Nobody seemed to think much of it until yesterday, when suddenly numerous outlets were reporting Gronk & Camille as being part of the cast. I assumed that they had simply gone swimming in our previous rumor/prediction posts and comments sections (as some outlets have been wont to do, in order to get hits in the absence of any real rumors), and they were just regurgitating what we were saying…but now I’m not so sure those rumors were completely unfounded. Stay with me…

This morning, we saw 14 pros announced as being part of this season, but only 12 celebrities were announced on GMA. Insert “monkey confusedly punching buttons on a calculator” gif here 😉 This doesn’t make sense, especially when you take into account that the troupe was disbanded – why bring on two extra pros if you’re getting rid of all your “extra” dancers? My answer: you don’t…unless you’re possibly waiting on two additional celebs to maybe join the cast 😉

Miner pointed out that Gronk is holding a mysterious press conference next Tuesday, Aug. 27, to announce “the next chapter” in his career. Some have interpreted that as being an announcement that he’s returning to the NFL…others think he’s writing another book.  Me? I’m thinking it was intentionally left open-ended, because even Gronk wasn’t sure at scheduling time what he was going to announce. Stay with me, I promise this starts to make sense soon…

As Justin pointed out to me, the NFL deadline for teams to finalize their active rosters is ten days from now – Aug. 31. The Patriots’ last preseason game is Aug. 29. I’m guessing that Gronk retired to give himself time to heal and get out of having to participate in the pre-season/training camp, and was possibly planning on returning to the Patriots after the preseason, ideally well-rested and healed up and ready to go full throttle. HOWEVER – injuries are unpredictable, and Gronk being Gronk, he likely wanted to hedge his bets a bit…enter DWTS. If there was no possible way his injury would allow him to play in the regular season, what’s the next best thing to do if you’re Gronk? Answer: the reality TV show you’ve talked about wanting to do for several years, but never had the chance. And given the relatively dismal lineup we saw this morning, I’d guess DWTS was ready to play ball with Gronk (pun intended). He’s a big get (and his gf is just a bonus – good dancer, famous in her own right, and they can exploit the couple angle), so they may have agreed to a conditional deal with Gronk & Camille: if Gronk decides not to return to the NFL, he’ll do DWTS; but if he does do the show, you have to wait until the week he makes his decision about the NFL in order to make the announcement. I’m thinking Gronk knew for awhile that he was going to make some sort of announcement on Aug. 27; he just didn’t know whether it would be “I’m returning to the NFL” or “I’m doing DWTS!” until recently. Or maybe he’s known for awhile, but Patriot fans are in such a fervor over his possible return that waiting until the last possible week to make the announcement is a shrewd PR move.  I can’t find the link now, but the NFL shop released a shirt not long ago that had the names of some of the main Pats players (Brady, Edelman, etc.) with “…Gronk?” at the bottom. Money is being made on the hope that he’s gonna return to the Patriots – so I think it makes sense to wait as long as possible before possibly bursting their bubble. As Justin pointed out, he’s still contractually obligated to the Patriots – so who knows, this could be coming from upper management at the Patriots organization.

Now, all this is not to say that he and Camille are definitely doing the show – you’ll notice the title of this post, Schrödinger’s Gronk, is a nod to the famous Schrödinger’s cat, a thought experiment in which a cat in a box is considered both alive and dead due to a subatomic event that may or may not occur. Don’t worry about the cat too much – just know that until we see the outcome of his press conference on Tuesday, we’ve got a case of Schrödinger’s Gronk: he’s both on this season and not on this season.

But I do think there’s a couple things working in favor of Gronk doing DWTS – there was the sudden surge in reports just yesterday that he and Camille were going to be on the show, as if someone had heard some fresh, recent intel; and then Camille posted this on IG last night – look at the comments…


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“Written in the stars” sounds like Camille knowing that something she has wanted to do for awhile is going to happen – perhaps Gronk has made a decision? 😉

Regardless of whether we see Gronk & Camille or not, DWTS doesn’t have to make many changes: if they don’t do the show, the two extra pros (whoever that may be) can function similarly to the extra pros on Strictly, who fulfill the same roles as a troupe (filling in if another pro is sick/injured, helping out with group dances and bumpers, etc.). If they do get Gronk & Camille, I think the cast just got less dismal, more current, and a lot more interesting…and all the pros announced this morning get a partner 🙂


August 21, 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.

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.