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Private Members Area – What Are Shippers and Why Are They A Problem?

We have discussed “shippers” many times on this site and Courtney had talked about doing a post about them. I responded that I would take the “anti-shipper” view.  Considering the two people who are at the top of the leaderboard this season, I figured it was a good time to post it.

What is a shipper? Well, a shipper is someone who is invested in the romantic relationship of two people who are on TV.  More carefully defined, it is a person who wants two characters to get together and/or shows support for two characters already together. This started in the X-Files fandom and was originally limited to fictional programs. Of course, back then there wasn’t “reality” TV like there is now. I was heavily involved in the X-Files fandom and that, I must say, was back when shippers were fun. At first. But I digress.

I have no real problem with the casual observation that two people look hot together. Or the observation that it seems OBVIOUS that they’re knocking boots outside the dance studio. Or even the observation that the babies would be so pretty. Especially when there seems to be some evidence that it is true. I think this is relatively normal behavior. But I also don’t think this is really “shipping” as it is defined nowadays. I think it’s speculation, and usually harmless. I would even go so far as saying, when limited to FICTIONAL characters, it can be fun, in its light hearted, romance novel, fan fiction form.  We’ll talk about slash another time.  I don’t want to make John’s delicate sensibilities catch on fire or anything. 😀 But as long as it stays just for fun and an OCCASIONAL past time, no harm no foul.  Read more..

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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. :-)

DWTS Season 10…Possible Male Contenders

I loved all of your feedback with my female contenders and I would agree with most of them that Benji is not a likely choice and after I posted him I felt like it was a bad decision but it is what it is 🙂  I’m way excited about my male contenders so let’s get started!!!

Jeremy Sumpton (20; Actor)…You’ll recognize him from his role in Perter Pan and Friday Night Lights!  He’s so adorable and I think he’d be the hotty pototty of the season 🙂

Partner: Chelsie Hightower…She’s closest in age to Jeremy and she deserves another smoking hot partner!  And I think they look adorable together!

Zac Hanson (24, Singer): The youngest brother in the Hanson band all grown up 🙂  I think he’d be a comedian on the show and maybe he could give Harold Wheeler a point or two!

Partner: Anna Demidova…I think this partnering is way more up her alley and she’d do an outstanding job with Zac!  I think he’d like a little Russian hotty to tango with, as long as it’s okay with his wife!

Yadier Molina (27; STL Cards Catcher)…it’s about time we have a baseball player in the ballroom!  I know this would cut into spring training but he’d make a great addition to the ballroom!

Partner: Julianne Hough…She is always amazing with atheletes and I don’t think she’d have any problems kicking Yadier into shape!

Ian Somerhalder (31, Actor): The new bad boy vampire in The Vampire Diaries and how hot is he!  We need another dirty bad boy running the ballroom!

Partner: Lacey Schwimmer… Did you have any doubts that Lacey wouldn’t be with the bad boy!  Of course this couple would be dirty sexy and I’m sure they’d have intense chemistry throughout!

David Beckham (34, Athlete): Soccer Stud!  He’d be amazing to watch and I could see him being shirtless all the time and I’m okay with that 🙂

Partner: Cheryl Burke…She knows how to work partners that never wear shirts so she’s perfect for him!

Keith Urban (41; Country Singer): Nothing like a country sensation!  He’s well known in the country music world and for marrying Nicole Kidman and I have a feeling he could be a diamond in the rough for this competition!

Partner: Kym Johnson…She really knows how to pull the best out of her partners and I think she could do great things for Keith!

Greg Louganis (50; Olympic Diver)…hit his head and STILL WON THE OLYMPICS!  We need an amazing olympic athlete in the ballroom!

Partner: Edyta Sliwinska…She needs a partner that she can take all the way and I think Greg and her could be strong contenders together!

Arnold Schwarzenegger (62; Governor of CA): He’s done everything else so why not put him in the ballroom 🙂

Partner: Anna Trebunkskaya…I think Mr. Schwarzenegger needs a firey red head to keep him in line!

Let’s hear your thoughts!

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