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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 🙂 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.  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

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 – Preliminary POLL: Who’s Your Favorite? Who’s Going to the Finals? Who Will Win? Who’s Out First?

It’s that time again – now that the cast announcement is over, it’s time to see what everyone’s first impressions are. Be sure to tell us in the comments how you voted.  Check out the results of the season 26, season 25, and season 24 polls to see how close our readers have called the results in previous seasons! …Read more

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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

DWTS Season 27 Cast Announcement LIVE BLOG!!

Okay, kids, I’m back…for a couple days before I fly off to Italy!!  I will miss the premiere by a couple days, but I’ll hopefully catch up quick and get Dancing by the Numbers out in a timely fashion. 🙂

I’ve only been partially paying attention to all of Courtney’s hard work so far this season. Let’s just say that I have a very large client at work that is taking ALL of my time. Hopefully, my schedule will normalize now that we’ve hired some more people. Working weekends gets old very fast.

Anyway, Grocery Story Joe was confirmed last night during Bachelor in Paradise – I watch the Bachelor Franchise largely to make fun of shallow people who are rather pathetic…but I do like him A LOT. He’s cute and he’s funny.   Chris Harrison – give me a BREAK! I’m sure you’re totally responsible for getting Joe a spot on DWTS like you claimed. :::rolls eyes::: Courtney is speculating he’s with Jenna – this would be a hot couple. I sure hope he has some ability, cuz girlfriend can choreograph and I want to see some good dances.

In addition to Joe, we have Milo Manheim dancing with Witney – no clue who he is but he’s cute, so hopefully they will be fun. They were apparently announced on GMA yesterday morning. Also announced on GMA was Val dancing with Nancy McKeon from Facts of Life – she seems cool. Let’s hope that being engaged has softened Val – tempered the extreme arrogance. I ask a lot, I know. 🙂

Our source says that Keo is dancing with Evanna Lynch from Harry Potter (in which she was awesome). If you are a HP fan and you’re having trouble with the name, think Luna Lovegood. 🙂

We’ll be getting underway soon – if you want to kill some time, you can check out Courtney’s prediction post to see what she thinks is going to happen.

Okay…sheepish update. I totally overslept and everything you see above was written last night.  :::sigh:::  I’ve been working too hard.

Did we have this one?? I don’t remember hearing this name before….

Oh, this dude is hot…

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PureDWTS Season 27: Partnership Predictions/Confirmations

So given all the intel that’s fallen in our laps as of late, it’s only natural that we want to start speculating on which celebs are with which pros.  Below are my best guesses, based on what we’ve seen/heard – partnerships in BOLD have been confirmed (either by the pros themselves or a source), and I’ve tried to include links to posts that contain the information I used to match up the partnerships.  I think Brandon’s partner is the only one that we haven’t figured out yet. Thanks to @ptxdwts on Twitter for helping me stay on top of these! 🙂

1.) Nancy McKeon & Val (confirmed on GMA)

2.) Bobby Bones & Sharna (Bobby lives in Nashville – Sharna’s been there all week, and pix put them in the same rehearsal studio)

3.) Danelle Umstead & Artem (Danelle lives in Park City – Artem was spotted there)

4.) DeMarcus Ware & Lindsay (DeMarcus lives in Southlake, TX – Lindsay has been there all week)

5.) Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl (Juan followed Cheryl & DWTS, then unfollowed)

6.) Mary Lou Retton & Sasha (due to height constraints – MLR is 4’9″)

7.) “Grocery” Joe Amabile & Jenna (just a hunch)

8.) John Schneider & Emma (John’s a country singer, so it makes sense that he would be in Nashville – where Emma is, by process of elimination)

9.) Alexis Ren & Alan (Alan was the last to meet his partner, and Alexis had been in Japan until earlier this week; Alan’s “clue” in his IG story looked like he was at a photo shoot)

10.) Nikki Glaser & Gleb (nails, general build, and clue seem to match in Gleb’s IG hint)

11.) Milo Manheim & Witney (Someone has a “Disney guy” – by POE, it has to be Jenna or Witney, and Witney’s partners’ legs look like Milo’s)

12.) Tammin Sursok Evanna Lynch & Keo (nothing really matches up, but source says Evanna is in and with Keo)

13.) Tinashe & Brandon (process of elimination)

UPDATE 9/10/18 6:26 PM EST: First of all, some of you seriously need to chill with all the hand wringing about Tinashe’s legs – I do have a life outside of this site, and some of you commenting repeatedly and demanding answers has the opposite of the intended effect: it makes me want to block you, not bend over backwards to get answers for you.  Secondly, it seems like we might have a case of erroneous intel – I trust my source, but I’m not sure US Weekly should trust theirs.  Evanna is the one contestant that doesn’t seem to fit in here. Tammin is the only one that hasn’t been confirmed by another outlet, but unless Keo is just flat out lying about where his partner is from (and Tammin’s post about “things coming up in September” is just a coincidence, and the clue on Keo’s partner is bogus), I really think Tammin is in. The clue about Gleb’s partner and the build/look seem to be consistent with Nikki, and Tinashe seems like she’s in (and by POE, with Brandon).  My only thought is that maybe someone who was previously confirmed dropped out (maybe Danelle?) and Evanna was a replacement…? I honestly don’t know.

UPDATE #2, 9/10/18, 7:00 PM EST: I’m told Evanna is, indeed, in, and partnered with Keo…despite all the clues pointing to Tammin.  *shrug* I’ve got nothing.

Thoughts? 🙂

September 7, 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: Bachelorette Runner-Up Blake Horstmann to Dance? Reality Steve Says “No” – But Could it Be Someone Else…?

Ok, so Life & Style mag was claiming that recent Bachelorette runner-up Blake Horstmann was possibly going to be doing DWTS this season – and they basically went through the same social media digging that fans of DWTS have long-since mastered to back up their conclusion:

Fans first starting speculating when Blake followed the DWTS Instagram account on Aug. 22. This, in itself, isn’t really that wild. It’s a popular show, he might just be a fan. However, it turned more suspicious when people began questioning him about it and he seemingly un-followed the page just 30 minutes later, according to some eagle-eyed redditors. The theory is that he got nervous that he gave his casting news away, and tried to backtrack.

Adding fuel to the fire, fans spotted Blake liking all of the comments on his Instagram about how he should join the show. One such comment read, “please go on Dancing with the Stars, you’d be amazing!” and another said, “why don’t you go on Dancing with the Stars?”

The article goes on to say that Blake is actually a pretty good dancer already, yadda yadda yadda.  If you guys are anything like me, this all read more as “wishful thinking” on Blake’s part, and maybe a bit of campaigning, rather than solid evidence.  And Reality Steve confirmed it in a recent “Reader Emails” post:

Dear Steve,

Thank you for always making your recaps satirical and sarcastic! It makes watching BIP a bit less agonizing. I have a few questions about some current casting rumors in bachelor nation.

1. I saw that Blake Horstmann has been posting things about dancing and seemed to be in California during this past week. Is he a likely candidate for DWTS?

Steve: No.

Now Steve has a solid track record with Bachelor/DWTS intel, so if Steve says no – Blake ain’t doin’ DWTS. HOWEVER – I did find Steve’s answer to be a bit abrupt…as if he knew more than he was letting on, but thought he better keep it brief and to-the-point for the time being.  And it turns out my gut feeling was right, because Steve just shared this on Twitter, in response to a tweet from Sharna on Sunday night:

Now I’m not sure that he’s got the partnership right (for reasons I will elaborate on shortly in the Interesting Things on Social Media post), but again, Steve’s track record is pretty solid…so it looks like Bachelorette fan favorite “Grocer” Joe Amabile might be dancing this season? I know nothing about this man, but he seems like he doesn’t t take himself too seriously, and looks like a cross between Darren Criss/Josh Peck/this hot vet I follow on Instagram.  Plus, he was in WeHo as recently as 3 days ago:

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Thoughts? I guess I’m ok with it…brain is too tired to put up much of a fight these days 😛

September 3, 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 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Interesting Things on Social Media

In the absence of any solid intel at the moment, it’s time for the usual “interesting things” on social media post, where we speculate on peculiar things we see the pros/possible celebs doing on social media that might suggest they’re a part of this season of DWTS. There were so many people that hit me up with messages on Twitter and IG, so I apologize if your name’s not mentioned…I kinda just want to get this post up, and I didn’t have the energy to sort through my @ mentions and DM’s and try to credit each item individually.  Just know that if you helped point any of this out to me, I am grateful! 🙂 Read more..

September 1, 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