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PureDWTS Ask Court – How Do the Pros’ Contracts Work?

So we’ve been getting some questions on Twitter about how the pros’ contracts work – some of you were concerned about some of your faves leaving the show in the coming seasons, when their initial contract expires; others were just curious how the contracts work.  So here’s our best guess – keep in mind that contract negotiations in the biz are usually kept pretty hush-hush, for obvious reasons, so we don’t know exactly what’s written into each pro’s contract; this is just our best, educated guess based on what we’ve heard from people behind-the-scenes, what we’ve watched unfold, and what the pros themselves have said. Consider that your disclaimer 😉

How long are the pros’ contracts? From what we’ve been able to cobble from interviews the pros have done and intel we have from other sources at the show, it seems like the initial contract (the one the pros get when they first sign onto DWTS) is anywhere between 5-7 seasons (or 2.5-3.5 years), with a possible option to renegotiate after they’ve completed one year of their contract.  After their initial contract expires, it seems as though subsequent contracts are pretty open-ended – pros like Derek, Cheryl, & Kym seem like they’ve been able to negotiate on a season-by-season basis; other pros, like Lacey, appear to have gotten dropped from the roster and not offered a contract extension after their initial contract expired. Some of the one-and-done pros (think of the Jesse DeSoto’s, the Inna Brayer’s, the Tyne Stecklein’s, and the Andrea Hale’s of DWTS) likely were released from their contacts after only one season, when the producers were sure they weren’t going to use them again.

What does being “on contract” at DWTS entail? While being “on contract” certainly improves a pro’s odds of getting a partner each season, it’s not a guarantee; the only thing being on contract really means within the context of DWTS is that the show gets first dibs on you each season, and can use you for whatever purpose is within the scope of your contract – in this case, they can use you as a pro on the show, they can put you in the troupe, they can bench you for a season (and let you pursue other opportunities within that time frame, within reason), they can send you out on tour, they can send you to the (now defunct) Vegas show, they can send you out on one of the DWTS cruises, they can tap you for pro dances/bumpers, whatever. And as Lacey stated in an interview with Kristynyou only get paid if they actually use you.  But let’s say, like Sasha, you aren’t guaranteed a pro spot from season to season, and may alternate going back and forth from pro to troupe – the clock doesn’t stop on your contract, and you’re still burning up seasons on your contract whether you’re a pro, in the troupe, or not on the show at all. From what I can tell, TPTB can also veto any outside gigs you take if it puts you in direct competition with the network (although this seems to vary from pro to pro –  more on that later); so even though you’re getting paid (relatively) well when you are working for DWTS, there’s no guarantee you’ll be working from season to season, and they may also say “nope” to any outside jobs you try to take when you’re not working for them. This sort of exclusivity was ultimately the deal-breaker for a friend of mine who auditioned to be a pro back in 2009 – he had regular students back at his home dance studio, and couldn’t really wait till the last minute before each season to tell them whether he’d actually be around to teach them, and didn’t like the idea of having to “clear” any outside teaching/choreographing he was doing with ABC.

Do all the pros have the same contract? Definitely not.  At this point, some pros (i.e. Mark, Cheryl, Peta, Val, & Maks) have finished their initial contract and are likely negotiating from season to season or have shorter (perhaps year-long) contracts, and probably have more weight to throw around in terms of pay demands and special privileges; other pros still have a bit of time left on their initial contracts (if I had to guess, I think Sharna, Emma, Sasha, Lindsay, & perhaps Witney) and are probably going to be coming up on contract renegotiation time within the next season or two; the newbs (Alan & Jenna) still have a way to go on their initial contract and probably aren’t going to be renegotiating anytime soon.  So those are the differences in terms of length; we have noticed other differences in terms of privileges, though. Back when Julianne was still in her initial contract, she was offered a TV pilot, which TPTB nixed fairly quickly (I’m guessing it was on a rival network); however, Derek was offered a movie role (Make Your Move 3D) in the middle of his initial contract, and was allowed to take a season off to go film it (likely because the studio doing the movie wasn’t in direct competition with Disney, and Derek was the only 3-time MBT-holder and potential Emmy-winner at the time – so he had a bit more clout). Another interesting contractual “thing” we’ve noticed: Val, Mark, Emma, & Sasha have all been allowed to choreograph in the off-season for SYTYCD – but Derek was always prohibited from doing so. Our guess is that the higher-ups at DWTS probably saw him as a potential Emmy-generator, and didn’t want to run the risk of his choreography earning a potential Emmy nod for SYTYCD – so it may have been written into his contract that he was not permitted to choreograph for shows on rival networks. Since all of these negotiations happen behind closed doors and efforts are made to keep their terms confidential – we have no idea what could potentially be written into the pros contracts; but based on what we’ve seen, it’s a safe bet that not all contract are created equal.

Have the contracts changed at all over the years? Most likely yes.  I’m guessing all of the season 1 pros (Alec, Charlotte, Edyta, Louis, Jonathan, & Ashly) were probably only given contracts for that season, given that the network didn’t know if the show would catch on or not; once it was renewed for a second season, though, I’d guess that the pros that returned (everyone except Charlotte) were probably given longer, more exclusive contracts.  By the time Mark & Derek signed on in season 5, and it was clear the network had a hit with some longevity on its hands, the contracts probably got even more exclusive, as DWTS likely wanted to lock down their talent. I would guess at this point, the standard initial contract for new pros is probably pretty rigid & non-negotiable – so the newest pros, like Jenna & Alan, probably don’t have a ton of wiggle room until their initial contract expires.

If a pro’s contract is about to expire, does that mean they’re leaving the show??? Not necessarily. All an expiring contract really means is that a pro now has an opportunity to renegotiate their pay, the terms of their employment, the length of subsequent contracts, etc.  It’s a good thing, usually 🙂 And it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re going to jump ship. Just look at Derek – his initial contract expired several years ago (we’re guessing around season 15), and we still got 7 more seasons out of him before he finally hung up his dance shoes for good. I know some of you were worried about Sharna, whose contract I’m guessing is expiring after this coming season (season 27) – based on what we’ve seen of other pros whose initial contracts have expired, unless they haven’t used a pro in a few seasons (I think of Allison, who we haven’t seen since season 23; or Lacey’s last few seasons on DWTS, when she was pretty much on-the-bubble as a pro from season to season), I doubt they’re going to suddenly opt not to pick them back up during contract re-negotiations, unless a pro really starts making unreasonable demands or opts not to return on their own accord. And that’s something I think a lot of fans lose track of: eventually, the pros are likely to get offered new opportunities for growth in their careers, and are going to outgrow the capacity they have on DWTS…yes, if they’re your favorite, it’s sad to see them go, but if you’re a true fan, you understand that they can’t stick around forever and will eventually need to move on…which is often a good thing 🙂

Any other questions/thoughts about the contracts? Leave ’em below and we’ll try to answer them.

May 29, 2018 I Written By

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Julianne Hough Reflects On DWTS Athletes season and DWTS Past and Present

Former DWTS professional dancer/judge Julianne Hough was interviewed while in NYC, and asked to reflect on this season of DWTS, and you can read the entire article here.  While she admitted that she hadn’t yet had a chance to see the Finale, PopCulture did talk to her about DWTS present and past. “I actually really loved [pro Sasha Farber] and [former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding],” Hough told PopCulture. “I thought they were great. I just felt like she has such a willingness to do well and worked really hard, and I just love Sasha so much and how much effort he puts into his partners and stuff. So just from the outside, I was like, ‘Oh I hope they do well, I hope they make it to the finals and stuff.’”

It’s been 11 years since Julianne won her first season, with Apolo Ohno way back in Season 4. At the time, he was the youngest celebrity to ever do the show, AND he was also training as a speed skater, and I think he was the first celebrity to try to juggle both their career and their dancing. She was all of 18 years old, and still, I don’t know if there’s another professional dancer winner in ANY of the versions of the show, that’s been THAT young (however if I’m wrong, please correct me).

Anyone who has been watching DWTS since nearly the beginning knows, it’s been evolving since the beginning. And they also talked to Julianne about the differences between DWTS:The Early Years and DWTS:The Present Years.

“I can’t believe it’s been 11 years,” she told PopCulture, “That was such a fun time when I was on the show, because it was in the beginning when there wasn’t a lot of production, you weren’t allowed to use props, we didn’t have dancers behind us, it was just the two of us … and it was very technical.”

As to whether she prefers the more basic roots of the dancing show or where it is today, the Grease Live star saw the merit to each style.

“I like both,” she told PopCulture. I think that sometimes performance can outweigh the dancing, and that’s totally fine, but sometimes I feel like you just want to see it stripped down for what it is. I like both things and you know what, we have to keep moving with the times. If you’re not moving with the times you’re going to be left behind.”

She continued: But I think there’s also something to be said for holding onto the importance of why and getting back to basics … and that’s actually connecting people to their bodies so they feel like they know how to dance at the end of the show.”

 

 

 

 

 

May 22, 2018 I Written By

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Brooks Laich Talks Of Why He’d Do DWTS, Wife Julianne Hough Joins In With More

Wouldn’t it be fun to see Hockey player Brooks Laich do Dancing With The Stars? He talks in why he’d do the show below (please yes to this idea!!). His wife Julianne Hough also chats on why she’s not judging this season (cries!) as well as Sasha Farber and Emma Slater’s wedding.

March 27, 2018 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Julianne Hough Not Returning to DWTS as Judge This Season

….because she’s going to work a bit on World of Dance (thanks to Derek) and because of all her other stuff that’s going on. She’s working on a new TV show that she and Derek started work on a long time ago. Looks like that might finally come to fruition. From ET:

Julianne Hough and her brother, Derek Hough, are joining forces once again.

The 29-year-old dancer stopped by ET’s Los Angeles studio on Tuesday, where she revealed she’ll be making an appearance on season two of World of Dance.

“I actually just did a mentor session with [Derek]. He asked me to come and mentor, so, yeah. I just did it the other day,” she told ET’s Katie Krause of her involvement with the NBC show, which returns Tuesday, May 29 at 10 p.m. ET. “It was so much fun and the dancers are incredible.”

March 7, 2018 I Written By

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. :-)

Julianne Hough Attends 2018 InStyle And Warner Bros. 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party – HQ Photos

Dancing With The Stars judge Julianne Hough attended The 2018 InStyle And Warner Bros. 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party last night and looking gorgeous as always. Click on any of the photos to see more.

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January 8, 2018 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Pure Dancing With The Stars Merry Christmas, Winter Tour And Pro Camp Promos, And Lots More

From the staff of PureDWTS.com, Merry Christmas, Everyone! We hope you have the best holiday!!! With that said, here are some Dancing With The Stars goodies for you….new tour and pro camp promos, interviews, and lots more.

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December 23, 2017 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Finale Teasers And Voting Info, Julianne Hough, PitBull & Fifth Harmony, And More To Perform

Below are two great teasers for the finals of Dancing With The Stars Season 25…..a new promo. Also, Julianne tells us on her surprise (thanks Lori for the heads up). Also, from Disney ABC, you can read some more details on the performances and how voting will take place. This is going to be great. For more dancing info, see the new Who’s Dancing What…and When? post.

In addition, the night will include special performances by Pitbull & Fifth Harmony singing their latest single, “Por Favor,” and Alexander Jean performing “Wouldn’t Change Anything,” featuring a dance by Julianne Hough.

In the two-hour season finale on TUESDAY, NOV. 21 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), it will be a Christmas spectacular as the three finalists advance to the final stage of the competition. There will be live dancing and show-stopping performances at both The Grove and in the “Dancing with the Stars” ballroom. The couples will each perform two dances. The first will be a repeat performance of their favorite dance from earlier in the season. And in the last element of competition, the couples will perform a new routine as part of a “24-Hour Fusion Challenge,” in which they will each fuse two contrasting dance styles, and they’ll have less than 24 hours to prepare.

For the first time ever, following the completion of both dances by the three remaining Dance Couples, the public will be allowed to participate in an online-only live vote via ABC.com at http://dwtsvote.abc.go.com/ and Facebook at http://bit.ly/2o1VO7b. The vote limit will be five votes per voting method, and the voting window will be open for approximately five minutes. The live voting window will only be available during the live broadcast in the Eastern and Central time zones, and voters must be physically located in the U.S. or Puerto Rico to vote on ABC.com. Voters in Canada will be able to vote during this same voting window on Facebook only.

The night kicks off with a high-energy opening number, featuring a reunion of all 13 of this season’s couples, at The Grove, Caruso’s award-winning retail, dining and lifestyle destination. Multiplatinum artist Nick Lachey will perform a new, never-before-heard ballad, “Someone to Dance With,” a special track he recorded that was inspired by his journey on “Dancing with the Stars” this season. The song will be available on streaming services everywhere starting Friday, Nov. 17. Additionally, the show will include special performances by Kelsea Ballerini singing “Legends,” from her latest album; Lindsey Stirling featuring Becky G performing “Christmas C’Mon,” from Lindsey’s new holiday album, “Warmer in the Winter”; and Jordan Fisher singing a joyful medley with Debbie Gibson, “Sleigh Ride”/”What Christmas Means to Me.”

There will also be a special performance from the upcoming Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night tour, hitting the road this winter, as well as a number inspired by the Walt Disney Animation Studios new “Frozen” short, “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.”

The judges’ points and viewer votes from November 20 will be combined along with the night’s judges’ points and online-only viewer votes from the repeat dances and “24-Hour Fusion Challenge” to determine the winner. At the end of the night at The Grove, a champion will be named, and the winner will be presented with the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

SWIPE to find out the SURPRISE There are certain moments in my career that have made what I do mean so much more than you could ever imagine. This performance and piece that @marinspirations choreographed will forever be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding experiences. Thank you @justinbaldoni for introducing us and being such a selfless angel that makes dreams come true. I feel so lucky that I have had a platform to share my joy and love of dance with all of you, where it all began for me on #DWTS. So when I heard Marinda’s story, saw her work and found out it was a dream for her to have a piece on the show, I was absolutely blown away and HAD to find a way for her to share her gifts. I can’t wait for all of you to feel the same amount of love, gratitude, compassion and LIFE that she gives to me! I’m not going to give too much of her story away now because we want you to tune in on Monday at 8/7C on ABC to celebrate her life and her talents that she so courageously created for all of us! TRUST ME, You won’t want to miss this! Thank you to everyone at @wayfarerla for all the amazing work you do and for connecting us all together! #mylastdays Thank you to everyone at @dancingabc bbc, and abc for being so amazing by embracing this performance and for having a platform for this genius and beautiful soul to inspire and give hope to those that need it .. all through the universal language, DANCE! #alexanderjean #wouldntchangeanything #dance #choreography #love #passion #life #inspire

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November 17, 2017 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Julianne Hough To Executive Produce And Star In Fox Put Pilot ‘One Hit Wendy’

Give it up for Julianne Hough!! According to Variety, Julianne Hough will star in a new Fox comedy called “One Hit Wendy” with a put pilot order. Below are more details….

Julianne Hough is set to star in a single camera comedy with a put pilot order at Fox, Variety has learned.

Hough will star in “One Hit Wendy,” which follows Wendy, a one hit wonder who peaked at 18 as she tries to guide her talented niece, Jordan, through the music industry and keep her from making the same mistakes she did.

Should the project move forward, it would mark the latest series set within the music industry at Fox. The network currently airs “Empire” and “Star,” which are currently in their fourth and second season respectively.

Hough will also serve as an executive producer on the project in addition to starring. The project will be written by Lesley Wake Webster, who will also executive produce. David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame-Smith, and Diane Warren will also executive produce. Katzenberg and Grahame-Smith’s KatzSmith Productions will produce in association with 20th Century Fox Television. The project is the first set up under KatzSmith’s overall deal with 20th TV.

What a perfect part for her. I hope it’s a success. More at Variety. Thanks to Lori for the heads up.

November 16, 2017 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

DWTS Julianne Hough Talks On “Bigger”, See Gorgeous Photos On The Set, And More

Julianne Hough is looking so Marilyn Monroe-like gorgeous. Check her out as she talks to ET about her new movie “Bigger” and more. Thanks to Abby for the heads up!

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November 15, 2017 I Written By

Just a music and dancing fan here ....and a lover of life, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible camping in our travel trailer. Favorite Quote at the moment: "Sing like no one is listening. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like nobody's watching, and live like it's heaven on earth." ~ William Purkey. Follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud. To view my photography site, see Lisa Kay Photography.

Julianne Hough Returns to Guest Judge DWTS Season 25 Finale!

Julianne is back with a “meaningful surprise” – no idea what this means.  This is per Entertainment Tonight – you can click the link to read the whole thing.

“Where my #DWTS fans at?! Get ready…We’re getting the band back together again!” she teased. “I’m coming back as a guest judge NEXT Monday, and I have a very meaningful surprise in store! You won’t want to miss this! Tune in on 11/20 at 8/7c #lovemydwtsfamily.”

November 13, 2017 I Written By

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. :-)