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PureDWTS Season 28 Rumors and Watchout: DWTS Instagram Posts Hannah Brown??

The freckle police say it’s Hannah and their evidence is compelling. The hair looks different to me, but who knows what kind of filters they’re using. Thoughts??

August 17, 2019 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. :-)

PureDWTS Season 28 Cast Rumors & Watchout: Reality Steve Says Hannah Brown is Definitely On This Season

Well Steve did already hint that she would probably be part of this season…and her name has been in the mix…but it appears we have confirmation from his latest post: Hannah’s gonna be on this season.

I’ve been saying for weeks in this column that I fully expect Hannah Brown to be part of the DWTS cast when it’s officially announced. Host Tom Bergeron said we should be expecting the cast announcement sometime next week. Not that it should come as any surprise, but I’m here to tell you that Hannah is absolutely gonna be on DWTS this year. That should surprise no one. She’s the most popular female contestant in the history of this franchise if we’re going off IG followers. She’s off one of the more successful seasons they’ve ever had, and lets be honest, it seems like Hannah and her personality are made for DWTS. I’m sure this will make Kaitlyn very happy that they finally cast a female lead (minus Trista who was in season 1 of DWTS). We all know how many they’ve passed over in recent seasons, that Hannah is kinda making a bit of history here. So anyway, expect her to be part of the cast when it’s announced sometime next week.

Ok, real quick, a clarification: I don’t know what exactly is going down on GMA next week.  I don’t know if it’s the pro announcement, the cast announcement, both, something else, whatever. All I know is that the pros were told that there would be some sort of DWTS-related GMA segment on Aug. 21. A lot of people seem to be assuming that it’s the cast announcement, but based on the intel I’ve received, I can’t guarantee we’re going to get confirmation next week on any of the celebs…

…all that said, I believe Steve (that should seriously be a campaign slogan). As I already said, his track record is peerless (nonsensical claims to the contrary from a reader of Cosmopolitan notwithstanding), and if he says she’s going to be on, I think it’s as good as confirmation from the show itself. And I think Hannah’s a good choice – she seems like she’s got a good head on her shoulders and likely will be a good dancer.  The question is – who are they gonna partner her with? My gut says Artem or Alan, but I think it’s equally possible that they give her to *eye roll* Val. Or do they throw a curve ball and put her with a new pro…? Thoughts?

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

Tyler Cameron – The Next Bachelor…or DWTS Contestant???

He’s hot, he’s extremely popular right now, and according to The Inquisitor, has DWTS on his wish list. I’m for it. 🙂 For those not in the know, Tyler was Bachelorette Hannah’s second choice on this latest (very dramatic and somewhat disturbing) edition of The Bachelorette. Now, those of you who know me, know I hate-watch the Bachelor/ette franchise for all it’s cringe-worthy glory. But this last season I not only liked the Bachelorette quite a bit (as did all of America, apparently), but I liked quite a few of her guys. Particularly Tyler. Anyway, these two – Hannah and Tyler – are easily two of the most popular peeps to be on that franchise in a while. And people buy into this shows thing. So…maybe it will happen, maybe it won’t. But he’s not ruling it out. See an excerpt below…click the link to read the whole article. He’s also not ruling out being the next Bachelor, so that could get in the way.

“As a kid, I always said I wanted to go on Dancing with the Stars and that football was going to be the way I got onto Dancing with the Stars. My football career didn’t work out, but maybe this could help me get on Dancing with Stars one day.”

It would be surprising if Tyler doesn’t end up as The Bachelor lead or as a contestant on Dancing with the Stars this fall. The hunky former football, aka the “Respectful King,” won the hearts of millions of fans of ABC’s rose-filled reality show so he would come with an instant fan base. If he is cast on the celebrity ballroom competition, Tyler would follow in the footsteps of past Bachelor Nation alums Jake Pavelka, Chris Soules, Seal Lowe, Nick Viall, “Grocery Store” Joe Amabile, and more who went on to compete for the DWTS mirrorball trophy.

We’re going to ignore that “as a kid” part and completely forget that when I started blogging for this show, he was 16. :::sigh:::

Note: This is HIS wishlist, not necessarily DWTS’s. This is not a “rumor”. Learn the difference. 🙂

ETA: OH…I think it just became an actual RUMOR! Adam is a producer on DWTS. Rumor…or red herring??

August 2, 2019 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. :-)

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 25 Casting Rumors & Watchout: Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Says “Never Say Never!”

As has become par for the course with DWTS, the most recent Bachelor/Bachelorette’s names are being tossed around as possible rumors for the next season.  We first reported Rachel’s name being in the mix back in February, pre-season 24.  In an interview with E!, Rachel talked about not being interested in joining Real Housewives of Dallas (“I kind of don’t want my personal life to be out there so much”) but seemed a bit more on-the-fence about DWTS:

While we do think Rachel would make an amazing Housewife, we understand the need to just focus on being out in the open with her fiancé (Bryan, Eric or Peter) after having to keep their engagement a secret for the last couple of months.
But just because the lawyer isn’t down to join RHOD doesn’t mean that she is opposed to doing another reality show, telling us, “Never say never!”
Of course, previous Bachelors and Bachelorettes have gone on to compete on Dancing With the Stars, including the most recent Bachelor Nick Viall, but Rachel admitted she would be a little hesitant to sign up for the ABC reality competition.
“I don’t know about Dancing With the Stars,” she said.I do love to dance. I’m a never say never-type person, so we’ll see!”
As much as I usually roll my eyes at Bachelor castings on DWTS, I would actually kind of love to see Rachel on the show – especially after Kaitlyn Bristowe spilled the tea on her own DWTS casting mess from a few years ago. I think she’d be a good partner for Artem or Gleb to really shine with.
Thoughts?
July 20, 2017 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 Conspiracy Theory – Have We Finally Figured Out What Happened with the Casting in Season 21???

It’s been a year and a half, but there’s been a little itch in the back of my brain that I haven’t quite been able to scratch: what exactly happened in season 21 that led to Artem sitting the season out? Especially after he was confirmed as a pro for the season, initially? Well, 18 months later, it appears we finally have enough information to piece together a cohesive theory for what went down.  I’m finally getting to scratch that little itch 🙂

First off, a special thanks to Colleen for pointing out the line in Heather’s blog that set all of this in motion, because Heidi, Vogue, & myself often get so caught up in actually getting stuff posted for you guys that we don’t actually thoroughly process everything we read, especially if it’s a one-off sentence here and there.  Also thanks to Laura & Kimmie for helping to locate the old Val tweets, and anyone who bounced ideas off me on Twitter after some of these tidbits came to light. So let’s dive right in… Read more..

March 31, 2017 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 24 – Kaitlyn Bristowe Goes On Twitter Rant, Claims She Was Told She “Wasn’t Allowed” to do DWTS

Not a casting rumor, but I found this interesting enough to be considered relevant to the current season.  Since I’m assuming Kaitlyn just found out that Nick Viall was confirmed to be a part of this season’s cast, I’m assuming what follows in in response…

So, in light of some conversations Heidi & I have been having recently about the subtle sexism we’ve seen on DWTS, I find this exchange quite interesting.  Granted, it was the creator of The Bachelor that allegedly told Kaitlyn she couldn’t do DWTS, but it still makes me wonder if DWTS has even bothered to reach out to any former Bachelorettes to extend an offer. Including Nick, we’ve now had FOUR former Bachelors on the show (Jake Pavelka, Sean Lowe, & Chris Soules being the other three), and only 1.5 Bachelorettes (Trista Sutter & Melissa Rycroft, who wasn’t even a Bachelorette – and she was a last-minute casting to replace Nancy O’Dell).  Even if it was a timing issue (Bachelorette tapes in the spring to air in the summer, Bachelor tapes in the summer to air in the fall) it still seems odd that they’ve never booked a Bachelorette on the fall season, when there wouldn’t be a conflict.

But really, if this is true, the reasoning Fleiss gave really chaps my ass – especially when you consider that Jake and Nick, in particular, were totally looking to extend their 15 minutes of fame by doing DWTS, and made no secret about it. I think it may have been more of a monetary thing for Sean & Chris, but still – they answered the call. I’m sure this dude will deny & deflect that the conversation ever happened, but I’d really love to hear his explanation for why it’s ok for Bachelors to “get famous off his show” and not Bachelorettes.  All ears, baby 😎 Read more..

February 27, 2017 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

DWTS Watchout: The Bachelorette Jojo For Dancing With The Stars Season 23??

Did someone say “rumors” in comments yesterday (Narice?)? Well, Dancing With The Stars would be nothing without a Bachelor or Bachelorette rumor. According to Hollywood Reporter maybe Jojo will dance in Dancing With The Stars Season 23? I have to say, I’m liking this idea after seeing the instagram below. Let us know what you think in comments.

If Jojo’s two dancing dates (Dancing with the Stars season 23?) and her affinity for the color red tell us anything, it’s that she might just be the real-life incarnation of the dancing woman emoji after all.

More at Hollywood Reporter.

Who will bring the heat and who will tango home after this 2-on-1? #TheBachelorette

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June 29, 2016 I Written By

Hi, I'm a news hounds from way back. Since 1999, I've worked on Madonna and Enrique Iglesias fan sites....and now PureDWTS. I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

DWTS Watchouts: Ben Higgins And Kaitlyn Bristowe To Dance In Season 22?

And so a new “Bachelor” for Dancing With The Stars rumor begins. E Online is reporting Ben Higgins is open to anything….and even to dancing on Dancing With The Stars. E Online also reports that Kaitlyn Bristowe (who was in talks to dance last season) is still open to the idea of dancing too. What do you think? Do you like the idea of these two dancing? I’m not sure, but, I think Ben is kind of cute? Heidi, what do you think?

Heidi: I think Kaitlyn blew her chance, actually. Most Bachelors/Bachelorettes are very old news by the time the “next season” rolls around. You have to strike while the iron is hot. Her iron ain’t so hot any more. Ben, on the other hand, will likely be VERY popular and I can see him on the show. Young, handsome, and down to earth (for now).  I like both of them and wouldn’t mind seeing them on the show, but I think Ben is the only one with a real shot…unless they take both of them since they “dated” on her season of the show.  Of course, both are in the “wishful thinking” category right now, and not in actual rumor territory – but I would be very surprised if Ben isn’t considered for next season. DWTS has a pattern. 😉

While the 27-year-old software salesman has yet to officially make his debut on The Bachelor (the premiere is on Monday, Jan. 4), Ben is already looking at life after his televised journey for love comes to end. And it may just include a trip to Dancing With the Stars’ ballroom for its next season.

When asked if he would ever consider joining DWTS while on a conference call with reporters, America’s most eligible bachelor had the perfect answer.

“I think I’m excited about what experiences are next in life. Just like I never expected to be on The Bachelorette, I never expected to be the Bachelor, I don’t know what to expect next and I’m open to anything,” he said. “I have a great life. I love my life here in Denver. I don’t want to chance my life, but if there’s opportunity to enhance it, I’m all for it!”

Translation: Ben is SO in if DWTS is.

Last season, Kaitlyn Bristowe was in talks to join the cast. While it ultimately didn’t happen, a source told us, “The timing isn’t right, but she loves the show and hopes to keep the door open for another season down the road.”

December 11, 2015 I Written By

Hi, I'm a news hounds from way back. Since 1999, I've worked on Madonna and Enrique Iglesias fan sites....and now PureDWTS. I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.

DWTS Season 21 Rumor: The Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe To Dance?

Well, it was only a matter of time before this rumor was coming. Star Pulse is reporting The Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe might be dancing on Dancing With The Stars Season 21. What do you think if true?

The Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe hands out her final rose next week, and there are rumors that she may already have another reality TV gig in the works — Dancing with the Stars Season 21.

The 30-year-old dance instructor, who was thrilled to meet pro-dancer Derek Hough on Good Morning America before she started filming her season, would not be the first Bachelor franchise star to become a DWTS celebrity dancer.

Will Kaitlyn, who took third place on Chris Soules’ season of the Bachelor, follow in her ex-TV boyfriend’s footsteps? After Soules proposed to Whitney Bischoff on his farm in Iowa, he headed straight to L.A. to join the Season 20 cast of Dancing with the Stars.

Other Bachelor and Bachelorette stars who have danced their way into the spotlight are Melissa Rycroft (Jason Mesnick’s season), Jake Pavelka, Sean Lowe, and Trista Sutter.

Although spoilers indicate that Kaitlyn Bristowe gets engaged at the final rose ceremony on July 27, what she does for a living has never been revealed. Kaitlyn’s bio on ABC states she “dance instructor” — which would be a perfect “in” for DWTS — but there is no word on where teaches dance, or if this is a job she had long before she joined Chris Soules’ season of the Bachelor.

You can read more at Star Pulse.

My thoughts: Everytime I’ve said “NO” to a Bachelor (which I feel like doing again this time), I end up liking them. And she sure looks great with Derek at the link. So, I’m keeping still this time. Though I doubt this info has much merit since it’s from a tabloid source.

July 20, 2015 I Written By

Hi, I'm a news hounds from way back. Since 1999, I've worked on Madonna and Enrique Iglesias fan sites....and now PureDWTS. I have always been a big music and dancing fan, but, I'm also passionate about photography, nature, animals, and spending as much time as possible travelling and camping with my hubby and our loving and patriotic doggie, Cash. To read more on me and view my photos (including some dancers from DWTS), see Lisa Kay Photography. You can also follow me at: Voguerista Twitter & Voguerista Soundcloud.