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Dancing with the Stars Season 28 – PRO WATCH!!!

Well, ladies and gentlemen, here we are again.  I’ve gotten to be a pretty lazy blogger, thanks to this little hiatus we just suffered through. Actually, I didn’t suffer at all, I just like being dramatic sometimes. 😉

Did anyone else notice the wording of the tweet that Courtney posted yesterday about the cast announcement??  “Season 28 of DancingABC is here and we’re revealing all the new stars and the new cast live on GMA next Wednesday.” All new stars AND a new cast?? What the hell is that supposed to mean? Now, granted, Courtney and I did spend half an hour texting last night debating whether the GMA tweeter is just an idiot (probably) or if there is something more nefarious about (who the hell knows?).  But why else do you tweet about new stars AND a new cast?? What the actual f@#k?

Okay, now that I’ve scared the bejesus out of 50% of our audience, let’s talk about who’s not likely to be back – maybe ever. In any capacity. Julianne Hough, for one. She’s now loyal to NBC and on AGT a couple nights a week. Derek?? Has a producing deal with NBC and says with a great deal of certainty (while literally standing 4 feet from me – and I was sitting. Imagine that. 🙂 ) that he will be back on World of Dance in 2020. He might be back for the last season of DWTS…but I wouldn’t hold my breath. I only say these things because invariably I see people in the comments and on twitter putting him in their pro wish list or predictions. Just stop already. I will be STUNNED if he appears on DWTS this or any other season. I do think that Hannah and Derek would make a beautiful dancing pair – oh yes. But even if he were back I don’t think we would see it. Ah well. Maks?? No idea and he’s not that great of a source on his own stuff – he tends to change his mind and/or use his leverage. But I believe he’s indicated that he won’t be back. Mark? VERY doubtful. Why would he? And then there’s the rest….We don’t know a lot yet, because I don’t think they know a lot yet.

NOTE: Just because a pro assumes they will be back on the show and talks like they’ll be back on the show DOES NOT MEAN THEY WILL BE BACK ON THE SHOW!! Until they are absolute, it’s just wishful thinking. So PLEASE spare me the anecdotal “Sharna said that when she’s back…” stuff. Of course most of them want to be back – but that doesn’t mean we always get what we want.  And if you’re going to tell me someone is back, Imma need a link. 🙂

ETA: When Jamie in the comments first said something about Artem’s instagram post, I thought she was right. Then I thought he was just praising his girlfriend. Then I saw Nikki Bella‘s instastory this morning.  Judge for yourself, but it ain’t looking good for Artem fans. Yes, of course it could be something else…but right around the time they find out if they need to be in NYC on Wednesday??

ETA2: In case you weren’t convinced before, scroll down to Nikki’s latest post. Also, Val and Jenna’s interview from just the other day (thursday or friday) reveals they were still one female short. There doesn’t appear to be an embed code so click the link.

Female pros:

Lindsay –
Witney –
Jenna –
Emma –
Cheryl –
Sharna –
Peta –
Hayley –

Male pros:

Artem – OUT???
Gleb –
Keo –
Alan –
Sasha –
Val –
Maks –
Brandon –

Status of Former Pros (you never know!):

Derek – OUT (on contract with another network that doesn’t like to share AND a producing deal with said network)
Mark – Seems very unlikely based on recent comments
Karina – ??
Kym – ?? (doubt it – handsome husband, cute babies and her own studio)
Tony – ??
Louis – OUT (judging the Dutch version of DWTS)
Edyta – Unlikely (wants more time with her kids)
Lacey – Unlikely
Anna – ??
Allison – Very pregnant (congrats!)

Troupe:

Hayley –
Britt –
Artur –
Morgan –
Vlad –

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August 15, 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 – PRO WATCH!!!

After what seems like FOREVER since we’ve had a true, full-length season (not sure about you, but All-Athletes barely felt like a blip on our radar, and Juniors doesn’t quite feel real yet since it’s not airing until October), the fall pre-season is finally upon us 🙂

First, time to do a bit of “pro roll call”: Lindsay, Witney, Emma, Jenna, Cheryl, Hayley, Artem, Gleb, Keo, Sasha, Alan, & Brandon are all serving as mentors on DWTS Junior, which tends to increase their odds of being pros on the fall season, from where I sit (since there’s going to be a good deal of cross-promotion between DWTS/DWTS Jr.); Val is now a judge on DWTS Junior, which makes me wonder if his days as a regular pro are over; Sharna was curiously absent from the list of pros involved in Juniors, and seems to have thrown herself headlong into other ventures, which for me puts her role as a pro in question; and we haven’t really seen Peta or Maks involved in DWTS since their fairly unremarkable run as pros last fall. Keep in mind – fall season typically has (13) couples, and with this fall season being only nine weeks long (as opposed to the standard 10 or 11 weeks) due to the Primetime Emmy’s on Sept. 17, we may end up seeing fewer couples than that. If you are one of the ones hoping to see Hayley and/or Brandon get a shot at being a pro, just know that it means one of the older pros (perhaps Peta, Sharna, Val, or Maks) has to sit this one out. There is not an unlimited number of pro spots, unfortunately.

As for the “old guard” – pros from the days of yore that may or may not pop in for season-long encore run – with the exception of Cheryl, I don’t think we’ll being seeing the return of any alums. Derek is a hard “no”, due to his involvement with World of Dance; and with Mark’s new Broadway gig (and the fact that he seemed pretty done with DWTS when asked about it recently) I doubt we see him back, either. Kym, Edyta, & Anna all have young kids; and  Lacey, like Mark, seems to be pretty done with DWTS, too. Karina and Tony seem to be keeping busy with judging and other events, but might be willing to return if asked – I just don’t see them getting asked, unfortunately. It’s now been two years since we last saw Allison as a pro, so barring extraordinary circumstances, I’d say she’s out; and unless someone (foolishly) requests Louis as a partner, I think he’ll have plenty of time to bitterly shade the current pros on Twitter 😉

So where does that leave us? I will say I’d be genuinely SHOCKED if Lindsay, Witney, Emma, Jenna, Cheryl, Artem, Gleb, Keo, & Alan didn’t get pro spots; I think Sasha is probably going to get a spot, but there always seems to be that degree of uncertainty due to his height (which is dumb, since he is the same height as Mark, and they always managed to find partners for Mark).  I think the remaining 2-3 spots (depending on the number of couples this fall, and how many female/male celebs they get) could go to any combination of Hayley, Sharna, Peta, Val, Maks, and Brandon, depending on whether the Chmerkovskiy faction and/or Sharna opts to return as pros or not.

As of right now (11-Aug, 7ish PM EST) we don’t have a date for the pro announcement or cast announcement, but source seems to think that the cast announcement for Juniors will occur around the same time as the one for the regular season…perhaps one massive GMA event???

UPDATE, 8/28, 9:11 AM EST: So apparently GMA is announcing the pros today, without much previous fanfare.  Big deal being made about Jenna & Val’s engagement, so I guess we know who’s gonna be the ones getting promoted this season. On a happier note – looks like Brandon is getting a shot as a pro after a really strong showing as a mentor on DWTS Junior. Cheryl’s also back, which makes me think Hayley’s chances at a pro spot just got slimmer. Only 8 pros have been announced so far…

Update 2: Full list posted at ABC.com. No big surprises here – but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious to see how Val’s stint as a Juniors judge changes the dynamic between he and the other pros on the regular season. I’d say this is more than likely the full list – we’ve got our 13 pros.  So I better not hear any “but maybe there’s a surprise 14th couple!!!” chatter…

Update #3, 8/30/18, 3:54 PM EST: So let’s talk troupe.  Source is fairly certain that all three girls will be back – makes sense, since Hayley served as a Juniors mentor over the summer, and Morgan was working a lot with the Junior troupe. It also looks like Artur will be back, as he was looking on Facebook for an apartment to sublet in LA as of last Friday 😛 It looks like there’s going to be at least (1) new guy, though…any guesses on who?

Female pros:

Lindsay – IN
Witney – IN
Jenna – IN
Emma – IN
Cheryl – IN
Sharna – IN
Peta – OUT
Hayley – still in troupe

Male pros:

Artem – IN
Gleb – IN
Keo – IN
Alan – IN
Sasha – IN
Val – IN
Maks – OUT
Mark – OUT (Kinky Boots on Broadway)
Brandon – IN (!!!!)

Status of Former Pros (you never know!):

Derek – OUT (on contract with another network that doesn’t like to share)
Karina – ??
Kym – Likely OUT (has infant twins)
Tony – ??
Louis – ??
Edyta – Unlikely (wants more time with her kids)
Lacey – Unlikely
Anna – ??
Allison – ??

Troupe:

Hayley – IN
Britt – IN
Brandon – promoted to pro
Artur – IN
Morgan – IN
New guy(s)?

August 11, 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

Dancing with the Stars, The All Athletes Season – PRO WATCH!!!

It’s time! Time to come back from your vacation and start chatting DWTS once again. 🙂 So, how ya’ll been? 🙂 I’ve been on something of a vacation from DWTS and even from Derek. But now it’s time to start winding back up again for our abbreviated, all athletes season.

What do we know about the pros right at this minute? Well, Maks, Val and Peta are out for the season due to their tour – likely planned before this season became a thing. Derek is on another network and a different dance show. Mark kinda sounded out – but you never know. Julianne is out as a judge as she’s working on her and Derek’s scripted show “Blackpool”, among other things. Have I left anything out? I think that’s all I’m aware of right at this moment. OH! Kym is also out due to the impending arrival of her twins.

So, what have you heard? Be sure to provide a source if you have something to share….

ETA: It’s a GO for Gleb Savchenko as a Pro for this season. Yayy!! Please read more details HERE. ~Vogue

ETA2: Per the DancingABC Instagram, these are the pros this season – fairly predictable lineup, identical to my hypothetical list on Twitter last week. -Court-

Male Pros
Val – OUT
Gleb – IN
Mark – Out
Artem – IN
Derek – OUT
Sasha – IN
Maks – OUT
Keo – IN
Alan – IN

Female Pros
Sharna – IN
Kym – OUT
Emma – IN
Witney – IN
Lindsay – IN
Jenna – IN
Cheryl – OUT
Peta – OUT

I’m assuming there will be a Troupe???

ETA: According to this Kristyn Burtt interview with Britt Stewart, there will be a troupe for this season. Thanks Kristyn. ~Vogue

The Troupe
Courtesy Hayley Erbert

March 12, 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. :-)

See ‘Dance To The Holidays’ With Karina Smirnoff And Tony Dovolani (Photos, Interview)

Have any of you seen “Dance To The Holidays’ yet? The show stars Karina Smirnoff and Tony Dovolani. It premiered in California this past week. Tonight there is a show in Kamas, Utah. This upcoming Tuesday, you can see it in The Villages, Florida. Ticket information below. You can also see some photos below courtesy of producer Scott Stander. Karina was also interviewed on the new show and Dancing With The Stars which you can view below. For more, see this facebook page.

****FRIDAY DECEMBER 8****
VENUE
DeJoria Center
970 N. State Road 32
Kamas, UT 84036
435.783.3113
Showtime: 8:00pm
Tickets: http://www.dejoriacenter.com/events/dance-to-the-holidays/

****TUESDAY DECEMBER 19****
VENUE
The Villages, Florida
The Sharon L Morse Performing Arts Center
1051 Main Street
The Villages, FL 32159
Showtimes: 5:00pm and 8:00pm
Tickets: http://www.thesharon.com/event.php

December 8, 2017 I Written By

Hi, 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.

Dancing with the Stars Season 25 – PRO WATCH!!

It’s that time of year once again folks. And sans Derek and Mark, I can’t say I’m terribly enthused…unless we can get Sasha or Sharna a MBT this time around. 😉

If you have something to contribute, PLEASE PROVIDE a SOURCE – by that I mean a link. We appreciate the help, but it needs to be sourced, otherwise it’s just a distraction. Thx.

Derek recently said, very firmly, that he’s not coming back. Since he’s committed to NBC I would assume that to be solid, despite what he says about Celine Dion. 😉 I’m fairly sure I heard Mark say that he is out as well, but I’m not as sure about that. Peta has started playing the Chmerkovskiy salary negotiation game – all three (Peta, Val and Maks) have implied they “might” be back. Peta pretty much outright said if she gets a good partner. I have a question mark by Jenna with the word out because I think it hinges on SYTYCD. Based on her pick, I suspect she’ll be available.

ETA2: It’s Pro Reveal Day on GMA!! Watch this space down here and I’ll be updating (or trying to) as we go!

We think Mark is back based on the silhouette!!  Pray…our only male choreographic hope sans Derek!!

Gee, I had forgotten how lame GMA is. :::rolls eyes:::  This is why I watch CBS This Morning. This show is crap.

Thank you Jesus. Mark is back. Please give him a decent partner. oOooo…sounds like they lured him back with his partner.

LOL to Bruno!!

Shit. Looks like Sasha might have gotten hosed. Alan lovers got their way for some mysterious reason. Let’s hope he lives up to the hype. I have my doubts.

There might still be a pro to be revealed, since we appear to be one short….

ETA: With this latest update from ET, it looks like we now have a full roster of pros.  Sorry, Jenna/Allison/Sasha fans. Cheryl fans, rejoice! 🙂 -Court-

Male Pros
Val – IN
Gleb – IN
Mark – IN (Hooray!!)
Artem – IN
Derek – OUT
Sasha – (OUT??? not announced and we already have 7)
Maks – IN
Keo – IN
Alan – IN

Female Pros
Sharna – IN
Kym – OUT
Emma – IN
Witney – IN
Allison – OUT
Lindsay – IN
Jenna – OUT
Cheryl – IN
Peta – IN

Status of Former Pros (You never know!)
Tristan MacManus – No, appears to have sworn off TV dancing
Anna Trebunskaya – Expecting Baby #2
Lacey Schwimmer – Unlikely
Louis Van Amstel – ?
Chelsie Hightower – ?
Corky Ballas – ?
Karina Smirnoff –
Edyta Sliwinska –
Tony Dovolani –

The Troupe
Brittany Cherry – Filling in for Jenna for first three weeks
Britt Stewart – In
Hayley Ebert – In
Brandon Armstrong – In
Sasha Farber – In
Jenna Johnson – In
Artur Adamski – In
Shannon Holtzapffel – Out
Dennis Jauch – Out
Kiril Kulish – Out

ETA: Let the guessing begin!! I guess Tony and Cheryl.

August 10, 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. :-)

Audience Loving Lesley Ann Warren And DWTS Tony Dovolani In “Dance To The Movies”

Have any of you seen “Dance To The Movies” yet? Currently it’s touring on the east coast. Newsday has a cool article on it and how Lesley Ann Warren and Tony Dovolani are nothing short of amazing together. Below is a take from the story….

“They asked me literally last week while I was on tour in Staten Island if I could do this one, too,” Warren says. “So it should be an adventure because I’ve never done a musical in the round.”

Producer Scott Stander isn’t worried. “The audience goes nuts for her,” he says. “She’s 70, but she still looks like Cinderella. During her first number, the audience always starts cheering.”

More of a challenge, Warren says, has been the hectic touring schedule. “I’ve done Broadway and theater in L.A., but I’ve never gotten on a plane and the next day performed in a city and then gotten on a plane and flown from one coast to the next,” she says. “The performing itself is exhilarating and fantastic, but the traveling is exhausting.”

FILLING OUT THE ‘DANCE’ CARD

In addition to Warren, Stander is happy to have Dovolani touring with the show, especially since he could not perform two years ago in Stander’s previous dance extravaganza, “Ballroom With a Twist.”

“People love his energy and natural ability to connect with the audience,” Stander says.

To read more, see Newsday. For tickets to the Beverly, MA show on April 29th, see this link. For more upcoming shows, go to Vivid Seats. For updates on any cast additions, changes, and more, follow Dance To The Movies Facebook.

April 27, 2017 I Written By

Hi, 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.

New “Dance To The Movies” Spring Tour Schedule, See Shirley Jones, Leslie Ann Warren, Tony Dovolani, Anna Trebunskaya, And More

Would you like to some pros from Dancing With The Stars dance near you this Spring? If so, they may be coming to an area near you in “Dance To The Movies”. Special guest stars include Shirley Jones and Leslie Ann Warren. Rotating Celebrity Dance Pros from Dancing With The Stars include Tony Dovolani, Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin and Oksana Dmytrenko. Choreographers include Jaymz Tuaileva , Lacey Schwimmer, and Chelsie Hightower. More in detail at Broadway World. Below is the new Schedule. Producer Scott Stander says “it’s so much fun”.

DANCE TO THE MOVIES TOUR SCHEDULE:

STARRING Lesley Ann Warren:
Fri, Mar 31 – Sunrise Theatre for the Performing Arts, Ft. Pierce, FL – 8:00PM
Sun, Apr 2 – Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts, Cerritos, CA – 3:00PM
Thu Apr 6 – Eppley Auditorium & Steinbrenner Performing Arts Center, Culver, IN – 8:00PM
Sat Apr 8 – St. George Theatre, Staten Island, NY – 8:00PM
Fri Apr 21 – The Corbin Arena, Corbin, KY – 7:00PM
Fri May 12 – The Colosseum at Caesar’s, Windsor ON – 8:00PM

STARRING Shirley Jones:
Thu Apr 27 – NYCB Theatre At Westbury, Westbury, NY – 8:00PM
Sat Apr 29 – North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly, MA – 2:00PM and 8:00PM

March 18, 2017 I Written By

Hi, 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 Val Chmerkovskiy And Tony Dovolani Interviewed On Their New Studio In Las Vegas And More (Video)

Below is a new interview with Dancing With The Stars Val Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani on their new Dance With Me Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada. They also give lessons and more. Thanks to Laurie Hernandez News for recording.

ETA: And another interview…

ETA2: And another…

ETA3: You can see some fun photos of Maks, Tony, and Val celebrating their new studio Vegas News and Just Jared.

March 9, 2017 I Written By

Hi, 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.

Tickets To See Anna Trebunskaya, Tony Dovolani, and Shirley Jones In “Dance To The Movies”

Would you like to see Anna Trebunskaya, Tony Dovolani, and Shirley Jones in “Dance To The Movies”? If so, they will be at the North Shore Theatre on Saturday April 29 in Beverly, MA – 2PM and 8PM. You can get your tickets now HERE. Join and be watching the facebook page below for more dates.

March 3, 2017 I Written By

Hi, 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.

PureDWTS Season 24 – Tony Dovolani Not Returning As a Pro

So Tony just posted this…

I wanted my fans to hear it from me first. I will not be on Dancing With The Stars this season, season 24. While I will miss the show and interacting with our wonderful audiences, both at home and in the ballroom, I will continue to focus on growing my Dance With Me USA studios and teaching. I will also be traveling across the country performing and making personal appearances. I will be hosting my second annual Tony Dovolani Foundation: Golf For Special Needs Children tournament on July 14. I’m honored to be a member of the PGA’s Player and Coaching Development Committee and to be contributing to the future of the professional game of golf. Catch me on ABC’s Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion Shall We Dance On Ice special this Saturday, February 25 3:00pm – 5:00pm EST 2:00pm – 4:00pm CST & PST 1:00pm – 3:00pm MST Tony Dovolani

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Man, that really stinks  – I found myself really missing Tony’s warmth and patience with his partners last season.  But as I shared before – I started getting the impression that Artem had replaced Tony as the pro that “gets all the older ladies”, and that I wasn’t sure there was going to be room for both in this season’s roster. And given that he seems to be giving us a long-term look at what he is going to be up to for the next several months, I kinda wonder if we’ve seen Tony’s swan song on DWTS 🙁

Thoughts?

February 24, 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