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DANCING WITH THE STARS PRE-SEASON 25 EXCITEMENT! September 17, 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS PRE-SEASON 25 EXCITEMENT!    September 17, 2017   NEWS Frequent Pro Sasha Farber will have less work to do on the show this season as a troupe member so that he can also work on and line up other projects. Like, maybe helping to plan his wedding to Emma Slater?  I’m eager to see Season 24 winner pro Emma Slater dance with new celeb partner Drew Scott; I think they could do pretty well. Dance veteran Debbie Gibson has been recovering from Lyme disease, which can be very serious. Pro partner Alan Bersten is taking good care of her. Her decades in fitness probably help a lot, too. It’s been said that Terrell Owens once won a Michael Jackson dance contest. He really seems to be a good, upstanding guy. I’d say that, paired with longtime Dancing with the Stars pro and Mirrorball Trophy-winner Cheryl Burke, he could have a good chance of going long toward a win. I’m guessing that they’ll stay more toward the center of the pack for a while and then move forward. Violinist Lindsey Stirling may have an advantage or two over other celeb competitors this season. One, she’s paired with ultra-creative pro Mark Ballas. Two, her knowledge of music could help her to learn dance moves easier and faster. Three, she has some degree of a dance background. I think she’ll do well. Watch for her new Christmas/holiday album, “Warmer in the Winter,” to come out Oct. 20. I’ll be first in line! After Season 25 ends, she’ll do a Christmas tour to promo the album. The Houghs and Mark Ballas are even busier than they used to be!  Siblings Derek and Julianne Hough ALWAYS have lots going on!  Derek has theater, TV, and maybe even movie deals; that’s after and probably also while he judged on “World of Dance” this summer. How/when does he have time for social and romantic lives? Julianne is dealing with life changes as a newlywed; I’m not sure what all she has lined up professionally except that the word is that she will not be on the judging panel this time.  Mark is still a newlywed, he’s a DWTS pro this season, and he always has music projects going, too, with wife BC Jean. I can’t imagine how they manage to do all that they do, but somehow they do, probably with personal assistants, sheer determination, and love for their careers.   PREDICTIONS: Do any of you favorite couples so far?  Are you predicting...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, PRE-SEASON 25: 11 Sep. 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS, PRE-SEASON 25:   11 Sep. 2017 BABY NEWS! IT’S A BOY!  Cute red-headed pro Anna Trebunskaya (former ballerina and sometimes-DWTS pro) and Nevin Millan welcomed baby #2 on Saturday, September 2, 2017.  Kaspyan Millan weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz., and was 19.5 inches long.  Baby #1 was daughter Amalya Millan, now age 3.  All are healthy and happy.   NEWS ON Dancing With The Stars SEASON 25 CELEBS Nick Lachey, formerly of the boy-band called 98 Degrees, says that he and pro Peta could end up dancing to a song by his band at some point in Season 25.  Supposedly, none of the band’s songs have been done on DWTS yet.  He says that he’s very competitive against himself to give his all and that he thinks he’ll do okay even though band members didn’t do much dancing. Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen is said to have been paralyzed for ten years and to have learned to walk again just a year ago.  She’s thrilled to be learning to dance.  We can only attempt to imagine what she’s been through!  I think I’d react the same way because walking is great and dancing is even better.   AWARDS Guess who just won a Creative Arts Emmy . . .  Dancing With The Stars choreographer Mandy Moore!  Derek Hough just got in on more awards, too–for ‘Hairspray Live’.  You’re still on a roll, you two—keep at it!  (They’re pretty hard to beat!)   It would be nice to have Derek back on the show to dance now and then, but he has so many projects in the works that it doesn’t sound promising.  We’ll have to wait and take whatever we can get.  I enjoyed watching him on “World of Dance” this summer.  Same Derek–sweet, tactful, fun, and talented!  He said after the season ended that he didn’t always agree with the results (I didn’t, either!), so I wonder whether he’ll return as a judge on Season...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, PRE-SEASON 25: September 6, 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS, PRE-SEASON 25: September 6, 2017 Great news and excitement for you today, Dancing with the Stars fans!  This should really make you ready for the show to return. CASTING CONFIRMATIONS: THE FULL CAST! “Property Brothers’” real-estate expert Drew Scott & pro/reigning Mirrorball champ pro Emma Slater. Singer/Actor Nick Lachey & pro Peta Murgatroyd: Vanessa (Minillo) Lachey & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy. WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev: Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher (Disney & “Hamilton”) & pro Lindsay Arnold. Former NBA champ/ former Knick’s Coach Derek Fisher & pro Sharna Burgess. Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy. Actor Frankie Muniz (formerly ‘Malcom’ on “Malcolm in the Middle”) & pro Witney Carson. Violinist Lindsey Stirling & pro Mark Ballas. Singer/Dancer Debbie Gibson & pro Alan Bersten. Shark Tank” Investor Barbara Corcoran & pro Keo Motsepe. Actress Sasha Pieterse (“Pretty Little Liars”) & pro Gleb Savchenko. Retired NFL Receiver Terrell Owens & pro Cheryl Burke. I would expect famed dancer Debbie Gibson to do great on this show, wouldn’t you? You may recall that NFL receivers generally do well. Barbara Corcoran appears to be in great shape, but fitness may not transfer into good dancing. I’ve heard that a couple of the youngest ones know how to dance (at least, in other styles), so they’re to be watched.  I don’t know anything about possible abilities of Vanessa, Nikki, Lindsey, Sasha, or Derek, so this should be very interesting. If you know anything about any of those celebs, please write in to share it. We’ll see soon. I do believe that Sharna is overdue to win it all (should have won with race car driver James Hinchcliffe), so I’ll be watching her and her partner closely and likely rooting for them.  It’s nice to have Mark back, and it’s extra nice to have Cheryl back. Dancing with the Stars Fall Premiere:  September 18!  See you then.  But if I get more news before then, I’ll send it to you.   Keep your dancing shoes on!    ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, PRE-SEASON 25: September 1, 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS, PRE-SEASON 25: September 1, 2017 Welcome back, Dancing with the Stars fans!  Lots of news and excitement building both for news and for the show to return. CASTING CONFIRMATIONS & RUMORS: Confirmations: “Property Brothers’” real-estate expert Drew Scott & pro/reigning Mirrorball champ Emma Slater (won with NFL star Rashad Jennings last season): Confirmed to you earlier this week.  Reminder: Emma just finished the Hot Summer Nights tour two weeks ago, so I don’t see how she could have had much time with him yet. Singer/Actor Nick Lachey & pro Peta Murgatroyd: Confirmed to you earlier this week. Vanessa (Minillo) Lachey & pro Maks Chmerkovskiy: Confirmed to you earlier this week. WWE Wrestler Nikki Bella & pro Artem Chigvintsev: Confirmed to you last week. Actor/Singer/Dancer Jordan Fisher (Disney & “Hamilton”) & pro Lindsay Arnold. Former NBA champ/ former Knick’s Coach Derek Fisher, who might end up with pro Sharna Burgess. Former Paralympic Swimmer Victoria Arlen & pro Val Chmerkovskiy. Actor Frankie Munizare (formerly ‘Malcom’ on “Malcolm in the Middle”) & pro Witney Carson. Violinist Lindsey Stirling (& which male pro?) While certain pros are very competitive, it’s all in fun, family and friendship.  Mark Ballas says it’s really just about doing their best for their Dancing with the Stars celeb partners—their job, after all. Rumors:  Disney Star Actor Cameron Boyce. Businesswoman Barbara Concoran, longtime investor on “Shark Tank.” “Sharks” Mark Cuban (first) and Robert Herjavec preceded her. Singer Bobby Brown (husband of deceased songstress Whitney Houston). Supposedly, he was in, but late in the game he suddenly left the lineup. IN OTHER DANCE NEWS:  Pros Jenna Johnson and Allison Holker are still in the running to win SYTYCD.  When Jenna returns to Dancing with the Stars, she’ll be in the troupe.  Allison will not be an active pro this season unless another female pro ends up having to bow out. MORE NEWS with the full Dancing with the Stars cast reveal on GMA Wednesday, September 6—and maybe before then with snippets.  See you again very soon!    ...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, PRE-SEASON 25: August 29, 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS, PRE-SEASON 25:  August 29, 2017   RUMORS (or CONFIRMATIONS?) from “People”: Nick and wife Vanessa Lachey are said to be sure things for the fall lineup of celebs.  Nick is the brother of Drew Lachey, who won an early season of DWTS with Cheryl Burke.  Drew and Cheryl ended their season memorably with an adorable, fun freestyle to “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy”—love it! Andrea Evans, from the soap “One Life to Live,” is rumored to be a possible celeb dancer this season.  We’ll find out for sure in a few weeks, starting September 18th!   PROS & TROUPE NEWS: Pro Val Chmerkovskiy has openly confirmed his romance with pro Jenna Johnson and appears to be very happy about it.  Keep your eyeballs peeled for those two.  When I met them, separately but at the same tour event, they seemed to be very nice.  Val looked a tad tired due to the demands of the tour, but he seemed to enjoy spinning me around for ten seconds. I did, too! Word on the street is that Jenna Johnson, Sasha Farber, Brandon Armstrong, Artur Adamski, Britt Stewart, and Hayley Erbert will be troupe members for Season 25. OTHER NEWS: Guess what!  Rashad Jennings doesn’t just play football, dance and win Mirrorball trophies on Dancing with the Stars.  He cooks, too!  He served up one of his favorite dishes on a recent episode of “The Chew.”  What a great guy!   Have you heard any DWTS news that I haven’t?  If so, please comment and share it with us.  We can’t wait to know!  News will keep trickling in day by day until the last week or so before the fall season premieres on September 18, so hang in here with us. KEEP YOUR DANCING SHOES ON AND KEEP WATCHING YOUR INBOX FOR MORE NEWS!  The Countdown to Season 25 of Dancing with the Stars continues! . . ....

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