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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! . . ....

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

DANCING WITH THE STARS, PRE-SEASON 25: August 25, 2017 PRO WATCH: Yesterday I told you that promises were stated that the pros for Season 25 of Dancing with the Stars would be revealed to us this morning on GMA.  Turns out that they aren’t revealing quite all of them today.  We know that Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke are back!  Mark took two seasons off to do Broadway.  He says he knows who his celeb partner is, but, of course, he isn’t allowed to tell who she is.  He adds that he’d love to have his wife, singer-songwriter Alexander “BC” Jean, as his official DWTS dance partner at some point.  “Never say never,” he says.  Cheryl has been running her dance studio, guesting on TV shows, touring, including in Japan, and whatever else.  These two seem to have missed the constant creativity and the family-style fun with friends and fans on Dancing With The Stars.  Welcome back, Mark and Cheryl!  Note that Mark was included in today’s confirmed list of pros but Cheryl was not; she was mentioned elsewhere.  Hmm … I wonder whether she’ll be the (or one) “surprise pro” they promise to reveal on September 6th.  So, according to what I was able to find, as of today the confirmed pros are:  Keo, Sharna, Artem, Emma, Maks, Lindsay, Val, Witney, Gleb, Peta, Alan Bersten (usually in the troupe, occasionally “pro”), Mark, and—ta dah!—Cheryl.  That’s a total of 13.  But that’s an uneven number.  Maybe they really will reveal a 14th pro on September 6th.  I’ll tell you as soon as I know. BTW, Alan is very talented, courteous, and sweet.  I had my photo taken with him, too, and he spent a few minutes talking with me, including about the biography I wrote (“Dancing in the Stars”) of my father’s life in showbiz as a pro ballroom dancer.  Although I’ve met just several of the cast members, I feel certain that the others are just as nice as the others. Keo is in!  I’m glad to see this lovely man included again.  Fingers crossed that he’ll have a worthy/worthwhile celeb partner this time! HOSTS:  Tom and Erin will return to co-host. JUDGES:  It looks Carrie Ann, Len, and Bruno will be back at the judges’ table.  Not sure yet whether Julianne will be a regular 4th judge.   WEDDING PLANS: Judge Carrie Ann Inaba says that she and fiancé, actor Robb Derringer, are planning their wedding together, which will be on a beach in her native Hawaii...

DANCING WITH THE STARS POST-SEASON 24 AND PRE-SEASON 25 NEWS

DANCING WITH THE STARS POST-SEASON 24 AND PRE-SEASON 25 NEWS   HOT SUMMER NIGHTS: The Dancing With The Stars “Hot Summer Nights” Live Tour began on June 16 in New Jersey, worked its way across the U.S., and finished on Aug. 13 in Fresno, California. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see this one.  But judging by their “Dance All Night” winter tour that I saw in Cincinnati in January of 2016 and by their performances during the regular DWTS seasons, it was as awesome and entertaining as ever. Congratulations to the team.  Word is that Season 24’s winner with Emma, NFL running back Rashad Jennings, held his own excellently alongside the pros while adding his own moves and flavors to the charming and funny personality that we came to love during his season on the show.  Wouldn’t you love to see his dance again? I would! Although Gleb had to leave the tour when his baby was coming a few weeks ago, I’m guessing that he’ll be a pro again this-coming season, starting on September 18. Any pros who just finished the tour but are being chosen for Season 25 will have to pop right into the studio to start training their respective celebrities. Can you imagine being so physically fit to do that?!  Hats off to the Dancing With The Stars pros! As a reminder, the pros and troupe members who just finished the tour are:  pros Sasha Farber (with Season 24 partner/U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Emma Slater (Season 24 winner with Rashad Jennings), Sharna Burgess, Keo Motsepe, Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev, and Gleb Savchenko,  along with troupe members Alan Bertsen, Hayley Erbert, and Britt Stewart–all under the creative genius and direction of award-winning choreographer Mandy Moore. To be fair, I must also remind you that the cast was subject to change based on variables such as illness/injuries, family situations, and babies such as Gleb’s arriving, but I don’t have names of other pros or troupe members who may have filled in. I hope they enjoyed themselves as much as my father did in some of those beautiful old theaters in the 1930s and 40s.  Life for a ballroom dancer back then was w-a-a-a-y more difficult than it is for the pros of today.  If you’d like to know more while also enjoying the aspects of romance, mystery, and celebrities of the era and while being inspired to overcome obstacles in life, I think you’d enjoy the biography I wrote: “Dancing in the Stars—Carroll Webster, International Dance...

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: August 4, 2017

DANCING WITH THE STARS, POST-SEASON 24: August 4, 2017 Welcome back, Dancing With The Stars FANS!  We have some good news this week and some reason for speculation.   BABIES: Gleb and Elena (Samodanova) Savchenko welcomed their 7.9-pound new daughter, Zlata, on Tuesday, August 1, at 10:26 p.m. in Sydney, Australia.  Everyone’s healthy and happy, including the excited big sister, Olivia, age 6.  That’s wonderful news!  I’m just afraid that the child won’t be able to pronounce her own name for a few years; toddlers usually need a lot of coaching and practice to pronounce any word that contains consecutive consonants (in this case, “Zl”).   PROS RETURNING? Mark Ballas is too busy in his music career and whatever else right now, but I think he’ll return down the line.  Edyta Sliwinska, as I’ve often said, is one of my faves, and she says she would like to come back (remember: She had her second child not long ago).  Suppoedly, Maks and Peta don’t even know yet whether they’ll teach and dance.  Needless to say, most of us would love to have Derek Hough back, too, whenever possible.  Word is that he would gladly return to Dancing With The Stars to teach singer Celine Dion, if that were possible.  Isn’t she still in residency in Vegas?  I suspect that she would be a pretty-good dancer, though.   CELEBS TO DANCE? Paradise:   DeMario Jackson, from a recent “Bachelor in Paradise,” is said to be in negotiations to participate in Dancing with the Stars.  Supposedly, his co-star, Corinne Olympios, is interested, too.   Political:  Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer was invited but declined due to a hectic schedule of commitments and supposedly because he can’t dance, anyway.   WORLD OF DANCE: We’re headed to the finals now and the dancing is even better than before.  Derek is an excellent judge, along with Ne-Yo and JLo.  I agreed with their first decision of Eva Igo over Diana Pombo in the junior division; but, even though Le Twins are quite good, the married couple is even better and more creative and deserved the trip to the finals for the ‘older’ division. More very soon.  Have a happy...

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