DANCING WITH THE STARS: EXCITING NEWS! 18 January 2018

EXCITING DANCING WITH THE STARS NEWS   18 January 2018

 

Hello, Dancing with the Stars fans!   Time for lots of news!

 

Preparations for the holidays were intense and extremely time consuming, further encumbered by emergencies, illnesses, and other unexpected happenings while little actual dancing news seemed to be available.  Along the way I heard rumors and wondered what we truly should expect to happen for the spring season of Dancing with the Stars.  The wait has brought more real news and, just within the past day, what seems to be concrete, reliable information from the producers for the spring.  So, in my usual fashion, I am organizing info by topics below so that you can skim or read more easily.

 

SPRING SHOW FORMAT

I just learned from TVGuide.com that during the fall 2017 finale Tom and Erin supposedly referenced the spring 2018 show format; if that’s true, I totally missed it and haven’t known anyone who did hear it.  You may recall that the original plan for this spring, which I mentioned a few times last summer/fall, was to have a Dancing With The Stars Junior edition.  I thought it was odd that I didn’t hear anymore about that after Season 25 ended.  Did you wonder?

Well, “TV Guide” recently asked some pointed questions to the President of ABC Entertainment, Channing Dungey.  It turns out that casting and scheduling for “Junior” couldn’t be done fast enough, but it’s still planned for the future.  Meanwhile, an all-sports/all-athletes edition will replace it this spring. A 13-week show schedule is tough to arrange around athletes’ tight schedules.  Working around ABC’s spring evening lineup, especially as we move later into the season, and around the end of the DWTS LIVE tour in mid-March, seems to be equally difficult.  When will we see it?

That depends on “American Idol,” which ABC picked up, again starring the friendly Ryan Seacrest.  It is said that “Idol” will premiere on Sunday and Monday nights, starting on March 11, keeping its usual two-nights-per-week schedule for several weeks.  Then, on April 29, it will move to a Sunday nights-only format for the remainder of the season.  So, DWTS’s athletes edition will start on Monday, April 30 with “a mix of active and retired athletes” and will run for only four consecutive weeks instead of 13.  Newly-reigning pro Mirrorball champ Lindsay Arnold will participate—after attending a highly-anticipated wedding (read on, please).

The months-long lack of certainty surrounding the spring show has been very surprising for us as fans.  It may be another indication that the fall season each year will be the main, sure thing to look forward to in its usual format and length.

 

WHO WILL DANCE IN THE NEW SPORTS EDITION?

Rumors report that potential candidates are now-transgender/former Olympian Caitlyn (Bruce) Jenner; female UFC Champ Cris Cyborg; and decades-ago professional figure skater Tonya Harding who allegedly clubbed the leg of rival teammate Nancy Kerrigan in an attempt to advance her own ranking toward a spot on the U.S. Olympics team in 1994.  I’m not familiar with Cyborg, I don’t want to be exposed to the usually-endless Jenner/Kardashian dramas, and I don’t want Harding to receive any undue attention or quality opportunities (after her guilt seemed to have been proven).  And, please—NO sports “stars” who have openly disrespected the USA!  I will report more on possible or confirmed contestants as I receive the information.

 

THE LIVE “LIGHT UP THE NIGHT” TOUR

The tour started in Charlotte, NC on Dec. 30.  Pro Witney Carson had to drop out due to her father-in-law’s newly-found pancreatic cancer and the family’s need both to support him and to spend quality time with him. I read that reigning champ Jordan Fisher blends in with the pros and that Frankie Muniz continues to be adorable not only as a recently-trained dancer but also often as the show’s emcee—no surprise.  The tour will end on March 18 in Los Angeles, CA (www.DWTStour.com).

 

NEWS ABOUT THE PROS

Calendar:  You can order Gleb Savchenko’s 2018 calendar at Amazon.com.  Eye candy!

TV Appearance:  Brothers Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy recently cooked with Carla on “The Chew.”

Music:   In December, Mark Ballas and wife BC Jean released a single and its video, “We Three Kings.” The video stars male singer/musician Casey Abrams, the sixth-place finisher in Season 10 of American Idol. Mark and BC’s single hit #1 on iTunes! You may want to check it out.

Babies:  Pro Kym Johnson and “Shark Tank” hubby Robert Herjavec are expecting twins, their first parenting experience as a couple.  Darling!

Private Tours: 

  1. Karina Smirnoff and Tony Dovolani premiered their own tour of a show titled “Dance To The Holidays” in California during the first week of December.
  2. The Chmerkovskiys—Maksim and wife Peta Murgatroyd, and Val Chmerkovskiy–will be on tour in May (their own show, I suppose without detailed info). For this reason, we can assume that they will not be partnered with athlete-contestants for the four-week All-Sports Edition that will start on April 30.

Books:

  1. Val Chmerkovskiy has a book coming out on March 6 (you can preorder now from Amazon): “I’ll Never Change My Name: An Immigrant’s American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars.”  Bet that’ll sell big!
  2. Alek Skarlatos, from season 21: The three heroes—Alek and friends Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone–with writer/reporter Jeffrey E. Stern wrote “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes”; it just hit shelves and Amazon this week.

 

Dance Camp/Show:  Gleb Savchenko has a new dance camp with Artem Chigvintsev on March 23-25.  Check online for more info.

 

Acting Premieres:

  1. Peta Murgatroyd:   Ballerina, Mirrorball-trophy-winning ballroom dancer, wife of Maks Chmerkovskiy and mother of baby Shai, Peta Murgatroyd is adding “Actress” to her resume.  She will star as Faith Turley, a recent divorcée/dancer who tries to keep her dance studio afloat by partnering with a male contestant in a dance contest and in the process rediscovers her faith in life, love, and her dreams for the future.

2. Alek Skarlatos, season 21 contestant with Lindsay Arnold: You may recall that Alek came to DWTS as one of the three Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a European train in 2015 (he finished in the show’s finals and participated in the follow-on winter tour).   BIG NEWS: Along with his childhood friends Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone, with writer/reporter Jeffrey E. Stern, Alek wrote a book detailing the harrowing incident.  EVEN-BIGGER NEWS: Now, the three friends portray themselves in a new film from Warner Brothers directed  by my all-time fave actor, Clint Eastwood.  “The 15:17 to Paris” will open in theaters on Feb. 9 to a broad audience with the populist tagline, “In the face of fear, ordinary people can do the extraordinary.”  Alek is such a sweet guy; I’d love to meet him again and, this time, talk with him at length.

Wedding:  Emma Slater and Sasha Farber (“Esha”) will finally tie the knot early this spring in Los Angeles after the LIVE tour ends on March 18 and before the spring mini-version of Dancing with the Stars premieres on April 30.  What an adorable couple!  Emma has been learning Sasha’s Jewish customs and says she’s eager to join in the singing of “Hava Nagila” at the ceremony.

MORE INSPIRATION:  I’ll tell you more as soon as I have it.  Meanwhile, you may wish to be inspired by the biography that I wrote:  “Dancing in the Stars–Carroll Webster, International Dance Luminary of Vaudeville and Hollywood.”  It’s dance, romance, history, determination and struggle–inspiration through the 1930s and 1940s, two of the most-depressing decades in modern America.  The differences in the life of a dancer then and a dancer now are startling!

 

 

 

 

 

Vickie L. Weaver

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