Dancing With The Stars

So, it looks like Dancing with the Stars is trying to incorporate actual stars this go-round, after multiple seasons of over-exposed reality show personalities and Bachelor/Bachelorette cast-offs.

Although the producers have to use a few reality fillers, like Kim K’s younger brother Rob Kardashian, TMZ is reporting that some actual celebrities will be competing in the upcoming season. Rapper, actress, and make-up spokesmodel Queen Latifah will be joining the growing cast, as well as Blue Collar’s Kelly Kapowski Tiffani Thiessen. Thiessen’s rep is, of course, denying this rumor…but isn’t that what they all do?

Also confirmed for the new season and a chance at the disco ball trophy is everyone’s favorite Oompa loompa, Snooki from Jersey Shore. Her rep as well had previously said the pickle lover would be a no-go. No word yet on whether she’ll be dancing in her furry Chewbacca boots or beaten up bunny slippers.

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UPDATE – According to a new report by UsWeekly, Queen Latifah is NOT signed on to do the show. A rep for the actress states she is not doing the show while an insider adds that “there were never any talks” between the network and Queen Latifah. Yikes. Did TMZ get it wrong? Only time will tell.

The Real Housewives of New Jersey Season 3

 

In today’s Real Housewives of New Jersey news, it appears Teresa Giudice was rejected by Dancing With The Stars, according to Teresa.

If you recall, Teresa has been angling to get on the show for over a year now. “I am thinking about doing Dancing With the Stars. What do you guys think?” wrote Teresa back in July 2010.

Well fast forward to today and Teresa is singing a different tune when it comes to DWTS, stating the show does not want any ‘Housewives’ on it. When a fan sent her a tweet saying she should be on the show, Teresa responded, “Would [love] to but they don’t want ‘Housewives’ this season. But Playmates are OK?”

The Playmates she is referring to include Kendra Wilkinson from last season and Holly Madison from Season 8.

DWTS has yet to respond to Teresa’s comment. Perhaps the show just doesn’t want Teresa this season or maybe they are really anti-housewives. But surely a ‘Housewife’ would be an upgrade from Rob Kardashian no?

Meanwhile, a new episode of the RHONJ airs tonight on Bravo! On the 11th episode this season titled “A Very Jersey Christmas,” it’s Christmas morning and housewives are stirring. Caroline receives a long-overdue present and Melissa considers herself the luckiest woman in Jersey. But there aren’t many ho-ho-ho’s for Teresa, whose holidays take a not-so-merry turn.

The episode airs at 10/9c and a preview clip is below!

Watch What Happens Live – The guest tonight is John Hickey. Not exactly sure who that is either but Andy Cohen tweeted this moments ago, “ATTN BIG BROTHER FANS: watch “watch what happens live” tonight at 11 for a big surprise just for you.”

And finally, as we reported this week, the 4th season of the Real Housewives of New Jersey is currently being filmed by Bravo. It also appears relationships between the ladies on the show are changing. For starters, Caroline Manzo seems to be getting closer to Melissa Gorga and even Kathy Wakile. Just this week, Caroline was tweeting back and forth with Kathy.

Lauren Manzo first made this tweet, “Just saw Sunday’s episode & I just LOVED it!!! I smiled the whole time!! @melissagorga & @joegorga were so cute! @Kathywakile made me cry!” Kathy replied that she had yet to receive the episode, and Caroline then tweeted twice to Kathy including this tweet – “That stinks. I watched it twice, the kids are gorgeous, every single one of them.”

It will be interesting to see how Teresa and Caroline’s relationship unfolds on the new season.  If you recall, Teresa has been taking some not so subtle shots at Caroline in her Bravo blogs regarding Caroline’s relationships or lack thereof with some of her siblings.  And as we all know, Caroline is very protective when it comes to her family. Can’t imagine the friendship between the two ladies will not be somewhat damaged or tested on the new season.

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A week after he was reported to be in talks to join Dancing With The Stars, TMZ is now confirming Rob Kardashian is officially signed on!

Multiple sources confirm to TMZ that Rob, 24, is officially on board despite concerns about the DWTS schedule conflicting with his older sister Kim Kardashian‘s big mediawhore wedding in August.

Rob has reportedly signed the dotted line for the new season which will premiere September 19. Rob won’t be the first Kardashian to compete on the show as Kimmie made it all the way to week 3 back in 2008.

Oddly enough, TMZ reported last week that the DWTS producers were working hard this season to get some real A-listers on the show, even changing their policy to a no minimum rehearsal requirement.

And it appears Jersey Shore’s Snooki might be a no go despite the report that she was also negotiating to appear on the show. Her manager issued a non-denial denial to the Rumor Fix simply stating “Not true” when asked about the DWTS rumors.

As for Rob, no word yet on what exactly makes him a “star.”

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dancing with the stars 13

It’s that time again folks! As we near the 13th season premiere of Dancing With The Stars, the casting rumors have began!

According to the latest issue of UsWeekly magazine, being considered for the upcoming season are reality stars Snooki and Rob Kardashian, alongside talented celebrity/singer/actress Christina Milian.

Sources reveal that Jersey Shore star Snooki, 23, is in talks to do the show! In addition to the Snooks, Kim Kardashian’s little brother Rob, 24, is also in discussions with the network. “Rob is such a low-key guy, so it would be interesting to see if he’d come out of his shell,” Kris Jenner a source says. Rob would be following in the footsteps of his sister Kimmie who did the show back in 2008 and was voted off during week 3.

As for R&B singer Christina, 29, a source says, “She’s a possibility!” Also a possibility? Boxer Mike Tyson, 45, “is being considered,” according to a second insider. Ai ya ya. Should be an interesting season!

The new season of DWTS is set to premiere September 19 on ABC.

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According to a report, Ashley Hebert has been offered a spot on Dancing With The Stars!

The HollywoodLife blog is reporting that DWTS executives are angling to have the Bachelorette star on for next season, and have even officially asked her to join the cast.

And similar to those before her aka Jake Pavelka and Melissa Rycroft, it appears Ashley is interested. “They are in negotiations, and it is definitely hers if she wants it,” reveals a DWTS insider.

In other news, Life & Style magazine is now reporting that Chris Lambton, former Bachelorette contestant from Ali Fedotowsky’s season, is engaged! Chris popped the question to his girlfriend and fellow Bachelor alum Peyton Wright who said yes.

“I found the love of my life in Peyton,” Chris tells Life & Style. “We are so incredibly happy together. She was worth the wait.”

Good for Chris as if you recall, he turned down the opportunity to be the Bachelor a year ago after he started dating Peyton. That decision seems to have paid off today as Brad Womack who went on to become the Bachelor has not had as much luck with his love life.

Congrats to Chris and Peyton! The couple started dating last August.

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Dancing With The Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Cheryl Burke were caught red handed making out during the Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas!

Above is a photo of the two dancers kissing at the Moon nightclub at the Palms on Saturday. At first the photos (which have since been removed from the club’s website) flew under the radar as the kissing was actually taking place in the background of a pic.

However twitter user @DWTS_Gossip noticed the action going on in the background of some of the pics. In other pics posted below, hotness Maksim can be seen holding Cheryl close while grabbing her hair.

Fast forward to today and Maksim and his reps are in damage control mode, denying he and Cheryl were kissing. According to the rep, Maksim “was merely whispering in a fan’s ear in a loud nightclub.” Albeit a fan who happened to be wearing the same exact dress as Cheryl with the same exact hair style.

But there is good reason for the damage control. Why you ask? Well Maksim is currently starring on the Ukraine version of The Bachelor (oddly enough the finale episode airs tonight in the country) and is under a strict contract which forbids him from, you know, making out in public with women who are not his finalists on the show.

This would be equivalent to Brad Womack getting photographed making out with a random woman the same week his final pick episode was scheduled to air on ABC. Fans of the show are said to be upset.

As for Maksim and Cheryl, the two have been romantically linked in the past as they reportedly briefly dated a few years back. The two deny there is any romance going on today so perhaps it was just an alcohol fueled make-out session. In the past, Maksim was previously engaged to DWTS pro Karina Smirnoff while Cheryl admitted earlier this year that she did have a fling with her former dance partner Chad Ochocinco.

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After falling short of winning the Superbowl earlier this year, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was crowned the new Dancing With The Stars champ!

Going into the final results show last night, Hines was tied with Disney starlet Chelsea Kane for the top spot. He also faced competition from actress Kirstie Alley, who despite being a few points behind, was a fan favorite.

Not so surprisingly, coming in third place was Chelsea, 22, and her partner Mark Ballas. This left Hines, 35, and Kirstie, 60, to battle it out for the dreadful mirror ball trophy!

Ultimately, Hines was crowned the winner of DWTS season 12 and he made certain to thank his partner Kym Johnson. “I started this competition, I never thought I’d be in the finals, but I owe it all to Kym,” Hines said. “She’s an amazing teacher. I want to thank the judges for giving us their constructive criticism to help me get better each week. But also I want to thank all the fans.”

Runner-up Kirstie also thanked her partner/hotness Maksim Chmerkovskiy for helping her through the season. “It’s the most extraordinary adventure I’ve ever been on in my life,” said Kirstie, “and I want to thank…I love Maks.”

The three finalists all appeared on Good Morning America this morning. Hines also becomes the second NFL player in the history of DWTS to take the title. The only other player to accomplish the feat was Emmitt Smith in season three.

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It was finals night on Dancing With The Stars as the three remaining celebs danced their hearts out!

The remaining finalists had to dance two dances last night, a regular dance and a freestyle routine. First up was Disney starlet Chelsea Kane, who danced a sultry samba with partner Mark Ballas for a score of 29. Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy also performed a samba for a score of 27. “It could have been a little bit crisper, but it was a lovely job and deserving of being in this final,” said judge Len Goodman of Kirstie.

Dancing a quickstep was NFL player Hines Ward and partner Kym Johnson for an almost perfect score of 29. “It was a vast improvement, for me it’s not quite there yet,” critiqued Len.

It was time for the freestyle dances with Chelsea and Mark earning a perfect score of 30 for their “electrifying” hip-hop and Latin-inspired routine. It was then Kirstie’s turn and her freestyle with Maks started of slow before picking up speed, lifts included and all. Kirstie earned another score of 27. “You have become the poster child for life as it should be lived at 60 years old!” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

Hines was last but definitely not the least with his freestyle, and similar to Chelsea, he also earned a perfect score of 30! To sum things up, Hines and Chelsea are currently tied for first with a total score of 59 each, but don’t count Kirstie out just yet! She is a fan favorite after all and can still pull out a win.

Below are the full scores from last night –

Chelsea & Mark: 59 (29, 30)
Hines & Kym: 59 (29, 30)
Kirstie & Maksim: 54 (27, 27)

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