ABC announced this weekend that the all new cast will be revealed on August 30, during an episode of their upcoming reality series Bachelor Pad.
As for the casting rumors, we reported last week that Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice and Jersey Shore’s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino are said to be in talks to appear on the new season. Since then, there have been numerous reports stating that Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky will be appearing on the show.
RadarOnline also reported days ago that current headline maker/Mel Gibson’s ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva is in “secret negotiations” to join the cast.
The new season of DWTS is set to premiere on Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
TELL US: WHO WOULD YOU RATHER SEE ON THE SHOW? TERESA, THE SITUATION OR ALI?
While the new season of Dancing With The Stars doesn’t debut until September 20th, the casting rumors and speculations have already began.
Coming off its most popular season ever, it seems DWTS might be ready to take things up a notch with a Jersey cast invasion.
First TMZ confirmed yesterday that Jersey Shorebreakout star The Situation is in secret negotiations to star on the upcoming season. According to TMZ, nothing’s official yet but sources close to the MTV reality star state the deadline for negotiations is Monday, so we should know by then whether or not he will be appearing on the show.
Which brings us to Teresa Giudice, star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. The 37-year-old Bravo reality star, who might or might not be channeling a modern day cave woman in the above photo, made some interesting tweets yesterday.
“I am thinking about doing “Dancing with the Stars” though. What do you guys think? xx
Yes, I’m seriously thinking ab it as long as my kids come w me.
WOW, I did not expect the huge positive response from everyone about being on #DWTS ! Thank you! You’d all vote for me, right?
The costumes are definitely “me” right? Who should I make them give me as a partner? @MaksimC is the hottest, no? And he’s fiesty like me! #DWTS”
Those were the tweets made by Teresa on her twitter page. Oddly enough, no news outlet has confirmed that Teresa is indeed in talks to appear on the show.
However her appearance on the show is not far fetched considering she is one of the most popular Bravo housewives at the moment, albeit for all the wrong reasons, plus Kate Gosselin appeared on the show last season, leading to a noticeable increase in the show’s ratings. It would only make sense for ABC to want to cast someone similar to replace Kate, a reality star the public loves to hate aka Teresa Giudice. And while Teresa doesn’t have eight children, it can’t hurt that she has a plus 4.
And in case you’re wondering, the “stars” get paid to do the show, and Teresa would get a paycheck if she decided to do it. Kate Gosselin received a reported $500, 000 for her time on the show, though Teresa will likely not receive close to that amount. A DWTS rep also did not deny the casting rumors only telling Zap2it that casting is still ongoing in preparation for the new season.
When asked by a fan if she would be back for another season of RHONJ, Teresa replied: “Not sure. It’s not really fun filming with a felon… :(” Interesting that Teresa and her hubby Joe are currently being accused of perjury.
And when it comes to Bethenny, and the claims that Teresa copied her by also having ‘Skinny’ in her book title, Teresa responded: “When “Skinny Italian” went to press, @Bethenny ‘s only book was called “Naturally Thin.” They’re both great books, but totally different…”
She then added, “PS- I love love LOVE @kimbarnouin & @Bethenny so no fake Twitter feuds… (even tho I’m sure B’s sad my book outsold hers in 1/2 the time).”
And those folks are the words of a woman who’s kids’ crib, beds, TVs, toys are about to be auctioned off in less than a month.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TERESA AND THE SITUATION APPEARING ON DWTS? PLUS ON TERESA’S COMMENTS?
The former Dancing With The Starsdancing partners were first seen sneaking in a kiss weeks ago during a birthday party for professional dancer Derek Hough, and then the NYPost caught the two dirty dancing just lask week in New York City.
The latest is now a FOX News article which confirms the duo are dating but taking things slow. “Erin is back to work for ESPN, but she and Maks are still finding plenty of time to meet up any chance they get. They really do have a connection and bond. It’s a relationship – their chemistry is perfect,” the source said, saying both are “silly and sexy at the same time.”
The source continues, “Erin isn’t looking to tie Maks down, but they are not ready to call it quits after spending so much time together doing the show. They are super close and are always making plans to see each other.”
So what’s next for the sexy couple? Well the two will be attending the Country Music Awards June 9th in Nashville. They will be presenting an award together.
One person who believes the answer to that is yes is none other than her fellow DWTS cast-mate Niecy Nash. “I like to see the growth,” says the comedian to PEOPLE. “Nicole today is who she was when she got here — she was a great dancer and she still is.”
Nicole, who beat out Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, was the favorite from day one, and many fans, including Niecy, feel the show is quickly losing sight of its original premise, which was to take celebrities out of their comfort zone and onto the ballroom floor.
“There were moments you couldn’t tell her from the pro dancers,” says Niecy of Nicole, who received high praises from the judges, even being called the best dancer the show has ever seen by Carie Ann.
“Dancing With the Stars is something that resonates with me when the contestants have a journey. I was such a big fan of Kelly Osbourne last year because she had the most transformation,” continues Niecy. “I cheer for the people who have evolved. To me, that’s what the competition should be.”
TELL US: DOES NIECY HAVE A POINT? DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH NIECY?
The two hour finale show aired last night and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was announced the third runner up, leaving Evan Lysacek and Nicole to battle it out for the mirror ball trophy.
Nicole’s win isn’t much of a surprise as the Pussycat doll is a professional dancer who dances and sings for a living. Whether or not Nicole being in the amateur ballroom dance competition remains a debate, but when all it said and done, Nicole was consistently the best dancer this season. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba even declared her the best dancer ever in DWTS history.
“I’m going to give it to my mom because she’s the reason I really did this show,” the Pussycat Doll, 31, told UsWeekly after the show. “This is for her!”
Nicole, and the rest of the finalists flew to NYC this morning and appeared on Good Morning America. The finale show however wasn’t without controversy as Kate Gosselin returned to torture the viewers with a final dance performance. Unfortunately for Kate, taking time away from the show did not improve her dancing skills. She however seemed to have more fun this go around.
ABC also announced the 11th season of DWTS will premiere September 20th. It will be interesting to see how they attempt to top this pretty phenomenal 10th season.
My thoughts on Nicole winning – Not a big shocker, she did deserve to win because she was the best dancer after all. Do I think she had an unfair advantage? Of course she did, she dances for a living. Having Nicole in the competition would be similar to having a top College basketball player play in an amateur celebrity basketball tournament. Yes Nicole has no ballroom dance experience, but let’s be real, being a pro dancer helped her tremendously and she was earning 10s in early weeks for a reason. The fact is none of the other competitors really stood a chance. I’m conflicted on this because while it is fun to watch the Nicoles and Evans give amazing performances, the show should really be about the Ochocincos and Erins, and about their journeys in improving week to week. And yes Erin was on a dance team in college, but being on a cheerleading dance team over a decade ago while in college doesn’t really compare to being a Pussycat doll.
TELL US – ARE YOU HAPPY NICOLE WON? IS IT FAIR TO HAVE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS ON THE SHOW?
This has been the most talked about season of DWTS and perhaps for the first time in DWTS history, it seemed the best three really did make it to the finals.
Despite being the underdog of the final three, it seems ESPN reporter Erin Andrews might just be able to pull off an upset as she tied for first place with Pussycat doll Nicole Scherzinger. They both scored a total of 55 points. Olympic skater Evan Lysacek didn’t fair so well as he finished third with a total of 52 points.
The most talked about dance of the night went to Erin and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy . The pair did their hot & steamy freestyle dance using a bed and a couch as props. Maksim’s comments about the dance during the pair’s rehearsal might be a hint as to the status of their off screen relationship. “Our freestyle is very passionate. It’s very emotional. And in a way, I think it will tell the story of Erin and I,” said Maksim. And in case you’re still wondering about the duo’s relationship status, the two were spotted kissing just over a week ago.
But overall, the theme of the night seemed to be the errors made by front runners Nicole and Evan. Nicole had two slip ups in both of her dances, while Evan’s freestyle dance failed to impress the judges, earning him a mere 24 points.
The winner will be declared tonight during the 2 hour finale show. All of the eliminated stars will return for a final dance, and yes that includes the controversial Kate Gosselin. And speaking of Kate, a new report by Popeater reveals the mom of eight earned an astonishing $500,000 for her five week appearance on DWTS.
Chad scored the lowest points on Monday night and the viewers votes weren’t enough to keep him safe. Joining him in the bottom two was ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and her boyfriend partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
And despite being voted off, Chad reacted positively. “This was awesome,” said Chad to co-host Tom Bergeron. “I enjoyed the journey, I met some wonderful people. I got some great criticism that’s only made me stronger, man. And I met… the beautiful Cheryl Burke, and in my eyes really, I’ve already won… So this is beautiful.”
Moving on to Monday’s finale show alongside Erin are Evan Lysacek andNicoleScherzinger. Nicole continues to remain the favorite to win it all, leading some to believe she has an unfair advantage because of her profession as a dancer and lead singer for the Pussycat Dolls.
The three remaining finalists will each have to perform a total of 4 dances for next week’s finale.
Erin and Maks are however not giving up despite being heavy underdogs.”We just come out and humbly try to do our best. And the last three weeks have shown that we can be here. We are underdogs, but you never know!” said Maks to EOnline.
Also returning next week will be Kate Gosselin and all the other eliminated contestants, who will all perform one last dance. It is also being reported that former Bachelor Jake Pavelka and fiance Vienna Girardi will dance together on the finale show on Tuesday.
TELL US – DOES NICOLE HAVE AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE WITH BEING A PROFESSIONAL DANCER?
It put up or shut up time on Dancing With The Stars with the semifinals airing last night. And while all the dancing couples excelled, two dominated and tied for a score of 59.
Professional Celebrity dancers Nicole Scherzingerand Evan Lysacek are still the lead favorites after their flawless performances from last night. Nicole and partner Derek earned a 30 score for their “divine” Argentine tango, and a score of 29 for their cha-cha dance. “You’ve got to be there,” Len said, in reference to next week’s finale.
Evan and his partner Anna Trebunskaya also earned a 30 score for their paso doble and a 29 for their fox-trot. Len said he loved seeing Evan’s “happy-go-lucky, fun side.”
In third place was Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The still rumored to be dating couple scored a 27 for their fluent Viennese waltz dance, though Bruno mistakenly gave them a “premature paddle” score of 10 instead of the 9 he intended. A 29 score for their paso doble dance gave them a total of 56 points. In last place was NFL player Chad Ochocinco with a score of 52. Overall all the couples performed well.
In other DWTS news, pro dancer Derek Hough celebrated his 25th birthday last night at the H Lounge club in Los Angeles. In attendance were all of his DWTS cast as well as former Bachelor star Jake Pavelka and his fiance Vienna Girardi.